What we have heard

Early learning is an investment in our future. Educators, child care advocates, parents and researchers agree that giving four- and five-year-olds a stronger start on their learning will be good for them – and good for Ontario.

About full-day learning

"The Government's announcement today to implement full-day learning is a great investment. It is a great start to moving ahead with the excellent report prepared by Charles Pascal."
The Honourable William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., Q.C.

“We must invest, once and for all, in our youngest children and their families in a co-ordinated, integrated way. For Ontarians to reap the highest return on our education dollars, to help us succeed economically and have a strong social fabric in the future, extraordinary efforts are required to support early learning. At a time of soaring deficits there are, understandably, concerns as to whether the initiative can be afforded. But given rates of return to investing in early childhood education, the more pertinent question is whether we can afford not to make such an investment.”
Veronica Lacey, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership
Don Drummond, Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

“This is an area where scientists and economists agree. The evidence is irrefutable, no other program can match the kinds of dividends that early learning delivers.”
Margaret Norrie McCain, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation

"More than a decade of solid research at home and abroad shows the benefits of early learning for children's learning and development, and social savings on prevention. Healthier, better educated children are the best social and economic investment we can make, now more than ever."
Carl Corter Atkinson Charitable Foundation Chair in Early Child Development and Education, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, Institute of Child Study, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

"We are pleased to see early childhood education move forward in Ontario with the combined strength of a team of both early childhood educators and teachers….With registered early childhood educators in the classrooms, children will get the full benefit of education during these critical early years."
Lois Mahon, President of the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators

"In these tough times it's encouraging to see the government is sticking to a strategy that will be as good for families and children as it is for Ontario's economic recovery. Early learning is one of the best stimulus investments a government can make to stem an economic downturn. “
Annie Kidder, People for Education“

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) wholeheartedly embraces the fundamental importance of full-day early learning. It is the right service to provide for children and their families and it is a responsible investment in Ontario's future.”
Colleen Schenk, President, Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA)

“We commend the government for its commitment to the welfare of young children. The decision took a lot of courage in today's economic environment, but it will pay a lifetime of rewards, not only for children, but for our communities and the economy.”
Sam Hammond, President, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario

"Ontario's plan for early learning opens the way for what so many of us have been anticipating for decades, beginning to build a coherent early childhood education and care system, rather than merely applying band-aids."
Martha Friendly, Child Care Resource Unit

"I commend the government for its consultation process during the Second Reading stage of Bill 242. The amendments reflect the key concerns of education and community organizations. With the framework legislation in place, elementary teachers are committed to working with our education partners to ensure a successful launch of the Early Learning Program in the fall."
Sam Hammond, President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

"As we come to increasingly realize the importance of the early years experience as a social determinant of health, it is impressive that Ontario is implementing both legislative and structural changes that will make a big difference in the lives of all young children and their families"
Dr. R. C. Williams, Medical Officer of Health, Regional Niagara.

"The legislation that was passed today is both brilliant and far-reaching: By investing in the early years, we will provide our children -- all of our children -- with the foundation for a lifetime of health and mental wellbeing."
Stuart Shanker, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology
Director, Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative, York University

"Congratulations Premier McGuinty for taking the first critical steps in building the child and family system outlined in the report from your early learning advisor. All eyes are on our province as it demonstrates how to effectively bring the science of early human development to communities, where it has the potential to transform the lives of children and families."
Hon. Margaret McCain, OC, Co-Chair, Early Years Studies 1 and 2

"Introduction of this legislation marks a new era for early learning and education as a whole. It is the first tool to revamping the very necessary changes that early educators have been talking about for years. When the legislation is passed we have all got to roll up our sleeves and make sure the reality lives up to the vision."
Cheryl DeGras, Manager, University of Toronto Early Learning Centre, Family Programs and Services

"We applaud the Government for their investment in the early learning program. This funding fits with what we've been recommending based on the research we've done. Investing in childcare for preschoolers is important. Delivering early childhood education by both child care workers and kindergarten teachers, and integrating more services at the pre-school level are all positive steps that the Ontario government solidified with this announcement today."
Carl Corter, Atkinson Charitable Foundation Chair in Early Child Development and Education, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, Institute of Child Study, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

"This announcement represents an expansion of opportunities for Early Childhood Educators, and most importantly offers Ontario's children increased access to care and learning by professionals with strong understanding of child development and the value of play based learning."
Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director, Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

"It is welcome news that investment in the early years is being recognized as a fundamental building block of workforce development and poverty reduction. Research confirms that investment in early years will result in substantial future savings in government spending and prepare the children of Ontario to fully participate in the creative economy of the future."
Lucy Brown, General Manager, Health and Family Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

"The legislation to put in place the first phase of Pascal's report on early learning by creating an early years division in the ministry of education with help ensure equity in development from the pre-natal period to adolescence for all young children and their families."
J. Fraser Mustard

About taking the next steps to implement the our early learning vision

"It is welcome news that investment in the early years is being recognized as a fundamental building block of workforce development and poverty reduction. Research confirms that investment in early years will result in substantial future savings in government spending and prepare the children of Ontario to fully participate in the creative economy of the future."
Lucy Brown, General Manager, Health and Family Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

"We applaud the Government for their investment in the early learning program. This funding fits with what we've been recommending based on the research we've done. Investing in childcare for preschoolers is important. Delivering early childhood education by both child care workers and kindergarten teachers, and integrating more services at the pre-school level are all positive steps that the Ontario government solidified with this announcement today."
Carl Corter, Atkinson Charitable Foundation Chair in Early Child Development and Education, Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, Institute of Child Study, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

"Introduction of this legislation marks a new era for early learning and education as a whole. It is the first tool to revamping the very necessary changes that early educators have been talking about for years. When the legislation is passed we have all got to roll up our sleeves and make sure the reality lives up to the vision."
Cheryl DeGras, Manager, University of Toronto Early Learning Centre, Family Programs and Services

"I commend the government for its consultation process during the Second Reading stage of Bill 242. The amendments reflect the key concerns of education and community organizations. With the framework legislation in place, elementary teachers are committed to working with our education partners to ensure a successful launch of the Early Learning Program in the fall."
Sam Hammond, President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

"The winners of today's important changes will no doubt be Ontario's children and families; moving child care into education, placing greater emphasis on more integrated and seamless, child-focused service delivery and increased funding will have a big impact on childhood development and learning in Ontario."
Kira Heineck, Executive Director, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association

"Moving forward with the implementation of the recommendations in the Early Learning Advisor's report demonstrates the government's commitment to early childhood development. I am particularly excited by the announcement that work will begin on the development of Best Start Child and Family Centres. Under Best Start, Hamilton has built on the great work of existing programs to develop early learning and care hubs that demonstrate the integration of services at a neighbourhood level. We are eager to continue to build on this success and develop integrated centres across our community."
Paul Johnson, Executive Director, Wesley Urban Ministries; Chair, Hamilton Best Start Network

"Congratulations Premier McGuinty for taking the first critical steps in building the child and family system outlined in the report from your early learning advisor. All eyes are on our province as it demonstrates how to effectively bring the science of early human development to communities, where it has the potential to transform the lives of children and families."
Hon. Margaret McCain, OC, Co-Chair, Early Years Studies 1 and 2

"This announced change in government structure sends the message to the people of Ontario that quality child care is not just about babysitting but an important service to ensure children are best prepared for school and their future."
Patti Moore, President, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association

"The legislation to put in place the first phase of Pascal's report on early learning by creating an early years division in the ministry of education with help ensure equity in development from the pre-natal period to adolescence for all young children and their families."
J. Fraser Mustard

"The government has provided teachers with meaningful input into the full-day kindergarten legislation. The children of Ontario will benefit from this positive relationship and the strong foundation for learning that this program will provide."
James Ryan, President, Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

"The legislation that was passed today is both brilliant and far-reaching: By investing in the early years, we will provide our children -- all of our children -- with the foundation for a lifetime of health and mental wellbeing."
Stuart Shanker, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology Director, Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative, York University

"This announcement represents an expansion of opportunities for Early Childhood Educators, and most importantly offers Ontario's children increased access to care and learning by professionals with strong understanding of child development and the value of play based learning."
Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director, Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

"As we come to increasingly realize the importance of the early years experience as a social determinant of health, it is impressive that Ontario is implementing both legislative and structural changes that will make a big difference in the lives of all young children and their families"
Dr. R. C. Williams, Medical Officer of Health, Regional Niagara.