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ON: Ontario Kindergarten a World-Class Model
Source: The Hamilton Spectator, September 23, 2014

Excerpt: "I would like to see more balanced reporting about the implementation of full-day kindergarten. This is the first time Ontario has accepted full responsibility for the learning and development of our younger citizens. In doing so, they are part of worldwide acknowledgement that public responsibility for the education of young children is equally, if not more important, than for older children."

ON: Ontario Daycare Centres Struggle to Adjust to Full-Day Kindergarten
Source: Metro News, September 22, 2014

Excerpt: "This month, the final wave of 4- and 5-year-olds entered the all-day learning program, with its $1.5-billion price tag, that has been phased in since 2010. The universal program has forced some child-care centres to adjust spaces while others, including home-based daycares, find it hard to fill spots due to age rules."

ON: Council Opts for Third-Party Service Provider
Source: Chatham Daily News, September 22, 2014

Excerpt: "Municipal childcare workers sat quietly in Chatham-Kent council chambers as their fate was sealed by a unanimous vote on Monday night. Some were visibly upset and in no mood to speak with media after council voted to have administration seek a third-party service operator to look after the 125 children they care for at two municipally-operated childcare facilities – Chatham's May Court Childcare Learning Centre and the Wallaceburg Childcare Learning Centre."

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ON: New App Keeps Durham Parents in the Loop While Kids are at Daycare
Source: Durham Region, September 21, 2014

Excerpt: "HiMama allows daycares to communicate directly with parents throughout the day by sending photo, video or memo updates that can then be shared with select friends and family."

ON: Halton’s Independent Home Daycare Providers Calling for Changes to Bill 10
Source: Inside Halton, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: "Independent home daycare providers in Halton are calling for changes to a proposed provincial bill that would force them to reduce the number of children they care for — a move they say could leave them with no choice but to raise prices or close their doors."

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ON: Reevely: We Have 21 Split Kindergarten-Grade 1 Classes, OCDSB Says
Source: Ottawa Citizen, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: "Split classes are typically the result of one problem or another with the numbers: There might not be enough kindergarteners and Grade 1s in a particular school to justify two separate classes, or there might be an awkward number of first-graders, some figure that causes problems with hard class-size caps and it’s easier to put a handful of them in with a smaller kindergarten class."

ON: $1.4 Million Funding Decrease Will Cost Municipal Jobs
Source: Chatham Daily News, September 17, 2014

Excerpt: "A $1.4-million funding cut for childcare services has prompted Chatham-Kent's Children's Services division to recommend a new service delivery model to reduce costs."

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Parents Choose Full-Day Private Kindergarten for the Extras
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 25, 2014

Excerpt: "Embracing the philosophy that early childhood education has lasting benefits, Ontario public schools now offer full-day junior and senior kindergarten. British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Northwest Territories have full-day senior kindergarten. Some Nova Scotia schools also offer full-day JK classes and Northwest Territories plans to phase in full-day kindergarten for four-year-olds over the next three years."

QC: Daycare Space for McGill Limited, Waiting List Over 700 Children Long
Source: The McGill Tribune, September 23, 2014

Excerpt: "The Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) is seeking to reapply to open a daycare centre after having been denied twice by the provincial government. Currently, members of the McGill community face a shortage of daycare spaces, with university waiting lists for daycare spaces running over 700 children."

NS: Early Years Centre Opens in Yarmouth
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, September 23, 2014

Excerpt: "Families in Yarmouth and surrounding areas, now have access to more services and supports for young children because of the new Early Years Centre for Yarmouth Central School.  Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey officially opened the centre today, Sept. 23. This is the first centre in the Tri-County Regional School Board and is across the street from the Yarmouth Central School."

QC: Change to Quebec’s $7-A-Day Daycare Can’t Come Soon Enough
Source: Macleans, September 23, 2014

Excerpt: "While no other province has emulated Quebec’s model of cheap and universal daycare for the earliest years, full-day kindergarten for children as young as three years old is now provided in many provinces as a conscious and partial equivalent. During the recent Ontario provincial election, for example, Premier Kathleen Wynne made an explicit connection between publicly provided two-year full-day kindergarten and child care expenses, claiming her scheme provides parents with "$6,500 in daycare cost savings.""

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NS: Early Childhood Education in Nova Scotia - A Story of Neglect
Source: Halifax Media Co-Op, September 22, 2014

Excerpt: "In a fight that goes back several decades, Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia are continuing the campaign for fair wages, even as low-income parents struggle to afford adequate care for their children. Despite high standards of professionalism – many ECEs are required to have either four year degrees or two year diplomas, as well as ongoing professional development through mandatory workshops and courses – ECEs in Nova Scotia are the lowest paid in the country, with many earning little more than minimum wage."

BC: Harper Government Invests in Northern British Columbia Community Infrastructure
Source: Market Wired, September 22, 2014

Excerpt: "The Quesnel and District Child Development Centre provides programs for children and their families living with special needs. The funds supported upgrades to their building's heating and cooling systems."

NU: Nunavut’s School Principals Review New Standardized Curriculum
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: "The Government of Nunavut announced last spring its first steps in a $1 million upgrade to curriculum and evaluation standards for all schools in the territory — starting with kindergarten to Grade 4 classes in 2014-2015."

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Helping Assess and Monitor Growth from the Womb to the Cradle
Source: Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: "Every baby is unique and the concept of ‘normal’ is fleeting in a global capacity, however the news standards allow health practitioners to monitor growth ‘from the womb to the cradle’ in the same way. The international standards – one for the growing fetus and the other for newborns  – provide doctors and midwives with clinical tools that can be incorporated immediately into practice during pregnancy and at birth.  Investigators used the same conceptual approach; study design and instrument measures as the World Health Organization (WHO) did in developing the existing International Growth Standards for children aged between 0 and 5."

QC: Parents Concerned About Possible Cuts to Parental Leave
Source: CTV News, September 17, 2014

Excerpt: "Some Quebec parents are showing concern after reports surfaced Tuesday that the Couillard Liberals are considering cutting parental leave. Parents currently receive an average of 12 months of leave, but the government is not denying it's considering cutting that to nine or 10 months."

AB: Report Shows Half of County Kindergarteners Struggling in School
Source: Lacombe Globe, September 17, 2014

Excerpt: "Almost half of the kindergarten students in Lacombe County are experiencing either some difficulty, or extreme difficulty integrating into the classroom, according to recent studies. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a tool being used by ECMap (Early Child Development Mapping Project) to assess how young children are developing across Alberta."

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BC: How B.C.’S Teachers Measure Up Against Others in Canada
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2014

Excerpt: "Provinces across the country have differing approaches. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island have no caps at all, while Quebec, B.C. and New Brunswick have class limits throughout the public system. Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador use caps in the earlier years of elementary. Research shows that smaller classes are most beneficial in the early years of education."

ZM: PF's Education Policy on Course
Source: All Africa, September 23, 2014

Excerpt: "In the Early education level, the PF government says it intends to "provide and for early childhood education centres and teachers in all local government wards in Zambia."

US: Local Proposals’ Goals to Improve Learning, Young Lives of Children
Source: The Seattle Times, September 20, 2014

Excerpt: "If Seattle voters approve one of the two early learning measures on November’s ballot, here’s ideally what would happen: More children would do well in kindergarten. Fewer would need special education or other extra help. Down the line, fewer would drop out of high school, end up unemployed — or in jail."

US: A Push to Educate Children in Their Earliest Years Attracts Attention, Money (Video)
Source: The Fresno Bee, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: "Government and education officials at all levels are bringing new focus -- and money -- to education programs for young kids. The push starts at the top. President Barack Obama gave a ringing endorsement for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds during his State of the Union address less than two years ago. New state initiatives aimed at expanding early education have since emerged."

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US: House Approves Early Childhood Education Funding in Rare Policy Breakthrough
Source: Deseret News, September 18, 2014

Excerpt: "In a rare bipartisan compromise, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program Monday. The Senate passed its version in March, and the compromise means President Barack Obama will see the final bill before the end of the session. The new legislation offers vouchers to low-income families that will allow them to obtain child care from their choice of providers, including faith-based organizations, according to a statement released by the Education & the Workforce Committee."

IE: Those Working in Childcare Must be Part of Education Review
Source: Independent, September 18, 2014

Excerpt: "Finally, it seems that the professional training required for the early childhood education sector is going to be reviewed by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan. I wonder who is going to be involved in this review process?"

US: ELC Anniversary
Source: University of Delaware, September 18, 2014

Excerpt: "The Early Learning Center supports children and their families by providing a high quality, nationally accredited program of early care and education. Its programs are designed to foster a child’s natural curiosity towards learning. The curricula, developed and implemented by highly-qualified educators is designed to maximize the cognitive, social-emotional and physical development of every child."

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ON: Ontario’s Full-Day Kindergarten Splits Classes – And Raises Concerns
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 14, 2014

Excerpt: "Ontario’s full-day kindergarten children are being squeezed into split-grades, prompting questions about whether the province’s youngest students are fully benefiting from the Liberal government’s much-touted play-based curriculum and leaving classroom teachers coping with the fallout."

ON: Third of Peel Kindergarten Classes Overflowing
Source: Brampton Guardian, September 11, 2014

Excerpt: "About a third of Peel public school kindergarten classrooms are expected to have more than the 26 kids Ontario’s education ministry would ideally like to see in its early years program. The Ministry of Education has set average class sizes for full-day kindergarten in Ontario school boards at 26 students. Projections contained in an administrative report, presented to the Peel District School Board this week, indicated about 36 per cent of kindergarten classes would have more than 26 students during the 2014/2015 school year."

ON: Effective October 29, 2014, Ontario Employees Entitled to Three Additional Unpaid Leaves from Work
Source: Mondaq, September 10, 2014

Excerpt: "Employees with at least six consecutive months' of service may qualify for up to 37 weeks of unpaid Critically Ill Child Care Leave. Upon request from the employer, an employee must provide a copy of a certificate from a "qualified health practitioner" (defined in the same way as under Family Caregiver Leave) that states: a) The child is critically ill and requires care or support of one or more parents and; b) The period during which the child requires care or support."

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PE: School Board Defends Kindergarten Class Cut
Source: CBC News, September 17, 2014

Excerpt: "P.E.I.'s English Language School Board is defending a decision to transfer a kindergarten teacher from Souris Regional. The school started the year with three kindergarten classes but that's now been reduced to two."

NS: Online Prenatal and Parenting Program Launched
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, September 16, 2014

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia Welcome to Parenting was launched today, Sept. 16, to provide prenatal education and parenting support through baby's first year."

Federal Cuts Force Child-Care, Welfare Groups to Crowdfund
Source: CBC News, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "How many infant day-care spaces exist in Canada? How much do the country’s poorest receive in welfare income? Are freshwater fish harmed by cleaning products? For decades, the federal government paid to answer these questions. Now, non-profit groups are asking the public for donations in a desperate bid to save the data from extinction."

The Power of Unplugging Your Children
Source: Toronto Star, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "What happens when you take about 50 sixth-graders and send them to a nature camp with no access to computers, tablets and mobile phones? A new study suggests that after just five days their ability to understand non-verbal social cues improves. Non-verbal social cues are the emotional information we pick up from people around us that is not communicated through words. It includes facial expressions, eye contact, tone of voice and body posture."

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MB: North End Winnipeg Daycare Changing Lives, One Young Reader at a Time
Source: CBC News, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "A daycare in Winnipeg's Lord Selkirk neighbourhood is changing preschoolers' lives — and the lives of their families — with one-on-one language learning. The Abecedarian program was developed in the 1970s in the United States and is known around the world, but in Canada it's offered at only one place: the Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre."

BC: Poor Kids Hit Hard By School Strike
Source: CBC News, September 14, 2014

Excerpt: "Nine-year old Vincent eats a plate of eggs and toast for breakfast at the Strathcona Community Centre. During the school year, he's signed up for the Vancouver School Board's hot lunch program. During the strike, that program has been put on hold, and his mother Nicole says providing the extra meal is putting a drain on her already tight budget."

BC: Kidsport BC Receives $400,000 B.C. Government Grant
Source: The Nelson Daily, September 14, 2014

Excerpt: "KidSport BC hit a home run as the provincial government gave a $400,000 B.C. government grant to ensure all children in British Columbia have the opportunity to participate in sport, announced Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee on behalf of Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Established in 1993, KidSport BC is a non-profit organization that helps kids 18 and under to participate in sport."

National Child Care — The Promise That’s Never Kept
Source: Toronto Star, September 12, 2014

Excerpt: "Child care is back on the federal political agenda. It is the promise that never goes away. It is also the promise that is never kept."

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QC: Quebec's $7-A-Day Daycares Could Move to Sliding-Scale System
Source: CBC News, September 11, 2014

Excerpt: "Some parents across Quebec could be shelling out more money to send their children to publicly funded daycares in the province. The government is mum on possible plans to index daycare rates to a sliding scale according to income, but a source told Radio-Canada that it is a serious possibility."

New Democrats Launch Campaign for 2015 Vote
Source: Toronto Star, September 11, 2014

Excerpt: "Mulcair also said an NDP government would deliver a national child-care program and said the party will reveal this fall its proposal to move “step-by-step” to the early learning and child-care model based on Quebec’s $7-a-day model. Slamming both the Liberals and the Conservatives for failing to make good on their own pledges to create child-care spaces, Mulcair said the NDP plan will be good for the economy and families."

US: Why Child Care Is the Economy’s ‘Invisible’ Driver
Source: Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, September 17, 2014

Excerpt: "According to a study released last year by Child Care Aware America, a group of child care resources and referral agencies, the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states. In New York, for instance, day care costs nearly $15,000 a year; average in-state college tuition is $6,500."

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US: House Passes Child Care Bill
Source: Politico, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "The House passed a bill to overhaul child care for low-income families Monday, and it will likely become law before the end of the year. Lobbyists and advocates say they didn’t expect the House and Senate, which passed its version of the bill earlier this year, to successfully broker the child care deal during this Congress. But with legislators on both sides of the aisle eager to score points during an election and high-profile education lawmakers retiring at the end of this Congress, legislators managed to strike a deal they announced Friday."

US: Child Care Reauthorization 20 Years in the Making Underway
Source: New America, Ed Central, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "Political commentators may have spoken too soon about the “do-nothing Congress.” There’s been a veritable torrent of education-related legislative activity this summer, and lawmakers wrapped up that work today with an easy ‘yes’ vote in the House on the carefully negotiated Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization bill."

US: DOE Plans to Unify LA’s Early Childhood Education System by 2015
Source: Fox 44, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "The Louisiana Department of Education and the Department of Children and Family Services today outlined proposed policies and strategies to complete the unification of Louisiana's early childhood system by the fall 2015 deadline required by Act 3 of the 2012 legislative session."

NZ: Policy Summary: Education
Source: 3 News, September 15, 2014

Excerpt: "A summary of each party's housing policy for the 2014 General Election."

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ON: Kindergarten Students Enjoy Constant Learning at Fraser Mustard Academy
Source: Inside Toronto, September 10, 2014

Excerpt: "For 680 kindergarten kids in Toronto, school just got whole lot cooler. Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy (FMELA) located in the multicultural and densely populated neighbourhood of Thorncliffe Park is the largest full-day kindergarten (FDK) school in the country."

ON: Some Parents Worried About Kindergarten Class Sizes
Source: CTV News, September 5, 2014

Excerpt: "Inside a Toronto elementary school, almost every student spends their day playing, learning how to spell and count. The school, located in the densely populated Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood, is one of North America's largest all-day kindergarten facilities. The Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy opened its doors in 2013. This year, approximately 680 four- and five-year-old students fill the school’s 24 classrooms. They are all enrolled in full-day kindergarten."

ON: Child Poverty Rates in Canada, Ontario Remain High
Source: Inside Halton, September 3, 2014

Excerpt: "Almost a generation after Ottawa’s vow to eradicate child poverty by 2000, national and provincial report cards show very little sustained progress. One in seven Canadian children — or 967,000 — still lives in a low-income household, according to Campaign 2000 in its annual report being released Tuesday, the 24th anniversary of the historic federal pledge."

ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Creating More Inquisitive, Better Prepared Students
Source: The Windsor Star, September 3, 2014

Excerpt: "The results of this new early learning model indicate students entering Grades 1, 2 and 3 are much more confident because of their strong reading and writing skills, say teachers. Students are eager to ask questions and they have a new stamina to learn all day without losing steam in the afternoons."

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I am a witness
Source: First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, September 8, 2014

Excerpt: "In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the Federal government, alleging that Canada’s failure to provide equitable and culturally based child welfare services to First Nations children on-reserve amounts to discrimination on the basis of race and ethnic origin. After several unsuccessful efforts by the Federal government to have the case dismissed on legal technicalities, a hearing on the complaint began on February 25, 2013 at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and will continue into 2014."

NL: Lack of Child Care an Ongoing Struggle in Western Labrador
Source: CBC News, September 6, 2014

Excerpt: "Parents in western Labrador continue to struggle to find affordable child care, and the region's largest employer has hit a snag with a potential solution. Jennifer Hiscock says her summer has been a stressful one while searching for a solution for her two children. Building Blocks Daycare in Labrador City has 60 spaces, but Hiscock said the waiting list to get a child into care has 120 names on it."

NB: New Brunswick NDP Promise to Balance the Books, Pay Down Debt in Platform
Source: The Prince George Citizen, September 4, 2014

Excerpt: "Liberal Leader Brian Gallant campaigned Thursday on a promise to create 6,000 new daycare spaces, a commitment he says would cost $120 million over five years. Gallant said more families would be eligible for financial help through the province's Daycare Assistance Program by raising the maximum net income allowed, which currently stands at $41,000. The party did not say how much it would raise that threshold by."

BC: B.C. Teachers' Strike: Day Care Workers Can Cross Picket Lines, Labour Relations Board Rules
Source: CBC News, September 3, 2014

Excerpt: "Five licensed day cares centre in Vancouver schools that were shut down at the start of the B.C. teachers' strike last June have reopened, following a Labour Relations Board ruling."

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BC: B.C. Teachers' Strike: Day Camp Spaces Around Metro Vancouver
Source: CBC News, September 3, 2014

Excerpt: "The B.C. teachers' strike has many parents scrambling for day care for their children, but there are still spots at day camps at community centres across Metro Vancouver. Despite nearly doubling the number of day camps and special programs, the Vancouver Park Board says they're rapidly filling up and developing waiting lists."

NB: Closing the Gap Through Education
Source: Telegraph Journal, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Saint John’s education achievement gap can be directly linked to our city’s history of multi-generational poverty. Children who come from poor neighbourhoods are consistently less prepared to start school and, as they carry on through the educational system, their learning issues can grow to such a magnitude that as many as half do not graduate from high school on time."

US: Progressive Caucus Demands Universal Early Childhood Care
Source: Chicago Sun Times, September 9, 2014

Excerpt: "The City Council’s Progressive Caucus on Tuesday joined forces with working parents and community groups to demand “truly universal” day care and pre-school for all Chicago children under the age of five."

AU: More Poor NSW Families Locked Out of Childcare
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, September 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Soaring childcare costs and long waiting lists are locking out the poorest NSW families at a far higher rate than the rest of Australia. Only 2 per cent of the poorest NSW families are using childcare to get mothers back into the workforce, compared to 22 per cent of the poorest households nationally, data has shown."

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US: Parents Irate After Kindergarten Classroom Moved to Cafeteria to Make Room for NYC Pre-K Students
Source: NBC, September 6, 2014

Excerpt: "Parents of some Staten Island kindergartners were stunned on the first day of school to find their children's new classroom was moved to the school's cafeteria to make room for new pre-kindergarten students enrolled under the mayor's new early childhood program."

US: The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus
Source: The New York Times, September 6, 2014

Excerpt: "One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children. Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications. For men, meanwhile, having a child is good for their careers. They are more likely to be hired than childless men, and tend to be paid more after they have children."

IE: Creches to Focus on Early Learning, Not Child-Minding
Source: Independent, September 5, 2014

Excerpt: "The pre-school years are regarded as key in maximising a child's education potential, but the nature and quality of what is available in individual centres can vary widely. Early childhood education covers the period from birth to six years, but putting a focus on learning for little ones is not intended to take the fun out of their day - rather to use play as a foundation for learning."

NZ: Maori Party Will Extend Free Early Childhood Education Hours
Source: Voxy, September 3, 2014

Excerpt: ""We know there are enormous lifelong benefits for all children participating in pre-school education including kÅhanga reo and we want to support whÄnau and encourage them to access these services. We will also push for free after-school care for children at primary school level up to 10 hours per week to help working parents," says MÄori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell."

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ON: Vote for the Top 10 Big Ideas for Toronto
Source: Toronto Star, September 2, 2014

Description: "We now unveil the Top 20 Big Ideas. Vote for your favourites from this new list and help us choose the Top 10, to be unveiled Sept. 20. Let’s try to make Toronto even better — submit your votes by clicking the buttons below.  Please support affordable child care by voting: Toronto should lobby the province and local business to better support and help expand its child-care services."

ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Available Across Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Ontario has fully rolled out its full-day kindergarten (FDK) program, making it available to 265,000 four- and five-year-olds in approximately 3,600 schools across the province. By the end of the 2014-15 school year, almost half a million kids will have benefitted from FDK since it was first introduced in 2010. With more than $1.5 billion in funding to date, FDK is one of the most significant investments Ontario has made in education in a generation."

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ON: What Types of Day Care are Available for My Child?
Source: Inside Halton, September 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Every parent wants to be certain that the day care centre they choose for their child is welcoming, safe, clean and a happy place that their little one will want to attend. When you are looking for a day care centre, ask other parents for references, do research about local facilities and visit the prospective day care centres. Be sure to speak to staff and observe the activities provided for the children."

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ON: New and Renovated Schools for Ontario Students
Source: Government of Ontario, August 26, 2014

Excerpt: "Ontario is continuing to invest in building and renovating schools to provide children with the best possible learning environments. The following 10 new capital projects - including six new schools builds, three school renovations and one addition - will give students modern and improved places to learn while creating local construction jobs."

New School Year, New Childcare Needs
Source: Canadian HR Reporter, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "It’s the time of year where in most parts of Canada, vacations are over, kids are going back to school and parents have to juggle the schedules of their kids’ schools and extracurricular activities with their work schedules. So it’s probably a good time for employers to review family status as an emerging ground for accommodation."

BC: B.C. Teachers' Strike: Parents Search for Alternate Care
Source: CBC News, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Parents throughout British Columbia began using a patchwork of childcare solutions on Tuesday, on what should have been the first day of public school in the province. Piper Jackson found a spot for his son in a day camp offered by the YMCA in Vancouver, one of 1,200 spots offered by the organization in locations from the Sunshine Coast to Chilliwack."

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Community Cafeterias Offer Students Healthier – And Tastier – Lunches
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Other organizations, such as Farm to Cafeteria Canada, have stressed the importance of the role that schools can play in education around healthy food; programs that teach kids cooking skills early on can help reduce the risk of obesity and poor diet in adulthood. Statistics Canada reports that 12 per cent of Canadian school-aged kids are classified as obese."

QC: Que. Elementary School Bans Homework for the Year
Source: CP24, September 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Students at a Quebec elementary school may be some of the happiest in the country as they prepare for another year in the classroom. College de Saint-Ambroise, a school of 339 students in the province's Saguenay region, has introduced a near-complete ban on homework. Every class from Grade 1 to 6 will take part in the one-year pilot project."

‘Unschooling’ is a Luxury for the Wealthy
Source: The Globe and Mail, August 29, 2014

Excerpt: "What is unschooling? It’s exactly what it sounds like: home-based education that involves no schedule, no rules, no homework, no textbooks and no tests. It is education as pure experience – and, as such, the final and most extreme frontier in the broader cultural shift toward “child-centred” parenting."

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NS: Changes to Better Protect Children at Child-Care Centres
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, August 28, 2014

Excerpt: "Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey is taking steps to ensure the protection of children at regulated child-care centres across the province. Ms. Casey will introduce regulations that will give the minister the authority to ensure no child-care staff would be allowed to work with children at any time if they did not have their child abuse registry and criminal background checks in place."

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BC: District Eyes Daycare Incentives
Source: The Squamish Chief, August 20, 2014

Excerpt: "Municipal officials are looking into ways to cut red tape for new daycares – businesses that are sorely needed in a community in which 340 babies were born last year, says councillor Susan Chapelle. There are 624 daycare spaces in Squamish, Chapelle told District of Squamish officials at a council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Of those, 24 are registered as license-not-required, meaning a care provider is watching her or his own children plus up to two more children or a sibling group."

US: Help Families from Day 1
Source: The New York Times, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "THE opening of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten program this week will give 53,000 children access to free, full-day pre-K in New York City, compared with 20,000 enrolled last year. This is well worth celebrating, and other cities and states should follow suit. But this investment in school preparation is not enough."

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US: Free All-Day Kindergarten Rolls Out Across Minnesota
Source: Star Tribune, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "This year, for the first time, the state of Minnesota is picking up the $134 million tab for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic jump-start for the state’s youngest learners. Before now, about half of the state’s schools were offering free full-day programming. Others offered it, but at a cost to parents of $2,000 to $4,000 a year."

US: Early Childhood Education Boosts Economic, Social Mobility
Source: The Palm Beach Post, September 1, 2014

Excerpt: "One of the earliest indicators of a child’s future success is the number of words he or she hears prior to kindergarten. Language development begins with the interplay of words between the parent and child and helps nurture vocabulary, which is considered the building block of education. The frequency and richness of natural conversation in a child’s first years plays a key role in development."

KH: Cambodia Launches Action Plan for Early Childhood Care, Development
Source: Global Post, September 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Cambodia on Monday launched a five-year policy and action plan for early childhood care and development with an aim to increase enrollment and enhance protection for children aged less than six years old."

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US: In Virginia, Thousands of Day-Care Providers Receive No Oversight
Source: The Washington Post, August 30, 2014

Excerpt: "A Washington Post investigation found that Andy Ngo is one of at least 43 children who have died in unregulated child-care homes in Virginia since 2004, compared with 17 during that period in regulated settings. No state agency tracks how many children are in unregulated settings, but experts say that more children are in regulated care."

NG: 500,000 Children to be Enrolled in Early Childhood Education in Zamfara 2015
Source: The Sun, August 27, 2014

Excerpt: "The Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said it would enroll 500,000 under the Early Child Care Development Education (ECCDE) programme by 2015. The Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Murtala Jangebe, stated this on Wednesday in Gusau."

US: Science of Young Brains Has Put More Emphasis on Early Education
Source: Dallas News, August 25, 2014

Excerpt: "A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curriculums and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants."

US: Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught on in the U.S.
Source: NPR, August 12, 2014

Excerpt: "If there's one thing Tiger Mothers have in common with those bringing up Bébé, it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be. Argentine parents let their kids stay up until all hours; Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves; and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat."

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Research Reports & Resources

Universal Investment in Infants and Long-Run Health: Evidence from Denmark’s 1937 Home Visiting Program
Source: The Danish National Centre for Social Research, September 19, 2014

Excerpt: "This paper provides the first estimates of the long-run health effects of a universal infant health intervention. We examine the 1937 Danish home visiting program, which targeted all infants. Using administrative population data and exploiting variation in the timing of implementation across municipalities, we find that treated individuals are 5–8 percent less likely to die in middle age (45–57), experience fewer hospital nights and are less likely to be diagnosed with and die from cardiovascular disease. These results suggest that an improved nutrition and disease environment in infancy “programmed” individuals for lower predisposition to serious adult diseases."

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The View From 3 Feet
Source: Soul Pancake, September 18, 2014

Excerpt: "We could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but figured you would rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool. They're telling stories, doing art projects, practicing counting, and learning that "when somebody's talking to someone else, you be patient.""

Atkinson Foundation: 2013 Annual Report
Source: Atkinson Foundation, September 18, 2014

Excerpt: "In choosing our strategic priority, we decided to follow the most encouraging signs. These days, workers are campaigning effectively to raise the minimum hourly wage to $14 and to improve employment standards. Working conditions are improving steadily for early childhood educators in the move to full-day kindergarten in public schools. Technology is being used more strategically to amplify diverse civic voices and to build movements — online and offline. In the cracks and on the edges of the old economy, a new more inclusive and collaborative one is taking hold."

Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development: Progress Update
Source: Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, September 2014

Excerpt: "The brain is without question the most crucial organ controlling our lives. As the brain grows, there are critical "windows of development" during which the surrounding environment can have lasting effects-both positive and negative. Research in this theme will explore the early environments that affect behaviour and learning, and seek to discover the best environments to help children reach their full potential."

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed
Source: UNICEF, September 2014

Excerpt: "Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths by accelerating progress on maternal, newborn and child survival. In support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s 'Every Woman Every Child' strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for women, newborns and children."

Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence
Source: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, September 16, 2014

Description: "Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children. Each chapter of this guide contains activities suitable for a different age group, from infants to teenagers. The guide may be read in its entirety (which includes the introduction and references) or in discrete sections geared to specific age groups."

Effective Pre-School, Primary & Secondary Education (EPPSE)
Source: Institute of Education, University of London, September 2014

Excerpt: "The EPPSE project is a large-scale, longitudinal study of the progress and development of children from pre-school to post-compulsory education. It considers the aspects of pre-school provision which have a positive impact on children's attainment, progress and development."

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Race For Results: Wisconsin’s Need to Reduce Racial Disparities
Source: Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, Fall 2014

Excerpt: "Wisconsin’s African-American children not only fare worse than African- American kids elsewhere, but they also suffer extreme inequities when compared to white kids in Wisconsin. And while the disparities are not as egregious for children from other communities of color, they are still very alarming: Thirty percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households below 200% of the poverty level, while nearly 80% of African-American children experience that level of economic insecurity. Meanwhile, about two-thirds of Wisconsin’s Latino and American Indian kids live in households below 200% of the poverty line."

Does Pre-Primary Education Reach Those Who Need it Most?
Source: OECD, PISA, June 2014

Excerpt: "As is true for nearly every endeavour, the better prepared one is, the greater the likelihood of success. Education is no exception. Young children who have learned how to behave in groups and have been introduced to the basics of letters and numbers tend to be more open to and ready for the school experience than children who haven’t. Pre-primary education serves this purpose well; and if all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, had access to high-quality pre-primary programmes, these programmes could also help to reduce the inequities in readiness for school that are related to pupils’ family backgrounds. But results from PISA 2012 find that disadvantaged students are disproportionately missing out on this formative education opportunity."

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Teacher Incentive Pay that Works
Source: Fraser Institute, September 8, 2014

Excerpt: "Teacher compensation in Canada is stuck in a time warp. It is determined by a rigid salary schedule based on tenure and advanced degrees—factors that have little if any positive impact on student achievement. Outside of the teaching profession, surveys suggest that close to three-fourths of Canadian employees already receive performance-based and variable pay. In fact, compensation based on results is the rule rather than the exception at more than eight out of 10 companies worldwide because this approach is one of the most effective strategies for attracting and retaining top talent."

In U.S., 70% Favor Federal Funds to Expand Pre-K Education
Source: Gallup, September 8, 2014

Excerpt: "President Barack Obama has called for universal access to preschool education for 4-year-olds prior to entering kindergarten. Some states and cities already have universal preschool programs. New York City's universal preschool program began at the start of the new school year last week and will fully go into effect next year."

Keep The Promise Website
Source: Keep The Promise, September 2014

Description: "Inspired by activist June Callwood’s example, Keep The Promise (KTP) is a coalition of volunteers and organizations deeply committed to ending child poverty across Canada. Our members are recognized leaders in the arts, education, the media, law, refugee work and social change. Our partners include Family Service Toronto, Campaign 2000: End Child Poverty in Canada, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Jessie’s: the June Callwood Center for Young Women, Citizens for Public Justice, and members of various faith communities."

Realizing Our Potential: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019)
Source: Government of Ontario, September 2014

Excerpt: "In our new Poverty Reduction Strategy, we are recommitting to reducing poverty among children and youth through targeted investments and supports. We are also turning our attention to transitioning youth to meaningful employment, education and training opportunities, while expanding our focus to support employment and income security for the most vulnerable in our province."

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Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Data and Planning Tools
Source: Region of Peel, September 2, 2014

Excerpt: "ELCC data and planning tools include key data, mapping tools and resources to help ELCC providers and partners with their business and system planning. Child care providers, school boards, early years services, and other service providers and system partners can use data tools to help them make key decisions and identify trends, including: Where to locate programs and services (Interactive Mapping Tool); Where to retrofit child care programs to serve younger children (0 to 3.8 years); Impacts of Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) and broader system change."

OneList Windsor
Source: City of Windsor, August 28, 2014

Excerpt: "This is a central application and registry for all families seeking licensed child care (centre based, school based, home child care) and/or accredited recreation programs within Windsor and Essex County. This online application eliminates the need to contact multiple child care providers and complete multiple applications. Just complete and submit one online application to register for any of the child care options outlined in the following application template. You may apply to as many child care programs as you like. If a child care provider is not listed, they are either not licensed under the provincial Day Nurseries Act, are not an accredited recreation program or do not have a service agreement with the City of Windsor."

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Genes Influence Young Children’s Human Figure Drawings and Their Association with Intelligence a Decade Later
Source: Association for Psychological Science, August 20, 2014

Excerpt: "Drawing is ancient; it is the only childhood cognitive behavior for which there is any direct evidence from the Upper Paleolithic. Do genes influence individual differences in this species-typical behavior, and is drawing related to intelligence (g) in modern children? We report on the first genetically informative study of children’s figure drawing. In a study of 7,752 pairs of twins, we found that genetic differences exert a greater influence on children’s figure drawing at age 4 than do between-family environmental differences."

Maternal and Perinatal Health Research Priorities Beyond 2015: An International Survey and Prioritization Exercise
Source: Reproductive Health Journal, August 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Maternal mortality has declined by nearly half since 1990, but over a quarter million women still die every year of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal-health related targets are falling short of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and a post-2015 Development Agenda is emerging. In connection with this, setting global research priorities for the next decade is now required."

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Effects of Health-System Strengthening on Under-5, Infant, and Neonatal Mortality: 11-Year Provincial-Level Time-Series Analyses in Mozambique
Source: The Lancet, August 2014

Excerpt: "Knowledge of the relation between health-system factors and child mortality could help to inform health policy in low-income and middle-income countries. We aimed to quantify modifiable health-system factors and their relation with provincial-level heterogeneity in under-5, infant, and neonatal mortality over time in Mozambique."

Assessment of Everyday Executive Functioning in Children with Frontal or Temporal Epilepsies
Source: Epilepsy & Behavior, July 21, 2014

Excerpt: "Executive functions are particularly vulnerable in case of brain disruption during childhood, when the brain is not fully mature. Some studies showed impairments of executive functions in children with epilepsy, but only a few of them investigated the impact of executive dysfunctions on daily life. The aim of this study was to understand the everyday executive functioning of children with epilepsy both at home and in school. We administered the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function to parents and teachers of 53 children (7–16 years of age) with structural epilepsies or epilepsies of unknown cause of temporal lobe (n = 25) or frontal lobe (n = 28)."

ADHD - Helping Your Child to pay Attention
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, June 10, 2014

Excerpt: "Do you find your child restless, impulsive or inattentive? Do you know that the first symptoms of ADHD often appear during the preschool years? Although you are indisputably the expert when it comes to your child, specialists can work with you to help you evaluate if the problem might come from ADHD or lie elsewhere. If ADHD is diagnosed, your child’s concentration, impulse control and calmness can be improved with a combination of proper support, behaviour therapy and medication, when required."

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