I've been left pondering whether there is a school board in Ontario that is offering the complete full-day kindergarten program as it was originally intended by the Ministry of Education. That is, a before-school component staffed by a school-board early childhood educator (ECE), a core component led by ECE and a kindergarten teacher, and an after-school component staffed by an ECE.
Many boards, from what I've been able to briefly glean, looked at the cost of having each group of kindergarteners needing two ECEs, a full-time teacher and possibly program assistants and balked. Not at the added cost of the extra 0.5 FTE teacher -- which is covered by the full-day kindergarten grant -- or the core-day component of ECE salaries. Rather at the extended-day component of the ECEs and any other staff members. Most boards quickly realized there would be no way their other employee groups would let them pay ECEs the wages many make in private, non-profit, for-profit or municipal childcare. The bump in ECE wages to a more "school board" rate meant the boards couldn't offer a cost-recovery extended-day component without charging higher fees than what parents already access at existing programs -- in schools or at other centres.
So does anyone have a conclusive list showing which boards have bailed out of the extended-day in whole or in part as allowed in the regulation? One of the blogs I look at from time to time has some details, but not a comprehensive list. Perhaps a summer project for someone.