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Offline CareDC

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Full-day kindergarten spaces approved in Vancouver
« on: December 23, 2009, 12:29:56 AM »
Vancouver schools will receive funding next year to enrol 2,111 children in full-day kindergarten - 618 more than this year.

That information was received Friday from the Education Ministry, which was advising all boards of education about kindergarten funding for 2010-11. The government has promised full-day kindergarten -- which, by the way, is now called FDK - for 50 per cent of the province's five-year-olds starting next September and the rest beginning in September 2011.

Almost 6,000 students are currently funded for FDK in public schools because they are special needs, ESL or aboriginal. Next year, an additional 15,000 will have access for a total of 21,000. That number will climb to 36,000 in 2011-12, deputy education ministry James Gorman says in a letter to the VSB.

Last year, there were 41,097 kindergarten students in B.C. schools. (Is the drop a result of declining numbers of five-year-olds?)

Gorman said the ministry received "an enthusiastic response" to the request for boards to submit proposals for year one of implementation. "To fairly distribute the 15,000 available FDK seats, the Ministry analyzed the information in each district proposal and used a formula to calculate a proportional allotment for each district. The formula allocates FDK seats based on each district's proposal and its share of total half-day kindergarten enrolment as of September 2009."

Offline sweetgl_4ever

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Re: Full-day kindergarten spaces approved in Vancouver
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 06:15:55 PM »
I hope Alberta soon follows this


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