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Archived News & Resources from the e-Newsletter - December 2016

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ON: Ontario Helping Students Learn to Code
Source: Government of Ontario, December 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario is helping elementary teachers integrate coding and computational skills into teaching, with new lesson plans that can be used in all grades and across subjects, particularly math, science and technology. Through a variety of platforms, software and app recommendations, educators can use this resource to help students to develop skills that will help them succeed today and in the future."

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CA: New charity wants Canada to put children first
Source: Toronto Star, November 16, 2016

Excerpt: "Canada is among the most prosperous countries in the world. But the nation’s high rates of child poverty, bullying and infant mortality and low scores on immunization and child health and safety, puts Canada 17th among 29 affluent nations according to UNICEF’s global index."

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BC: Child poverty rates rise in Nanaimo, south-end kids most vulnerable
Source: Nanaimo News Now, December 6, 2016

Excerpt: "A study out of the University of British Columbia shows child poverty rates in the mid-island are higher than the provincial average. The B.C. rate is 32.2 per cent overall, while it sits at 34 per cent in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District. That's up from 29 per cent since the first study released in 2007."

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AB: Alberta parents need more infant daycare spots, survey says
Source: Edmonton Sun, December 2, 2016

Excerpt: "Alberta families need easier access to daycare for babies and special needs children, a new survey of child care centres found."

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MB: Child care great in Manitoba — if you can ever get in, poll finds
Source: CBC News, December 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Two thirds (62 per cent) of parents who took part in the poll reported having to wait between 14 and 15 months for a space. And many of those waiting turn to friends or family or use unlicensed operators as a stop-gap measure. The lack of daycare space can also have a serious impact on the lives of parents: 41 per cent saying they delayed a return to work; 30 per cent saying they turned down a job; 24 per cent saying they turned down an educational opportunity."

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QC: Quebec Needs better Funding for Public Daycare
Source: The Link, December 5, 2016

Excerpt: "The provincial government cut $120 million from subsidized daycares across the province in 2015—now the cost can go up to $13 from the base $7.30 based on family income. The additional cost is only calculated when parents do their yearly taxes."

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NS: Home daycare problems identified in Auditor General’s report
Source: Chronicle Herald, November 30, 2016

Excerpt: "In his November report, Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup identified that while licensed child care centres that are responsible for the most children — about 16,000 — are being properly monitored, family home daycares, which provide care to 1,200 children, are not."

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PE: New Early Years Centre in O'Leary, Prince Edward Island
Source: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, December 5, 2016

Excerpt: "CHANCES Family Centre launches a new Early Years Centre in O’Leary, Prince Edward Island. The Centre will welcome 6 infants and 37 preschool children and is already close to full capacity. Local MLA and Health Minister Robbie Henderson congratulated CHANCES on their determination to make it happen and thanked MWMFF for its contribution to the start-up."

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Economies grow when early childhood development is a priority
Source: The Conversation, December 6, 2016

Excerpt: "For instance, national policies can support families financially, give them time to spend with their young children and improve access to health and other services. Minimum wages and social grants protect families against the worst effects of poverty. Maternity leave, breastfeeding breaks at work and time for working mothers to take their children to clinics and doctors are also crucial. Other meaningful interventions include free or subsidised health care, quality and affordable child care and preschool education."

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US: Building Bridges: Linking Early Learning and Primary School
Source: NIEER, December 1, 2016

Excerpt: "No continuum of early childhood is complete without engaging families and communities. The systematic inclusion of families in activities and programs promoting child development, learning, and wellness is critical for effective learning with long-lasting benefits. Note this requires systematic inclusion with intention and coordinated effort focused on creating a culture of family and community engagement–rather than simply a series of individual events. Educators recognize benefits of including families in meaningful ways."

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IE: Parents struggling with Northern Ireland's spiralling childcare costs
Source: The Irish Times, December 6, 2016

Excerpt: "The UK's childcare costs are ranked among the most expensive in the world. The crippling costs of childcare prevent many parents I know from entering and re-entering the workforce. Many intelligent, experienced, skilled women feel that going back into full-time work after having a child is not worth it due to the cost of childcare, and many parents who have gone back to work pay the equivalent of a mortgage to their childcare providers."

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Resources

PISA 2015 Results
Source: OECD, December 6, 2016

Excerpt: "More than half a million 15-year-olds took part in the OECD’s latest global education survey, known as PISA. The main focus was on science, an increasingly important part of our economic and social lives."

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Most New Brunswick youth not getting enough sleep, screen time partly to blame
Source: The Chronicle Herald, December 6, 2016

Excerpt: "The New Brunswick Health Council report said more than 60 per cent of youth and children are sleeping less than eight hours per night — the recommended minimum, although national guidelines suggest children and youth should get even more. Pre-bedtime screen time is partly to blame, it says."

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OISE study shows key findings about kids and e-books
Source: University of Toronto, December 5, 2016

Excerpt: "The findings are particularly important to note given the popularity of e-books. For example, Overdrive, a popular e-book provider for libraries in the United States and Canada, reported that between the first quarters of 2015 and 2016, there has been a 30% increase in children’s e-book borrowing at 50 top-circulating libraries. This suggests that many more parents are adopting e-reader technology for their children."

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Starting Out Right: early education and looked after children
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, December 2016

Excerpt: "High quality early education makes a difference to children’s outcomes throughout their time at school and beyond. It is particularly important for children who come from more disadvantaged backgrounds: this is recognised in the government’s funding of free early education for the most disadvantaged two year olds, including looked after children, and for all three and four year olds."

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More Time with Mum is Best for Kids’ Early Development: New evidence from the UK cohort born in the early 2000s
Source: Royal Economic Society, December 2016

Excerpt: "The research, which analyses representative data on more than 8,000 children and their mothers, finds that the positive effect of mothers’ time investment on early child outcomes is quantitatively large. It corresponds in magnitude to 20-40% of the advantage that young children get from having a mother with a university degree as opposed to having a mother with no qualifications."

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Child Care and Child Outcomes: A Comparison Across European Countries
Source: Families and Societies, November 28, 2016

Description: "Using data from OECD’s PISA, Eurostat and World Bank’s WDI, we explore how child cognitive outcomes at the aggregate country level are affected by macroeconomic conditions, specifically government education expenditures. We also investigate how investments received in early life are linked to child educational outcomes when children are adolescents. We find that higher shares of the sample with pre-primary education in early years are associated with better later outcomes."

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