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Ontario's Kindergarten Program a Success Story - Full Report

February 04, 2021


ETFO released a new report from Dr. Gordon Cleveland, Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics from the University of Toronto, titled “Ontario’s Kindergarten Program: A Success Story. How We All Benefit from Quality Public Full-Day Kindergarten.”

The report was commissioned by ETFO on the 10th anniversary of this ground-breaking Ontario Kindergarten program, in response to statements made by political leaders suggesting potential reforms to the Ontario Kindergarten program. Dr. Cleveland was asked to assess the impacts of these potential reforms on Ontario’s Full-Day Kindergarten model, and on the children and families who benefit from it. Dr. Cleveland has reviewed, analyzed and synthesized evidence from a wide range of studies in Canada and other countries to perform this assessment.  To view the Executive Summary or Full Report for further information open the documents below:

Dr Gordon Cleveland Kindergarten Research Report - Executive Summary

Dr Gordon Cleveland Kindergarten Research Report - Full Report

Dr. Gordon Cleveland has performed an extensive review of the existing body of research into Kindergarten and early years education. By looking at the evidence, he provides a comprehensive analysis to inform policy decisions regarding this important program. The conclusions of this report provide a compelling case for maintaining and investing in the Kindergarten model we have now.

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