Education Minister heads to New York to learn more about 4-year-old kindergarten

Quebec's Education Minister Jean-François Roberge is headed to New York this week as a part of the CAQ government's crusade to implement kindergarten for four-year-olds.

Roberge was forced to admit last week that the average cost of each new kindergarten class would be around $800,000, rather than the $122,400 his party frequently cited during last year's election.

The Minister is also being criticized for only now embarking on a fact-finding trip to learn more about kindergarten for 4-year-olds, four full months after he introduced a bill in the National Assembly to bring it to Quebec.

While in America's largest city, Roberge will visit several kindergarten classes at The Lillian Weber School for the Arts, the Battery Park City School, and the Learning Through Pre-K Center.  He will also be meeting with officials from the city's departent of education and teacher's federations.

Opposition parties have frequently criticzed the government's kindergarten plans, worried it would harm existing daycare centres across the province.

With files from the Canadian Press's French-language service.