Day: February 10, 2013

“Following international trends, it integrates child care into our education system in a way that builds on the strengths of both our public school system and quality, community-based child care. The Plan extends the universality, public funding and democratic governance of the public school system to services for children under the age of five on a voluntary basis …. The Plan is not about standardized curriculum or academic achievement for young children. Children will still start school at age five but their early care and learning programs will be strong and equal partners with the K-12 system. Child care will be an expected and accepted part of neighbourhoods, and, with time, may well be a positive influence on all levels of the education system. “