McGuinty Government Promoting Early Student Success



    Investing In Family Literacy Centres Across Ontario Will Help Children In
    High-Needs Communities Succeed

    OTTAWA, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario government has opened more Parenting
and Family Literacy Centres across the province to help our youngest children
get off to a great start at school, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Parents and families want the very best for their children and these
centres provide them with the support they need to develop their children's
early literacy and numeracy skills," said Premier McGuinty. "We need every one
of our students at their best so we can keep building a stronger Ontario."
    Today's announcement extends support to Parenting and Family Literacy
Centres outside of Toronto for the first time. For 2007-08, the McGuinty
government is investing $6 million in 89 centres across Ontario - 54 existing
centres in Toronto and 35 new centres across the province.
    Located in high-needs communities, the centres focus on building
children's literacy and numeracy skills through stories, music, reading and
activities. The centres are open to children up to six years old who attend
with a parent or caregiver.
    "Parents are the most important teacher in a child's life," said
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "These centres give parents a supportive
environment to engage with their children and help them develop the skills
they need to succeed in school and life."
    Supporting and expanding Parenting and Family Literacy Centres is just
one of the ways the McGuinty government is working together with Ontarians to
help young students succeed. Other initiatives include:

    
    - Reducing class sizes in kindergarten to Grade 3 - nearly 90 per cent of
      classrooms have 20 or fewer students compared to 31 per cent in 2003
    - Providing funding for about 1,925 new elementary specialist teachers in
      areas such as music, phys-ed and the arts
    - Launching a new website, www.ontario.ca/abc123, that gives parents
      practical tips to help children develop literacy and numeracy skills.
    

    "Together with Ontarians, we're making our public schools the best they
can be," said Premier McGuinty. "We now have a foundation for success - and
we're going to keep moving forward, together."

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