OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

December 16, 2010 12:14 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Concerned by McGuinty Announcement on Before- and After-School Programs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) has strongly supported the steps taken by the McGuinty government in implementing the bold vision for early learning and care contained in Charles Pascal's report With our Best Future in Mind. "The Premier and his government have deserved our commendation for recognizing the need to move forward with building an integrated network of programs and services to meet the needs of children from 0-12 and their families," stated Ken Coran, President of OSSTF/FEESO. "They clearly understood that the benefits of this approach were well worth investing in, despite the challenging economic times."

"It is for these reasons that we are perplexed by yesterday's announcement that school boards would no longer be required to offer year-round, extended day programs in conjunction with full-day kindergarten," said Coran. "We accepted that the transition to the full early learning vision would take time. We knew that both schools boards and the wider child care community would face significant adjustments that would challenge their resourcefulness. We will be seeking further clarification regarding the details associated with this announcement.

One of the important benefits of the full-day learning and care program was the recognition it gave to the expertise of ECEs as partners in the kindergarten team and working full-time in a single year-round program. Contracting with separate third-party providers could change this picture significantly.

The courageous stand taken last year by the McGuinty government has been warmly welcomed by Ontario's early learning and other leaders. The full-day program has also shown its popularity with parents and educational experts. "These are the voices government should be listening to as it moves forward with the five year plan it set for itself to put the overall vision in place," concluded Coran.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    President
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867