Full-day kindergarten pilot project coming to 5 Nunavut schools

Iqaluit, Chesterfield Inlet, Kimmirut, Kugluktuk and Whale Cove schools to participate

Education Minister Pamela Gross is seen here in this 2022 file photo. The Department of Education is rolling out a full-day kindergarten pilot project in five Nunavut schools this fall. (File photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

Five Nunavut schools will implement full-day kindergarten this fall as part of a Department of Education pilot project, the GN announced Monday.

The new kindergarten format will run at the following schools: Nanook School in Iqaluit, Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet, Qaqqalik School in Kimmirut, Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik School in Kugluktuk and Inuglak School in Whale Cove.

The pilot project is being done to confirm the resources that would be needed to support a full-day program and to test the program to see how it stands up to real-life scenarios.

The Department of Education said it would seek feedback and suggestions for improvements based on the results of the pilot project and use those to determine whether full-day kindergarten should be implemented across the territory.

The participating schools were chosen based on the amount of renovations each would require to support the program, and to represent Nunavut’s regions.

“We believe in the value of offering full-day kindergarten to support development and early language acquisition for our students, and to increase the options and opportunities for working parents and families,” said Education Minister Pamela Gross in a statement.

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