Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 27, 2009 16:49 ET

Full day kindergarten an important piece of the childcare puzzle

says Ontario Federation of Labour

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2009) - "The implementation of full day kindergarten in Ontario schools is really welcome news," says Wayne Samuelson, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "This program represents a truly important piece of the childcare puzzle."

Today's long awaited announcement on full day kindergarten is a major step toward the sort of seamless early learning strategy recommended by Dr. Charles Pascal in the Ontario government commissioned report With Our Best Future in Mind. The Pascal Report was widely praised by educators, parents and public policy experts for its vision using schools to create holistic, community-based early learning hubs for children from age 0-12.

"Full day learning will give four and five year old children a real leg up in early childhood development and education, which is great for the children and their families," says Samuelson. "But this also presents new economic opportunities for many families struggling through tough times. It's also a tremendously valuable source of direct economic stimulus to aid on the path to recovery."

Knowing that their children will be well cared for on a full day basis will open new possibilities of full time employment and educational upgrading for many parents, especially mothers. Public policy experts and poverty reduction advocates have long recognized that investments in childcare and early learning will have a significant and long term impact in the fight against poverty.

"It's important to remember though, that this only represents one piece of the puzzle. The government must now commit to fully implementing the rest of the recommendations in the Pascal Report. That means expanding programs to include all children in the 0-12 age range, and further investment to fully support transforming schools into vibrant hubs of their communities."

"Especially in tough economic times, we need to recognize the difference between a real investment and a mere expenditure. Money spent on early education will result in more opportunities for children, more opportunities for parents, and more opportunity for the creation of good jobs. That's a real investment in our future," says Samuelson.

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Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-571-7408
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7678
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138