TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association
wholeheartedly embraces the fundamental importance of full-day early
learning. It is a commitment to the children of the province to provide
a solid foundation for success in school and in life.
"School boards are committed to providing high quality, accessible and
affordable extended day programs for kindergarten children and their
families," said Catherine Fife, president of the Ontario Public School
Boards' Association (OPSBA). "Flexibility in options is essential to
successfully implement before- and after- school programs."
OPSBA recommended that the Ministry allow for flexibility and permit
boards to use alternatives for the delivery of the extended day program
that support the Early Learning Program principles. Several boards
currently use third-party organizations that operate in schools. This
arrangement works very well. These are long-standing partnerships that
are extremely successful and are very much in keeping with the values
of a "seamless" day envisioned in Dr. Pascal's report. Without a change
in legislation, these arrangements would not be permitted to continue,
except on a limited basis during the first year of implementation.
Due to the complexity and sensitivity of the implementation, many boards
to date have focused primarily on the requirement of offering full day
kindergarten and as such, have concentrated their efforts and available
resources initially, on the success of the day portion of the Early
School boards look forward to working together and in partnership with
the relevant ministries, the early childhood education community, third
party providers and municipalities to ensure that the program delivery
model and implementation strategies are responsive to the diverse needs
of children and families.
SOURCE Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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