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Bluewater District School Board rolls out full-day Kindergarten
at all schools

Education

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To coincide with the beginning of the 2014–2015 school year, full-day Kindergarten is now fully implemented with 39 schools throughout Bluewater District School Board offering the program to the local area’s youngest learners. 

Full-day Kindergarten has been phased into Ontario schools over the past five years. This fall, the remaining 11 Bluewater schools are ready for the program with 27 new classrooms (19 English and eight French Immersion).

Research demonstrates that positive early years experiences lead to improved determinants of health, resulting in better social, economic, and health outcomes throughout the lifecycle (Ontario Early Years Policy Framework–2013).

Some of the data collected thus far, regarding full-day Kindergarten, indicates that participating children demonstrated improved scores in social competence, language and cognitive development, and communication.

In an effort to streamline and align early childhood education, all early years and child care programs in Ontario have been placed under the umbrella of the Ontario Ministry of Education. 

Many Bluewater schools are currently partnered with child-care providers to offer extended day programs for students enrolled in full-day Kindergarten. These programs share similar curriculum goals and instructional approaches while creating the opportunity for students to maximize their development and learning.

The 11 schools that are implementing full-day Kindergarten this school year include:

  • Bruce Peninsula District School (Lion’s Head)
  • Chesley District Community School
  • Dawnview Public School (Hanover)
  • Dufferin Elementary School (Owen Sound)
  • Elgin Market Public School (Kincardine)
  • Hanover Heights Community School
  • Paisley Central School
  • Ripley-Huron Community School
  • Spruce Ridge Community School (Durham)
  • St. Edmunds Public School (Tobermory)
  • St. Vincent-Euphrasia Elementary School (Meaford)

Parents/guardians who would like to register their children for full-day Kindergarten in September, 2015, can visit www.bwdsb.on.ca/instructional_programs/jr_kgtn for a list of this fall’s registration dates.

 




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