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Archived News & Resources from the e-Newsletter - January 2018

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ON: Ontario Supporting Expansion of Community Hubs Across the Province
Source: Government of Ontario, January 30, 2018

Excerpt: "Biindigen Community Hub, St. Helen's Elementary School in Hamilton: This proposed community hub will offer Indigenous and non-Indigenous services including: culturally safe health care, health promotion, traditional healing, recreation and wellness programming, before and after school care, licensed child care, and neighbourhood planning work."

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CA: Ottawa should go ahead with use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave
Source: Toronto Star, January 28, 2018

Excerpt: "A 2016 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that when men do take time off work to help care for their newborn children, they stay more involved in their lives as they grow up. In fact, the children do better physically, mentally and emotionally. Further, both parents report greater life satisfaction."

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CA: Parental leave needs revamp as government plans for paternity leave (audio)
Source: CBC Radio, January 27, 2018

Excerpt: "While the Liberals consider rounding out their parental leave policy with paternity care, one expert thinks they should restructure the whole system first. The federal government has reportedly been working on a possible paternity leave plan, but no cost estimates or implementation timeline have been revealed. "

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NB: 2018-2019 Budget
Source: Government of New Brunswick, January 30, 2018

Excerpt: "In addition to the multi-year bilateral funding, your government is also investing $28 million to support wage increases for early childhood educators. This funding will be rolled out over four years beginning in 2019–2020 and raise wages from $16 an hour to $19 an hour for trained early childhood educators by 2022–2023."

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BC: Daycare worker crunch hurting local centres
Source: Coast Reporter, January 25, 2018

Excerpt: "Child care centres on the Sunshine Coast are finding it hard to get qualified help, and for at least one non-profit the situation has forced them to reduce hours."

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AB: City examines new day home legislation
Source: Camrose Canadian, January 25, 2018

Excerpt: "The recommend requirements for a day home included valid first aid training, annual child welfare check of provider and all occupants of the residence, annual criminal record checks, and annual proof of insurance. This is all in addition to a business license."

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YK: The Yukon has to find a way to pay for day care
Source: Yukon News, January 30, 2018

Excerpt: "Here’s the problem: Even if we had enough daycare spaces for every kid in the Yukon under the age of five, we couldn’t staff them because wages for these jobs are so low. A quick search on YuWin gives you easily a dozen job postings for child care providers in the range of $12 to $25 per hour. The low end of this range is not even considered a living wage, which is $18.26 per hour according to the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition. And worst of all, most of these jobs lack any kind of benefits."

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AU: What’s ahead for education policy in 2018
Source: The Conversation, January 28, 2018

Excerpt: "The international evidence base shows offering a second year of universal preschool can have a substantial impact on children’s learning. Unlike many of our peer countries, Australia has yet to embrace this opportunity. But we hope policy-makers progress towards scoping and running pilot programs."

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ON: Durham eyes potential indigenous-focused child care centre for region
Source: The Oshawa Express, January 23, 2018

Excerpt: "The region will receive provincial funding to continue developing plans for indigenous-focused child care. In December, Durham officials learned the region’s proposal for an Aboriginal Early Years Coordinator will be funded through Ontario’s Journey Together program over the next two years. Durham will receive $157,575 in 2018 and $306,485 in 2019 towards the coordinator project."

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ON: Toronto should boost child-care spending by $11M over 3 years, budget chief says
Source: CBC News, January 22, 2018

Excerpt: ""If we can do better, we are working at trying to do better. But at this point, we will commit to exactly what council wants, which was a 20 per cent over a three year commitment," Crawford said. "There's a need for the city, along with our provincial and federal partners, to commit to increasing child care overall, between subsidies and spacing. We have been increasing that. This is something that we can't do alone. We're very pleased that the federal and provincial governments have stepped up to the plate.""

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CA: Extreme inequality is bad for us all, but women are hurting most
Source: Toronto Star, January 22, 2018

Excerpt: "And while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly expressed concern about economic inequality in Canada, we also continue to see wealth amongst the superrich rise at a rapid pace. Oxfam calculates Canadian billionaire fortunes grew by $28 billion last year alone. That’s enough to pay for universal child care and lift 4.9 million Canadians out of poverty."

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CA: 18 months an option for mat leave, but be prepared for lower weekly benefits
Source: CTV News, January 22, 2018

Excerpt: "That's in large part due to the fact that when Ottawa announced the change, it didn't increase the amount of money for the program. So, while you may receive paternity benefits for a longer period, the weekly amount will be less. The reduction means that new parents looking to make up the difference over the extended period with savings may want to have $10,000 or more put aside, on top of their other savings in preparation for the new baby."

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AB: Alberta child care panel drafts 26 recommendations for government approval
Source: CBC News, January 24, 2018

Excerpt: "The draft recommendations were not made public prior to Wednesday's meeting but a copy given to CBC News shows they focus around reconciliation, strengthening policies around family assessment and creating culturally-appropriate mental health and addiction services."

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NS: Response to Glaze Report
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, January 24, 2018

Excerpt: "“This is a moment where we need to press forward together with a focus on those who need us most – our students,” said Mr. Churchill. “We have great people working in the system who are completely committed and dedicated to our kids. It’s our system that’s fractured.”"

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NS: Program Helps Students Start the Day Off Right
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, January 22, 2018

Excerpt: "School healthy eating programs served more than five million breakfasts to Nova Scotia students last year. Every public school student in Nova Scotia will benefit from this expansion."

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NB: Daycare operators face new pressures following N.B. gov’t announcement
Source: CTV News, January 20, 2018

Excerpt: "The government says it wants to transform at least 300 daycare operators into early learning centres by 2020. This will involve operators having to sign onto a new plan."

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US: Funding issues put pre-K providers at odds while young children miss out on early education
Source: The NM Political Report, January 21, 2018

Excerpt: "A tall chain-link fence splits the preschool campus behind Anthony Elementary in southern New Mexico: federally funded classrooms on one side, state-funded classrooms on the other. The fence serves as a literal and symbolic divide segregating two sets of classrooms outfitted with the same child-size tables, chairs and toys; two sets of highly trained teachers; two separate playgrounds — and a bitter competition for 4-year-old children."

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ON: TDSB to consider extended-day programs for kids 4 to 12 starting this fall
Source: Toronto Star, January 16, 2018

Excerpt: "Unlike the current arrangement where children in full-day kindergarten attend separate child care and school programs, the proposed extended-day model would integrate both. The TDSB-run program would also allow more flexibility for parents to choose part-time after-hours care, the report notes. That was the vision in 2009 when Charles Pascal, the premier’s early-learning adviser, recommended full-day kindergarten and a “seamless day” of learning from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., for families who need it. But to date, few Ontario school boards have adopted the model."

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ON: Minister acknowledges 'challenges' to families as daycares raise costs due to minimum wage hike
Source: CBC News, January 15, 2018

Excerpt: "Ontario's minister overseeing daycare and early childhood education acknowledged Monday that families are facing "challenges" in the form of rising childcare costs in the wake of the minimum wage hike. But Indira Naidoo-Harris also said that it's up to municipalities to disperse funds the province has made available to childcare centres to help them cope with those costs."

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ON: New Schools and Child Care Spaces Coming to Communities Across Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario, January 15, 2018

Excerpt: "These projects will also include a total of 157 new child care rooms with more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4, helping more families access safe and affordable child care closer to home."

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ON: In minimum wage debate, gender wage gap is being forgotten
Source: Toronto Star, January 14, 2018

Excerpt: "The pay gap between men and women in Ontario sits at 30 per cent — as it has for virtually 30 years — worsening considerably for immigrant women (39 per cent) and Indigenous women (57 per cent). Visible minorities, once protected by Ontario’s Employment Equity Act, repealed in 1995, now stand as the province’s most under-represented population in the labour market."

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ON: Redshirting: What parents should know about delaying school enrolment
Source: Global News, January 14, 2018

Excerpt: "Taleah Clarke has no doubts. For her November baby, hitting junior kindergarten at age three was the right thing. “He went to school and that was it,” said Clarke, a Toronto-based mother of two. The family didn’t even consider the option of holding him back until they heard other parents at kindergarten talking about it. Even so, Clarke has no regrets. Her son is “thriving,” she told Global News."

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NB: Province to subsidize daycare for middle-class families
Source: CBC News, January 17, 2018

Excerpt: "Gallant announced that it is government's plan that no family pay more than 20 per cent of its income for childcare, although that will involve subsidizing higher-income families if they have enough children under age five."

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QC: Quebec announces $1.4B early childhood education strategy
Source: Global News, January 16, 2018

Excerpt: "The government of Quebec announced Tuesday morning that it’s investing $1.4 billion (over five years) into early childhood education with the goal to give each child the chance to succeed regardless of their parents’ income. Most of that money has already been earmarked for daycares and education, but the government is setting aside $350 million in new money over the next five years in its latest strategy aimed at the youngest Quebecers."

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US: Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?
Source: The New York Times, January 9, 2018

Excerpt: "We now know that infants and toddlers have the capacity for complex thought. According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine, they can understand other people’s intentions, reason about cause and effect and intuit the more basic aspects of addition and subtraction. We also know that the earliest years are a period of intense and rapid neural development — M.R.I. studies suggest that 80 percent of all neural connections form by age 3 — and that a child’s ability to capitalize on these years is directly related to her environment."

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CN: China faces kindergarten dilemma amid growing demand
Source: Xinhuanet, January 16, 2018

Excerpt: "Yu Yongping, director of the China National Society of Early Childhood Education, said that the increasing fund for kindergarten should not only focus on the buildings and equipment, but it should also be used in providing better salaries for kindergarten teachers to ensure a sound talent pool for kindergartens."

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CA: Why can't Canada keep up on child care?
Source: Toronto Star, December 29, 2017

Excerpt: "Investment in child care pays for itself. It has compounding positive effects on women’s employment and pay. And it goes even further for low-income families, because it can move generations of children toward increased earnings, better jobs, improved health, more education and decreased criminal activity as adults.."

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BC: Vancouver says it will surpass childcare goals this year
Source: CBC News, January 4, 2018

Excerpt: "The City of Vancouver is three years into its four-year plan to create 1,000 childcare spaces, and says it's on track to surpass its target."

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MB: Children at this northern daycare often spend most of their day outside
Source: CBC News, December 27, 2017

Excerpt: "The daycare's forest and nature program officially opened at the centre near the end of November. It's geared toward kindergarten-aged kids who still attend the daycare outside of school hours. The daycare currently serves approximately 50 children, with eight in the full forest nature program."

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NB: Gallant government ponders major pre-election daycare changes
Source: CBC News, January 11, 2018

Excerpt: "In a major initiative that will be aimed at young families, CBC News has learned the Gallant government has been openly discussing a significant intervention in daycare delivery in New Brunswick that promises increased quality and lower costs for parents."

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NB: New Liberal plan for improved daycare services remains unclear
Source: CBC News, January 10, 2018

Excerpt: ""We will unveil details soon about how we will financially support low-income and middle-class families that are struggling the most with the cost of child care," said Gallant, even though an earlier government announcement indicated support should have begun last week."

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NB: Early Learning and Child Care Action Plan released
Source: Government of New Brunswick, January 9, 2018

Excerpt: "New Brunswick Early Learning Centres will offer services to preschool children aged five and under through a voluntary application process. Daycares are not required to be part of this program. Those that choose to do so will work in collaboration with the government with the aim of offering equitable and affordable access to high-quality early learning and child care services by removing barriers linked to family income, children’s abilities and needs, language and minority settings."

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NS: Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia are making early learning and child care more accessible and affordable for Nova Scotian families
Source: Government of Canada, January 10, 2018

Excerpt: "The action plan identifies key priority areas for investment, over three years, aligning with the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. Targets for the creation of new child care spaces include but are not limited to; 15 new regulated child care centres in communities that demonstrate need; 500 new regulated spaces; half to be in rural and/or vulnerable communities; 35 percent increase in the number of family home day care sites, with 50 percent of those spaces designated for infant care."

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US: Head Start. A Glorious Beginning.
Source: Huffington Post, December 30, 2018

Excerpt: "In 1994, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to age three, to capitalize on research evidence that showed that the first three years are critical to children’s long-term development. In the early years, some 700,000 children enrolled at a per-capita cost of $2,000 to $3,000..Since 1965 nearly 33 million Americans have attended Head Start."

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NG: SDGs: UNICEF calls for investment in early childhood education
Source: Nigerian Tribune, January 4, 2018

Excerpt: "In Nigeria, provision in formal settings for care of children below the official six years age of entry into primary school encompasses Early Child Care Education (ECCE). Early Child Care Development and Education has components which are provided in daycare centres or creches/kindergarten for children aged between zero and two years, children at nursery level aged three to four years and children in pre-primary, five years of age."

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Resources

Do governments neglect social spending for corporate subsidies?
Source: The Independent, January 26, 2018

Excerpt: "In an earlier report, UNICEF put Canada in last place for its inadequate early child-care services. Canada failed to meet nine of the agency’s ten child care benchmarks, which included parental leave of one year with at least 50 percent of salary; a national child care plan with priority for the poor and disadvantaged; minimum staff-to-children ratio of 1:15 in pre-school education; 1 percent of GDP spent on early childhood services; and a national child poverty rate of less than 10 percent."

http://theindependent.ca/2018/01/26/wasteful-corporate-subsidies-deplete-funds-for-social-programs/

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Early life nutrition closely linked with adult education, employment outcomes later in life: Study
Source: Indian Express, January 26, 2018

Excerpt: "The study suggested that adults who received good nutrition while still in womb or during the first three years of their life, as compared to those who did not, were 9 per cent more likely to complete secondary school and 11 per cent more likely to complete graduate education."

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Canada-US women's group created by Trudeau, Ivanka Trump issues first proposals
Source: CTV News, January 17, 2018

Excerpt: "This first report makes four recommendations: affordable child care, getting startup-funding groups to measure and encourage women's access to investment, diversity programs in private-sector supply chains and a new public-sector procurement initiative."

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Childcare problems cost mums in England £3.4 million in lost earnings each day
Source: Save the Children, January 23, 2018

Excerpt: "Research shows childcare issues are the number one barrier to work for parents with young children. Despite recent reforms, Save the Children says that parents are still facing sky-high childcare bills and struggling with a complicated system – with almost half of parents saying they have no idea or are confused about what support they should get. "

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Missed Milestones by Age 5 Means Many Children in Wales May Never Catch Up
Source: Save the Children, January 19, 2018

Excerpt: "The research also shows that falling behind in the early years means it’s more likely children will struggle throughout their education. Nearly half of children who were in the lowest performing group at the beginning of primary school were also behind at ages 7,11 and 14."

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Rethinking the Definition of Evidence-Based Interventions to Promote Early Childhood Development
Source: Pediatrics, December 2017

Excerpt: "Greater impacts at scale for young children and families with diverse assets and needs will be achieved when we leverage scientific knowledge, on-the-ground experience, and authentic parent engagement to learn as much as possible about whether, how, for whom, and in what context specific interventions achieve explicitly intended effects. Better outcomes will remain elusive if we continue to compile variable outcome data in the absence of clearly defined causal models, simply to earn generic designation as an evidence-based intervention."

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Risk perception, regulation, and unlicensed child care: lessons from Ontario, Canada (subscription required)
Source: Journal of Risk Research, January 9, 2018

Excerpt: "In 2014, the Province of Ontario, Canada undertook a number of legislative changes regarding child care. Part way through the process, a series of tragic focusing events occurred: a number of infants and children died in unlicensed child care over a short period of time. Despite these events, the Province chose to allow a portion of the family child care (FCC) sector to remain unlicensed and essentially unregulated in a sector that is otherwise subject to strict licensing and regulation."

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Quebec’s Childcare Program at 20
Source: Inroads, Issue 42, Winter/Spring 2018

Excerpt: "While the success of Quebec’s childcare program in helping mothers reconcile work and family responsibilities has been nothing less than spectacular, there remains much to be done in achieving the highest standards of quality for childcare services and responding adequately to the special needs of disadvantaged children."

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Greater screen time linked to worsening sleep quality in early childhood
Source: Reuters, January 15, 2018

Excerpt: "“Previous studies have shown that media use, particularly electronic media use in the evening, is associated with poor sleep in adolescents and adults. This study shows that such relationships can be observed much earlier in life - even in the first 3-4 years,” said Dr. Daniel Buysse, a sleep medicine researcher at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the study."

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Temperament & “The Match” (Video)
Source: Science of Early Child Development, January 12, 2018

Excerpt: "Temperament is an individual difference that influences how we react to situations, interactions and environments. It includes things like activity level, impulsivity, sensitivity and the ability to focus attention. Even identical twins who have identical genes and share the same family and home environment, have different ways of acting and interacting with their world. Understanding temperamental differences has a tremendous impact on caregiving and teaching, as it helps to make sense of children’s feelings and actions."

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Presentations from the Atkinson Centre Early Years Task Force meeting, January 9, 2018

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Child and Family Poverty in Ontario
Source: Best Start, January 5, 2018

Excerpt: "Children from lower income neighbourhoods are more likely to be removed from their homes. If core housing needs are not met, there is a higher risk of admission to child protection services. Lack of adequate housing was a factor in 20% of child protection cases in which children were taken into temporary care in 2000."

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Educational Opportunity for All - Overcoming Inequality throughout the Life Course
Source: OECD, December 6, 2018

Excerpt: "Equitable educational opportunities can help to promote long-lasting, inclusive economic growth and social cohesion. Successful education and skills policies can empower individuals to reach their full potential and enjoy the fruits of their labour, regardless of their circumstances at birth."

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Ontario Child Health Study, 2014
Source: Statistics Canada, December 19, 2017

Excerpt: " Data from the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study are now available. These data provide extensive information on the overall health of children and can be used to examine academic performance, interactions with peers, screen time and participation in social activities among children living in private households in Ontario. For children aged 4 to 11, information is provided by the person who has the most knowledge of the child's circumstances, typically a parent or guardian."

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