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ON: New and Improved Schools Opening Across Ontario this Fall
Source: Government of Ontario, August 31, 2017

Excerpt: "These new and renovated facilities will provide students with a better place to learn and grow for this school year, and years to come. Together, these schools will also include more than 960 new high-quality, licensed child care spaces to support young children and their families."

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ON: Parents with kids under 6 scramble to find after-school child care amid Ontario's new rules
Source: CBC News, August 28, 2017

Excerpt: "The rules, which take effect Sept. 1st, are in response to the Child Care and Early Years Act that came into effect in August 2015 in an attempt to better regulate unlicensed daycares. The changes replace the Day Nurseries Act and stipulate that before and after-school programs that care for more than five children be licensed as child-care centres."

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ON: Full-day kindergarten is here to stay: Premier Kathleen Wynne
Source: Toronto Sun, August 27, 2017

Excerpt: "FDK is about giving every child the best possible start as they enter our publicly-funded education system. It’s an investment in our future that carries the added benefit of helping millions of families right now by allowing parents to rejoin the workforce sooner after having a child."

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ON: Neonatal crisis: McMaster Children’s Hospital forced to halt care for new admissions
Source: The Hamilton Spectator, August 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario was running out of beds, equipment and staff this week to care for the sickest and most premature babies. The province's most acute neonatal intensive care units (NICU) — including the 46 beds at McMaster Children's Hospital — were nearly full from at least Tuesday to Friday, leaving little capacity for new emergencies."

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ON: How to overhaul child care in Ontario: A road map for revolution
Source: Simcoe.com, August 24, 2017

Excerpt: "In Sweden, low-income families pay nothing for child care while the cost for more affluent parents is capped at just over $200 per month. Government policy states: “Parents should only have to spend one to three per cent of the family’s income on child care.” Their model is heavily subsidized by government and administered by municipalities. It’s been in existence for decades."

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BC: Finding a safe daycare a 'challenge' for B.C. parents, says childcare expert
Source: CBC News, August 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Pam Preston, executive director of Vancouver's Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, agrees it's tough for parents to vet unlicensed daycares, especially operators who evade regulations by changing names and moving locations."

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NL: Daycare dilemma: Inuit towns struggle to find operators, meet safety rules
Source: CBC News, August 29, 2017

Excerpt: "Daycares in four of Nunatsiavut's five communities are at risk of not opening next month, leaving Labrador's Inuit region in a tough spot. "We are so worried for the parents — the working parents — and we're so worried for the children and we're so worried for the staff," Jenny Lyall, the Nunatsiavut government's child-care co-ordinator, told CBC's Labrador Morning."

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NB: Children and families in New Brunswick to benefit from improved early learning and child care
Source: Government of Canada, August 30, 2017

Excerpt: "Under this agreement, the federal government will invest close to $30 million to improve early learning and child care for preschool-aged children in New Brunswick. The province will contribute an additional $41 million for a total of $71 million."

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PE: The Government of Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island sign a bilateral agreement on early learning and child care
Source: Government of Canada, August 29, 2017

Excerpt: "The agreement allocates $10.5 million, over three years, to Prince Edward Island for early learning and child care investments. The Island's funding focus will be on early learning and child care access for vulnerable children such as infants, pre-schoolers, children whose parents work seasonally or non-standard hours, and under-served populations including Newcomer families and Acadian and French speaking communities.  Funding will also be directed towards professional training for early learning and care educators with the aim of improving the quality and richness of experiences for children."

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AU: Financial, childcare pressures forcing pregnant women to stay at work longer
Source: The Courier Mail, August 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Pregnant women are staying at work until just days before they give birth because of increasing financial pressures and the struggle of getting ¬babies into child care. According to new data, a growing number of women are still at work less than two weeks before their due date. The percentage has risen to 27.8 per cent from 22.5 per cent a decade earlier."

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NZ: Where does ECE fit in National's latest education policy statements?
Source: Voxy.co.nz, August 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Early childhood education providers work hard to deliver quality education for our youngest citizens. "On behalf of our more than 1,000 member early childhood centres, the ECC recommends reinstituting a catch-up payment to education and care centres sufficient to move towards pay parity between kindergarten and other ECE teachers. "What’s more we believe ECE needs to be treated as an equal partner at the education table," Mr Reynolds says."

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ON: Toronto mom shares story of finding child care in the city
Source: InsideToronto.com, August 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Finding the perfect fit when it comes to cost, location and programming is challenging for today's parents. Experts attribute that to a system that fails to deliver. Ontario’s child care model is so far behind, according to Professor Yvonne Bohr of La Marsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University. With the mountains of research data showing the importance of providing quality care for children from 0 to 4 years of age, it leaves her wondering why the government hasn’t until this year, taken steps toward a universal child-care model."

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ON: Biggest dilemma finding quality child care in Muskoka
Source: MuskokaRegion.com, August 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Corrie Patton of Gravenhurst said her biggest dilemma when she went back to work was finding child care of quality. Facing a lengthy wait list at the only licensed daycare facility in Gravenhurst, Patton said she was forced to seek home-based providers. “I didn’t feel comfortable with many of them,” she said, noting she interviewed several prospects. “I went into homes where there were way too many kids or the food options weren’t great.”"

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ON: Barrie family keeps kids home after 'struggle' to pay daycare bills
Source: Simcoe.com, August 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Two professionals, one unaffordable daycare bill. Barrie’s Liam and Jena Murphy already had their hands full and pocketbooks emptied trying to pay for daycare for their now six-year-old son Ethan. Then life happened, and twin boys came along. “We were both working full-time,” Liam said, sitting in the family’s living room as Ethan flipped through Pokemon trading cards nearby. “When we talked about family planning, we decided once he was out of daycare, we’d start trying again.”"

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NB: Universal two-year kindergarten: 'It would be a win-win'
Source: Telegraph-Journal, August 20, 2017

Excerpt: "The most recent test results from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, an intergovernmental body from all 13 provinces and territories, show New Brunswick near the bottom of the country. The province's 15-year-olds ranked seventh out of ten in reading, math and science for the 2015-16 school year. Territories were not included in the study. New Brunswick is three spots behind Ontario, which has been steadily falling from the top of the leaderboard over the past decade. But new research shows a solution Ontario has been working on since 2010 might be about to reverse that trend. The change? No-cost, two-year universal kindergarten for four-year-olds, including supervision from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m."

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NS: Nova Scotia faces staffing issues for preprimary classes
Source: The Globe and Mail, August 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Hundreds of Nova Scotia families have registered for the promised expansion of preprimary classes for four-year-olds, but there are still no firm numbers of trained staff available just weeks before its scheduled end-of-September startup."

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SK: 'This is in fact what we need': From daycares to hospitals, here are the effects of Saskatoon's baby boom
Source: Saskatoon StarPhoenix, August 21, 2017

Excerpt: "The number of newborns in the Saskatoon area has grown by an average of four per cent per year since 2002, reaching 4,148 last July, according to his data. The total population of the Saskatoon area in 2016 was 315,150."

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US: Staying home to parent can cost more than just salary
Source: CBS News, August 21, 2017

Excerpt: "In a country short on both family leave and child care-friendly policies, starting a family often comes with tough financial choices. One-third of U.S. families spend more than 20 percent of their income on child care, according to a recent survey. With those kinds of costs, it's not surprising more and more parents are reconsidering whether to work at all while their children are young."

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SG: New National Institute of Early Childhood Development to take first batch of students in 2019
Source: Channel NewsAsia, August 23, 2017

Excerpt: "A centralised training institute for pre-school teachers will take in its first batch of students in 2019, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Wednesday (Aug 23)."

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SG: Big increase in childcare places, MOE kindergartens
Source: The Strait Times, August 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Two in three pre-schoolers will, by 2023, have a place in a childcare centre or kindergarten that is run or supported by the Government, up from one in two today. This will be achieved as more places become available at pre-schools run by anchor and partner operators - which get government grants but must meet fee caps and quality criteria - and the Ministry of Education (MOE). About 40,000 childcare places will be added by 2022, a 30 per cent increase from now. Most will be run by anchor operators."

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ON: Full-day kindergarten works, and should be extended across the country: Editorial
Source: Toronto Star, August 14, 2017

Excerpt: "The researchers also found that, as the government had predicted, parents in particular benefit from the two-year program. That’s because the schools that provided integrated seamless care and education from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. reduced the hassles for working parents trying to piece together child care and kindergarten. Full-day kindergarten saves families money, as well. That is particularly important in Toronto, where the cost of child care is the highest in the country."

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ON: Big expansion for local child care: 510 more subsidized spaces.
Source: Windsor Star, August 14, 2017

Excerpt: "The $5.6 million recently announced by the provincial government ($3.47 million) and feds ($2.17 million) amounts to a 16 per cent increase in the $34 million the city normally gets to subsidize child care spaces for qualified lower-income families at licensed child care centres. It translates into at least 510 more subsidized spaces for kids under the age of four, plus money to help keep non-subsidized child care affordable, provide more services for special needs kids and to entice child care operators to expand their services into the evenings and weekends, Cercone said Monday."

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ON: It’s official: Full-day kindergarten works
Source: The Record, August 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Regardless, we can now say with a degree of certainty that FDK is an important and successful modernization and improvement to Ontario's school system. Janette Pelletier, professor at OISE and lead researcher, put it this way: " … I feel that I can say with confidence after this last set of analysis with all of the children that it really appears the full-day kindergarten program is having long-term, benefits — at least until the end of Grade 2.""

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ON: Moving Beyond the 1965 Agreement to Improve Support to Children and Families in Ontario First Nations
Source: Government of Canada, August 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Under Budget 2016, the Government of Canada is making $9.11 million available to First Nations for child and family services prevention activities in Ontario."

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CA: Budget 2018: Time to lean in gentlemen
Source: Behind the Numbers, August 10, 2017

Excerpt: "That means Budget 2018 needs to invest in the sectors where women are working today. More than one out of every five women in the labour force works in health and social services. Not construction (12% women). Women work in jobs that accommodate their unpaid work (particularly childcare), thus nursing, teaching and service industry jobs continue to be among those where women are most likely to be employed. We need job stimulus for the entire labour force, not just 53% of it."

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AB: The future of child care
Source: Sherwood Park News, August 14, 2017

Excerpt: "She added through the first round of the sessions, the No. 1 issue that came up was affordability. “Obviously, the $25-per-day piece is a huge advance for the affordability,” Larivee said. “We also heard the importance of equality. We know now, there is tons of evidence that says that those early years are important in our child’s early development. “Families also want the need for more flexible child care... shift workers who need hours outside of 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. through our pilot project, we encourage programs to do some innovation around that.”"

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NS: Do children need preschool?
Source: Global News, August 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Many parents perhaps think because they ‘just play’ in preschool, it’s not worthy of sending their children to preschool,” Kirova says. “Children learn a lot through play and in preschool environments, there are materials that are available to children that they play with in a particular way that contribute to the development of academic skills."

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NS: N.S. to consult with non-profit, private childcare providers ahead of pre-primary rollout: minister
Source: Global News, August 11, 2017

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill says the province is moving ahead rapidly with its plan to bring in pre-primary education this year, and says part of this includes working with non-profit and private care operators. More than 770 families have registered for pre-primary so far, Churchill said, and 43 schools across the province have been selected for the free program for four-year-olds."

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US: The High-Speed Preschool Experiment
Source: The Atlantic, August 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Armed with research showing that preschool delivers long-term benefits, particularly to low-income students, states more than doubled their spending on pre-K between 2006 and 2016, when total spending reached $7.4 billion. Yet spending varies widely by state and over half of 3- and 4-year-olds nationally continue to skip preschool entirely, leaving them ill-prepared for the increasing rigors of kindergarten."

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JP: Japan’s day care shortage intensifies as populations cluster near city centers
Source: The Japan Times, August 16, 2017

Excerpt: "In total, the nation’s waiting list stood at 23,700 as of April. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once pledged to cut the waiting list to zero by the end of next March as part of a strategy to get more women to enter the workforce. But in May, he postponed the target by three years, citing an increase in the number of working mothers resulting in higher demand for child care."

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CA: Children gain learning boost from two-year, full-day kindergarten
Source: The Conversation, August 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Preliminary findings from our research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education reveals that this unique full-day kindergarten (FDK) program has lasting benefits for children’s behaviour as well as their learning. Children in this program scored higher on reading, writing and number knowledge than those in a half-day program and remained ahead until the end of Grade 2."

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CA: Why more of us are living in multigenerational households
Source: National Post, August 2, 2017

Excerpt: "There may be a cultural expectation that adult children welcome their parents into their home, or a need for grandparents to provide child-care, or a push to split living expenses in the face of a housing crunch, Spinks said."

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CA: Canada is behind the pack when it comes to encouraging its citizens to have kids
Source: Vice, August 2, 2017

Excerpt: "The most obvious answer, of course, is the demographic pattern we’ve witnessed in developed countries since the 1970s — as more and more women enter the workforce, family sizes start shrinking. Children are an expensive undertaking. Because fewer women play the role of caretaker, families tend to have not more than two children, and more often than not, none at all."

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CA: Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play
Source: The Conversation, August 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam the neighbourhood with friends or play capture the flag. Research shows such play is associated with increased physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence."

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QC: Quebec daycare a model for Canada, but province shouldn't rest on its laurels
Source: Montreal Gazette, August 8, 2017

Excerpt: "Yes, Quebec’s network of publicly funded Centres de la petite enfance. Since the introduction of subsidized daycare, which debuted at $5 a day in 1997 and now costs between $7.75 a day and $20 a day depending on income, the rate of working women in Quebec has grown faster and is now higher than in the rest of Canada. A 2012 study showed that 70,000 women entered the job market who might not have otherwise, thanks to the program."

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NS: Worries mount for private, non-profit childcare centres ahead of N.S. pre-primary rollout
Source: Global News, August 8, 2017

Excerpt: "As Nova Scotia continues to move towards the anticipated pre-primary rollout, many private and non-profit child care program providers are feeling on edge."

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NS: Pre-Primary: It's about our children
Source: The News, August 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Research shows early learning is beneficial. Educational play-based programs like our pre-primary initiative have been shown to improve social, health and emotional outcomes and these benefits last a lifetime. It will also save families thousands of dollars in child care costs every year. Nova Scotia will become the third jurisdiction in Canada to offer this kind of program."

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NL: Minister Kirby Introduces New Child Care Act
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, July 31, 2017

Excerpt: "The New Child Care Act includes: Replacing the former Child Care Services Act effective today (July 31); Improving safety and security standards for the well-being of our children at their most vulnerable stages; Clarifying and strengthening licensing exemptions; Removing the cap on the number of spaces per child care centre; Enhancing qualification expectations by requiring entry-level certification to become trainee certification, requiring early childhood educators to upgrade to a post-secondary one-year Early Childhood Education Certificate within a five-year period; Enhancing qualifications for administrators of infant-only family homes to include the requirement of a Level I certification with an infant classification; Ensuring child care providers have a secure building policy and enhanced physical space requirements to increase quality of care; and Committing to a mandatory five-year legislative review with public consultation to allow the opportunity for feedback."

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NL: Applause for early childhood educator pay hike
Source: CBC News, August 4, 2017

Excerpt: "The annual supplement to ECEs with Level 1 through Level 4 certification working full-time in child-care centres or in home-based care will go up between $2,840 and $5,340 a year. Level 2 to Level 5 ECEs will receive an increase between $2,500 and $3,500 a year. Kirby says this will amount to a bump of more than a dollar per hour for everyone, and more than two dollars an hour for those with the highest levels of certification."

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NU: New daycare for families in Iqaluit: Contract for design of new daycare awarded
Source: Government of Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, August 3, 2017

Excerpt: "Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is pleased to announce that families in Iqaluit will have a new, modern daycare facility designed by EVOQ Architecture Incorporated. The new daycare will be the largest in Nunavut, accommodating approximately 60 children and employing up to 12 people."

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AU: Australians are paying more for childcare than mortgages and food, leading to calls for action
Source: The Daily Telegraph, August 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Childcare costs are driving Australian families to breaking point with an exclusive survey for News Corp Australia finding close to 40 per cent are paying more than or equal to their mortgage in out of pocket payments each week. Close to a third are paying double their grocery bills — after the government rebate — and one in five are paying triple their weekly grocery shop."

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Resources

Pre-Primary 2017 (videos)
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, August 10, 2017

Description: "A collection of short videos discussing Pre-primary in Nova Scotia."

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Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts
Source: Center for American Progress, August 30, 2017

Excerpt: "Over the past few decades, the percentage of families in which all parents work outside the home has increased dramatically. During the same period, a growing body of research has assessed and affirmed the role of early care and education in shaping children’s educational, health, and social outcomes. In most markets, these coinciding factors should produce a thriving market for quality child care. Certain places—usually affluent suburbs—have indeed seen supply rise to meet demand. As this study finds, however, many neighborhoods, small towns, and rural communities across the country have inadequate child care options."

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Mom’s Response to Baby’s Distress May Predict Attachment Style
Source: Psych Central, August 23, 2017

Excerpt: "The study findings show that mothers who had smaller decreases in RSA — meaning, less physiological regulation — when they interacted with their distressed infants at six months were more likely to have avoidant infants at 12 months. This type of physiological response might undermine a mother’s ability to cope with her infant’s distress. The baby may view her as a less effective source of comfort and ultimately be less likely to seek her out when upset or uncertain."

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How Do Parents Handle Their Children's Boredom?
Source: Gallup, August 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Many U.S. parents feel compelled to step in and help when a child is bored, although in doing so, they may be preventing children from developing the ability to solve their own problems. This is one of the many insights found in Time to Play, a report released Tuesday by Gallup and global toy company Melissa & Doug."

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Try Dora, not Pooh: Storybooks with human characters instead of animals better for learning, study finds
Source: CBC News, August 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Storybooks featuring human characters instead of cuddly critters — think Dora the Explorer, not Winnie the Pooh — are the best bet for teaching kids life lessons, a new study from the University of Toronto finds. The research from U of T's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education tested the longstanding belief that stories with animal-based characters like Franklin the turtle or Arthur the aardvark help children learn as effectively, if not better than, stories with human characters."

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Changing childcare settings can affect sleep
Source: Reuters, August 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Inconsistent childcare arrangements can affect toddlers’ sleep at night, a new study suggests. Consistent childcare arrangements - even complicated ones - didn’t seem to affect young children’s nighttime sleep. But when the pattern changed over time, toddlers didn’t sleep as well, study leader Jen-Hao Chen told Reuters Health in an email."

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Full-Day Kindergarten Students Do Better Than Half-Day Students, Analysis Finds (subscription required)
Source: Education Week, August 18, 2017

Excerpt: "Should kindergarten be mandatory? Should it be a full day, just like 1st grade, or is a half day more appropriate for children just entering school? These are questions that education leaders continue to grapple with across the country. Only 13 states and the District of Columbia require full-day kindergarten. That's according to an analysis released last year by the Education Commission of the States. But that analysis found that full-day kindergarten remains pretty popular with families. In 35 states, 70-89 percent of students attend full-day programs."

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AECEO Launches Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign Tool Kit
Source: AECEO, August 15, 2017

Excerpt: "The AECEO's Professional Pay & Decent Work Campaign has been successfully engaging and organizing hundreds of RECEs, early years staff, parents and community members in Ontario. This Campaign Tool Kit will support local Professional Pay Communities of Practice, early years and child care programs, individual RECEs/staff/parents and ECE students as they engage in campaign actions. As the campaign continues to grow we will add more tool kit items to support actions and engagement across the province."

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Losing Ground - Income Inequality in Ontario, 2000–15
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, August 15, 2017

Excerpt: "But, as we know, the tax and transfer system has a big impact on income inequality. Transfers delivered directly through programs, such as social assistance, or delivered through the tax system, such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit, increase incomes for low-income families. And a progressive tax system dampens the impact of income inequality by taxing higher-income families more heavily."

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Quality Early Education and Child Care from Birth to Kindergarten
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2017

Excerpt: "High-quality early education and child care for young children improves physical and cognitive outcomes for the children and can result in enhanced school readiness. Preschool education can be viewed as an investment (especially for at-risk children), and studies show a positive return on that investment. Barriers to high-quality early childhood education include inadequate funding and staff education as well as variable regulation and enforcement."

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Women Are Key for Future Growth: Evidence from Canada
Source: International Monetary Fund, July 19, 2017

Excerpt: "The government has appropriately stepped up its efforts to improve gender equality, as part of its growth strategy. In particular, the government’s plan to expand access to affordable child care is a positive step. However, we argue that to maximize the policy outcome given a budget constraint, provision of subsidized child care—including publicly funded child care spaces—should be better targeted to working parents."

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Low blood sugars in newborns linked to later difficulties
Source: Medical Xpress, August 8, 2017

Excerpt: "Researchers found that children who had experienced low blood sugar levels as newborns were two to three times more likely to have difficulties with executive function (skills for problem-solving, planning, memory and attention) and visual-motor co-ordination (skills for fine control of movement, and understanding what you see) at age 4.5 years than children who had normal blood sugar levels."

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Annual Report: Celebrating a Decade of Impact
Source: Children and Nature Network, August 7, 2017

Excerpt: "Learning and playing in green schoolyards can enhance children’s physical and mental health, social-emotional development and academic success. Green schoolyards also serve as outdoor gathering places that can positively impact community health, particularly in urban areas with little access to nature."

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A study of kids’ screen time explains the vicious cycle that makes parents unable to say no
Source: Quartz, August 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of Melissa and Doug (and a mom of six kids) says parents need to know how important unstructured play—indoors and outdoors—is, and how dangerous technology can be for kids who are too young."

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