September 5, 2014 – 265,000 four and five-year-old children will now have the opportunity to attend full-day kindergarten programs in 3,600 schools across Ontario.
“This is an important milestone,” says Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education.
“We’re very proud of our full-day kindergarten program, which is the biggest transformation our education system has seen in a generation. We want to give Ontario’s children the best possible start in life, and this will put them on a path toward future success. It positions Ontario as a leader in North America, and it better prepares our children for Grade 1 and beyond.”
According to a recent study conducted by Queen’s and McMaster Universities, full-day kindergarten students:
- accelerated their development so they were better prepared to enter Grade 1, and
- were more successful in school as compared to children that attended half-day programs in relation to physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognition, and communication skills and general knowledge.
Full-day kindergarten programs were presented in 2010 and by the end of the 2014-2015 school year, approximately 500,000 children will have benefited from this program made available with more than $1.5 billion dollars of funding from the Ontario government.
üOntario families can save up to $6,500.00 per year in childcare costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.
üPart of the provincial funding has supported the creation of approximately 3,500 new kindergarten classrooms.
ü3,800 additional teaching positions and more than 10,000 Early Childhood Education (ECE) positions have been created.
üStudies show that a return on public investment in early learning is at least seven to one.
Information on Full-Day Kindergarten
Full-day Kindergarten – read the latest research, what your child will learn, and what to expect before and after school
FDK Study Evaluation - conducted in partnership with Queen's and McMaster Universities
Support your children’s learning at ontario.ca/abc123 – simple steps to your child’s success
Prepare your child for full-day kindergarten – 10 tips to get your child ready for school