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4.6.2

Work with the Boards of Education to implement the Provincial Early Learning Framework.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
In October 2009, the Province announced that Ontario will proceed with implementation of a new Early Learning Policy Framework. The Province has identified that the first area of focus for implementation will be on the full day Early Learning Program (ELP) for four and five year olds. Local school boards will assume full responsibility for a full day early learning program for four and five year olds.

The Provincial vision of the Early Learning and Child Care System identifies Consolidated Municipal Service Managers in the role of planning, developing and administering local Early Years Service Plans as well as the system development of the Early Learning Policy Framework.

The implementation of full day kindergarten and before and after school care has been unfolding as originally intended in Waterloo Region. As of September 2013 74% of all elementary schools in Waterloo Region will provide full day kindergarten as well as before and after school care in schools where sufficient demand exists. The program has been extremely successful and has vastly expanded availability of school age programs. The Region of Waterloo continues to work with Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board to plan for next phases of implementation.

Progress Update (September 2013)

The implementation of full day kindergarten and before and after school has been unfolding as originally intended in Waterloo Region. As of September 2013 74% of all elementary schools in Waterloo Region will provide full day kindergarten as well as before and after school care in schools were sufficient demand exists. The program has been extremely successful and has vastly expanded availability of school age programs. The Region of Waterloo continues to work with Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board to plan for next phases of implementation in September 2014.

Progress Update (January 2013)

In September 2012, this project will enter into phase three. During this phase 49 per cent of all elementary schools in Waterloo Region will transition to offer full-day kindergarten.

Children's Services has worked with local school boards to support the transition and to develop strategies that mitigate some of the impact on licensed early learning and child care operators. This initiative greatly expands the availability of before and after school programs for four to seven year olds.

In addition, Waterloo Region District School Board will be offering before and after school programs for 8-12 year olds called Youth Development Programs. This program is unique in the province and has been developed in consultation with Children's Services, Ministry of Education and Conestoga College's Recreation Worker Program.

Progress Indicators

  • Phase 1 -15% of schools
  • Phase 2 - 5% of schools
  • Phase 3 - 29%
  • Phase 4 - 26%
  • Phase 5 – 25%

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)