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Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) Program


The Education Act requires school boards to operate an extended day. The Full-Day Kindergarten Program is a Ministry of Education provincial initiative that offers children ages 4 & 5 years, an enriched learning environment designed to help them develop socially, emotionally, academically and physically. This positive learning environment is provided by a certified Teacher and an Early Childhood Educator together.


Ontario began phasing in the Full-Day Kindergarten Program in September 2010 with full implementation in all schools by September 2015.


Full Day Kindergarten Extended Day Program


The Extended Day program is specifically developed for four and five-year-old children and functions under the operational framework of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990 under s.259. The program is offered as before and after school care in a Kindergarten classroom, to reduce transitions and building stronger connections for young children.


The program is optional to families on a fee for service basis and is offered by third party child care providers. The viability of the Extended Day Program is reviewed on an ongoing basis, based on children enrolled in Before and After school programs and the Municipal child care waitlist information.


Parents interested in registering their child for the Extended Day Program are asked to follow the attached link and complete the information required:

Once you have registered on the child care waitlist an email is sent to the operator and he/she will be in contact with you.  


Schools Offering Extended Day Programming Third Party Child Care Operator Before & After School Rate Before School Only Rate After School Only Rate Non-instructional Day Rate
Bright's Grove Public School Sarnia Lambton YMCA  $18.60  $11.20  $11.20  N/A
Ècole Hillcrest  Generations Child Care  $18.00 $9.00  $9.00  $31.00 
Indian Creek Road Public School  Chatham-Kent YMCA  $18.60  $11.20  $11.20  N/A
King George VI Public School - Chatham Chatham-Kent YMCA $18.60  $11.20  $11.20  N/A
McNaughton Avenue Public School Chatham-Kent YMCA  $18.60  $11.20  $11.20  N/A
Queen Elizabeth II Petrolia Generations Child Care $18.00 $9.00  $9.00  $31.00 
Rosedale Public School  Sarnia Lambton YMCA  $18.60  $11.20  $11.20  N/A
Tecumseh Public School  Growing Together at Tecumseh $6.50/hr.  $6.50/hr.  $6.50/hr.  $43.50 
W.J. Baird Public School Growing Together at W.J. Baird $6.25/hr $6.25/hr $6.25/hr $37.00


Subsidies Available


Subsidies are available to offset the cost of these programs. Contact one of the following subsidy offices for more information:

  • Lambton - 519-344-2057
  • Chatham-Kent - 519-351-1228 ext. 2131 or 2132

Contact Information

For more information about the Full Day Kindergarten Program, contact:

Taf Lounsbury, Superintendent of Education - Early Years / Elementary

519-336-1500, Ext 31570



More Information


Ministry of Education Full Day Kindergarten Program


Discussion on Early Learning (frequently asked questions)


Full Day Kindergarten - A Question and Answer Guide for Parents (pdf)