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Final Roll Out For Full-Day Kindergarten

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Final Roll Out For Full-Day Kindergarten

McGuinty Government Providing Every Child With Building Blocks For Success

Office of the Premier

The government is announcing details for implementing the final two years of full-day kindergarten across Ontario. Every four- and five-year-old child will be able to go to full-day kindergarten by September 2014.

The province is making life a little easier for hard-working families by bringing full-day kindergarten to every school across Ontario. By the start of the 2014 school year, about 250,000 children will benefit from the program and its emphasis on play-based learning.

Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to go on to postsecondary education and training and gain the skills they need to succeed in the global economy. Providing access to full-day kindergarten is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen and improve education.

Quick Facts

  • In 2010-11, about 35,000 children in almost 600 schools are participating in full-day kindergarten.
  • The average family will save thousands per year in child care costs.
  • In September 2013, more than 2,500 schools will offer full-day kindergarten. More than 1,000 remaining schools will begin to offer the program the following year.
  • Ontario has already invested over $450 million to support the expansion of full-day kindergarten.

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“We're on track to bring full-day kindergarten to every child in Ontario. It will save parents time, money and set up our children and grandchildren for a lifetime of success.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“By bringing full-day kindergarten to all schools by 2014, we are ensuring all Ontario families have access to this innovative program. Parents and communities benefit when we give our children the best possible start.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“Full-day learning for four- and five-year-olds is a remarkably critical investment in our children and Ontario's social and economic progress. All in by 2014 is wonderful news!”

Dr. Charles Pascal

Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning



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