TORONTO – Ontario’s education minister used the first day of school, Tuesday, to boast about the governing minority Liberals’ full-day kindergarten program.
Education Minister Liz Sandals marked the first day of school by reading to a kindergarten class at Ogden Jr. Public School in Toronto.
She had the full attention of Ms. Britt’s kindergarten class, reading to them the story of “Chester the Raccoon” and his first day of school in Audrey Penn’s Kissing Hand.
Chester does not want to go to school, so Mrs. Raccoon tells him a story to calm his fears. The book, which was first published in 1993, is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school.
For the adults, she told the story of full-day kindergarten.
“I’m delighted to report on the results of the preliminary results of a recent study that confirms what we always believed to be true — full-day kindergarten is working,” Sandals said.
Researchers at Queen’s and McMaster universities focused on almost 700 children from 125 schools and found students in full-day kindergarten are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and be more successful in school.
The program was first rolled out four years ago, and is expected to be in all elementary schools by September 2014.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) September 3, 2013