Higher education will benefit from Ontario early learning strategy



    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Dr. Charles Pascal released his comprehensive
early learning strategy, With Our Best Future in Mind, yesterday to Ontario
Premier Dalton McGuinty. The report calls for all of Ontario's school boards
to offer full-day learning programs for children aged four and five by 2013, a
move that will result in 'higher post-secondary participation and success
rates.'
    "Ontario's undergraduate students strongly support Dr. Pascal's
recommendations and are pleased to see the McGuinty government is committed to
making them a reality," said Dan Moulton, President of the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). "Improving early childhood learning has
profound impacts on a student's future success and begins them on a pathway to
higher education."
    The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has long advocated for
the development of an early outreach strategy that focusses on
underrepresented groups including low income, rural and Aboriginal Ontarians.
Dr. Pascal's report, along with the Poverty Reduction Strategy released
earlier this year, echoes the need for early learning.
    "Improved early childhood education will undoubtedly lead to greater
post-secondary participation of under-represented groups," said Alexi White,
Executive Director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). "70%
of new jobs are expected to require a post-secondary education. To succeed in
the knowledge economy, it is imperative that we increase post-secondary
participation, especially from traditionally under-represented groups."

    OUSA represents the interests of more than 140,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at seven institutions
across the province.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact: Dan
Moulton, President, OUSA: (519) 788-3223; Alexi White, Executive Director,
OUSA: (416) 341-9948; Tammy McQueen, Director of Communications, OUSA: (416)
341-9948

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