TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - OECTA fully supports Ontario's full-day early learning program that is being implemented under Bill 242, the Full Day Early Learning Statute Law Amendment Act.
"Ontario has chosen to confront the economic crisis by transforming early learning and care and making a bold investment in our future. Our members view this investment as one of the wisest that could be made by any government," says James Ryan, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA).
He says Catholic teachers are pleased that stakeholders were given an opportunity to contribute to the amendments that were made to the enabling legislation.
The new full-day Kindergarten program will provide every child in Ontario equal learning opportunities, Ryan says. "Full-day learning helps level the playing field for all children, because not all children have the same opportunities before they begin their formal learning experience. Early enrichment provided through the new program will help reduce social and academic problems later on."
OECTA members have been delivering a full-day Kindergarten program for over 30 years in many areas of the province.
OECTA represents the 45,000 men and women who teach all Grades in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools.
SOURCE Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
For further information: For further information: James Ryan, President, (416) 925-2493 X 418 (office) or Mobile: (416) 400-8327