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Economists answer Fraser Institute on Quebec

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ON: 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "Finding quality and affordable child care can be a challenge for families in some communities due to long waitlists for subsidies and spaces. The government is helping 100,000 more children access affordable, quality licensed child care to give them the best start in life and support families across Ontario. As a first step, the Province invested an additional $65.5 million to help create 3,400 licensed child care spaces in fall 2016."

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ON: Toronto City Council approves 10-year plan for childcare
Source: CP24, April 26, 2017

Excerpt: "City council has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new 10-year plan that aims to create 30,000 new daycare spaces and ultimately reduce fees by 25 to 40 per cent."

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ON: Helping Ontario Families Access Affordable Child Care
Source: Government of Ontario, April 26, 2017

Excerpt: "The government is committed to addressing these challenges by increasing access to licensed child care and by making it more affordable for families: 24,000 more children up to four years old will have access to child care in 2017-18. This is part of the province's plan to help 100,000 kids access child care over five years, as announced in the 2016 Ontario Speech from the Throne; Parents will receive more financial support to increase affordability, including subsidies for approximately 60 per cent of new child care spaces."

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ON: ‘Child care cannot wait,’ advocates say ahead of Ontario budget
Source: Toronto Star, April 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario’s due for some child-care spending if the government is going to fulfil its promise of 100,000 spaces over the next five years, advocates say."

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ON: Ontario's Basic Income Pilot
Source: Government of Ontario, April 24, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario is launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario's economic growth."

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ON: The death of Eva Ravikovich, the child who changed provincial daycare laws
Source: Toronto Star, April 22, 2017

Excerpt: "The agreed statement of facts, released years after Eva’s death in 2013, tells the shocking events that took place the day the 2-year-old died, left in a hot car by the owner of an overcrowded, unlicensed Vaughan daycare."

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CA: Viewpoints: Empty promises for women? (video)
Source: The National, April 25, 2017

Excerpt: "The prime minister is only posturing by offering longer parental leave that few mothers could afford to take."

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CA: Finance Canada was cautious on linking child care to women at work: documents
Source: Times Colonist, April 25, 2017

Excerpt: "According to a commonly cited 2012 study led by Pierre Fortin, an economist at the University of Quebec at Montreal, the child-care program in Quebec allowed 70,000 more mothers with children under the age of 14 to hold jobs in 2008 than would have otherwise been the case."

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CA: Why is the solution to affordable daycare in Canada so elusive? (Audio)
Source: CBC Radio, April 23, 2017

Excerpt: "For so many working families in this country, it's called the Daycare Dilemma. Even before their child is born, they add the family's name to daycare waiting lists. Then, the wait begins."

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BC: B.C. Election 2017: Kids can't vote, but child care a critical election issue
Source: Vancouver Sun, April 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Advocates are demanding change, in part, because Vancouver’s child care rates are among the highest in the country. A toddler space, for example, has a median rate of $1,325 a month — a price that climbed nearly 10 per cent in just two years. This consumes almost a third of the average woman’s salary, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives."

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NB: Investment in early learning and child care
Source: Government of New Brunswick, April 24, 2017

Excerpt: "“Education is crucial to the New Brunswick economy,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “One of the best ways to improve educational outcomes in the long term is by investing in early learning. To help families access the workforce and improve their quality of life, we are making child care more accessible and affordable. We are doing this by creating more daycare spaces, doubling the budget for daycare assistance, and investing in the Early Learning and Child Care Trust Fund.”"

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NS: Budget 2017-2017 – Opportunities for Growth
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "In 2017-18, the department will introduce play-based pre-primary programming in a number of schools across Nova Scotia. This program will be available to 4 year olds the year before they enter school and will provide them with access to high-quality early learning programs based on Nova Scotia's first ever Early Learning Curriculum Framework."

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PE: 'Women helping women': Volunteers offer childcare, tutoring to Syrian mothers
Source: CBC News, April 24, 2017

Excerpt: "To help solve the challenges of childcare, a group of volunteers with the Interfaith Refugee Sponsorship Group in Charlottetown set up a school specifically for mothers with babies and toddlers."

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PE: P.E.I. 'noticeably missing' from national child advocate council
Source: CBC News, April 20, 2017

Excerpt: "Norman Bossé says when he and his fellow child advocates from around the country meet to discuss issues, there is one glaring omission. "Noticeably, P.E.I. is missing," said Bossé, the child advocate for New Brunswick and member of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates. "Not having Prince Edward Island at the table is quite unfortunate. It's part of the fabric of Canada.""

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NU: Rankin Inlet moms take action to open Nunavut's newest daycare
Source: CBC News, April 22, 2017

Excerpt: "The Ivvavik daycare will employ more than a dozen people: an executive director, six full-time and four part-time staff and they are looking to hire casual workers."

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US: Bill de Blasio Goes All-In on Early Education
Source: U.S. News & World Report, April 24, 2017

Excerpt: "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is embarking on an ambitious early childhood education plan to make full-day preschool free for all 3-year-olds regardless of family income by 2021."

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FI: 6,700 Finnish families to gain free access to early-childhood education
Source: Helsinki Times, April 26, 2017

Excerpt: "The Government announced yesterday that it will slash early-childhood education fees for low and middle-income families and remove the fees altogether for roughly 6,700 families. The impact of the reduction on municipal finances – an estimated 90 million euros – will be offset by adjusting the state subsidies for basic services, the share of municipalities of tax revenues and the lower limit for property tax rates."

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ON: Queen’s University to offer childcare stipend to postdocs
Source: Benefits Canada, April 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Fellows are eligible to receive $2,000 per dependent child under age 12 per year to offset the cost of childcare. If the fund receives more claims than it can fund, each claim will be reimbursed on a prorated basis."

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ON: Report calls for 30,000 new child-care spaces in Toronto by 2026
Source: Global News, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "Toronto’s Community Development and Recreation Committee will debate a report on Thursday that calls for the creation of 30,000 new child-care spaces in the city by 2026."

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CA: Putting the risk back into play: the benefits of being less protective
Source: Global News, April 18, 2017

Excerpt: "According to the B.C. online collaborative project outsideplay.ca, risky play can “have many different shapes, but always involves the thrill and excitement of testing yourself and finding out what happens.” That includes playing rough and tumble – at heights, at high speeds, with dangerous tools or elements or with a chance of getting lost. Research shows risky play is exhilarating for kids, helps them learn to manage risk and improves their motor and spatial skills."

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CA: Longer maternity leave? Thanks, but no thanks
Source: The Globe and Mail, April 18, 2017

Excerpt: "On the math alone, 18 months at 33 per cent isn’t quite as good as 12 months at 55 per cent. So this change won’t make financial sense for most families. But for mothers tempted by the promise of some extra time off at home with their newborn, it’s something of a poisoned chalice. (Or spoiled baby bottle, if you prefer.)"

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CA: Provinces should be wary of Quebec’s daycare model
Source: The Globe and Mail, April 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Despite study after study casting doubt on these assumptions, the universal-daycare lobby has largely succeeded in depicting the absence of a government-sponsored universal daycare system in Canada (with the exception of Quebec) as a great national shame. And considering the upfront cost of child care in most big cities, it’s hard for many struggling parents not to agree."

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CA: Babies show racial bias at nine months, U of T study suggests
Source: Toronto Star, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "Led by the school’s Ontario Institute of Child Study professor Kang Lee, in partnership with researchers from the U.S., U.K., France, and China, the studies examined how infants react to individuals of their own race, compared to individuals of another race."

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CA: Liberal budget’s child-care funding commendable, but won’t help families any time soon
Source: The Globe and Mail, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "For starters, $7-billion sounds like a lot of money when tossed like a treat from a politician’s candy bag. But child care is break-the-bank expensive and all those billions are to be divided up between the provinces and territories, and parsed out over a decade."

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BC: Can the NDP deliver on $10-a-day child care?
Source: CBC News, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "Child care — it's a crushing concern for many young B.C. families. Right now, it costs an average of $1,300 per month for every pre-schooler in child care. For many families with two or more children, that's the equivalent of another mortgage — if they can even find spaces. There are huge shortages and long waiting lists."

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AB: Alberta child care panel drafts 1st-round recommendations
Source: CBC News, April 14, 2017

Excerpt: "An all-party panel tasked with finding ways to improve Alberta's child-intervention system has drafted its first set of recommendations. The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention agreed to 11 preliminary recommendations, addressing eight aspects of the child-in-care death review process, at a meeting on Thursday."

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AB: Early childhood development not meeting established targets
Source: Lethbridge Herald, April 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Positive early childhood development is crucial to overall health later on, but Lethbridge lags behind other parts of the country in five core areas of early development."

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US: How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise
Source: The New York Times, April 20, 2017

Excerpt: "The Department of Health and Human Services says child care should cost 7 percent of a family’s income at most — but 42 percent of families who buy care for young children spend considerably more than that, according to census data analyzed by Beth Mattingly at the University of New Hampshire. A report by New America and Care.com put the average cost of child care in the United States at $16,514 a year."

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US: Lawmakers should not pick and choose what education to fund
Source: The Seattle Times, April 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Low-income students who participate in Washington’s state-supported early learning program enter kindergarten as ready to learn as their more affluent classmates. The benefits continue at least through elementary school, according to state data."

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US: The huge cost new parents may be overlooking
Source: The Washington Post, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "On average, child-care costs for one infant can range from more than $5,000 a year to more than $20,000, depending on the state, according to Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit group that advocates for affordable child care. For example, full-time day care for an infant costs an average of $22,658 annually in the District. In South Carolina, it costs $6,483 on average."

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US: If We Care About Early Learning, We Cannot Ignore Teacher Well-Being
Source: New America, April 12, 2017

Excerpt: "A stressed out workforce can be detrimental to productivity in any field, but it is especially relevant in early childhood education. The quality of relationships and interactions between the adults and children are key to high-quality early education and care programs. If the teachers are frequently switching jobs or are under a great deal of stress at work they will have more a difficult time providing children with the responses they need."

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UK: Is it OK to let my children play outside unsupervised?
Source: The Telegraph, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: "A recent poll of 3,000 parents by online parenting guide familiesonline.co.uk found that parents don’t let children play outside on their own until they are, on average, 10½ – three years older than when they themselves were allowed to do the same. “Stranger danger” was the biggest fear, with half saying this worried them most, while four in 10 said traffic was their top concern."

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NL: Amsterdam's solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep
Source: The Guardian, April 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Young children are the focus of most obesity efforts because it is easier to prevent them putting on weight than try to sort it out afterwards. But Dana Bijvoet, a nurse and family adviser working out of a secondary school in the area, picks up with the adolescents. There are about 2,000 morbidly obese children in Amsterdam who are the initial focus."

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ON: Ontario Reducing Class Sizes, Boosting Special Education
Source: Government of Ontario, April 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario is also investing in smaller class sizes for students in full-day kindergarten (FDK) and Grades 4-8. FDK classes, which are supported by a teacher and an early childhood educator, will now be capped at 30 students next school year, falling to 29 students in 2018-19, and average no more than 26 students per class within each school board. Support will also be provided to ensure that for students in grades 4-8, all school boards have average class sizes of 24.5 or fewer students."

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ON: Are Ontario daycares safer following rule changes? Depends who you ask
Source: CBC News, April 6, 2017

Excerpt: "In Ontario, both licensed and unlicensed daycares are legal, with each subject to their own regulations. Unlicensed daycares are currently permitted to take care of five children in total — including the care providers' own children — with no more than two children allowed under the age of two."

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CA: Investment in child care pays big dividends later, Quebec expert contends
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: ""Many spots were created and there was a lot of investment," said Senécal, a lawyer and father of four. That investment paid off in the short term. More parents working and paying income tax meant a $1.75 return for every $1 the government invested, he said. What would have made it a better long-term investment is if all those spaces had included the services of qualified early childhood educators, he added."

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CA: Federal Liberals look to target child care funding to ‘vulnerable’ families
Source: Global News, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: "The Liberals have repeatedly said since last month’s budget that they want to use a 10-year investment in child care to help families most in need, including families from low- and modest-income backgrounds."

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BC: BC Liberals falling $100 million short on child care spending promise, advocacy group says
Source: Global News, April 11, 2017

Excerpt: "The shortage of space is fuelled by a shortfall in public spending, according to the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. Their report claims the province spent nearly $100 million less on child care than what was promised."

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AB: New child-care spaces welcomed
Source: Lethbridge Herald, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: "Lethbridge families will benefit from a provincial government announcement that 53 new, flexible and affordable licensed child-care spaces will soon be available through the Opokaa’sin Child Care program."

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AB: Alberta opens low cost daycare spaces to help families
Source: CTV News, April 6, 2071

Excerpt: "The government of Alberta is moving ahead with one of its budget pledges by offering $25 per day childcare to families at a number of different centres in the province, including five in Calgary. The initiative is first being rolled out as a pilot project and will see the creation of about 1,300 affordable child care spaces. Approximately 119 new childcare staff will be hired and an estimated 357 Albertans will be able to enter the workforce as a result."

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AB: Alberta to spend $10 million to expand school nutrition pilot program
Source: Edmonton Journal, April 5, 2017

Excerpt: "It’s the next phase in a $3.5-million pilot program launched in Calgary in November under the government’s Future Ready banner — an initiative that co-ordinates training from kindergarten to employment."

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MB: Budget 2017: Responsible Recovery
Source: Government of Manitoba, April 11, 2017

Excerpt: "Budget 2017 also makes significant investments in the Department of Families, increasing its budget by more than $105 million, a 5.4 per cent increase over last year."

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NL: Budget 2017: Realizing Our Potential
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, April 6, 2017

Excerpt: "Today I am proud to announce $3.3 million in annual increases to support early childhood educators and families. We are adding $2 million to the Child Care Subsidy program to reduce daycare costs for low and middle income families. We will also be increasing the Early Learning and Child Care Supplement by $1.3 million, and providing early childhood educators with an increase in the supplement of $1 per hour. Budget 2017 continues our commitment to full day kindergarten with an allocation of over $13 million to continue this program."

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US: Do Preschool Teachers Really Need to Be College Graduates?
Source: The New York Times, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: "Advocates say it’s a way to ensure that teachers are qualified to nurture children at a crucial phase of development. They cite evidence that high-quality early childhood education helps children, especially disadvantaged ones, for the rest of their lives — but that low-quality preschool can hurt more than none at all."

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AU: The tricky dilemma behind men at childcare centres
Source: The West Australian, April 11, 2017

Excerpt: "They need to see that men and women are equipped to care, are able to make snacks, change nappies, negotiate playground treaties and provide a safe place in which the best of childhood adventures can take place. Isn’t this the starting place for raising kids for whom gender equality is a given, not a lesson to learn in future years?"

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IE: Do smartphones and tablets harm a child's development?
Source: Irish Examiner, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: "In November, the American Academy of Pediatrics reduced the maximum recommended screen time for children under five by half, to just one hour a day. Babies under 18 months, they advised, should avoid digital media altogether. But that’s easier said than done. Because for millions of babies and toddlers, the soft blue glow and smooth, hard feel of smartphones and tablets have become fixtures of early childhood."

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ON: Daycare owner admits toddler left 7 hours in hot car after saying she stopped breathing during nap
Source: CBC News, April 5, 2017

Excerpt: "An agreed statement of facts read in court Tuesday said Panfilova had a business licence for Lena Daycare, but she never applied to be licensed under the Day Nurseries Act, which is required for daycares with more than five children under age 10."

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ON: Ontario Preserving Autism Supports and Child Care Spaces in Etobicoke and North York
Source: Government of Ontario, April 4, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario is seeking to preserve local community services for families in Etobicoke and North York, including autism supports and licensed child care, by proposing to acquire two facilities from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that would be maintained as community hubs."

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ON: Advocacy group calls for better autism supports in schools
Source: Toronto Star, April 4, 2017

Excerpt: "The 34-page report from the grassroots group comes at a time when autism rates are climbing — with one of every 68 children currently being diagnosed — and special ed services for all students with disabilities cannot keep up with demand."

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CA: 100 years after gaining the vote, women still struggle for equality
Source: Vancouver Sun, March 31, 2017

Excerpt: "What’s startling is that after 100 years, so many of the issues raised by suffragist remain in the headlines. Single mothers and older women are still the most likely to be poor and poorly housed. Women are over-represented in low-paid, part-time jobs and one reason is a lack of affordable child care."

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CA: A by-the-numbers look at government spending on child care in Canada
Source: 660 News, March 29, 2017

Excerpt: "The Liberals have promised to spend $7.5 billion over a decade on child care to fund spaces in provinces and territories, as well as indigenous child care on and off-reserve. Here are some numbers in the pledge and how the funding stacks up."

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CA: Trudeau says child care budget plan ‘huge’ as critics call it overselling
Source: Medicine Hat News, March 29, 2017

Excerpt: "The Liberals have promised to spend $7.5 billion over a decade on child care, starting with $500 million in the new fiscal year that starts this weekend and increasing to $870 million annually by 2026 to fund spaces in provinces and territories, as well as indigenous child care on and off-reserve."

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NL: Minister Kirby Highlights Continued Support for Early Childhood Development Throughout Province
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, April 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Last week we were pleased to distribute $6.5 million in annual funding for family resource centres from St. John’s to the Torngat Mountains. We have approximately 150 centres that offer a variety of community-based activities and resources for early childhood development and parenting support."

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SK: 'They shouldn't have to suffer': Government changes funding for special needs daycare workers
Source: CBC News, March 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Some daycare staff who work with special needs students could soon be out of a job due to changes in the provincial budget. Minister of Education Don Morgan said the overall daycare funding across the province remains the same but is being distributed differently."

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QC: Partir du bon pied avant 5 ans
Source: Le Soleil, March 31, 2017

Excerpt: "Dans Un plan pour la réussite: dès la petite enfance et tout au long de la vie, il souligne que la préparation à l'école facilite l'adaptation des jeunes enfants et leur permet d'avoir confiance de réussir dans leur nouveau milieu éducatif. Il indique aussi que «plus tôt l'enfant à risque sera repéré et accompagné, meilleures seront ses chances de réussir."

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PE: Increased minimum wage means 'large number of families' no longer eligible for childcare subsidy
Source: CBC News, April 4, 2017

Excerpt: "P.E.I.'s Early Childhood Development Association says the 25 cent increase to the minimum wage this week has created an "urgent need" for the province to overhaul its childcare subsidy program."

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US: D.C. among first in nation to require child-care workers to get college degrees
Source: The Washington Post, March 31, 2017

Excerpt: "A central part of that mission is educating a workforce that historically has been paid and treated like babysitters. What the job demands is closer to the work of elementary school teachers, scientists say. “This is a real opportunity to build the profession and set our young children on a positive trajectory for learning and development,” said Elizabeth Groginsky, assistant superintendent of early learning in the District."

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US: What A Pay Raise Would Mean for Early Childhood Education Teachers
Source: WBUR, March 31, 2017

Excerpt: "Gaston does all of this even though her pay isn't that great. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, so she makes about $44,000 a year, which is well above the state average for childcare workers (about $26,000). Even still, with four boys of her own, Gaston's salary doesn't go very far. "I have to work a second job in order for me to meet my family's needs," Gaston says. She gets home from her second job every night around 11 p.m."

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AU: Why I refuse to feel guilty for sending my kids to childcare
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, April 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Not only because I was able to rebuild my identity, my career and my mental health. And not because my daughter gained in me a role model who did not always put her own wellbeing last. It was because my daughter thrived. My daughter started childcare for my benefit, I thought. But she turned out to be the greatest beneficiary of all."

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NL: Would you let a four-year-old light a fire? A safety group says you should
Source: The Telegraph, March 31, 2017

Excerpt: "The national safety body has launched a campaign called “Risky play”, saying children should be encouraged to play with penknives, climb trees and light fires – with appropriate supervision."

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Resources

People First - The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s 2016 Annual Report to Parliament
Source: Canadian Human Rights Commission, April 2017

Excerpt: "Ensuring that children are given equal opportunities to thrive, regardless of their individual challenges, is the best way of ensuring human rights for all."

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Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity
Source: NPR, April 25, 2017

Excerpt: "The new study, which is based on findings from a cohort of children in the U.K., builds on a body of research that finds household routines early in life can influence body weight and the risk of obesity in adolescence and beyond."

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Forty-five Year Virginia Tech Carilion Study Shows Dramatic Effects of Early Childhood Education
Source: The Community Idea Station, April 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Children who are given high-quality education at an early age are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults according to a Virginia Tech study, now entering its fifth decade."

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Teacher Compensation Parity Policies and State-Funded Pre-K Programs
Source: NIEER, April 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Early care and education is a complex patchwork of public and private programs funded primarily by families and government. About 3.9 million children—48 percent of three- and four-year-olds—attend classroom programs, and 57 percent of those children attend public programs. To these we can add another 600,000 five-year-olds too young for kindergarten for a total of 4.5 million in preschools with roughly 2.6 million in public programs."

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Early-Life Obesity Prevention: Critique of Intervention Trials During the First One Thousand Days
Source: Springer Link, April 22, 2017

Excerpt: "As the obesity pandemic has evolved, research efforts aimed at addressing it have increasingly focused on the opportunities for prevention which exist in early life. For the purposes of the present review early life is defined as pre or peri-conception, pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood (up to age 24 months), i.e., equivalent to the “first 1000 days” of life. "

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UNICEF REPORT CARD 13, Fairness for Children: Inequality in child well-being within wealthy nations
Source: Public Health Ontario, March 13, 2017

Description: "This webinar featured Lisa Wolff, presenting “UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children – Inequality in child well-being within wealthy countries.” The UNICEF Index of Child Inequality reveals the degree to which disadvantaged children fall behind the ‘average’ child in aspects of health, education, income, and life satisfaction in wealthy countries. Broad inequality affects many aspects of child and youth well-being, limiting the potential of all children, not only those who fall furthest behind. Closing the inequality gaps between children in the middle and those at the bottom, should improve well-being for all Canada’s children."

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Twelve Flawed Statements of the Fraser Institute on Quebec’s Childcare Program
By Pierre Fortin, Department of Economics, School of Management, University of Quebec at Montreal

Excerpt: "This Research Bulletin is an affront to the standards promised by the Fraser Institute’s website, according to which “careful, accurate and rigorous measurement” is the foundation for its work, and the source of its data is “always provided.” The twelve arguments made in support of its view that Quebec’s childcare program is “flawed” do not hold water. Measurement is often careless, inaccurate, negligent, absent or mathematically absurd. Many sources are anachronistic, contrarian or unrelated to the argument, irrelevant, misinterpreted or missing. Simple correlations are fallaciously taken as identifiers of cause and effect."

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Karihwanoron: Precious Things (video)
Source: CBC Short Docs, April 18, 2017

Description: "A small community bands together around a Mohawk immersion school they founded to keep their language alive."

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Disruptive kids teach their siblings how not to behave
Source: Asia Today, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "A new Tel Aviv University study finds that the disruptive behavior of an individual child does not encourage similar behavior in their brothers and sisters."

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Quebec Daycare Recommendations Include 'War Games' For Boys
Source: Huffington Post, April 13, 2017

Excerpt: "A report released this week by community and daycare workers in the Estrie region of Quebec has garnered some national interest for its focus on differentiating between how girls and boys behave — and specifically, for encouraging boys to play "war" and "battle" games."

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Could your face be a window to your health? U of T startup gathers vital signs from video
Source: University of Toronto, March 24, 2017

Excerpt: "The social robot right now is very popular and many companies are producing it. In the future, it will be widely used in such areas as health care, child care and elder care. If you have a social robot that is able to detect the invisible emotions we are experiencing then the robot can really help us a lot."

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Redshirting may do more harm than good
Source: Education Next, April 2017

Excerpt: "Consistent with this evidence, the research on relative age indicates that being among the youngest in the class has benefits, in both the short and long term. Why? Because older classmates tend to be higher achieving and better behaved. They model positive behavior, and the younger students achieve greater academic gains from learning and competing with older ones. And two studies cited above—the one by Elder and Lubotsky and the one by Cascio and Schanzenbach—find that, with age held constant, learning with older classmates boosts students’ test scores."

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Early life deprivation: is the damage already done?
Source: The Lancet, February 22, 2017

Excerpt: "This study is unique because it directly compares the developmental course of a wide range of behavioural, social, and cognitive measures in children who experienced extremely poor physical and social circumstances before adoption with that of adopted children who did not experience deprivation, it followed both groups across extended developmental periods from childhood into adulthood with multiple assessments, and it contrasted the development of severely deprived children adopted before 6 months of age with those who spent more than 6 months in an institution."

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Toronto's Licensed Child Care Growth Strategy: For children under 4, 2017-2026
Source: Toronto Children’s Services, April 11, 2017

Excerpt: "In anticipation of increased federal and provincial investments, Toronto's licensed child care system is expected to grow. This report outlines the ideal vision for that growth in order to meet the needs of families with children 0-4, to make child care more affordable, and to ensure programs of high quality. Achieving this vision depends on significant public investments, and requires a commitment of long-term funding from all three orders of government."

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ARNEC 2017 Conference, Presentations now posted
Source: ARNEC, April 10, 2017

Excerpt: "The Conference was opened by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN attended by over 530 national and international ECD professionals from the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond, including 12 Ministers/Vice Ministers and high-level policy makers who shared and learned about approaches to improving child well being at the early stages of life. The Conference was themed “The transformative power of Early Childhood Development (ECD): The importance of holistic interventions” with three sub-themes covering (i) policies and programmes; (ii) equitable access and participation; and (iii) quality monitoring."

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Experience-based brain development
Source: Science of Early Child Development, April 7, 2017

Excerpt: "By the time most children are five-years-old they have gone from being wholly dependent on a caregiver to being physically adept individuals with a good understanding of their native language, culture and ways of being and doing. It is no surprise, then, that the brain--which starts out at birth at 25% of the weight of the adult brain--reaches over 90% of the adult brain weight by age five."

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Strong early education equals better long-term relationships with parents, research shows
Source: phys.org, April 6, 2017

Excerpt: "Children who are given high-quality education at an early age - starting at six weeks old and continuing through their first five years of life - are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults, according to new results from a longitudinal study now entering its fifth decade."

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Babies in Canada, U.K. and Italy cry more than elsewhere: study
Source: CTV News, April 3, 2017

Excerpt: "Canadian infants appear to have some of the highest levels of colic in the world, according to a new study that attempted to create the first international “crying chart” to determine why some babies cry more than others."

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Spring into Action for Decent Work!
Source: AECEO, March 29, 2017

Excerpt: "ECEs, parents, and government have a common goal: high quality care and education for our youngest learners. As research shows, ECEs and staff are key to quality. Ensuring better wages and working conditions that support educators to provide high quality care and education must be the foundation upon which we build a better future for everyone in our province."

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What does good child care reform look like?
Source: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, March 29, 2017

Excerpt: "However, the cost of child care is not just a problem for low-income families. By the 10 percent metric, infant care is “affordable” for the median family in only two states—South Dakota and Wyoming. In Massachusetts, which has one of the highest center-based infant care costs, child care costs exceed this affordability test for over 80 percent of families."

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