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ON: 70% of Torontonians want fully-funded public daycare
Source: Newstalk 1010, October 10, 2017

Excerpt: "70% of Torontonians agree all families in the city need to have access to fully-funded public daycare. That's among the findings of "The Pulse of Toronto", an exclusive poll by DART Insight and Communications commissioned by NEWSTALK 1010. 74% of city residents with children back the idea. DART did not ask respondents how they’d like to see such a program paid for."

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ON: More than 640 Ontario schools and daycares failed lead tests in the past two years
Source: Toronto Star, October 6, 2017

Excerpt: "Even though Ontario is recognized as a North American leader for ensuring kids have safe water to drink, according to newly obtained government data, more than 640 schools and daycares found lead levels in drinking water that failed to meet the provincial standard over the past two years."

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CA: Canada's Justin Trudeau: We'll Show You 'Can Be a Minister and a Mom'
Source: Fortune, October 11, 2017

Excerpt: "At the time, though, Canada had no policy in place allotting a certain number of paid weeks off to Cabinet ministers—and Trudeau is still working on creating one. “We’re giving her as many as we can figure out that we need to, and as many as she wants, like we don’t know!” he said. “We’re writing this, but we’re writing it together with her, and she gets to help define it, and hopefully we’ll get to show that it’s possible to be a minister and a mom, and everything, according to your own choices.”"

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BC: Natural playground spurs outdoor learning
Source: North Shore News, October 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Now, appropriately aged Highlands preschoolers can enjoy the new natural playground, which features a mulch playground, balance beam log, sand riverbed, small wooden houses, a raised outdoor kitchen area – where youth can gather material from the environment and pretend to cook – and a number of boulders and planter boxes, among other additions."

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NL: Provincial Government is Providing Opportunities for Play-Based Learning in Primary Grades
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, October 10, 2017

Excerpt: "The Provincial Government, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador are collaborating to provide professional learning opportunities on play-based learning for grade one teachers province-wide. Grade one classes will receive play-based learning resources to support greater play-focused education in the classroom. Teachers will be provided with professional resources: ‘Primarily Play’ and ‘Common Understandings for Play-Based Learning’."

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NU: Qikiqtani Inuit parents get $5-a-day child care subsidy
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, October 5, 2017

Excerpt: "For any Qikiqtani Inuit parents who struggle with daycare bills, a new Qikiqtani Inuit Association funding program might be a good thing for them to look into. Starting this month, the Baffin Inuit org is offering a $5-a-day subsidy to Qikiqtani Inuit parents in all 13 Baffin communities who have children enrolled at licensed child care centres. And, starting next year, Qikiqtani child care centres will receive new culturally relevant resources like books, games and toys."

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AU: Are greedy developers and landlords gouging childcare parents?
Source: ABC News, October 11, 2017

Excerpt: "Property developers and landlords are inflating the cost of childcare and condemning children to spending their childhoods in crappy environments. And worse? They're getting government support to do it. Increasingly, whacking up a childcare centre is looking like a good option to the property developers of Australia. Especially when the dominant narrative is of child care scarcity."

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AU: Sleep and the restless preschooler: why policies need to change
Source: The Conversation, October 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Our extensive studies of sleep practices in Queensland have found that many services do not provide alternatives for non-sleeping children or for children who are tired outside the scheduled sleep-rest time. Observing 2,300 preschool children in 130 centres, we found that only 30% slept during sleep-rest times, yet 80% of centres mandated a period of time where no alternative activity was permitted."

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UK: Free childcare urged for all to stop poorest falling behind
Source: BBC News, October 9, 2017

Excerpt: "She said: "There is clear evidence that if you invest in early years' education and high quality childcare it makes a significant difference to the life chances of children from the poorest backgrounds and promotes social mobility.""

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IE: Mothers of premature babies to be given extended maternity leave
Source: Irish Examiner, October 3, 2017

Excerpt: "Maternity leave is being extended for mothers whose babies are born prematurely, writes Juno McEnroe. The Government decision will be announced today and is expected to benefit over 4,500 mothers annually. The initiative — originally recommended by the Green Party— will see extended benefit paid by the State for the period between the actual birth and when the leave would have commenced."

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NZ: Months-long waiting lists reported as Timaru early childhood centres cope with demand
Source: The Timaru Herald, October 8, 2017

Excerpt: "Most of Timaru's early childhood centres have waiting lists - with some stretching into the middle of next year - but there are still too many early childhood education centres in South Canterbury, an educator says. South Canterbury Kindergarten Association general manager Dave Hawkey said he remained sure the region had too many early childhood education (ECE) centres: "Not all the early childhood centres here have a waiting list - a few do"."

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ON: Wait list down for subsidized child care
Source: The Oshawa Express, October 4, 2017

Excerpt: "The region has cut its subsidized child care wait list by more than one-third over the past year, thanks mostly due to increased funding from the provincial and federal governments."

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MB: Province to Increase Operating Grants for Home-Based Child Care
Source: Government of Manitoba, September 29, 2017

Excerpt: "The Manitoba government is increasing annual operating grants for licensed, home-based child-care providers by $245,000 this fiscal year with additional increases in future years, Families Minister Scott Fielding announced today. “These funds will benefit more than 300 home-based, licensed child-care providers throughout the province with increases based on their licenced number and type of spaces,” said Fielding. “This will help strengthen the stability of home-based operators and better support the creation of new spaces in homes in the future.”"

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MB: Critical child-care action plan on horizon for Manitoba
Source: Winnipeg Sun, September 29, 2017

Excerpt: "Families Minister Scott Fielding said negotiations to claim roughly $15 million of federal child-care cash in each of the next three years are well underway. He expects to announce an agreement soon, followed by Manitoba’s master child-care plan."

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NB: Margaret McCain sees education as “the great equalizer”
Source: The Aquinian, October 3, 2017

Excerpt: "McCain said Canadian values include strong belief in the common good – which includes a fair playing field for early education. “We believe everybody should have an equal opportunity,” McCain said. “No democracy can call themselves a democracy if they don’t provide those for their citizens.”"

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PE: Government commits $300,000 to childcare subsidy program
Source: The Guardian, October 1, 2017

Excerpt: "The additional funds to the program will allow rates for before- and after-school child care and private sitters to increase, and the monthly subsidy amounts will see a jump to $120 for eligible families whose income is below a particular level."

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US: San Francisco Considers Universal Childcare Program
Source: CBS News, September 26, 2017

Excerpt: "Kim said that nationwide, 60 percent of households with children do not have a stay at home parent, and center-based childcare for an infant in more than half the states in the United States costs more than tuition and fees at four-year public universities."

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Resources

70% of mental health issues can be address in early childhood | Dr Charles Pascal (video)
Source: Storypark, October 2, 2017

Description: "Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children. What difference can we make as educators?"

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The Economic and Social Impacts of an Accessible, High Quality Child Care System in Toronto
Source: City of Toronto, September 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Toronto City Council recently adopted Toronto’s 10 year Licensed Child Care Growth Strategy, which lays out a roadmap for building the more accessible child care system that Toronto families need. To achieve its vision, the plan requires significant, sustained investments from all three orders of government. This report clearly lays out why these investments make sense not only for Toronto’s children and families, but for its economy at large."

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Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO
Source: World Health Organization, October 11, 2017

Excerpt: "The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and WHO."

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Women 'spend more time on housework, childcare than men'
Source: Medical News Today, October 10, 2017

Excerpt: "When it came to childcare, too, the pattern remained consistent. Fathers relaxed for 47 percent of the time that their partners were looking after the child, while mothers did the same for only 16 percent of the time that their partners were performing childcare duties."

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Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show
Source: CBC News, October 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Rapport's latest study adds a scientific perspective to anecdotes from parents, teachers and researchers about how children with ADHD can pay attention. It also supports the benefits of movement for individuals with the disorder, said Jennifer Crosbie, a psychologist in the psychiatry department at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto."

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How Your Brain Changes After Baby
Source: NBC News, October 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Missing in the equation that’s present in other, happier countries is the support of parents through programs like subsidized high-quality early childhood education and parental leave policies, including sick and vacation time. “We are the only industrialized country in the world that expects parents to shoulder this all. It raises the cost and lowers the benefit of parenthood,” she continues."

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Presentations and Pictures Posted!
Atlantic Institute on Early Learning and Care: Putting Early Learning Frameworks into Practice

A big thank you to everyone for your participation at our First Annual Atlantic Institute last month in Halifax! It was wonderful having such a diverse and amazing crowd all together under one roof, talking about what’s most important to them; early learning!

Presentations and Photos from the August event have now been posted.

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Constructing Policy Change: Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States
Source: University of Toronto Press, September 29, 2017

Excerpt: "In the first part of the book, the author investigates the sources of policy ideas that triggered ECEC changes in various national contexts. This is followed by a close analysis of cross-national variation in the implementation of ECEC policy in Canada and the USA. White argues that the primary mechanisms for policy change are grounded in policy investment logics as well as cultural logics: that is, shifts in public sentiments and government beliefs about the value of ECEC policies and programs are rooted in both evidence-based arguments and in principled beliefs about the policy."

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Progress on gender equality far too slow
Source: OECD, October 4, 2017

Excerpt: "Since 2013, about two-thirds of OECD countries have put in place new equal pay policies, involving greater transparency on pay with companies increasingly required to analyse and disclose their gender wage gaps. Many countries have also introduced measures to improve access to quality early childhood education and care, as well as encouraged fathers to take parental leave: several, including Canada, Japan, Korea and Poland, have increased subsidies or benefits for childcare; and others, including Norway and the UK, have introduced or expanded free childcare."

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Traditional gender roles are still prevalent among early kindergarten students
Source: phys.org, September 28, 2017

Excerpt: "In the study, the students observed the expectations concerning the gender roles that girls and boys can encounter in ECEC. The students observed staff and children in their ordinary everyday routines. They looked at whether girls and boys are given equal opportunities in play activities and group sessions, without any restrictions stemming from traditional expectations concerning gender roles. The results indicate that children are often limited by the traditional perceptions of ECEC staff concerning gender roles, and that the children themselves can break with traditional gender role patterns."

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