Before- and after-school programs provide children with more opportunities to learn and grow.
School boards are required to provide before- and after-school programs for four- and five-year-olds at schools with full-day kindergarten programs, where there is interest from at least 20 families.
They are offered from about 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. — although the exact time for these programs may vary at different schools. Parents can choose to enrol their child in the before-school, the after-school or both programs, or not at all.
School boards may choose to run before- and after-school programs themselves or work with a third-party child care provider. Some schools may also offer programs for older children or offer programs during school breaks (e.g. March Break, summer holidays) or on professional development (PD) days.
Ask at your school or school board for more information about what before- and after-school programs are available locally.