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Children gain learning boost from two-year, full-day kindergarten

Medical X-Press – Janette Pelletier

“Ontario made a bold public policy move in September 2010 when full-day learning was made available to all four- and five-year-old children in the province—via a unique two-year, full-day kindergarten program. This investment by one province in an innovative play-based kindergarten program seems to be paying off. Preliminary findings from our research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education reveals that this unique full-day kindergarten (FDK) program has lasting benefits for children’s behaviour as well as their learning. Children in this program scored higher on reading, writing and number knowledge than those in a half-day program and remained ahead until the end of Grade 2.”(more)

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