Support and Enrich Full-Day Kindergarten Current Model

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Government is reviewing current full-day kindergarten model for changes to lower down the budget spent on it. Research studies support that the current model has been successful in terms of preparation of kindergarten children for grade 1 and for life. Kindergarten age is when children learn organization, planning and maintenance. It seems unfair to squeeze children's learning to save for government budget. Our children are the future of our country. We would not like our future foundations be built weak. With the current model, we had come long way in terms of supporting children with disabilities, anti-biased practices and ensuring equitable outreach of services in kindergarten classrooms with two adult educators aimed to ensure holistic development of children. But there is still need for progress. It is heart-wrecking to see government taking back steps. Children do not have a say about their learning environment model, but the UN convention of Children's rights does-

“In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” (UN Convention of Children's Rights,1989)

Not caring for the importance of early years of life and giving emphasis to finances seems an-adult based policy and violation of children's right to education. I appeal Ontario government to foresee the benefits of money spent on early years and to enrich current full-day kindergarten model.


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