84 New Pre-Primary Classes Announced
We know an investment in pre-primary is an investment in the wellbeing of our children, and the future of our province. Our children deserve the best start we can give them in school and in life, and pre-primary helps us do just that. Research shows a child’s mental development is helped by early learning. Educational play-based programs like our pre-primary initiative have been shown to improve social, health, and emotional outcomes, with benefits lasting a lifetime. It will also save families thousands of dollars in child care costs every year.
In the 2017 election campaign, we promised to create a universal pre-primary program for four-year-olds. Today marks year three of our four-year rollout.
We started with just over 50 classes two years ago, added 130 classes last year, and are adding 84 new classes this year. More than 200 schools across the province are now delivering the pre-primary program, and over 3,000 children were enrolled last year, with an additional 1,400 expected this year.
$10.2 million will be invested this year to add the additional 84 classrooms, bringing the annual investment to $34.2 million.
Here are the new pre-primary classes this year…for the South Shore Regional Centre for Education:
Bridgewater Elementary School
Please contact your Regional Centre for Education or the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial for more information or to register.