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Government announcement
June 12, 2017

Addition of 100 full-time four-year-old kindergarten classes in low-income areas for the 2017-2018 school year


 

Québec City, June 12, 2017 – Up to 100 new full-time kindergarten classes for four-year-olds in low-income areas could be introduced for fall 2017. The objective of the added classes is to offer educational support from an early age to a greater number of children and to guide them effectively as they take their first steps at school.

The new classes were announced today by Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, accompanied by François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, and Patrick Huot, Deputy Government Whip and MNA for Vanier–Les Rivières.

Combined with the provision of educational childcare services, the gradual establishment of full-time kindergarten for four-year-olds in low-income areas will allow a greater number of children with no access to educational services at this age to reap the benefits of such initiatives. This addition will bring the number of four-year-old kindergarten classes in low-income areas up to 288 across the province.

The kindergarten programs for four- and five-year-olds will also be revised in an effort to have children learn the letters of the alphabet by the end of preschool, rather than simply aiming at letter recognition.

This addition confirms the Government of Quebec’s desire to act early in an intensive and collaborative manner in order to establish the best conditions for children’s success.

Quotes:

This year, we are once again continuing the establishment of full-time kindergarten for four-year-olds in low-income areas in conjunction with educational childcare services in order to ensure that a greater number of children receive educational services. We want all children to have the same chances of success with respect to the challenges they will encounter throughout their academic careers. We want them to have confidence in their abilities while also developing the desire to learn.

– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine region.

The foundation for academic success is laid at a very early age. Thanks to these new classes, nine of which will be in the Capitale-Nationale region, we can facilitate the success of a greater number of children.

 

– François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region.

As a result of the addition of these classes, a number of schools will be able to improve their educational services by introducing children to a school environment and by allowing them to discover the joy of learning. By cultivating this enjoyment from childhood, we are giving a precious gift to every child in Quebec, helping them to build their success.

– Patrick Huot, Deputy Government Whip and MNA for Vanier–Les Rivières

Key Highlights

 188 full-time kindergarten classes for four-year-olds in low-income areas have been announced thus far, including 100 new classes for the 2016-2017 school year.

Over 2,550 students attend these classes, which are offered in over 68 school districts.

Over the past few weeks, all the school boards in Quebec and the Ministère de la Famille’s regional consultation committees have been consulted in order to establish the school system’s accommodation capacity and ensure the complementarity of all the services offered to this population.

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