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Nova Scotia implements complete pre-primary program across province

Jeremy Keefe / Global News

The government of Nova Scotia said Friday that every four-year-old in the province now has access to pre-primary, which is a free, universal early learning program.

Premier Stephen McNeil visited Colby Village Elementary School, in Dartmouth, to celebrate the full rollout of the program.

“Pre-primary is an investment in the future of our province by supporting our youngest Nova Scotians and their families,” Premier McNeil said.

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“Thousands of children and families across Nova Scotia have benefited from pre-primary since it launched in 2017, and now countless more will have the same opportunity.”

According to the province, pre-primary is available in all 253 school communities with elementary schools.

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To deliver the program, the province said it will invest about $51.4 million this year.

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In addition to universal pre-primary, the province said it has completed its rollout of busing for eligible pre-primary children.

“Access to busing reduces barriers for families, especially in rural areas, to access the program,” the government said.

Families who wish to register their child for pre-primary can still contact their Regional Centre for Education or the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

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