Child Care Tag

05 Apr 2010 ARPA Event in Yarrow, BC: Full-time Kindergarten

The ARPA Langley presentation on this topic was a huge success. Now the newly formed ARPA Fraser Valley East is hosting a panel discussion on this topic on Monday, April 19 at 7:30pm in the Yarrow Canadian Reformed Church. Schools and parents are currently discussing how to proceed in light of the BC provincial government's decision to implement full day kindergarten. The Ministry of Education has also stated that it is considering more changes down the road, including kindergarten for 3 and 4 year olds.  What should we think of this?  The first step is to be informed.
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29 Mar 2010 ARPA Submission to Ontario Government Regarding Bill 242

Attached below is ARPA Canada's submission to the Ontario government in response to the legislation that aims to expand institutionalized early-learning in Ontario. Bill 242 proposes to fund full-day kindergarten and junior kindergarten (for 4 and 5-year olds) at a projected cost of 1.8 billion dollars annually. In this submission, ARPA Canada encourages the Ontario government ot abandon this legislation because it will provide minimal help for children while further eroding the parent-child relationship that is critical for effective education, all at a staggering cost to Ontario taxpayers....

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10 Mar 2010 BC ARPA’s Get the Province Talking About Full-Time Kindergarten

BC ARPA groups have been initiating a quality discussion about the province's move toward full-time kindergarten over the past two weeks. Last week Monday Langley ARPA brought a panel of speakers to address a packed-house. The film of that event was used in the Bulkley Valley yesterday for a successful event there on the same topic. And tonight, Neil Dykstra, chair of Langley ARPA, was live on the air for over half an hour discussing this issue on Road Kill Radio (for the MP3, click here and here). To add...

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04 Mar 2010 Early Education: Filling a Vacuum

By Neil Dykstra (Langley ARPA), for www.NoApologies.ca: All-day kindergarten is becoming reality in Canada. Ontario is beginning implementation in the 2010-2011 school year and plans to complete the conversion by September 2015. BC has a more aggressive timeline, converting half its kindergarten spaces to all-day for 2010-2011 and the rest in the next year. Some Canadian jurisdictions are studying the European systems that begin schooling as young as 3 years old for future programs. [Keep reading this article here.]...

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10 Feb 2010 Key Points and Sample Letter on Early Learning Education

By Ruth Bredenhof, BV ARPA [Read a more detailed article by BV ARPA on the same topic here. Find a sample letter below] The BC Government has decided to expand Early Learning to include full-day kindergarten for half of BC Schools in 2010, and for all five-year-olds by 2011. Other provinces, such as Ontario, have plans to extend their Early Learning programs as well. Currently, ½ day kindergarten for five year olds is the norm in BC. Although kindergarten will remain optional, government funding will only be provided for schools that offer full-time kindergarten (beginning in 2011).  The BC Government also indicated that they hope to expand school to four and three year olds within the next few years.
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12 Jan 2010 Ontario offers full-day kindergarten next fall

CBC.ca, January 12, 2009: A new Ontario program will provide full-day kindergarten to more than 35,000 four- and five-year-olds beginning in September, the provincial government announced Tuesday. More than 600 schools throughout the province will offer the program, including at least one school from each board. The Ministry of Education posted a list of the schools on its website, at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/earlylearning/. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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07 Jan 2010 Full Day Kindergarten and BC Independent Schools

By ARPA Canada (www.ARPACanada.ca): BC independent schools are once again facing the reality that partial government funding comes with strings attached. Although not confirmed, indications from the government so far are that the province's independent schools have to go along with the move to make kindergarten full time in 2011 or loose their partial funding for kindergarten students. A conversation with a BC Ministry of Education spokesperson also affirmed that the province is considering taking this a step further and extending it to four-year-olds down the road.
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25 Nov 2009 The High Cost of Early Learning

By Andrea Mrozek, Globe and Mail, November 25 2009: When Ontario's Finance Minister announced last month that the provincial deficit would be substantially higher than predicted, it was followed up by talk of restraint. “We will change how we do business in this province,” he said. “We are becoming an even leaner and even more efficient provider of quality public services.” Really? The government is on track to expand the public sector and push the province further into the red. The reason is full-day kindergarten, set to start next year....

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27 Oct 2009 Ontario makes kindergarten plan official

ARPA Action Item: Ontario residents, please contact your MPP about this issue (contact information is here.) There are many good articles that explain why the government should be encouraging parents to look after their children rather than funding a gigantic child-care program using the rhetoric of "early-childhood learning" to justify it. Click here for an article by BV ARPA on a similar move in BC and click here for articles from some mainstream papers against  this. Canadian Press, Oct 27/09: Ontario will move ahead with full-day kindergarten for all four...

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