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  • September 04, 2013

Study Shows Benefits of Full-day Kindergarten

Ontario Government Giving Markham-Unionville Children Best Start

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:

  • 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.

“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.


  • The complete study will be available later this Fall.
  • 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.


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