TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government's appointment today of
Dr. Charles Pascal as Special Advisor is a welcome step forward towards
implementing Premier McGuinty's election promise to provide "full-day
kindergarten" for four- and five-year olds, say Ontario elementary teachers.
"Dr. Pascal's extensive experience in education and policy development
will serve him well in his task of recommending the most appropriate strategy
for making early childhood learning a reality across Ontario," said
David Clegg, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
"If properly implemented, the plan to provide full-day programs for
kindergarten-aged students will represent an important provincial investment
in the long-term learning outcomes for Ontario students," said Clegg.
"Research has shown that the foundation of a student's success is
developed in the early years. A full-day kindergarten program that is
integrated with child care will substantially strengthen that foundation. It
will provide greater opportunities for learning, as well as more opportunities
for teachers to identify and address learning problems and build social
skills," said Clegg.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents
70,000 elementary public school teachers and education workers across the
province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
For further information:
For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)