The Future Of Full Day Kindergarten Remains To Be Seen

Weston kindergarten students and parents should keep their eyes on the Ford Government. Most recently, they have decided to reevaluate the full day kindergarten program.This program has been in place since 2014. It’s introduction lightened financial burdens on parents, especially those in low income households, by eliminating the need for private daycare and shifting those costs to the government. The current government has promised to keep the program in place until the end of the 2019-2020 school year, but after that it will be looking at reevaluating the situation. The program is an expensive one, at approximately $1.5 billion per year (according to CTV News).Ford, in a press conference on Wednesday, said that “any decision that’s made is going to be better,” regarding the future of full day kindergarten.

In speaking to one Weston parent, they made the connection that implementing full day kindergarten was a “lengthy and thought out process” and that the future of the program should be as well. If the program gets cancelled, and some of that goes to paying a deficit but other parts go into fixing other issues [like oversized classrooms] within our education system then that seems suitable.” Some options the government may consider are subsidies for low income families who will require daycare, as well as evaluating how much time and money will be spent should this program change and whether this is feasible. This announcement also comes on the heels of the PC Government considering removing class cap sizes from kindergarten and primary grades.

Ford has made it clear that there will be consultations regarding full day kindergarten, so keep an eye open for that. You can also call our MPP Faisal Hassan and let his office know how you feel about this development.

Author: Katherine Collier

Katherine is a fourth year student at York University's School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Her family has been a part of the Weston community for over forty years. Weston is an integral part of her identity, and she would not have it any other way. Katherine is studying to become a secondary music teacher, and as such, many of her articles will focus on children and their future in our community. She has been writing for The Artichoke Magazine at York University for the past three years and is taking on the role of Assistant Editor for it this year.

3 thoughts on “The Future Of Full Day Kindergarten Remains To Be Seen”

  1. Faisal announced he is introducing a Private Members Bill in the Legislature on matters of
    Education that he is a minor critic for, on November 28th for those interested.

  2. Ford is desperate to show that he is a good money manager so the savings are too tempting unless there is a substantial public outcry. One telling sign is the easing of regulations about day-care supervisor to child ratios (50% more children allowed per supervisor).
    It seems Mr. Ford seeks to punish working and poor families in his efforts to ease the tax responsibilities of his rich friends.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4740223/ontario-child-care-bill/

  3. seems the liberals overspent and now Ford wants to undue all the liberals did. this is why never vote liberal.
    problem is billions have been spent on expanding schools to accommodate all-day kindergarten, teachers hired, supplies bought….we are to far down the road to cancel and save any money by cancelling all-day kindergarten.
    I think this is just a ploy by Ford to ask teachers unions for a pay-cut – another thing thats not right.

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