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ON: Ontario Investing $333 Million to Improve Autism Services
Source: Government of Ontario, March 29, 2016

Excerpt: "The newly expanded children's autism program will make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children's needs, and serving more children and youth. It will also help children receive intensive therapy services during the key early developmental years."

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ON: New Program Targets Toddlers Showing Symptoms of Autism
Source: Toronto Star, March 28, 2016

Excerpt: "In Ontario, there are few options for parents when they suspect autism in a young child, unless they can afford thousands of dollars a year for private therapy."

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CA: Playgrounds Begin to Focus on Riskier Play
Source: CBC News, March 30, 2016

Excerpt: "The strategy includes new programs and infrastructure across Canada, such as playgrounds where kids can engage in less structured — and potentially more risky — play, with the goal of encouraging more outdoor physical activity for children."

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CA: Find Out How Much the Canada Child Benefit Will Help Your Family
Source: Maclean’s, March 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Nine out of 10 families will, according to government calculations, get bigger monthly cheques than a suite of child benefits delivered to families during Stephen Harper’s time in office. The program, it’s claimed, will “lift hundreds of thousands of kids up from poverty.”"

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CA: Justin Trudeau Perfectly Articulates the Value of Diversity in Childhood, Not Just in the Workforce (video)
Source: Quartz, January 25, 2016

Description: "Speaking in Davos on Jan. 21, 2016, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister spoke eloquently about why multiculturalism needs to be an integral part of all children’s education, as you can see in the video above. It’s important, he said, that everyone have the tools to understand “you don’t have to choose between the identity that your parents have and being a full citizen of Canada.”"

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AB: New Child-Care Policy a Step Toward Gender Parity at Edmonton Power Tables
Source: Edmonton Journal, March 23, 2016

Excerpt: "The new child-care policy says Edmonton will investigate daycare options whenever it has at least 500 employees working or living within a five-kilometre radius of a city work location, such as an office or transit yard. The daycare would be provided by an external provider on city land, but not subsidized."

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NS: Nova Scotia Review of Regulated Child Care Consultation Report and Recommendations
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, March 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Learning does not start on the first day of school. Research shows that the early years are the most important years in a child’s development. It is a critical stage that has a significant impact on their future long-term health, growth and well-being."

https://www.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/files/pubdocs-pdf/childcarereporteng.pdf

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US: The Work That Makes Work Possible
Source: The Atlantic, March 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Whether it’s childcare, elder care, or self-care, caregiving plays a central role in keeping America’s economy going. As baby boomers continue to age and Millennials continue to become parents, America’s care needs are only increasing. In fact, caregiving is projected to be the largest occupation in the U.S. by 2020, with care-sector jobs growing five times faster than other large job sectors. Sixty percent of families do not have a stay-at-home parent, and almost 70 percent of mothers and over 90 percent of fathers are in the workforce."

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UK: British Children Among Most Housebound in World
Source: The Telegraph, March 22, 2016

Excerpt: "Overall 74 per cent of British parents said their children have an hour or less of outdoor play a day compared to only 65 per cent of those in the US and 56 per cent worldwide. Guidelines from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recommends prisoners get at least an hour of open air exercise a day."

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ON: Child-Care Proposals Come Up Short
Source: Toronto Star, March 14, 2016

Excerpt: "I am a registered early childhood educator, an aunt to an 18-month-old, an advocate, and a woman who is also in protest to the proposed child care regulations. I would like to know what evidence Education Minister Liz Sandals has to support the comment that such changes to ratios and age groupings would strengthen quality. The knowledge I have about child development and delivering a high quality child care program would suggest that the proposed child care regulation changes will do just the opposite. "

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ON: Proposed Ontario Daycare Centre Changes Concern Local Parents
Source: CBC News, March 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Currently, children up to 18 months of age are considered infants, 18 months to 30 months are toddlers and over 30 months are preschoolers. The groupings would change under the province's proposal to make lower the infant designation to 12 months old and younger, toddlers would be 12 to 24 months old, and children would be considered preschoolers at 24 months."

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CA: Women’s Opportunities Hindered by Lack of National Childcare Policy
Source: The McGill Tribune, March 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Currently, Quebec is the only province in Canada to offer a government subsidized child care program. The provincial government has been lauded for its forward-thinking initiative, which was established in fall 1997. Initially costing users a flat-rate of $7 per child, per day, Quebec child care now comes at a cost of $7.55 with an additional sliding-scale system tax for families with an income over $50,545. Since its implementation, employment rate for Quebec women doubled, poverty rates dropped by 14 per cent, while the GDP rose by 1.7 per cent."

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CA: Child Care — Canada’s Elusive Dream
Source: The Toronto Star, March 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Thirty-two International Women’s Days have come and gone since Canada’s working mothers were promised a national child care program. Six prime ministers have held the reins of power. Two generations of women have waited in vain."

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CA: Classroom Stationary Bikes Encourage Kids to Blow Off Steam While Learning (Audio)
Source: CBC Radio, The Current, March 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Education circles and school boards from Vancouver to Toronto to Halifax, are all adopting parts of a self-regulation mantra that includes stationary bikes in classrooms. The initiative is to help give kids the tools to understand and negotiate their emotions."

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CA: First Nations Education Funds Quietly 'Removed' by the Previous Government, Liberals Say
Source: CBC News, March 11, 2016

Excerpt: "The Liberal government says much of the funding it was counting on for First Nations education was quietly removed from the books by the previous Conservative government, leaving them to scramble ahead of their first budget on March 22."

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MB: A Classroom with No Walls
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, March 14, 2016

Excerpt: ""We don’t bring toys out here, we bring magnifying glasses, rope, some shovels," Blatz said. "But mostly the kids create, play the way kids used to before they had a lot of things."

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MB: Investing in Kids for Life
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, March 14, 2016

Excerpt: "School boards understandably are desperate to give new students a leg up, especially children facing daunting odds for academic success. But spending money on full-day kindergarten to even out the odds risks wasting money because the quick gains made don’t last in the long run."

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QC: Subsidized Quebec Home Daycare Operators Face Uncertain Future
Source: CBC News, March 14, 2016

Excerpt: "This year, parents who have children in a subsidized daycare will have to pay an extra fee based on their family income when they file their income taxes this spring. For some parents, it could mean owing the government as much as $2,300 per child."

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US: Parents Want Recess for their Kids. Here’s Why They Should Keep Fighting for it.
Source: The Washington Post, March 8, 2016

Excerpt: "With kids spending so much time indoors these days, and concerns about obesity, it’s easy to assume that recess’s main benefit is physical movement. Motion is part of it, but motion is not the point. Recess is much more than running around. It’s a social and emotional break from being told what to do. Sitting still and holding a pencil is hard work, and frustrating, for many kids. Dealing with peers and teachers can be tough. Recess offers exuberant, emotional release."

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ON: Ontario Considers Changing Daycare Ages and Staff-Child Ratio
Source: The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: "The province is proposing to reduce the age at which infants move up to the toddler room to 12 months from the current 18 months, and to reduce the staff-child ratio for infants under 12 months to three adults for every nine children from three adults for every 10 children. The province will also require that toddler rooms be larger."

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ON: Daycare Nightmare Forces Mom to Take Unpaid Leave
Source: Toronto Star, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Even though she and her husband Glenn Attridge were prepared to fork out $3,400 a month for child care for their baby and pre-schooler — more than their monthly mortgage payments — the need far outstrips supply. “The biggest stress in our lives has been finding child care and we are not alone,” she said."

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ON: Fewer Students Means Loss of 100 Teaching Jobs, Toronto Board Says
Source: Toronto Star, March 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Early childhood educators are in high-demand in schools, and “that’s a fairly big chunk to be taken out of the system,” said Colleen Costa, vice-president of Unit C of Local 4400 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents the ECEs."

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CA: On International Women’s Day, The Need for National Child Care is More Pressing Than Ever
Source: Toronto Star, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: "They promised only to begin work with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities on a “new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework” with the aim of delivering “affordable, high-quality, flexible and fully inclusive child care for Canadian families.”"

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BC: After School: The Other Vancouver Child Care Crisis
Source: Business Vancouver, March 8, 2016

Excerpt: "The child care conundrum parents of pre-school aged children face is well known: long waitlists and high fees are the norm. But in Vancouver there is actually a greater need for after-school care: 10,000 spots are needed compared to the 7,500 shortfall for infant and toddler child care spaces, according to the city’s calculations."

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AB: Struggling Economy Hits Daycares as Alberta Parents Pull Children
Source: Global News, March 8, 2016

Excerpt: "As parents in Alberta lose their jobs or have their hours at work cut back, daycare is quickly becoming an expense they can’t afford."

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US: Everyone Loves the Idea of Preschool, So Why Don't All Our Kids Get to Go to One?
Source: Mother Jones, March 4, 2016

Excerpt: "The good news is that after years of dismal cuts following the recession, a movement to increase funding and enrollment for preschool is regaining its momentum—driven mostly by local and state policymakers. What's more, both the federal Every Children Succeeds Act and California's state budget include more funding to increase the number of low-income kids in high-quality preschools."

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AU: Parents Have the Biggest Influence Over their Child’s Language and Emotional Development
Source: The Conversation, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Improving the home learning environment of socially and financially disadvantaged children would be a worthwhile focus for policy to boost children’s development in the early years, so as to support their later academic and social achievement through their lives."

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NZ: Why Have So Many Schools Banned Kids from Climbing Trees? (audio)
Source: Radio New Zealand, March 4, 2016

Excerpt: "He said unstructured play had many clear benefits including increased creativity, leadership, responsibility and socialisation skills."

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ON: A Look at Toronto’s Childcare Needs
Source: Torontoist, March 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Securing a spot for a single infant or toddler can run parents more than $20,000 a year, and licensed care for children up to the age of 12 is higher in Toronto than anywhere else in the country."

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Ont. Students Facing Suspension Over Incomplete Vaccination Records
Source: CTV News, February 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Under Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act, all students in the province must be immunized against six diseases -- diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella -- in order to stay in school."

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ON: Jobs for Today and Tomorrow – 2016 Ontario Budget
Source: Government of Ontario, February 25, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario is also investing in child care by creating approximately 4,000 new licensed child care spaces in local schools to give children the opportunity to transition more easily into full-day kindergarten. These new spaces will be built in areas of high demand and will enhance access to quality child care options for families across the province."

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CA: Girls, and Boys, Just Want to Have Fun, Experts Say
Source: Kingston Whig-Standard, February 19, 2016

Excerpt: "Parents today, they will say, are too afraid of something bad happening to their kids, so they don’t let them play outside after dark, or wander too far afield or play with any toy that hasn’t been tested and retested for safety."

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MB: Manitoba Parents Concerned About School-Aged Child Care
Source: CTV News, February 26, 2016

Excerpt: "Young said the only school in her catchment area has a before-and-after-school child care facility attached to it, the problem is, Young was told it will be a four to five year wait to get her son a space in that daycare."

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QC: More Mothers Working, Fewer Young Children in Quebec Living in Single-Parent Families
Source: Montreal Gazette, February 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Another finding had more good news: the number of women under the age of 20 giving birth is the lowest rate ever recorded in the province — dropping by 60 per cent between 1991 and 2014. While 18 of 1,000 women under 20 gave birth in 1991, it was only seven in 1,000 by 2014, according to the report, La Vitrine de la petite enfance, which paints a portrait of early childhood in Quebec."

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/more-mothers-working-fewer-young-children-in-quebec-living-in-single-parent-families

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NS: Early Childhood Development Programs Benefitting from Boost
Source: Yarmouth County Vanguard, February 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Early intervention programs in Nova Scotia deliver services for young children who are diagnosed with, or are at risk of, developmental delay. The services are designed to help both the child and the family from the time the baby is born to when they are old enough to enter school."

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US: Success Equation: We Need Leadership to Support Investment in Quality Early Childhood Programs
Source: Mountain Xpress, February 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The child care subsidy program provides income-eligible parents who are working or in school/college a voucher to cover part of the cost of licensed early childhood, preschool, and after-school learning and care programs. The cost of quality centers can be $7,000 – $10,000 per year for a child. The voucher helps parents meet that expense."

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UK: The Government Needs to Get a Grip on Childcare
Source: NewStateman, February 25, 2016

Excerpt: "Childcare is really important for our future economic success and for ensuring a level playing field for all children before they reach the school gate. All the evidence shows that high quality childcare can help families get to work or to work more hours and give children a solid foundation to help them succeed in later life."

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NZ: Bringing Risk Back into Children's Lives
Source: New Zealand Herald, February 27, 2016

Excerpt: "He said New Zealand was becoming an increasingly risk-averse society where children were "over-scheduled" with organised after-school activities and there wasn't enough time left in the week for "kids to be kids"."

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Resources

Moved to Opportunity: The Long-Run Effect of Public Housing Demolition on Labor Market Outcomes of Children
Source: University of Michigan, March 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Over the past three decades, the number of U.S. children living in high-poverty neighborhoods has grown by nearly 80 percent to reach 20 million. This increase has renewed concern over the long-run consequences of growing-up in disadvantaged areas. Theory suggests that a child's odds of success are reduced if they live in impoverished neighborhoods where most adults are unemployed and peers engage in criminal activity."

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87 Million Children Under 7 Have Known Nothing but Conflict
Source: UNICEF, March 24, 2016

Excerpt: "More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today."

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The Global Childcare Crisis: Who Bears the Burden?
Source: ODI, March 2016

Description: "Infographics highlighting the huge amount of unpaid domestic work undertaken by women – and policy suggestions to tackle the crisis."

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The Costly Consequences of Not Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready by Kindergarten: Associations with Grade Retention, Receipt of Academic Support Services, and Suspensions/Expulsions
Source: Baltimore Education Research Consortium, March 2016

Excerpt: "In 2014-15, over 50% of kindergarten children in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) did not meet benchmarks for social-behavior readiness. These include the readiness skills children need to follow directions, comply with rules, manage emotions, solve problems, organize and complete tasks, and get along with others. Social-behavioral readiness skills develop early, before children enter school, and they are essential for learning in a classroom setting. What is the impact of not being socially and behaviorally ready on children’s academic outcomes? This report examines the relationships between social-behavioral readiness in kindergarten as measured by the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) and three costly school outcomes for City Schools’ students through third grade: being retained in grade, receiving additional services and supports through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan, and being suspended or expelled from school."

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Don't Worry About What the 'Experts' Say: The Kids are Going to be All Right
Source: The Globe and Mail, March 13, 2016

Excerpt: "At some point at the end of the last century, behaviourism began to be widely supplanted in child psychology circles with a new theory, commonly known as “attachment parenting.” Initially conceived by British psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, and later popularized by American pediatrician William Sears, the attachment model is based on the precept that a sensitive and emotionally bonded parental relationship is the most important aspect in forming a child’s socio-emotional and developmental well-being."

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Harvard University has a Bold Plan to Transform K-12 Education
Source: Huffington Post, March 8, 2016

Excerpt: "By All Means, which launched in February, will create a "children's cabinet" composed of school superintendents, community leaders and government representatives in six cities. Each group will work to achieve a specific childhood development goal with the help of a consultant sent by Harvard."

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Infants Understand More Than You Think, Study Shows
Source: TIME, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: " Researchers there recently tested 20-month-old babies and found that these infants are already capable of practicing a sophisticated form of thinking called metacognition. According to Dr. Sid Kouider, one of the authors of the study, metacognition is best described as a “gut feeling” about your knowledge, or lack thereof. It’s something we adult humans do on a regular basis—we realize when we face a problem that is too complex for us to answer."

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Making Women Count - The Unequal Economics of Women’s Work
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Even where women have paid employment, lack of support for child and family care limits the kind of jobs they are able to take and the hours they can work. In a survey of 31 developing countries, 39% of working women with children under the age of 6 said that they care for their children themselves during the work day—literally doing 2 jobs at once."

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Status of Women
Source: The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Canada has fallen again in the global gender rankings thanks in part to a widening wage gap and still relatively low female participation in government. Erin Anderssen looks at revealing statistics – from hours spent on housework to lengths of maternity leave – to gauge today’s degree of gender parity."

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Study Links Troubles at Home with Troubles in Kindergarten
Source: Toronto Star, March 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Very young children who endure neglect, abuse and dysfunctional home lives go on to struggle as kindergartners, leaving them at risk for more difficult years as adolescents and adults, a new study finds. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) before age 5 were linked with poor academic and behavioural performance in kindergarten, said researchers who examined a sample of about 1,000 children."

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Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada
Source: Parliament of Canada, March 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Since 1980, the number of obese adults has doubled, while the number of obese children has tripled. This pushes Canada into fifth place for the number of obese adults and sixth for obese children among industrialized countries."

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Women’s Work: Mothers, Children and the Global Childcare Crisis
Source: ODI, March 2016

Excerpt: "There are 671 million children under five in the world today. Given labour force participation rates that exceed 60% globally, a large number of these children need some sort of non-parental care during the day. Early childhood care and education programming is not managing to match this need. At most, half of three- to five-year-old children in developing countries participate in some form of early childhood education, typically for a few hours daily. We know very little about what is happening to the rest, but all the evidence points to a crisis of care. That crisis is heavily concentrated among the poorest children with the most restricted access to early childhood support."

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Doctor Says: When It Comes to Breastfeeding, Your Health and Happiness Matter as Much as Your Baby’s
Source: The Washington Post, March 3, 2016

Excerpt: "The potential benefits of breast feeding are extensive and well-documented: decreased rates of infection, diabetes, leukemia, obesity, increased IQ scores; more rapid weight loss in nursing mothers; decreased rates of breast and ovarian cancer in women who nursed. But these statistics do not tell the whole story. Most benefits are small in absolute numbers, and do not take into account unique maternal and family issues that make up the reality of new parenthood."

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The Top 5 Unexpected Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Source: The Edvocate, February 29, 2016

Excerpt: "A trend is emerging when it comes to P-20 education: optional preschool is becoming a thing of the past. As a nation, we’re finally beginning to accept that preschool is beneficial—even necessary—for the success of most American children. It’s why Obama has invested billions in early childhood education, and Presidential hopefuls such as Hillary Clinton are emphatic about preschool’s importance."

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Families and Interconnectedness (Videos)
Source: SECD, March 2, 2016

Excerpt: "Children do not grow up in isolation; they are influenced by, and in turn influence, their environments. The most immediate influence on children is family life. Both across and within cultures, families have variable, deeply rooted values and customs around childrearing. The Ecology of Childhood module in SECD focuses on the many different contexts that influence children - families, neighbourhoods, geographies, resources and opportunities - with culture as a crosscutting theme."

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The EDI and the Early Years (Video)
Source: Early Development Instrument, March 1, 2016

Description: "Highlighting the Early Development Instrument and the importance of the early years."

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Parental Leave: Where Are the Fathers?
Source: OECD, March 2016

Excerpt: "Simply providing fathers with an individual leave entitlement is not enough. Many OECD countries already offer fathers unpaid parental leave, but—given the potential loss of income—take-up is usually low. Not surprisingly, research suggests that fathers’ use of parental leave is highest when leave is not just paid but well paid—around half or more of previous earnings."

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Report Finds Too Many Children Left Behind
Source: Public News Service, February 29, 2016

Excerpt: ""There are still almost 90,000 4 year olds waiting for pre-K outside New York City," says Marcou-O'Malley. "They have no seats." Sixty-three percent of 4 year olds in low-income upstate districts can't get full-day pre-K. The governor's executive budget for the coming year only would increase pre-K spending by $22 million, and only for 3 year olds."

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