Don’t believe the hype on full-day kindergarten

A few months ago, the Ontario government announced with much pomp that research was showing that the new full-day kindergarten program was an unbelievable success.

Sadly, reality is proving otherwise. A few weeks after the announcement, the government made public the actual studies, which show a much more nuanced and underwhelming story. You’d think the government hadn’t read the studies.

In short, special needs kids appear to do better under the program, but the rest of the kids (the vast majority of children) do no better and are actually worse off in some respects. This is important for the fate of your kids as the government plans to expand the program. It’s also important for your wallet, because Ontario can’t afford the billion-plus dollars this is costing.

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