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It will support continued work to develop an early childhood learning framework to ensure high quality outcomes throughout the system – as well as further training for early childhood workers. In addition, the Child Care Subsidy Program will continue to support access to early learning for children in low income families. By this time next year, Madame Speaker, we anticipate that over 1,800 full-time spaces will be available in Early Years Centres throughout our Province – increasing access for children and preparing them for success in kindergarten, school, and life.
ing about substantial improvements in the reading and writing skills of our primary students – and in the coming years we will extend that focus to improving outcomes in the intermediate and senior grades.
Student - Teacher Ratio 16 15 14 13 12 2006
Operating Spending on Kindergarten and Early Childhood $30
$20 $15 $10
$5 $0 2010 (f) 2011 (b)
Government recognizes that schools face growing pressures in meeting the diverse needs of children. We have invested strongly in resources to support children with special needs in our school – including an increase in our complement of educational assistants from 264 in 2007 to 342 today.
Educational Assistant Complement
S c ho o l s 350
To build on that opportunity, Madame Speaker, we have invested in our public school system. We have maintained teacher numbers in the face of declining enrolment. Since 2007, this commitment has dramatically improved PEI’s studentteacher ratio compared to the national average. Those measures, together with a concerted focus on early literacy, are bring-