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Full-Time Early Learning/Junior Kindergarten in Rainbow Schools

Rainbow District School Board will offer a new Early Learning Program in Ministry of Education approved schools effective September 2010. In addition, full-day Junior Kindergarten will be offered every day in all other Rainbow schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin.

“Making full-day programming available for all four and five year olds will ensure they get the best start for the brightest future,” said Board Chair Tyler Campbell. “We look forward to implementing early learning and full-day JK every day in Rainbow Schools.”

“Early years are important years,” added Director of Education Jean Hanson. “Research has shown that the early years influence success in learning and life. This investment in our youngest citizens will pay huge dividends in the long-term.”

Recognizing its importance, Rainbow District School Board has offered full-day Senior Kindergarten daily for many years. Full-day Junior Kindergarten is currently offered three full days one week and two full days the next week.

“Making Junior Kindergarten available on a full-time basis will certainly come as good news to parents/guardians,” said Director Hanson. “Children will be immersed in a rich learning environment where their social, emotional, physical and developmental growth will be nurtured through stimulating hands-on activities.”

The Early Learning Program will be phased in over the next five years, beginning in September 2010. A teacher and early childhood educator will lead the program, with average class sizes of 26 children. For a fee, parents will have an option of enrolling their children in before and after school programs, providing there is sufficient interest. There will also be a new curriculum for four and five-year-olds.

“The Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Program has far reaching implications,” said Director Hanson. “This is just the beginning of the journey in the creation of an integrated system of support for our youngest citizens and their families. We look forward to introducing the Early Learning Program in all Rainbow Schools in the years to come.”  

Registrations for full-time Early Learning and Junior Kindergarten will begin in January. For enrolment in Junior Kindergarten, the child must be four years of age by December 31, 2010.  For enrolment in Senior Kindergarten, the child must be five years of age by December 31, 2010.

For more information about these programs, visit rainbowschools.ca or contact the Rainbow School nearest you.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 674-3171, ext. 7217.