McGuinty Government Moves Forward On Full-Day Learning For Four- And Five-Year-Olds

        Dr. Charles Pascal Appointed As Special Advisor To Recommend
                         Strategy, Report To Premier

    TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The government has appointed Dr. Charles Pascal
to recommend the best way to implement full-day learning for four- and
five-year-olds, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Research tells us that early learning helps children get off to the best
possible start in school - so it's important that we get it right," said
Premier McGuinty. "That's why we've appointed one of Canada's leading experts
in early childhood education, Dr. Charles Pascal, to get our plan for full-day
learning for four- and five-year olds off to the best possible start."
    Dr. Pascal is the executive director of the Atkinson Foundation, a
charitable foundation dedicated to economic and social justice and Chair of
the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). He has extensive
experience in the education sector as a former president of Sir Sandford
Fleming College and in taking on significant roles in different provincial
    In 1987, he was appointed Chair of the Ontario Council of Regents, the
government's chief policy and planning body for the colleges of applied arts
and technology. In 1991, he became the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of
Community and Social Services and later the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of
Education and Training.
    A recent Rutgers University study showed that four-year-olds in full-time
learning programs scored consistently higher in math and language skills. It
found that full-time learning has dramatic and lasting effects on children's
learning across a broad range of knowledge and skills.
    The McGuinty government has committed to spending $200 million in year
three of its mandate and $300 million in year four to make progress on
full-time learning for Ontario children.
    "We need everyone at their best for Ontario to prosper - and our
government will continue building opportunity for parents and investing in the
success of children," said Premier McGuinty. "Together, we'll move forward the
Ontario way - by working, building and dreaming together."

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