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  • September 03, 2013

Study Shows Benefits of Full-day Kindergarten

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:


  • Reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.2 per cent.
  • Reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 16.4 per cent to 4.3 per cent.
  • Reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.6 per cent.


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




  • The complete study is expected to be available in fall 2013.
  • This September, approximately 1496 students in Don Valley East will benefit from full-day kindergarten at schools in the following boards: Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • By September 2014, full-day kindergarten will be available in all elementary schools with the support of 3,800 more teaching positions and up to 20,000 early childhood educator positions.


  • Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.





For further information contact:

Derek Lipman

Office of Michael Coteau, MPP

2062 Sheppard Avenue East,

North York,ON M2J 5B3


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