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Ontario Schools Offer Full Day Kindergarten This Fall

Web posted on January 09, 2014

Ontario is encouraging parents to register their four- and five-year-old children for full-day kindergarten this September, completing the province-wide roll out of this important program that gives kids the best possible start.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their local school board for details about registration in their community. By this fall, full-day kindergarten will be available for all four- and five-year olds in Ontario, benefiting almost 265,000 students in approximately 3,600 publicly funded schools across the province.

Registration is underway at many of the province's elementary schools. To register, most school boards require identification documents such as a birth certificate, birth registry/baptismal certificate, Ontario health card, and immunization record.

"We are proud of our innovative full-day kindergarten program which is the biggest transformation our education system has seen in a generation. We know that children who complete full-day kindergarten are now better prepared for success in Grade 1 and beyond." Liz Sandals, Minister of Education.

A recent study measured the progress and development of students who were enrolled in full-day kindergarten compared to those who participated in half-day programs. The results found that Ontario's youngest learners who completed full-day kindergarten are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and to be more successful in school in all areas the study explored.

Giving children the best possible start is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world-class education.