EARLY LEARNING

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.

Early education makes a big difference

  • The Ford government must commit to supporting and strengthening full-day Kindergarten and commit to affordable, accessible, high-quality child care, as early childhood education and care leads to better learning outcomes, reduces poverty, and creates a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
  • It is imperative that the Ford government protect the benefits of full-day Kindergarten by continuing to support the successful teacher/early childhood educator team model, while helping to make classrooms safer and more productive by reducing class sizes.

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