Study aims to ease kids’ transition from pre-school to kindergarten

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A new project aims to ease childrens’ transition from early childhood learning programs into kindergarten.

The provincial government has partnered with the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation and the Jimmy Pratt Foundation to study ways of integrating early childhood learning programs in Newfoundland and Labrador, in an effort to create a smooth transition to formal schooling. That’s according to a Department of Education news release.

The study will be conducted through Memorial University and will look at various early childhood programs through the province to determine best practices for developing a seamless transition to kindergarten.

Minister of Education Clyde Jackman made the announcement while speaking to an early childhood learning symposium in St. John’s this morning.

Pending the outcome of the study, the foundations have allocated up to $300,000 over three years to fund a pilot project in select schools.

“It is just one example of how the provincial government is exploring new ways to enhance early childhood learning programs so that our children have the best possible opportunity for success when they begin their formal schooling,” said Jackman.

The government has plans to double child care funding by 2021 to approximately $56 million per year.

Organizations: Margaret Wallace McCain Family Foundation, Jimmy Pratt Foundation, Department of Education

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Lolly
    May 08, 2012 - 13:32

    Government's money would be better spent re-vamping the kindergarten program. My kids had a harder time adjusting to Grade One from kindergarten, than they did from daycare to kindergarten. I don't think kindergarten is a realisitic introduction to the reality of school.

  • Marg
    May 08, 2012 - 09:51

    My heavens, how utterly ridiculous. Another waste of money. We've made a bunch of sissies out of children in the last decade or more. Back in my day (the fifties) there was no such thing as pre-school, and we were all sent off to Kindergarten on that first day no matter what or how we felt. It was just another part of life and growing up.