Full-day kindergarten programs were available to about 50 per cent of eligible children in September 2010, and all eligible children in B.C. will have access to full-day kindergarten programs in September 2011.
To help B.C. school districts introduce or expand their full-day kindergarten programs, the Province is providing $280 million in operational funding over three years and an additional $144.5-million capital plan to create space for about 660 new full-day kindergarten classrooms.
Additions, Renovations and New Schools
There are 21 sites in 9 school districts where modular classrooms were not the right solution – largely due to site constraints – so the existing schools are receiving additions. There are also a number of other solutions for districts, including:
- Building a new 21-classroom elementary school in Langley
- Renovating space in the Pomeroy Sports Centre (Enerplex) in Fort Saint John to create 8 new classrooms
- Renovating space in the resource centre next to Cataline Elementary in Williams Lake
- And reopening a closed elementary school, Anne McClymont Primary, in Kelowna.
For more information, view the news releases and status chart (PDf, 33KB).
Many B.C. elementary schools have surplus space that can be converted to kindergarten use. The Ministry is providing funding to support school districts in modifying 400 classrooms to allow schools to offer full-day kindergarten programs in September 2011.
School districts will receive $15,000 for each conversion and for all new classrooms – for equipment and furnishings – worth about $10 million total.