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Parents, educators hear details about early learning plan
« on: March 05, 2010, 03:28:44 PM »
COBOURG-- Dr. Charles Pascal's presentation Friday focused on the first phase of Ontario's early learning plan -- the part that affects four-and five-year-olds entering full-time Kindergarten in some Northumberland County schools this fall -- but it is only a part of his overall vision to improve the lives of children from prenatal to age 12.

Pascal is the architect of the plan that will be rolled out over five years by the provincial government under Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Early Learning division.

It was made very apparent by both men Friday that even planning for the first Kindergarten phase is not yet complete.

Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi acknowledged this ongoing planning process during introductions of the speakers at the Lions Community Centre in Cobourg to an audience of social workers, teachers, daycare operators, administrators, parents and educational assistants.

The extended Kindergarten portion of the plan starts in September with a total of 33 classrooms in the local public and separate school boards. Both the extended full-day, five-days-a-week Kindergarten classes and pre-and post-class time daycare are optional, but the cost of daycare is still up in the air.


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