English schools eager for 4-year olds

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 1/21/2013 5:12:00 PM

Some people in the English community may be sending their 4-year-olds to kindergarten at public school as early as this fall. It all depends on getting the provincial green light.

The Marois government wants disadvantaged schools to gradually open their doors to 4-year-olds, starting this September.

The French schoolboards say they're having trouble finding the space and the staff, but that's not true for the English side.

"There are many teachers that we can't hire on the kindergarten level that have the necessary training. I wish we did have jobs for all of them," says David D'aoust, president of the Quebec English Schoolboards Association.

D'aoust says English schools should also be able to find room for their new little students.

"Given our stability in enrolment and even a decline in some areas, no it shouldn't be a huge issue," says D'aoust.

While the PQ says it wants to eventually offer kindergarten for 4-year-olds in all elementary schools that are classified as "disadvantaged," only some will be selected this fall. And, it's unknown how many of those schools will be part of the English system.

"We have 54 of them that qualify. Se don't know which schools will be targeted at this point. We're anxious to find out. We hope all of them will be."

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