TDSB Public Consultation

Howard Parents, particularly those with children in FDK, please note the following communication shared with us by Ward 7 Trustee Robin Pilkey:

Public Consultation Before- and After-School Programs and Lunchtime Supervision

In response to a Motion passed by the Board of Trustees in October, TDSB is reviewing before- and after-school programs and lunchtime supervision for children in Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) classrooms, so we can learn about areas of strength and areas for improvement.

The project is being guided by Dr. Joel A. Lopata, an external research consultant leading the collection and analysis of information gathered.

To date, we have already consulted an advisory group, including Toronto Children’s Services, to review and provide feedback on the research plan, and are currently collecting data using several methods including:
– Surveys,
– Focus groups, and
– Public consultation.

With already over 200 survey responses from an array of stakeholders with direct experience in FDK classrooms collected, we can safely say that engagement in this research is very strong.

Below, you will find a link to the on-line survey to share with stakeholders (e.g., parents/guardians of 4 and 5-year-old children) who have direct experience with FDK Before- and After-School Programs and/or Lunchroom Supervision in FDK classrooms:

The Review requires an opportunity for consultation. Dr. Lopata will facilitate, a session to gather public input, as part of his research, on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 between 9:30-11:30 am. The session will take place at The Toronto District School Board’s office located at 5050 Yonge Street. Child minding will be available. Here is a notice of this meeting that you may wish to circulate (<consultation pdf>). A copy of this notice will be shared with FDK Before-and-After School Operators.

As always, we thank you for your support. The aim is to conclude this Review by the end of the school year and to report the results and recommendations to The Board of Trustees.

Questions may be directed to Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Executive Superintendent, Learning Centre 3 and Early Years at

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