Full-Day Learning is Not Full-Day Kindergarten

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The full-day of learning for four and
five-year-olds outlined in the Early Learning Advisor's Report is an
innovative and progressive concept that fights the status quo and we as a
society need to open our minds to a new way of educating our young people,
says the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO).
    "Dr. Charles Pascal was not talking about kindergarten in his report but
rather a new full-day program for four and five-year-olds that incorporates
the very best that two professions - early childhood educators and certified
teachers - have to offer our young people," affirmed Eduarda Sousa, Executive
Director of the AECEO.
    "Dr. Pascal himself has said that his report is the enemy of the status
quo, and really we are looking at a fundamental shift in early education from
what we now know as kindergarten to a comprehensive, integrated child and
family service system."
    Early childhood educators are uniquely trained and experienced in early
childhood development and have complementary skills and experience when paired
with certified teachers, who are uniquely qualified to prepare children for
success as they enter the primary grades.
    "We are looking forward to forging professional relationships with
teachers as we move into a new system," says Sousa.
    "I have spoken to many parents who have been very happy with pilot
programs that feature early childhood educators and teachers working together.
I know there are a great number of parents in Ontario who fully support the
introduction of a new program for four and five-year-olds that blends the best
practices of our professions and provides more opportunity for high quality
early learning and care."

For further information:

For further information: Julia Lipman, Communications Manager,
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, (416) 487-3157, ext. 33;
Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director, Association of Early Childhood Educators
Ontario, Cell: (416) 458-1381

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