Change in direction shows the Ministry of Education, local elected
provincial representatives listening to local needs of schools, parents
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Peel District School Board trustees are
applauding the changes made by the province to the full-day
kindergarten program. In a letter to the minister of education sent
today on behalf of the board, Chair Janet McDougald notes, " I am
writing to express our board's support and appreciation of the
province's proposed legislative amendments that would give school
boards the flexibility we need to enter into agreements with
third-party operators to provide before- and/or after-school programs
at schools hosting full-day kindergarten programs. This new flexibility
will help ensure Peel families have access to high quality child care
before and after the school day.
The proposed legislative amendments build on the strengths and
partnerships that already exist in the community and provide parents a
more cost-effective child care option. This change in direction shows
the Ministry of Education, and our local elected provincial
representatives are listening to the local needs of schools and
parents. We want to assure you that this board is committed to the
full-day kindergarten model, including the extended day, and that we
will work with our providers to ensure the kind of seamless transition
that is best for children. The flexibility is deeply appreciated."
Continues McDougald, "As a board, we have been a long-standing and vocal
advocate for early learning. We welcomed the government's bold decision
to move ahead with the program for all students in Ontario. There is no
doubt about the powerful impact on learning this program will have now,
and in the future, on our students, and on our communities.
We recognize the value of the full-day early learning program in helping
to boost student success. It is why, during year one of implementation,
no limits were set on enrolment within school boundaries and all
parents interested in the program were able to register their
In November, the board voted to defer 11 full-day kindergarten sites for
year two until additional funding is made available. Highlights
McDougald, "It is our genuine hope notice of the required funding will
be received before staffing and registration deadlines in February so
that these deferred sites can offer full-day kindergarten next year.
Please let us know the level of funding we can anticipate so that we
can inform our communities that are eagerly awaiting information on the
status of programs for year two."
SOURCE Peel District School Board
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