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April 9, 2014

Investing in Priority Early Learning Programs

All Party Support for Introduction of Full-Day Kindergarten

A private member’s motion to support the Provincial Government’s decision to introduce full-day Kindergarten received unanimous support today from all members in the legislature.

"The implementation of a universal full-day Kindergarten program – equally accessible to all children in Newfoundland and Labrador – is a major component of the second phase of our six-year early learning strategy, Learning from the Start, which was initiated in 2011 to invest in programs and services which give our children the best possible start in life. Budget 2014 allocates $35.4 million over three years to implement full-day Kindergarten, beginning in September 2016, and to further enhance early learning opportunities. This builds on our government's commitment to investing in early learning programs and services that promote the social, emotional and academic development of children."
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education

In addition to funding for full-day Kindergarten, at a cost of $30.6 million over three years, Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook includes $4.8 million for the continuation of early learning initiatives aimed specifically at infants and toddlers.


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Media contact:
Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 697-5061

2014 04 09                                        5:45 p.m.

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