Ontario has fully rolled out its full-day kindergarten (FDK) program, making it available to 265,000 four- and five-year-olds in approximately 3,600 schools across the province.
By the end of the 2014-15 school year, almost half a million kids will have benefitted from FDK since it was first introduced in 2010. With more than $1.5 billion in funding to date, FDK is one of the most significant investments Ontario has made in education in a generation.
Overall, students in FDK are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and be more successful in school, as detailed in a recent study that compared students enrolled in full-day kindergarten with those in half-day programs.
Fully implementing full-day kindergarten is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up by investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.
Studies show that a return on public investment in early learning is at least seven to one.
Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.
Part of the $1.5 billion in funding for FDK has supported the creation of approximately 3,500 new kindergarten classrooms.
About 3,800 additional teaching positions and more than 10,000 early childhood educator (ECE) positions have been created as a result of FDK.
“This is an important milestone. 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.”
- Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
“This is good news for the children of Scarborough-Guildwood and their families, which has more than 30 schools with kindergarten classes. Our government’s investment in full-day kindergarten will put children on track for academic success by improving the development of social competence, language and cognitive skills, communication and general knowledge.”
- Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood
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