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For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2010

Is Your Senior Kindergarten Child Ready for School?
Survey being sent home with SK children the week of March 1

BRAMPTON, ON. (Feb. 23, 2010) – There are always a few gems buried in your child’s backpack. During the week of March 1, you will uncover a treasure that could improve children’s readiness for school. For the first time, the Senior Kindergarten Census is being sent home to the parents and guardians of children currently enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) across the region.

The purpose of the survey is to explore the influence of child health, the home environment, styles of parenting, child care arrangements, and neighbourhood characteristics on how ready children are for school.

The survey is being distributed to students currently enrolled in Senior Kindergarten in publicly-funded English and French schools in Peel Region and in three Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board schools in Dufferin County.

“We’re interested in learning more about the factors that influence a child’s early development and how they are linked to school readiness,” said Anne Fenwick, Director, Family Health with the Region of Peel. “The information collected in the Senior Kindergarten Census will help us identify what services parents need to help their children be prepared for school.”

The project is a partnership between the Region of Peel (Peel Public Health and Human Services, Early Learning Services), the Peel District School Board, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, le Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, and Success By 6 Peel.

The Senior Kindergarten Census surveys are being sent home from school in children’s backpacks. Parents are being asked to mail their completed surveys in a stamped, self-addressed envelope to a third-party research firm. All survey responses are confidential and will not become part of the child’s school record.

“The Senior Kindergarten Census will inform the Peel Public Health Strategic Plan which has identified “nurturing the next generation” as a priority,” said Ms. Fenwick. “Our goal is to ensure children are prepared for Grade 1. If they are, we know it sets the stage for future school success.”

For more information on the Senior Kindergarten Census, please call 905-799-7700, ext. 2734 or e-mail SKC@peelregion.ca.



Julie Stratton
Manager, Epidemiology
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 2610

Jana Manolakos
Senior Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4484

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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