Study Shows Benefits of Full-day Kindergarten
Ontario Government Giving Children Best Start
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2013
Ontario’s full-day kindergarten (FDK) program is giving children a better start in school and preparing them for success in Grade 1.
A recent study conducted in partnership with Queen’s and McMaster universities measured the progress and development of students who were enrolled in FDK compared to those who participated in half-day programs. In every area, students improved their readiness for Grade 1 and accelerated their development. Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that FDK:
Giving the province’s youngest learners the tools they need to succeed in Grade 1 and beyond is part of theOntariogovernment’s plan to prepare students for a productive and successful future and build a fair and prosperous society.
“I’m delighted that the students in Don Valley East will benefit from full-day kindergarten. Strong FDK investment means we are giving our young learners an excellent start in life so they are on the right track for future success.”
—Michael Coteau, MPP- Don Valley East
“This research proves the value of full-day kindergarten. We are proud that our FDK program is helping our youngest learners develop valuable skills that will give them every opportunity to succeed.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
For further information contact:
Office of Michael Coteau, MPP
2062 Sheppard Avenue East,
North York,ON M2J 5B3
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