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Study Shows Benefits of Full-day Kindergarten

Ontario Government Giving Children Best Start

Ontario's full-day kindergarten (FDK) program is giving children a better start in school and preparing them for success in Grade 1.

Education Minister Liz Sandals visited full-day kindergarten students, teachers and staff at Ogden Junior Public School for the first day of school where she provided details on a study conducted in partnership with Queen's and McMaster universities on FDK.

The study measured the progress and development of students who were enrolled in FDK compared to those who participated in half-day programs. In every area, students improved their readiness for Grade 1 and accelerated their development. Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that FDK:

  • Reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.2 per cent.

  • Reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 16.4 per cent to 4.3 per cent.

  • Reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.6 per cent.

Giving the province's youngest learners the tools they need to succeed in Grade 1 and beyond is part of the Ontario government's plan to prepare students for a productive and successful future and build a fair and prosperous society.

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