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Early Years

OPSBA continues to actively monitor the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten following the final year of implementation (2014-15). The focus has shifted to the government's goal​ to modernize child care and implementation of provincewide before-and-after-school programming for children ages six to 12.

Relevant Updates

Background - Full Day Kindergarten and Child Care

On July 10, 2014, Minister of Education Liz Sandals reintroduced Bill 10, Child Care Modernization Act, 2014. OPSBA sent a written submission that focused on the two proposed amendments aimed at the Education Act. The first requires school boards to ensure before and/or after school programs are available to students six-to-12-years-old. This could be provided by boards directly or by a third party provider. The second proposed change would allow the Ministry to regulate accommodation fees charged by boards to third party providers located in schools. Bill 10 received Royal Assent in December 2014 and with the exception of the amendments to the Education Act requiring school boards to ensure the provision of before-and-after-school programs, all other sections of the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014 were proclaimed on Aug. 31, 2015. 

Rollout of Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario 

    Year% (Annual Total)% (Cumulative Total)

    # of FDK Pupils 
    (Est. Cumulative Target)

    Year 1 (2010-11)151535,000
    Year 2 (2011-12)52050,000
    Year 3 (2012-13)2949122,000
    Year 4 (2013-14)2574184,000
    Year 5 (2014-15)26100247,000

     

Research

OPSBA Discussion Paper on Full Time Early Learning

Study from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education 

Key Findings from Year 3 of Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten in Peel

Key Findings from Year 2 of Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten in Peel

Key Findings from Year 1 of Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten in Peel

Government Study Shows Benefits of Full-day Kindergarten

News Release

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