OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association des enseignantes et des
enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) is pleased the Ontario Government will be
creating 266 additional day-care spaces in Ontario's French-language schools.
The announcement was made today in Ottawa.
"School-based day-care centres are a valuable asset for Franco-Ontarian
schools, says AEFO president, Benoit Mercier. In minority settings, attending
a French-language day-care centre allows children to increase their
proficiency in French before starting school, thus improving their chances for
School-based day-care centres also help children make a smoother
transition to school and are an excellent recruiting tool for Franco-Ontarian
schools. "Given that some 30,000 students who are eligible to attend
French-language schools are presently not doing so, it's easy to understand
the importance of creating school-based French-language day-care centres",
says Mr. Mercier.
"In many Ontario communities, French-language day-care is hard to come
by, adds Mr. Mercier. We can only encourage the Government to continue
investing in these services which are essential to the development of the
AEFO represents some 9,000 teachers and other educational workers in
Ontario's French-language elementary and secondary schools, as well as workers
in other French-language establishments in Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: Marie-Elisabeth Brunet, Communications Officer,
(613) 244-2336, (613) 850-6410 (cell.); Comments: Benoit Mercier, President,