ETFO Cites Criteria for Full-Day Kindergarten Success

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's plan for full-day
kindergarten is a "significant policy initiative" that can help four and
five-year olds become "successful learners" when formal schooling begins, says
a position paper released today by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO).
    According to ETFO, research shows full-day kindergarten programs can
contribute to school readiness, improve literacy achievement in higher grades,
improve retention rates, and result in better integration of kindergarten into
the elementary school community.
    The paper highlights a number of research sources to demonstrate that to
be successful, the government's full-day kindergarten program should be:

    -   Staffed by certified kindergarten teachers throughout the
        instructional day. Certified kindergarten teachers have completed
        three or four years of university education and a year at a faculty
        of education and have achieved the qualifications needed to teach
        kindergarten to grade 6. They are specifically trained to develop
        foundational skills and prepare young children for the more formal
        learning that begins with grade 1.
    -   Located in elementary schools, which provide access to physical
        resources, specialist teachers and professional support personnel,
        and which integrate kindergarten students with the school community.
    -   Based on play-based learning. Play-based learning contributes to
        literacy development, math and science skills, and social competence.
        These are the skills that children need to be successful learners in
        grade 1 and beyond.

    Commenting on the position paper, ETFO President David Clegg said "it
reflects ETFO's support for the government's plan and our desire to see an
implementation strategy that most effectively meets the learning needs of four
and five-year olds."
    ETFO's position paper - 'Full-Day Kindergarten, Moving Ontario Forward' -
is available on the federation's website at

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
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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