Ontario Gets Roadmap For Early Learning
Report Gives Strategy To Introduce Full-Day Learning For Four- And Five-Year Olds
Ontario has received a comprehensive report on full-day learning for four- and five-year old children.
Dr. Charles Pascal, the government's Early Learning Advisor, delivered his With Our Best Future In Mind report with 20 recommendations on how to improve education for children up to age 12.
Despite the current global economic climate, Ontario remains committed to investing $200 million in 2010/11 and $300 million in 2011/12 to launch full-day learning for four- and five-year-olds. The government will continue working with Dr. Pascal as it develops a strategy for implementation beginning in September, 2010.
The report recommends that a portion of the first full-day learning programs for pre-school children begin in lower-income neighbourhoods, as part of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy.
- Studies show that full-day learning can improve reading, writing and math skills, provide a smoother transition to Grade 1 and help increase high school graduation rates.
- When fully implemented, full-day learning provide more access to child care spaces for children under four.
“I want to thank Dr. Pascal for his ambitious report. It paints an exciting future for early learning in Ontario. Helping Ontario's young people get the best education is part of our plan to build a stronger economy.”