Research shows Ontario’s two-year, full-day kindergarten has lasting benefits

August 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

From Judy A. Librarian, Reference and Collection Management

Ontario’s investment in an innovative 2-year full-day kindergarten program appears to be paying off.  Preliminary findings from research at OISE show that this unique program “has lasting benefits for children’s behaviour as well as their learning.” Not only did students in this program score higher on reading, writing and number knowledge than those in a half-day program, but their scores stayed higher until the end of Grade 2. The children also scored higher on self-regulation, an important predictor of long-term academic success.

Ontario’s model is unique in 3 respects:

  • Childcare and kindergarten programs are integrated though a teaching team of a registered Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and a kindergarten teacher
  • Ontario’s program involves a new curriculum with a play-based approach to learning that moves away from teacher-centered, rote learning approaches and whole class instruction
  • It involves two years of full-time attendance with the same educators, beginning at age four

TDSB staff who would like to read more can log on to the TDSB Google drive and have a look at our resource lists on kindergarten or self-regulation in children.

Happy reading!

Entry filed under: Education Research, Kindergarten.

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