Luc Fortin, Quebec’s Families Minister, Minister responsible for the Estrie Region, and Member of the National Assembly for Sherbrooke announced $26 million in financial aid over the next five years for the province’s early childhood education centres on Monday. As a part of the “Everything for Our Kids” provincial development strategy for children under nine, the new funding is meant to help ease the transition of young children in daycare centres into the school system. “We know that (the start of school) is a period that is often stressful for children as well as for parents,” said Fortin, himself a father of young children. “This is a part of our strategy for zero to eight year olds to ensure better educational success.” The Minister explained that the funding is divided into two main parts. The majority, $25 million, will be reserved for activities designed to help with getting children prepared for the transition from their daycare centre to a school environment, including things like school visits. See full story in the Tuesday, Feb. 27th edition of The Record.