The Change to an Early Learning System of Full Day Kindergarten
and Child Care
Implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) is changing the early learning and child
care system in Toronto and Ontario. The Provincial government is striving to create an
early learning system that is more coordinated and responsive to families. It includes a
universal FDK program in every school, Full Day Kindergarten Before and After School
(FDK B&A) programs to address parent needs and the modernization of child care to,
among other things, serve a younger age group.
The scope of this system change is magnified in a City the size of Toronto and has had its
implementation challenges. The City is working closely with the Province and school
boards on implementing Full-Day Kindergarten while promoting a broader vision for Early Learning and Care.
While the introduction of FDK is a positive development for families, its implementation has impacts on the child care system. Children's Services staff has been actively engaged with the child care community, sharing information, clarifying concerns, maintaining up-to-date data for the Community Plans and ward analysis, providing grants to mitigate impacts and making required adjustments to policy as the system change progresses.
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