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Offline CareDC

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Full-day kindergarten may become all-year affair
« on: January 14, 2010, 07:49:01 PM »
All-day school for kindergarten-aged children will probably be an all-year affair in some of the nearly 600 schools across Ontario selected to launch the popular new program next fall.

In announcing the final list of schools where about 35,000 kindergarten students will be among the first in the province to spend full days in the classroom, Ontario's Ministry of Education called on boards to help families out by extending child-care services at school throughout the calendar year. The province is proposing that the extended services cover statutory holidays, PD days and summertime, for a reasonable fee to parents.

"Some boards will have the administrative capacity to do this and others won't," Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said. "We just felt that we should learn from the first year's implementation and see what the needs are that arise - and see how many boards step up to the plate rather than requiring them to do this additional thing."

She estimated the cost to parents at $15 to $25 a day. The province has pledged $200-million toward the all-day kindergarten program for the first year, and another $300-million to roll it out to an additional 15,000 pupils in the second year.

The minister wouldn't rule out making the year-round component mandatory by the time all-day kindergarten is implemented across the province for the 2015-16 school year.

Offline jodaycare

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Re: Full-day kindergarten may become all-year affair
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 12:42:36 AM »
I can't see them opening on statutory holidays. Schools are closed. They would have  to pay staff  huge overtime to get them to work on stats.


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