TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - "The Ontario Catholic School Trustees'
Association welcomes the government's proposal to give school boards
the flexibility to determine locally a method by which the JK/K
Extended Day Program will be delivered. Allowing boards to partner
with third-party operators in providing before- and after-school care
is a decision that responds to issues raised by Ontario's Catholic,
public and French school boards," said Nancy Kirby, president of the
Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association.
Many Catholic school boards across Ontario currently work in partnership
with qualified and experienced organizations in the community to
provide quality before- and after-school programs for students. Such
services have met the needs of students and families for many years.
"From our position as a provincial body, we're able to assess the kind
of response this program has generated province-wide in Catholic school
communities. Overall, school boards must be able to offer the Extended
Day Program in a way that addresses local circumstances and the needs
and preferences of parents in that community," explains Kirby.
"We recommended that the government provide school boards the
flexibility to address the local priorities of families and school
boards while still advancing the goals of the Early Learning Program
and the vision of a comprehensive full-day program for early learners.
Catholic school boards are committed to ensuring that all segments of
the Early Learning Program are responsive to the needs of our youngest
learners," adds Kirby.
The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association is the provincial
voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA
represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively
educate approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior
Kindergarten to Grade 12.
SOURCE Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association
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