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.
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning