This week, many four and five year olds in Ontario, P.E.I. and B.C. started full-day kindergarten.
Many parents have lauded the new programs, excited about the prospect of no daycare worries and improved, extended learning for their kids.
But others criticize the cost of the programs and lack of enrolment in Ontario. Other say the research supporting the programs is incomplete, and are concerned that a four-year-old child shouldn't be away from home for a full day.
Where do you stand? Will Canadian kids be off to a better start? Weigh in and share your experiences from your child's first day.
Join parenting writer Erin Anderssen (who supports the programs because they combine classroom structure and free play), education reporter Kate Hammer (who's leading the Globe's Kindergarten Diaries series) and UBC Professor Kevin Milligan (who remains skeptical about the benefits for middle-income families) for a live discussion at 1 p.m. (ET)
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