Full-day kindergarten coming to two more schools in 2011
Two more Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) elementary schools will begin full-day kindergarten for the first time in September 2011.
“We are taking a responsible and measured approach to implementing full-day kindergarten. By expanding this program up to 50,000 children in 2011-12, we are giving more children and their families the opportunity for a seamless day of learning and play,” said Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and MPP for Prince Edward – Hastings.
The selection of 2011 full-day kindergarten schools is the next step toward the full implementation of the program by 2015-16. There are already four local schools selected for the first year of full-day kindergarten that starts this September. In total, seven HPEDSB schools will offer the program in 2011:
College Street Public School
Deseronto Public School
Earl Prentice Public School
Madoc Township Public School
North Trenton Public School
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)
Queen Victoria School
“We’re looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our elementary schools. This program will enhance opportunities for children to develop literacy skills on which to build their future success,” said Kathy Soule, Director of Education, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.
The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program is an important part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan. The program will provide children with a strong base for future learning and the combination of optional before- and after-school programs will also help parents save time and money.
Child care subsidy will be provided for the before- and after-school programs, based on existing eligibility criteria. Parents can choose to register their child for a reasonable fee. HPEDSB will soon begin registering four- and five-year-olds for the 2010-2011 school year – as well as the before- and after-school program.
“The Full-Day Early Learning Program will support children in the social and emotional development, as well with greater exposure to reading, writing and math. We are looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our elementary schools,” said Carl Pitman, chair of the Board, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.
$705,318 in capital funding will be given to HPEDSB to build, enlarge and equip classrooms in schools that will begin to offer full-day kindergarten in 2011-12.
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