Elementary Teachers Welcome Commitment to Full-Day Kindergarten

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - The Liberal government's plan to introduce
full-day junior and senior kindergarten programs demonstrates foresight and
leadership that will benefit both young children and their parents, says the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    "The proposal announced today addresses parents' day-care concerns, frees
up day-care spaces and provides a seamless day of expanded learning for young
children," said ETFO president David Clegg. "We have advocated full-day
kindergarten for some time and are pleased to see a commitment from the
government to make it a reality across Ontario."
    Clegg pointed out that the best model for four and five-year olds would
be full-day kindergarten programs integrated with child care, where early
childhood educators provide before and after school programs and work with
kindergarten teachers during the instructional school day.
    "Certified teachers are specifically trained to prepare four and
five-year olds for the more structured learning environments of grade one and
beyond. Teachers are complemented by ECE-qualified staff who are trained to
foster safe and nurturing environments for the social and physical development
of young children.
    "Research has shown that the foundation of a student's success is
developed in the early years. Full-day kindergarten programs substantially
strengthen that foundation by providing greater opportunities for learning, as
well as more opportunities for teachers to identify and address literacy
problems and build numeracy and social skills," Clegg said.

    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)

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