Following is a summary of Internet postings on the topic of Full Day Early Learning in Ontario for the week of September27, 2010 to October 1, 2010.
Source of Internet postings
Key Issues raised (see details below):
1. Ottawa Public School board adding additional Full Day Kindergarten classrooms
2. Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare sells Full Day Early Learning best practice document
3. Poll shows respondents in favour of Full Day Early Learning
1. Two additional Full Day Kindergarten classrooms added.
· Necessary to cope with higher than expected enrolment. This is the second time additional classrooms have been added this year. Class sizes were between 30-34 students before additional rooms were added.
· Extra rooms expected to cost approximately $300 000.
2. The document outlines best practice for Ontario’s early learning program.
· Designed to assist principals, teachers and ECE’s in the operations of full day kindergarten and before and after care.
· Has sections on role of staff members, program review and implantation, goals etc. (see references for link to page of contents)
3. A Toronto Star-Angus Reid survey posed the question, “Is full day kindergarten the right or the wrong thing to do?”
· 66% of Ontarians polled answered it is right.
· In the same survey, 29% of decided voters would vote of Dalton McGuinty while 41% of decided voters would vote for Tim Hudak
· Article discussing the decreasing power of school trustees. The article uses Full Day Early Learning as an example of government determining curriculum at the exclusion of individual boards curriculum decisions