The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has ratified a collective agreement with the designated early childhood educators. Director of Education Larry Hope says many of the items included in the agreement came from a memorandum of understanding that was reached between the province and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in June 2013.

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Hope says since implementing full-day kindergarten, the DECEs have played a critical role in the success of a full-day kindergarten program.

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Seventy-five per cent of elementary schools in the TLDSB have full-day kindergarten.