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Ontario to extend all-day kindergarten to another 900 schools

Premier Dalton McGuinty builds necklaces with Nathan Skinner, 3, left, and Alex You, 4, in a full day kindergarten class at Stoney Creek Public School in London, Ontario, October 8, 2010.

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The McGuinty government is rolling out full-day kindergarten to another 900 schools in Ontario by September, 2012, making the program available to almost half of the province's four- and five-year-olds.

The program, a centrepiece of Premier Dalton McGuinty's government, was launched last September at about 600 schools. Another 200 schools will be added next September.

"A strong start in school leads to a strong finish - so more students graduate and go on to college, university or an apprenticeship," Mr. McGuinty said Wednesday morning at St. Mary Catholic School in Toronto. "Full-day kindergarten is setting our children up for success - and it's making things a little easier for parents today."

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A list of schools, with scheduled starting dates for all-day kindergarten, can be found here.

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Karen Howlett is a national reporter based in Toronto. She returned to the newsroom in 2013 after covering Ontario politics at The Globe’s Queen’s Park bureau for seven years. Prior to that, she worked in the paper’s Vancouver bureau and in The Report on Business, where she covered a variety of beats, including financial services and securities regulation. More

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