Programs that provide educational activities and experiences for children from birth to age five which are intended to foster social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth and prepare them for further formal learning.
Educational institutions for students in grades K-12 (or 1-12) supported by public funds that provide a formal education through a graded system of instruction that focuses initially on basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics and later on a broader curriculum of study which terminates in preparation for specific employment opportunities or undergraduate study at the postsecondary level. Some provinces retain two systems of public education, generally known as "public" and "separate". Depending on the history/demographics of a particular area, the "separate" system may be either Catholic or Protestant in its traditions. However, all funded schools follow standard curriculums along with the specific terms and conditions of all provincial educational legislation and directives.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.