There was plenty of coverage to be found wherever you looked:
- Sarnia Observer, complete with a 'horrendous' reaction
- Belleville Intelligencer, featuring excited parents
- The Globe and Mail, centering on the question of whether economics will lead to abandoning the report's recommendations
- The London Free Press, featuring a pilot project that follows Pascal's model
- Ottawa Citizen, heavy on the critics to the plan (part of several stories on the report)
- The wider smorgasbord
I'm sure ETFO's opposed to the recommended early learning additional qualification course requirement that's in the report too-- presupposing everyone with a B.Ed. knows how to deal with preschoolers. ECEs are (now) professionally accredited in Ontario, and have studied and concentrated on this specific age group in most cases. Why not use their talents in the highest and best use?
Personally, I enjoyed reading the report and hope many if not all of its recommendations see the light of day. The report would bring around the kind of change first envisioned by the Best Start program several years ago-- the program canned by Ontario after the feds pulled out of the joint children's services agreement to give parents of those under six a measly tax credit.
This shouldn't be a pissing match between the various sectors currently involved in providing childcare and early learning options for families. It's about moving forward to a goal of providing as many useful and relevant options as possible in the most logical manner.
Organizing early learning under one roof, centering it in schools that act as hubs and whose tentacles reach all students eventually anyway is an idea that has long passed its time to be implemented.