Queen's professor co-leading full-day kindergarten research team
Ray DeV. Peters, emeritus professor of psychology, is one of the principal investigators who will be evaluating Ontario's Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program.
Queen’s Social Program Evaluation Group (SPEG), in the Faculty of Education, has contracted with the Ontario Ministry of Education on the two year project.
Approximately 35,000 four- and five-year-olds in nearly 600 schools across the province are participating in full-day kindergarten this year. The program provides a full day of learning five days a week, with a teacher and early childhood educator working together in the classroom. Based on parent demand, integrated before- and after-school programs are available for a fee at some schools. The program is being phased in over five years.
The evaluation will identify the successes and challenges associated with the implementation of full-day kindergarten to provide feedback to make the transition easier for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and communities as the program expands across the province.
"We are very pleased that our research team was selected to evaluate this unique program over the next two years," says Dr. Peters.
Mary-Louise Vanderlee, Brock University associate professor of education, is the co-principal investigator on the project. Other members of the team include Professors John Freeman, Kevin Parker and Lyn Shulha from Queen's, Jane Bertrand from George Brown College, Geoff Nelson from Wilfrid Laurier, and Janette Pelletier from University of Toronto. Sandy Youmans from Queen's Social Program Evaluation Group is the Research Coordinator.