Ontario’s full-day kindergarten (FDK) program is giving Markham-Unionville children a better start in school and preparing them for success in Grade 1, announced MPP Michael Chan as the new school year gets underway.
This September, approximately 4,850 students in fifty-eight schools across York Region will benefit from full-day kindergarten.
“As the fourth year of full-day kindergarten begins, I am so pleased that students in Markham-Unionville are benefitting. By investing in this program, our government is providing Ontario’s youngest learners with important tools to accelerate their development and prepare them for future success.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
A recent Queen’s and McMaster universities study 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:
“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
Giving the province’s youngest learners the tools they need to succeed in Grade 1 and beyond is part of the Ontario government’s plan to prepare students for a productive and successful future and build a fair and prosperous society.
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