Ontario Schools Put Final Touches On Full-Day Kindergarten
Nearly 600 Ontario Schools Ready To Welcome Students
Premier McGuinty and his cabinet visited a school in North York where teachers and staff are making final preparations for full-day kindergarten.
McGuinty met St. Martha Catholic School principal Sal Lofranco to see first hand how full-day kindergarten will be rolled out in just one of nearly 600 schools next Tuesday. He also helped Grade 1 teacher Angela D'Addese set up her classroom. Cabinet then held a full session in the school's library.
Full-day kindergarten provides four- and five-year-olds with the strong foundation they need for future learning. It supports student achievement and builds on the government's success in lowering primary class sizes and increasing the graduation rate.
Helping students reach their full potential is part of the Open Ontario Plan. Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to perform well later in school and go on to postsecondary education. This ensures that Ontario will have the skilled workforce to compete in the global economy.
- Full-day kindergarten will be phased in over time, and all publicly funded elementary schools should have it in place by 2015-16.
- Children will be supported by certified teachers and registered early childhood educators as they explore, discover and learn throughout the day.
- In some boards, children will also benefit from integrated before- and after-school programs offered as part of full-day kindergarten.
“For the first time ever, anywhere in North America, four- and five-year-olds will benefit from kindergarten all day, every day. As a parent and as Premier, I'm proud of Ontarians for leading the way with a bold new change to our education system.”