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ON: Cellphone Experiment at Ottawa Daycare Offers Strong Message for Parents
Source: CTV News, June 22, 2016

Excerpt: "Technology is getting so easy to use these days that even a baby can figure it out. That’s what one Ottawa daycare wanted to highlight in a little social experiment it did, with a strong message for parents. We know that children learn from watching and what they are learning from many of us is that we would sooner talk on our cellphones than talk to them."

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ON: Ontario Investing $6.3 Million to Expand Local School
Source: Government of Ontario, June 20, 2016

Excerpt: "The renovated and enhanced L'École Catholique St-Michel will feature three new full-day kindergarten rooms and 45 new licensed child care spaces to support local families. The province invested $6.3 million in the project as part of its commitment to working with school boards and communities to provide local students with the best possible learning environment."

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CA: Stuart Shanker on How to Defuse Your Children’s Worst Behaviour
Source: The Globe & Mail, June 20, 2016

Excerpt: "If you’ve read or received any parenting advice in recent years, you’ll have encountered the notion that children and teens can’t help it when they throw tantrums and lash out; chances are they’re tired, hungry, scared, frustrated or otherwise overwhelmed. Increasingly, the accepted wisdom is that rather than a scolding or punishment, kids need help cooling down when they’re acting up."

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CA: Canadian Kids Are Getting a D-Minus in Physical Activity
Source: Today’s Parent, June 16, 2016

Excerpt: "A big part of physical literacy is learning and mastering stability, locomotor and manipulative skills such as balancing and spinning, running and climbing, and throwing and catching. Another part of it is psychosocial: It’s wanting to participate in games and physical activities because you’re confident in your skills and because you understand the basics of a variety of sports and leisure pursuits."

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AB: Calgary Flooded with Pop-Up Dayhomes Since Economic Slide
Source: Metro News, June 20, 2016

Excerpt: "A Calgary dayhome worker is urging parents to take extra precaution when selecting a care-provider for their tots, as hundreds of pop-up dayhomes have littered the city since the economic downturn."

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AB: Child Care Over Summer Break a Struggle for Calgary Parents During Downturn

Source: CBC News, June 20, 2016

Excerpt: "Summer break is supposed to be a fun, carefree time of year — the season of vacations, road trips and camp. But for some Calgary parents it's not much of a break at all as they struggle to budget for child care during the economic downturn."

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AB: Mobile Playgrounds Coming to Calgary

Source: CBC News, June 17, 2016

Excerpt: "Rather than being made up of fixed structures like monkey bars and swings, the mobile playgrounds sees an area marked off within the park and a multitude of materials set out."

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NB: Margaret McCain Pushes for Expanding Education to Include 4 Year Olds
Source: CBC News, June 22, 2016

Excerpt: "You provide equal opportunity for all children. Public education is well-funded, well-structured, well-respected. It's available, it's affordable, it's accessible and most of all there would be consistency of curriculum for all children ...this is how you give every child an equal opportunity."

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US: We Know Pre-K Is Essential, So Why Do the Teachers Earn Only $28,000?

Source: TakePart, June 18, 2016

Excerpt: "Early childhood education “is more valued than ever, yet the overall quality of programs remains disconnected” from the knowledge base of what young students need, Adair said in an interview. A good pre-K program, she said, “requires a sophisticated understanding of learning and children” as well as respect for children and families, so “a qualified and engaged teacher that understands young children is hard to find, let alone retain.”"

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AU: Master Playground Players Prove to be the Best Teachers

Source: Herald Sun, June 19, 2016

Excerpt: "Many small children learn more from kids who are “master players” than from adult educators, according to an international early-learning expert. Addressing educators from Goodstart centres, Canadian early years guru Professor Jane Bertrand has called for a greater focus on child-on-child learning."

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ZA: The Birth of a New Qualification for ECD
Source: Mail & Guardian, May 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Early Childhood Development (ECD) has been recognised and identified as a critical nodal point for the country’s social and economic transformation and development. In keeping with international policy standards, ECD is defined as the period from pre-natal development to eight years of age. The early childhood period is considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan."

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ON: Ontario Needs a Universal Vision Screening Program for Preschool Children
Source: Huffington Post, June 13, 2016

Excerpt: "Amblyopia, sometimes called "lazy eye," is a relatively common condition present in up to five per cent of children that develops when the eyes are misaligned or one eye needs glasses much more than the other. It can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated early in life. With early treatment, children can easily regain much of their vision."

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CA: Child Care, Housing Key Priorities for Families Minister
Source: Toronto Star, June 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Child care is a huge issue for Toronto parents. Wait lists for licensed care are long. And many pay monthly fees as high as mortgages or rent. What are you going to do about this? It is a common concern for all Canadians. Provinces want to be partners. They don’t want to be told what to do. They also said they are very happy that Ottawa is back and there to assist them. We are going to use fairly limited dollars. We are going to invest $500 million next year in 2017-18. That’s a drop in the ocean. In Quebec they spend $2 billion for their $7-a-day program. And another $2 billion for the child-care tax credit. So overall as we see very clearly, $500 million for the federal government is modest."

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CA: Child Benefit to Pull Record Number of Kids Out of Poverty, Minister Says

Source: Toronto Star, June 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Canada’s new child benefit, which will begin arriving in mailboxes after July 1, will slash child poverty by 40 per cent, the largest single drop in the country’s history, according to the federal minister in charge of the initiative."

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BC: $314,000 In Funding Announced for Childcare Spaces in Abbotsford
Source: Abbotsford News, June 12, 2016

Excerpt: "As part of Child Care Month in B.C., the B.C. government has announced almost $314,000 for 105 new licensed daycare spaces in Abbotsford. The funds will be provided to two projects. The New Leaf Childcare Centre at 33442 South Fraser Way will receive $250,000, and the remainder will go to Little Wonders Montessori Childcare and Preschool at 33911 Hazelwood Ave."

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AB: What's Keeping So Many Alberta Women Out of the Workforce?
Source: Edmonton Journal, June 10, 2016

Excerpt: "Alberta has the youngest population of any province. Consequently, Alberta has a disproportionate number of families with young kids. Mothers of preschool children have a lower employment rate than mothers of school-aged kids, which explains some of the discrepancy between Alberta and the rest of Canada."

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NB: Literacy Coalition Says Early Intervention Must Be Improved
Source: CBC News, June 13, 2016

Excerpt: "Hayes said those funds would help identify children who are having literacy problems because of their home life or disabilities. And if they are caught early, the proper supports can be put in place so they are ready for kindergarten."

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NL: Enhancing Child Care Services

Source: Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, June 16, 2016

Excerpt: "The following enhancements will be implemented for eligible child care services: All staff funded through the Inclusion Program will be required to obtain a minimum qualification of Entry Level Certification through the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador; The staffing grant has been extended to cover the cost of a substitute for a staff member to attend multi-disciplinary planning meetings, professional learning opportunities, or other recommended activities to enhance inclusionary practices; Policies for transitional planning will be developed to support smoother transitions for children as they move from one environment to another including from child care to the school system and out of child care at the age of 13; and The inclusion process will promote increased parental involvement and communication with the child care service provider."

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US: Education Policy Plays Hooky

Source: American Enterprise Institute, June 14, 2016

Excerpt: "Both Democratic candidates also promise significant investment in early childhood programs. Sanders has called for universal child care and preschool, with costs estimated at $35 billion annually. Not to be outdone, Clinton has called for “universal preschool for all of America’s children,” which, along with increased child care assistance and capping the proportion of income families spend on childcare expenses, would require an estimated $10 billion in additional annual federal spending."

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AU: The Policy Failure That Costs Us Most
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, June 10, 2016

Excerpt: "The children who most need professional childcare generally are not the offspring of nurturing working mothers, or at least the offspring of upper and middle class mothers, the children who will go on quite adequately to school anyway. Yet these are the children that the political childcare issue concentrates on. Both sides are proposing to spend an extra $3 billion. If elected, Labor promises to increase its rebate cap to $10,000 – and it's not means tested."

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AU: Childcare Policies Have a Missing Piece
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, June 10, 2016

Excerpt: "Childcare in Australia is a mess. Supply and demand are unequal, squillions of taxpayer dollars are spent but families can't get affordable childcare when and where they want it, and some of the funding ends up as private profit. What's worse? The fact that what's good for children, doesn't come into it. When evaluating the policies, you need to look at what is not in them as well as what is."

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CA: Will 18-Month Parental Leave Reduce Pressures On Working Families?
Source: Benefits Canada, June 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Quebec created its own parental insurance plan in 2006. Workers contribute directly to the plan and pay less in federal employment insurance premiums. The province requires workers to earn only $2,000 to qualify for benefits, and there’s no two-week waiting period before they receive their entitlement. Unlike the rest of Canada, parents can receive payments that cover up to 75 per cent of lost income for up to 55 weeks."

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BC: Gov't Needs to do More to Address Affordable Childcare for Families
Source: News 1130, June 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Political scientist with UVIC Janni says the main way government policies aren’t reflecting needs of Canadian families is the lack of affordable childcare. “Some people can’t find jobs or relocate to jobs because there is no childcare or very little access to childcare because it is so competitive.”"

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AB: Alberta: Home of the One-Income Family
Source: Global News, June 7, 2016

Excerpt: "“I think what we’re seeing is that we have a large number of young families with these young kids and that has implications for women’s employment,” she explained. “When you have a disproportionate number of young moms with young kids, you’re going to see lower labour participation rates for those young moms, so that’s part of the reason."

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QC: Quebec Adds 30 More Pre-Kindergarten Classes to 70 Already Promised
Source: Montreal Gazette, June 7, 2016

Excerpt: "For now the minister is dealing with the issue on a case-by-case basis. On Monday, Proulx announced in Louiseville the addition of 30 kindergarten classes for 4-year-olds, in addition to the 70 classes already planned this year in disadvantaged areas."
 

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NB: Child Care and Farming Become a Trade-Off for Rogersville Couple
Source: CBC News, June 3, 2016

Excerpt: "The couple doesn't qualify for New Brunswick's Day Care Assistance Program because, despite their low salaries, they own their own business - La Ferme Terre Partagée - and employ one other worker."

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NS: It’s Wise to Turn Child Care into Credible Early Learning

Source: Chronicle Herald, June 6, 2016

Excerpt: "This isn’t about patching up a floundering program or even getting more parents into the workforce. More than any baby box, good, caring early education is fuel for young minds and healthy bodies. What children learn during this period of rapid brain development sticks. Stable, middle class families know this and line up to get their children into the best programs."

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US: Too Small to Fail
Source: The New York Times, June 2, 2016

Excerpt: "If we want to get more kids in universities, we should invest in preschools. Actually, preschool may be a bit late. Brain research in the last dozen years underscores that the time of life that may shape adult outcomes the most is pregnancy through age 2 or 3."

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US: Challenges in Moving Towards a Highly Educated ECE Workforce
Source: EdCentral, May 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Currently, the educational attainment of the ECE workforce spans a wide range, from teachers who only hold a high school diploma or perhaps less to teachers who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in early childhood education or another discipline. This wide range means that a “one size fits all” approach towards helping those teachers who need to earn a bachelor’s degree and specialization in early childhood won’t work. Teachers will need multiple paths to fulfill the bachelor’s degree requirement."

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UK: Does Spending Too Much Time On Smartphones and Tablets Damage Kids’ Development?
Source: The Independent, June 7, 2016

Excerpt: "In 2011, a year after the iPad launched, just 10 per cent of US children under the age of two were found to have used tablets or smartphones, but by 2013 that figure had nearly quadrupled. A 2015 study in France found that 58 per cent of under-twos had used a tablet or mobile phone."

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AU: Election Promises Highlight Need for Child Care and Early Learning Reform
Source: SBC, June 7, 2016

Excerpt: "This weekend Labor announced a suite of new early childhood policies in a $3billion pitch to address affordability for families. Labor has committed to increase the Child Care Benefit by 15 per cent for all families and raising the cap on the Child Care Rebate to $10,000, starting from 1 January 2017."

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AU: Why is Childcare Such a Hard Sell in the Federal Election?

Source: The Conversation, May 25, 2016

Excerpt: "Children’s sensitivity to learning in many areas, such as language and understanding symbols, peaks before the age of five. Foundational skills such as peer relationships, emotional regulation and behaviour, problem solving and planning are also developed in the preschool years."

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NZ: How Much Screen Time is Enough for NZ Pre-Schoolers?
Source: Nor-West News, June 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Findings suggest ECE services could do more to monitor screen use and encourage children to be active while attending day care. There are currently no national guidelines on screen use in home or childcare environments for under 5 year olds."

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ON: East Toronto Parents, Politicians Lament Lack of Available, Affordable Child Care
Source: Inside Toronto, May 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Thirty parents and child care providers came together at a meeting hosted by councillors Janet Davis and Paula Fletcher, and Toronto District School Board Trustee Jennifer Story, to brainstorm ways to push the Province of Ontario to address the lack of available and affordable child care in the area. Carolyn Ferns, public policy and government relations co-ordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, spoke at the meeting, eager to help push the issue as well."

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ON: Ontario Legislation Will Grant Equal Rights to Same-Sex Parents
Source: The Globe and Mail, May 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says provincial laws defining parents as a man and a woman are outdated and announced Tuesday her government will bring in new legislation in September giving same-sex parents the same rights as heterosexual parents."

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ON: Province's New Childcare Approach Mostly to do with All-Day Kindergarten

Source: tbnewswatch.com, May 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Under the Ministry of Education’s current policy, schools can open space for childcare programs both before and after school, provided parents of 20 children show interest. That 20-student ceiling will be removed in 2017 and school boards will be obligated to assess demand for children aged six to 12 years in addition to its existing mandate to serve students between the ages of four and six."

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ON: Toronto's Tiniest Gardeners (Video)
Source: CBC News, May 26, 2016

Excerpt: "These are among the tiniest of green thumbs. But they're no less eager than the adults in their life to see their seedlings sprout into plants and veggies outside their daycare in downtown Toronto."

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ON: Child Care Centre a 'Great Model'
Source: Simcoe Reformer, May 26, 2016

Excerpt: "Sandals praised the work of education, municipal, and daycare officials in taking an abandoned tech wing in the former high school and transforming it into something the community needed."

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CA: Dual-Income Families with Kids Have Doubled in Canada Over Past 40 Years, Statscan Says

Source: CBC News, May 30, 2016

Excerpt: "Flexible work arrangements and family support — such as child-care subsidies and paid parental leave — have also boosted the growth in two-income families."

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CA: New Child Benefit Could Pose Pitfalls for Divorced Couples
Source: The Globe and Mail, May 30, 2016

Excerpt: "The new child benefit will replace the monthly universal child care benefit with an income-tested payment that will start at $6,400 a year for a child five and under, and $5,400 a year for children six to 17. Only those families earning less than $30,000 a year will receive the full amount; the government will reduce payments as incomes rise."

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BC: New Child-Care Spaces Are On Their Way

Source: Government of British Columbia, June 1, 2016

Excerpt: " Families in 30 B.C. communities will soon benefit from 1,818 new licensed child-care spaces, thanks to a nearly $11.3-million investment from the Province through the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program, announced Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) Student Association Child Care Centre."

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BC: Online Child-Care Map Supports Parents and Providers

Source: The Indo-Canadian Voice, May 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Need help finding child care? British Columbia families can now access a new, improved online map that takes the guesswork out of searching for child care."

  • To access the map

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AB: The City of Calgary is Developing 'Natural Playgrounds' That Are Aimed at Encouraging Self-Directed Outdoor Play
Source: Calgary Herald, May 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Two Calgary parks will soon be getting makeovers and instead of traditional equipment like swings, slides and monkey bars, the playgrounds could feature natural play elements such as plants, boulders, wood and sand."

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QC: Quebec Has a Better Way of Doling Out Parental Leave

Source: Maclean’s, May 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Unlike job loss, pregnancy is not something most people insure against. Rather, access to parental leave ought to be considered an advantage to society as a whole since it eases the burdens placed on young families, allows infants to spend crucial early-years development time with their parents and maintains workplace attachment for new mothers."

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NS: Government Shares Details for Affordable, Quality Child Care
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, June 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Government will make child care more affordable for families while improving wages for early childhood educators. "We know that investing in early childhood education now will provide a direct, immediate benefit for Nova Scotia children, which is why we committed $6.6 million to begin implementing this plan," said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development."

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NU: Inuit Foster Kids Fight to Overcome Trauma, Abandonment: Part I in a Series
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, May 20, 2016

Excerpt: "Because of the growing number of children in government care, inside and outside of Nunavut, Nunatsiaq News decided to track down some foster children, describe their experiences and then analyze the complicated systems in which they were raised."

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AU: Is This Why NSW Childcare is the Most Expensive in the Country?
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, May 27, 2016

Excerpt: "The Auditor-General's report, released on Thursday, says that in the four years up to 2014-2015, the government spent $350 million less than was budgeted for early childhood education, including holding back $227 million in funds received from the federal government."

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IE: Parents to Go Online for Preschool Previews
Source: The Irish Examiner, May 31, 2016

Excerpt: "While issues like facilities and safety have been previously covered by inspections, a team of Department of Education inspectors has been visiting early childhood care and education settings since last month. The reports of their findings will be published on the department’s website alongside inspections of primary and second-level schools."

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Resources

Fathers and Babies (Video)
Source: Science of Early Childhood Development, June 16, 2016

Excerpt: "In the past, the study of babies’ relationships with their primary caregivers was focused predominantly on mothers and their babies. However, the role and importance of men in the lives of children is becoming more understood and valued as research looks to studying fathers’ relationships with their babies. Early brain development is heavily dependent on the nurturing relationships with primary caregivers and fathers tend to interact with their children in ways that are different from mothers."

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The Complex Lives of Babies
Source: The Atlantic, June 20, 2016

Excerpt: "The first few years of brain development might be equated to the construction of the frame of a house, said Charles Nelson, who has studied how early experiences impact brain and behavioral development. Just as a house can’t stand without a sturdy frame, a child is unlikely to thrive without a supportive environment in the early years."

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High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce: Low Compensation Undermines Quality
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/U.S. Department of Education, June 2016

Excerpt: "Today, in many families across the U.S., both parents are working, and more mothers are working now than a generation ago. This, combined with an increased understanding of the connection between high-quality early education, brain development, and school readiness, have contributed to increased demand for high-quality, affordable child care and other early education programs."

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The New Millennial Dad: Understanding the Paradox of Today's Fathers
Source: Boston College, 2016

Excerpt: "Traditional gender expectations and norms continue to exert a strong influence on the experiences of Millennials, even those who espouse the value of gender equality. A substantial divide persists between their espoused egalitarian ideals and their actual behavior. Among Millennial parents in our sample, childcare followed more traditionally gendered patterns with 62% of men reporting they provided less care than their spouses and 40% of women reporting they provided more than their spouse."

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Professional Development and its Impact on Children in Early Childhood Education and Care: A Meta-Analysis Based on European Studies
Source: Curriculum and Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European Early Childhood Education and Care, March 31, 2016

Excerpt: "This study reviews the European evidence on the impact of professional development (PD) of pre-school educators on child outcomes. A meta-analysis is used to investigate how PD of pre-school educators affects child outcomes. The studies included in the meta-analysis all concern PD in formal pre-school centers in Europe, and focus is on effects directly on child outcomes."

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Your Health System: Children Vulnerable in Areas of Early Development
Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information, June 2016

Excerpt: "This indicator is an important determinant of health and well-being in later life. It measures how many children are vulnerable in at least 1 area of development at school entry (age 5). It is based on the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a kindergarten teacher–completed checklist that measures 5 areas of child development, including physical health, emotional well-being, language and social skills."

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2016 The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Source: ParticipACTION, June 2016

Excerpt: "Kids who are tired out from running around sleep better, and those who have slept well have more energy to run around. And society is starting to pay attention to the fact that the reverse is also true and troubling: kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move. A groundswell of interest in the connection between these behaviours is highlighting the fact that sleep deprivation is a problem in Canadian kids: Only 24% of 5- to 17-year-olds meet the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommendation of no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day."

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Experts Unveil New Sleep Guidelines for Children

Source: CBC News, June 13, 2016

Excerpt: "For people of all ages, the right amount of sleep improves attention, behaviour, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Failing to get enough sleep has dire consequences: it is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression."

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Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain Presentation at the Ensemble for Education – 1st Early Childhood Education Action Congress, June 7, 2016, Paris France

The event was an exceptional line up of 40 international early childhood experts, including the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. It was a forum that will change our vision of education for the future, giving experts in the early childhood field in more than 20 countries, a platform to discuss the latest developments to build a better world.

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Communications Tactics Matrix
Source: PCYI, June 2016

Excerpt: "PCYI is pleased to be able to offer the following Communications Tactics Matrix to the community as a tool to assist smaller organizations – those that may or may not have access to their own marketing and communications staff - to easily access an extensive list of marketing and communications tactics and to provide a way for them to determine what tactics will be most cost-effective and useful. The matrix also provides suggestions for best methods of measurement, and helps to ensure the most effective use of limited resources."

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Partnerships in Full-Day Kindergarten Classrooms: Early Childhood Educators and Kindergarten Teachers Working Together

Source: Journal of Childhood Studies, 2016

Excerpt: "This study examines the relationship between teachers and early childhood educators in full-day kindergarten classrooms in one school board in Ontario. The study uses the theoretical framework of co-teaching models developed in special education to analyze the range of approaches used by the educator teams. Findings indicate that the teams primarily engage in a one teach/one assist approach, but they also describe some examples of other co-teaching approaches that are possible in these classrooms."

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Children in Preschools Receive Higher-Quality Care Than Those in Home-Based Care, Study Finds
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Education, June 1, 2016

Excerpt: "New research shows that children in "formal" daycare settings have more educated teachers and are better prepared academically."

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The B.C. Early Years Strategy: An Update
Source: Government of British Columbia, May 2016

Excerpt: "The B.C. Early Years Strategy is the Province’s long-term plan to ensure our youngest citizens have the best possible start in life. It was released in 2013 and builds on the Province’s $1-billion annual investment in the early years."

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Through Play, Children with Autism Can Hone Thinking Skills
Source: Spectrum, May 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Play provides some of a child’s first opportunities to rehearse social interactions, generate novel ideas, toy with symbolism and develop narratives — skills that serve us later in life, particularly in our highly social world. Indeed, children who engage in more complex play early in development show greater social competence at later ages1. Add the opportunity to invite another person to play, or to follow another’s lead, and the foundation for working with others is set."

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Information Sheets: Father - Paternity
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, April 2016

Excerpt: "To better understand the importance of fathering in today’s society, you have to better comprehend the impact fathers have on their children, the various cultural pathways to fathering, and how interventions with fathers can help them, their families and their children’s development."

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