TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - In the wake of the Drummond report
release the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)
commends the Provincial government for publically stating full day
kindergarten will not be cancelled. However, recommendations that
reduce the effectiveness of the program should not be considered, such
as removing one of the experts from the classroom.
The AECEO believes the Premier should continue to support the vision for
the program by ensuring that vital components are not removed for the
sake of saving money in the short term. Removing the registered early
childhood educator (RECE) from the classroom would have the most
profound impact on full day kindergarten. Registered early childhood
educators are specialists in early child development and care. Their
partnership with teachers is instrumental to the success of the early
learning initiative that is supported by research, government and
We must provide our children with the best guidance and support in all
stages of learning. Having two professionals delivering a play based
curriculum in a child driven program ensures that children will receive
the attention and guidance they need to learn and grow, and be
successful in school from the start.
The AECEO urges Premier McGuinty and his government to stay the course
in implementing the whole vision for full day kindergarten by 2015.
Investing in this vision creates a level playing field through
fairness, equality and access for all of Ontario's children and
families and makes good economic sense in the short and long term.
SOURCE Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario
For further information:
Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director AECEO, 416-458-1381