Like existing kindergarten programs, full-day kindergarten will remain optional for four- and five-year-olds.
But research shows that children who participate in full-day kindergarten get a solid foundation for future learning. In full-day kindergarten, your child will benefit from:
- A stronger start in school
A full day of learning early in life can help improve your child's reading, writing and math skills and provide a strong foundation for future learning. It also makes the transition to Grade 1 easier for both you and your child. When the introduction to school is an enjoyable experience, your child is naturally inclined to learn and will be eager to be part of the school experience.
- More time with classmates
During the regular school day, your child will benefit from being able to socialize with other children and develop the academic and social skills necessary for future success. In addition, the program running before and after school hours will complement what your child learns and does during the regular school day.
- A seamless and integrated day
Your child will remain in familiar surroundings with staff and friends, rather than moving between different programs and locations.
Studies by educators and economists agree: full-day learning is good for
young children, families and our province.
Many studies have shown that full-day learning programs for four- and five-year-olds can have a positive impact on their academic, social and emotional development. These programs also give the children’s parents more opportunities to work towards a better future for their families. For example:
- A Rutgers University study found that prolonged and regular full-day preschool attendance significantly increased children’s verbal and mathematics test scores in Grade 1 and beyond.
- A University of Ottawa study found that full-day preschool programs for four-year-old children had a positive effect on the children’s language and academic learning.
- That same study noted that parents of the children enrolled in the full-day program observed higher levels of progress in their children, and that the teachers observed that children in the full-day program more easily adjusted to academic life than children who attended a half-day program.
- Early childhood programs that help compensate children for difficult home and community environments and that support parents to work or upgrade their job skills are highly effective at reducing the rate and depth of family poverty.
- A recent study from Harvard University found that students who learned more in kindergarten were more likely to go to college and earn more over time.