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.


September 30, 2020 – The Ministry of Education’s Early Years and Child Care Annual Report 2020

May 23, 2019 – OPSBA Letter to Ministry of Education re: Proposed Regulatory Amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, and the Education Act, 1990

February 1, 2017 – OPSBA Submission regarding Building a Better Future – Early Years and Child Care Discussion Paper

November 23, 2016 – OPSBA Submission regarding before-and-after-school care for kindergarten to Grade 6 draft policies and guidelines for school boards

June 15, 2016 – Implementation Timelines and Supports for the Kindergarten Addendum to Growing Success and the Communication of Learning Templates

May 10, 2016 – Phase 2 Regulations Under the Child Care and Early Years and the Education Act filed:

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.


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

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