Full-Day Early Learning a Go for September 2010
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 4, 2009) – The Province of Ontario recently announced the move towards implementing full-day learning for four- and five-year-old children. The Region of Peel supports the Province’s action and is working to ensure a successful transition.
In late 2007, the Premier appointed Dr. Charles Pascal as Ontario’s Early Learning Advisor, asking him to make recommendations surrounding the implementation of full-day learning for four- and five-year olds. Dr. Pascal’s June 2009 report, With Our Best Future in Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario, described 20 recommendations for an integrated early learning and care system for children up to age 12.
As Peel’s service system manager, special services provider and a child care centre operator, Regional staff have been working with organizations in Peel to research the impact full-day learning and other recommendations from Dr. Pascal’s report will have on the early learning and child care system in our community.
Regional Councillor Patricia Mullin said “When fully implemented, this change will revolutionize Ontario’s education and child care system by ensuring access to full-day learning for all four and five year-olds.”
A key initiative of the Province’s plan sees teachers and early childhood educators working together to deliver the regular school day curriculum, with an option for parents to enroll their children in a fee-based before-and-after-school program.
It is expected that approximately 35,000 of Ontario’s kindergarten students will be enrolled in full-day programs next September.
The Region of Peel will begin working with the Peel District School Board, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud and Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest to identify schools that meet the Province’s criteria to offer full-day early learning programming beginning in September 2010.
“We are pleased to see the strong role the Province has given to municipalities,” said Janet Menard, Commissioner of the Region’s Human Services department. “From a Human Services perspective, the implementation of full-day learning will affect many of our clients, staff and partners. It is imperative to have all relevant service providers at the table to ensure a successful roll-out.”
The Region of Peel Human Services department provides advice to Region Council on matters of social policy and supports full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region by planning, managing and delivering quality, integrated human services and resources that invest in people. The department works collaboratively with other Peel agencies to improve the opportunities and quality of life for children, families and individuals living in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Services provided include child care and subsidy for child care services at licensed programs; financial and employment services for those in need; affordable housing, through rent-geared-to-income units and rent supplement; funding to non-profit community agencies through grants.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit www.peelregion.ca.