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TORONTO Nearly 600 Ontario schools will offer full-day kindergarten to about 35,000 four-and five-year-olds starting next fall, The Canadian Press has learned.

Premier Dalton McGuinty, who is moving ahead with the costly program despite Ontario's unprecedented deficit, will be in Chatham Tuesday to unveil details about the first phase of the plan that's expected to take five years to fully implement.

At least one school from each board in the province will offer full-day kindergarten starting in September, a government official confirmed Monday.

While McGuinty makes the announcement in Chatham, Liberal members of the provincial legislature will do the same from their ridings, the source said. A complete list of schools that got the green light will be posted online Tuesday.

About 15 per cent of all eligible kids will be able to enrol in the program next September. McGuinty has promised to expand the program to 50,000 kids in 2011.

All four-and five-year-olds should be able to enrol in 2015, at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion a year.

Research shows that full-day kindergarten does benefit students in the long run, said Annie Kidder, executive director of parent-led People for Education.

But it's just one component of a broader vision to improve education for children under the age of 13, which the government hasn't talked about, she said.

"We do seem to have picked out one bit, and are implementing one bit of it, and leaving quite a lot of it behind," she said.

McGuinty, who promised full-day kindergarten during his 2007 election campaign, has set aside $500 million over two years to start up the program.

School boards submitted lists of eligible schools to the ministry in December. Priority is supposed to be given to low-income neighbourhoods, as well as those that have available space and have the greatest need for the program.

But many low-income children may not be able to enrol in the program because their schools don't have the space and the province isn't providing any capital funds for renovations, said Opposition critic Elizabeth Witmer.

Full-day kindergarten should be put off until the province is in better financial shape, she said.

"How is he planning to pay for it?" Witmer said.

"They don't know how they're going to deal with the $25-billion deficit, plus the increasing debt. Now they talk about selling some of their assets. I mean, it's obvious that they're desperate for money."

The government is sending mixed messages by embarking on full-day kindergarten when thousands of daycare spaces are about to be cut unless the province can come up with more cash, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

"There are children that will be born today that might likely not even see the benefits of this program," she said.

"The inequity of access I think is something that's going to concern people. I don't know that the government has provided a good reason for why there's going to be haves and have-nots in terms of access to programs."

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