A study conducted by Queens and McMaster universities confirms that Full Day Kindergarten is getting children ready for Grade 1 both socially and academically.
The study looked at data from 693 children from 125 schools in the province. Generally, the study found that students who completed 2 years of FDK were better prepared to enter Grade 1 and more successful in school than students with one or no years in a full day, every day program.
"Full Day Kindergarten is the best thing to happen to education in Ontario!" Superintendent of Education Clara Howitt told guests at a media conference on the first day of school at Marlborough Public School. The evidence from the study, merely confirmed what Howitt and many Early Years educators in the GECDSB already were seeing in classrooms.
The students in Mrs. Dennis' Grade 1 class at Marlborough, who had almost all been through 2 years of FDK, were great examples of the success of the program. They demonstrated poise and intelligence as they performed math activities with guests and read to all with confidence.
Twelve more GECDSB schools begin offering FDK this year, with the final group of schools scheduled to commence in September 2014.