AECEO Submission on Class Size Consultation Feb 22 2019

The AECEO fully supports the two educator model and current class sizes in Full Day Kindergarten (FDK). 

An extensive body of empirical evidence documents the learning benefits of the two-educator (RECE and OCT), play-based FDK curriculum model for children’s learning. The unique and complimentary training of RECEs and OCTs working in partnership lends itself to rich educational and developmental learning opportunities for children at a critical point in their young lives. Ontario has been, and continues to be, a leader in early learning since it acted on the innovative recommendations of the commissioned report, With Our Best Future in Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario, completed in 2009.

We are only now beginning to realize the benefits of Ontario’s existing FDK program for children and families. While we recognize the roll-out of a program of this size and nature would have challenges, all current evidence suggests Ontario’s unique, two educator model, play-based FDK program is significantly benefiting Ontario’s children and families.

The AECEO acknowledges that improvements are always possible in the early childhood education system – and we emphasize that government change to policy and process should be based on the highest quality research evidence, careful analyses of empirical data, and through comprehensive consultation.

We urgently call on the government to reconsider any changes it may propose to the FDK program in Ontario without reviewing the research evidence and engaging in a formal, transparent and systematized consultation with stakeholders including parents and educators.

It is imperative that Full Day Kindergarten, with the RECE-OCT educator team and a class size hard cap of twenty-six, remain universally accessible to all of Ontario’s children.

Please click here to read AECEO's full submission to the Ministry of Education's Class Size Consultation


Ministry of Education Press Conference at 8:30 a.m. March 15 will be live-streamed.



Background/more information:

Ministry of Education News Release

Toronto Star Article


College of Early Childhood Educators letter to the Minister of Education

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

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  • Harvey Forster
    commented 2019-05-07 14:54:26 -0400
    Nice article, but i already seen it there
  • Diane Shiner-Feder
    commented 2019-03-17 01:10:31 -0400
    It is of the utmost importance that we continue to improve the quality of education for the children of Ontario,
    Many years of study have proved that the early years are the most important years for students,
    Attention should always be given to our students-
    Every child learns differently, and every child is important,
    We have worked for many years to improve the quality of education- for the teachers and ECE’s- and for our students,
    Our special needs students need the support,
    Instead of taking away the size of the class, you should consider lowering the classroom size and adding more consultants,
    By adjusting the sizes of students allowed in the classrooms, and adding more professionally and trained people to the class, the activities and learning atmosphere will be much more suitable,
    Perhaps you and your MPP ‘s should visit the schools and various Kindergarten classes, to see why class sizes are so important!
    Even at today’s structure the class sizes are extreme,
    I urge you to reconsider your decision and think about the purpose of the Kindergarten classes,
    Our future citizens deserve the best education possible and they deserve the best quality education,
    I support the AECEO’s submission,
    And I agree with the College of Early Childhood Educators,
    I urge you to do more research before you decide to take away something that we, as professionals, have been fighting for over the last few decades,
  • Julie Mercier
    commented 2019-03-14 20:13:25 -0400
    So important to keep the model we already have and keep the cap size to 26! Originally, we had been told that the cap size would be 2:20…that how it was sold to us… Now they keep adding students.