The Western Québec School Board is pleased to announce that the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (MEES) has granted it five new full-time four year-old kindergarten classes for school year 2020-2021.
Western Québec currently offers full-time K4 programs in ten of its schools, namely Buckingham Elementary in Gatineau, Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary in Shawville, Dr. Wilbert Keon School in Chapeau, Golden Valley School in Val D’Or, Maniwaki Woodland School in Maniwaki, Namur Intermediate in Namur, Onslow Elementary in Quyon, Poltimore Elementary in Val-des-Monts, Queen Elizabeth Elementary in Kazabazua, and St. John’s Elementary in Campbell’s Bay.
The five new K4 classes are for G. Theberge School in Témiscaming, Noranda School in Rouyn-Noranda, Wakefield Elementary School in Wakefield, and finally Eardley and Lord Aylmer Elementary Schools in Gatineau (Aylmer sector). This will bring the board’s total to fifteen full-time K4 programs for school year 2020-2021.
About K4 Programs
This program is intended to facilitate the global development of the child. It prepares children for the Preschool Education Program for 5 year-olds and is in line with the Québec daycare program Meeting Early Childhood Needs.
The program for 4 year-olds has a threefold mandate: to provide all children with equal opportunities; to ensure that they develop in all areas; to see to it that they believe in their abilities and discover the pleasure of learning.
Registration timelines, procedures and criteria will be established and publicized in the coming weeks.