AEFO welcomes additional day-care spaces in Franco-Ontarian schools

    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association des enseignantes et des
enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) is pleased the Ontario Government will be
creating 266 additional day-care spaces in Ontario's French-language schools.
The announcement was made today in Ottawa.
    "School-based day-care centres are a valuable asset for Franco-Ontarian
schools, says AEFO president, Benoit Mercier. In minority settings, attending
a French-language day-care centre allows children to increase their
proficiency in French before starting school, thus improving their chances for
    School-based day-care centres also help children make a smoother
transition to school and are an excellent recruiting tool for Franco-Ontarian
schools. "Given that some 30,000 students who are eligible to attend
French-language schools are presently not doing so, it's easy to understand
the importance of creating school-based French-language day-care centres",
says Mr. Mercier.
    "In many Ontario communities, French-language day-care is hard to come
by, adds Mr. Mercier. We can only encourage the Government to continue
investing in these services which are essential to the development of the
Franco-Ontarian community."

    AEFO represents some 9,000 teachers and other educational workers in
Ontario's French-language elementary and secondary schools, as well as workers
in other French-language establishments in Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Elisabeth Brunet, Communications Officer,
(613) 244-2336, (613) 850-6410 (cell.); Comments: Benoit Mercier, President,
(613) 244-2336

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