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Study Shows Benefit 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.

 

Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines visited full-day kindergarten students, teachers and staff at St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School for the first day of school.  

 

A recent Queen’s and McMaster universities 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.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The complete study is expected to be available in fall 2013.
  • This September, approximately 1,200 students in St. Catharines will benefit from full-day kindergarten at 24 schools in the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board.
  • By September 2014, full-day kindergarten will be available in all elementary schools with the support of 3,800 more teaching positions and up to 20,000 early childhood educator positions.
  • Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.

 

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