Islanders asked to share views on pre-kindergarten program

The Province is seeking the views and opinions of children, parents, early childhood educators and education stakeholders on how to deliver a quality pre-kindergarten program for Island children. 

Pre-kindergarten is an optional play-based program for all Island four-year-olds. Starting in September 2021, the program will be free and offered 15 hours a week out of licensed early childhood centres. 

“Access to high quality early childhood experiences for all children through a universal pre-kindergarten program will support a child’s overall development and help to make the transition to kindergarten and public school easier. Pre-kindergarten is a program that many Islanders are familiar with and we want to hear about their experiences with the program and how we can make it even better for Island children.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Natalie Jameson

Currently, 76 per cent of Island four-year olds are enrolled in pre-kindergarten.  A new universal pre-kindergarten program will help ensure that cost is not a barrier to a child’s development and success. 

For more information on how to participate in consultations on pre-kindergarten, visit: Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Consultations.

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Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

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