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Ontario’s Kindergarten Program: A Success Story

February 4, 2021

ETFO is releasing 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:

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.

In this video Dr. Gordon Cleveland introduces his research report - Ontario's Kindergarten Program: A Success Story. How We All Benefit from Quality Public Full-Day Kindergarten and provides highlights of his findings.


Celebrating 10 Years of Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario Video

ETFO is releasing a new video to celebrate 10 years of Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario. This is an important milestone for our teacher, occasional teacher and DECE members and this video recognizes and celebrates this important event.


Little Children, Big Learning

This pamphlet highlights the current learning model for Ontario’s Kindergarten program, with a teacher and designated early childhood educator working together as a team.  Ontario’s Kindergarten program was designed by education experts, and it has proven to be a successful learning program, a model for other jurisdictions to follow and a fundamental piece of our world-class education system.

ETFO has also revised and is re-releasing our Little Children, Big Learning Kindergarten Pamphlet 2021

Little Children, Big Learning 2021