N.S. gov­ern­ment to be­gin roll­out of pre-pri­mary pro­gram in Septem­ber

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Nova Scotia’s Lib­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced the roll­out of a key elec­tion cam­paign prom­ise to pro­vide a free pre-pri­mary pro­gram for four-year-olds across the prov­ince Tues­day, prompt­ing crit­ics to charge that it is act­ing in haste while un­der­cut­ting ex­ist­ing non-profit providers.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Zach Churchill said 30 new class­rooms would be added to 20 ex­ist­ing classes be­gin­ning in Septem­ber, mean­ing the play­based learn­ing pro­gram would be of­fered in 50 class­rooms at 43 lo­ca­tions.

The plan is to have the pro­gram in place for all four-yearolds over the next four years at an es­ti­mated cost of $49.9 mil­lion a year. But Churchill said an ad­di­tional $750,000 was needed to ex­pand the pro­gram.

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