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ARPA Note: Read a quality report on early childhood learning, produced by a local ARPA group, here.

By Helen Ward, National Post, June 19/09: This week in Ontario, Charles Pascal released his report on implementing all-day kindergarten for 3- to 5-year-olds. In B.C., Clyde Hertzman, World Bank consultant and director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, steers the government’s secretive all-day kindergarten scheme despite affordability concerns. Does early learning require this social mega-project? No. The hard peer-reviewed evidence — as opposed to the self-published papers churned out by ideologues — does not show lasting benefits from these mass systems for young children. [Continue reading this excellent article here.]

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