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Full-day kindergarten roll out to be complete this year

This, after the province spends $1.5 billion on school renos

The province is urging parents to sign up for September's full-day kindergarten (FDK) classes in the final year of the program's roll-out.

Education Minister Liz Sandals tells parents to bring their child's ID - like a birth certificate, OHIP information and immunization records when registering.

Sandals reveals that come September, the province will have spent $1.5 billion to upgrade schools for FDK. She says some needed a handful of new classes to accommodate the number of new students coming in.

She says a going through FDK reduces the risk of challenges kids may have by 50 per cent by grade one.

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  1. Ernie posted on 01/09/2014 06:06 PM
    So lets spend the money to send them to school younger - into the hands of teachers who cant teach math ! Is something wrong with this picture? It really sounds like babysitting!
  2. SG posted on 01/09/2014 07:53 PM
    As reported in the G&M: "A University of Manitoba study suggests that full-day kindergarten makes no difference over the long haul..."

    John Tory always touts this as a great benefit to "underprivileged" kids. Just doesn't appear to be so. Parents are the significant key to academic success. If they're too busy working, too disinterested or whatever, the kid doesn't stand much of a chance. If the parents are involved, show interest, push the kid responsibly, then any kid who knows his parent cares has a much better chance to succeed.

    All day kindergarten = all day babysitting and nothing more. In the great scheme of things it's a "nice to have". In the great scheme of things that money would be better spent on transit or anything else that has a much greater public benefit.
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