Province-wide coverage on early learning announcement


 The Globe and Mail: Ontario to offer full-day kindergarten in 600 schools. 

"About 18,000 of the more than 240,000 junior and senior kindergarten students in Ontario are already enrolled in full-day learning at a handful of francophone and Catholic schools, which fund the programs by diverting money from other sources."
"Teachers will take the lead in full-day kindergarten, but will also work with early educators in the classroom."

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Canadian Gazette: All day kindergarten coming to CP-Almonte

The schools were selected by the province based on a number of criteria including; sites where all JK/SK classes in 2010-11 can comply with the new Early Learning Program model, availability of space, community need, minimal impact on existing childcare and Early Years programs, student achievement, and readiness to implement."
“In selecting these sites we’ve been careful to consult with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, our consolidated municipal service managers and district social services administration boards and Best Start Network staff so the introduction of this program is a true partnership,” said Upper Canada District School Board Superintendent of School Operations Ted Kennedy.

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The Chatham Daily News: A full day experience

Reaction from the School Boards:
Gayle Stucke of the Lambton Kent District School Board said, "We've been waiting for this with anticipation."
Paul Wubben of the St.Clair Catholic District School Board said, "It will give our youngest students an integrated day of learning, provide a stronger start for kids and make life easier for busy parents."
Premier Dalton McGuinty said that in full-day learning classrooms, teachers and registered early childhood educators will work together to help children learn and develop emotioal, social and academic skills that are crucial for healthy development.
Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Pat Hoy hailed the new full-day learning program. "It will provide our children with the best start and will help our community prosper for generations to come."

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Clarington This Week: Only two Clarington schools to provide all-day kindergarten

"Two Clarington schools, one public and one Catholic, both in Bowmanville, will offer the full-day option for kindergarten students as the Province begins to roll out the program in the next school year."

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The Fort Erie Times: Full day early learning coming to Niagara in September

"Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor said this program will provide long-term positive results, building social and educational tools for many young generations to come. He said this will build a strong foundation for tomorrow's workforce and help children grow into becoming outstanding citizens in their communities."
"Cam Hathaway, superintendent for area one schools within the District School Board if Niagara said not only will this allow children to build their own skill sets but it will also take pressure off some parents who need to adjust their work schedules to accommodate for a half-day of education and picking their children up at school."
 "I think this is a great opportunity for young people today and it's an excellent opportunity for working parents. It's a win-win situation," he said."

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Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board: Early Learning Program sites revealed in HWDSB

"HWDSB was allocated 34 classes for the 2010-11 school year, which will enable the Board to offer it to a maximum of 884 students, based on the average ratio of 26:1 across the system."

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London Free Press: Full-day early learning to begin next fall

"That number will include children in 19 public elementary schools in the Thames Valley district as well as five Catholic elementary schools in the London district.  Of the total, nine are in London."

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"Peel board chair Janet McDougald was cautiously optimistic about the news. While she supports full-day learning for kindergarten students, she said it creates many unanswered questions, particularly about funding."
"McDougald said she has no idea where the province will come up with funding to fully implement the program in the years to come."
"Catholic board chair Anna Abbruscato was also happy about the decision. Judging from the volume of parent phone calls to the board, it’s something they want, she said.
"Diana Ivanova, a mom with children in Grades 3 and 6 at St. Louis School, is concerned about full-day kindergarten since her son, Dominic, turns four in April and will be eligible for the program in the fall.  He still naps every day, and she's not sure if the program will accommodate that. If not, she may be forced to send him to a different school, which isn't a good choice since his older siblings attend St. Louis.
"This is a very big change for us," she said. "I'm not sure what I think. I have a lot of questions."

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Orangeville Banner: All-day kindergarten schools announced

"Five local elementary schools will offer all-day Kindergarten programs beginning this fall."

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Peterborough This Week: Local schools offering full-day kindergarten

Five local schools have been selected. 

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The Record: Full-day kindergarten comes to region in September

"All-day kindergarten will begin in 20 schools in Waterloo Region in September.  This includes eight schools in the Catholic board and 12 in the public board."

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The Sarnia Observer: Five local schools get full-day kindergarten

"St. Benedict, P.E. McGibbon, and Queen Elizabeth II in Sarnia, as well as Brigden and Colonel Cameron Public School in Corunna are among the first group to get classrooms."

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The Standard: Twenty-one schools in Niagra to offer full-day kindergarten by fall

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The Sault Star: Nine more schools get full-day kindergarten

"$200 million dollars will be put into the education system this year to put in place full-day learning in about 600 schools," Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti.

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Thunder Bay Source: Kindergarten all day

"The Ontario Government will release a standardized curriculum for all the schools using the program. The curriculum would set out to prepare Kindergarten students for Grade 1."

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Toronto Sun: Full-day kindergarten for 600 schools

The average class size will be 26 kids, up from the hard cap of 20 students set by the provincial government for early grades.

Local school boards were told to factor in available class space,

Socio-economic need and community demand for childcare when choosing the schools for all-day kindergarten.

The program is supposed to improve children's reading, writing and math skills and provide a smoother transition to full day Grade 1 classes.

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Your Ottawa Region: Impact of full-day kindergarten questioned

“Smiths Falls is under-serviced,” she says. “The program will draw out four and five year olds, but two and three year olds will still need day care.”

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