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Ray DeV. Peters, Queen's University Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and Mary-Louise Vanderlee, Brock University Associate Professor of Education, are principal investigators on a contract between the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Social Program Evaluation Group at Queen's for the evaluation of Ontario's Full-day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, during the first two years of implementation.
Approximately 35,000 four- and five-year-olds in nearly 600 schools across the province are participating in full-day kindergarten this year. The program provides a full day of learning five days a week, with a teacher and early childhood educator working together in the classroom. Based on parent demand, integrated before- and after-school programs are available for a fee at some schools. The program is being phased in over five years.
The program evaluation will identify the success and challenges associated with the implementation of full-day kindergarten to provide feedback to make the provincial transition easier for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and communities.
"We are very pleased that our research team was selected to evaluate this unique program over the next two years," Peters said. Other members of the team include professors John Freeman, Kevin Parker and Lyn Shulha from Queen's, Jane Bertrand from George Brown College, Geoff Nelson from Wilfrid Laurier, and Janette Pelletier from University of Toronto. Sandy Youmans from Queen's Social Program Evaluation Group is the Research Coordinator. "With the research capabilities this team brings together, we are certain to advance our understanding of the field of early childhood education in this province," said Vanderlee.