Andrea Gillespie, the TLDSB superintendent of early learning, says it is important to offer full day kindergarten programming because kids at three, four and five are curious and capable young people.
says they are providing the children opportunities to learn and begin developing 24th century skills as early as possible.
"I'm in these classrooms all the time and I'm always amazed at what three, four and five-year-olds are able to do," says Gillespie
"With this five-year implementation, we've made sure that we've done all sorts of professional learning so that the teachers are really re-thinking what is offered in kindergarten so now when you go into a kindergarten classroom the classrooms don't look identical to what they used to look like.
We're inviting students to be part of inquiry, it's a different way to offer the learning.
Learning the skills of learning is what it's about.
It's not just straight facts anymore."
Some parents have indicated concerns about their young children joining full day, every day kindergarten but Gillespie
says the board and its schools are more than happy to work with each parent on an individual basis.
says the students are usually comfortable with going to school every day by Thanksgiving.
"Sometimes they're a little wary at the start, whether or not their three and four year-olds can manage coming every day to school," she
"We work with the parents to make sure the transition is smooth.
Some kids can come in and start full day, every day and not have a problem with us.
But other families have identified to us that maybe the first week for us is three full days and then the following four days.
We're really trying to work with the families to make it work for them."
notes the numbers of days children are going to be at school is "one of the biggest concerns that parents have, but then they realize their children are going to be fine."
The other concern parents have identified to the board is the size of classrooms.
says with a little explanation about each kindergarten classroom's educator team parents begin to understand their children are being well looked after.
"There are always two adults in those classrooms, the teacher and a designated early childhood educator," says Gillespie
"That has allowed us to have a little bit larger numbers in those classrooms."
says they make it a priority to communicate well with the parents, as they know the child best, to ensure the best fit for each child as they begin their scholastic careers.
It has led to some happy parents.
"Parents seem to really love it," she