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TAYLOR, B.C. –  The province’s Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot project has expanded from four schools to 25, including Taylor Elementary School.

The Ministry of Education made the announcement on Monday, however, School District 60 Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, says the school was able to start the program in September.

The school received $50,000 in provincial funding, with the District of Taylor and Northriver Midstream donating an additional $20,000.

“It ensures that we actually have two [early childhood educators] workers that overlap throughout the day,” says Petrucci.

Through the program, certified childhood educators were employed to provide before and after school care in kindergarten classrooms and support learning alongside the teacher in the classroom.

With new educators employed, the program will use existing classrooms, outside of school hours, and won’t require any new rooms or buildings.

“I’m thrilled with the success of the Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot program so far. That’s why we are expanding it to another 21 schools,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education.

“This program gives children continuity throughout the day on their learning journey. Access to quality, inclusive care and early learning is critical in supporting parents, particularly mothers, to pursue career or education goals while being confident that their kids are being cared for.”

According to the ministry, this expansion of the Seamless Day Kindergarten pilot program will allow the continuation of fostering connections between education and child care sectors.

With files from Tre Lopushinsky

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