Early Learning

Herman Street Public School will begin offering the Early Learning Kindergarten Program (ELKP) in September 2014.

The Early Learning Kindergarten Program (ELKP) is a full-day, every day Kindergarten for four and five year olds. Class sizes are limited to approximately 26 students with an educator team of a Kindergarten Teacher and an Early Childhood Educator.

In October, 2009, the provincial government announced details for the first three years of a province-wide Early Learning Program (ELP) implementation for four and five year olds. Full implementation of the Early Learning Program will take five years.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Establish a strong foundation for the early years by providing young children with an integrated day of learning;
  • Provide a play-based learning environment;
  • Help children make a smoother transition to Grade 1;
  • Improve children's prospects for success in school and in their lives beyond school.

The play-based learning program provides children with developmental opportunities in six areas of learning:

  1. Personal and social development;
  2. Language;
  3. Mathematics;
  4. Science and technology;
  5. Health and physical activity; and
  6. The arts.

Schools Offering Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP)

Schools that will offer full-day kindergarten starting in September 2013:

  • A J Charbonneau Elementary Public School
  • Herman Street & District Public School
  • Walter Zadow Public School

Schools that will offer full-day kindergarten starting in September 2014:

  • General Lake Public School
  • Killaloe Public School
  • Madawaska Public School
  • Pinecrest Public School
  • Herman Street Public School
  • Sherwood Public School
  • Westmeath Public School
  • Whitney Public School

All other RCDSB elementary schools, if not listed, are already offering full day ELKP.

For additional information regarding ELKP, you can visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website.