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Kindergarten Registration Underway In York Region

McGuinty Government Supporting Young Children And Families

RICHMOND HILL--York Region families are already preparing for an exciting September.

Local parents have been busy registering their children to start full-day kindergarten this fall, York Region MPPs Michael Chan, Reza Moridi, Helena Jaczek and Greg Sorbara announced today.

Full-day kindergarten will be offered at 56 York Region schools in 2011 and at all schools across the province by 2015. Children will benefit from classes with both an early childhood educator and a teacher, who work together throughout the day to help children learn, play and grow.

Full-day kindergarten is the next phase of the Open Ontario Plan. A full day of learning early in life makes the transition to Grade 1 easier for both parents and children. Also, students who achieve early success in school are more likely to perform well later in school and go on to postsecondary education.

"For Markham’s young children, full-day kindergarten will offer more opportunities to explore the world around them and interact with their classmates. These young learners will have a stronger start to learn, play, grow and prepare for future success."

– Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

"After only a few months, children and families are excited about their experiences with the full-day kindergarten program – and even more will be participating next year. Full-day kindergarten will give our children more opportunities to succeed in school and in life."

– Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education

"As a former educator, I can appreciate that full-day kindergarten is the one of the best opportunities to give our children a head start. With registration for the second year well underway, our families and their children will have access to full-day kindergarten programs in Richmond Hill. Coupled with other education initiatives, this will help to ensure that the students in Ontario will continue to be amongst the best in the world."

– Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill

"The expansion of the Full Day Learning program for the 2011-2012 school year is an exciting opportunity for even more young Ontarians to form a solid foundation for future learning".

– Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham


QUICK FACTS

  1. Full-day kindergarten is offered in almost 600 Ontario schools this year and will be available at more than 200 additional sites in the 2011-12 school year.
  2. Registration for full-day kindergarten and part-time kindergarten programs is now taking place at all local elementary schools.
  3. To register for kindergarten, have your child’s identification documents ready, including birth certificate, birth registry/baptismal certificate, Ontario Health Card and immunization record.
  4. Like existing kindergarten programs, full-day kindergarten will remain optional for four- and five-year-olds.
  5. Where there is sufficient parent demand, schools will also offer an optional before- and after-school program.


LEARN MORE

  1. Find out more about full-day kindergarten, and which schools offer it.
  2. Meet some families who are benefiting from full-day kindergarten.
  3. Find tips to support your children’s learning at Ontario.ca/abc123.

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