High quality, inclusive early childhood education and care leads to better learning outcomes.
Ontario’s full-day Kindergarten program is a ground-breaking and world-leading initiative that has benefitted four-and five-year-olds socially, emotionally, and academically.
With proper support and investment, full-day Kindergarten will continue to pay dividends for students, families, and all Ontarians. But, to realize wider early learning gains, it must be accompanied by affordable, accessible, publicly funded child care.
As it stands, most families in Ontario can’t access or afford quality, licensed care for their infants and toddlers. This means that parents, often women, can’t work or go to school. It also means that children, especially those from low-income households, miss out on crucial cognitive, emotional, and social development opportunities.