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ON: Ontario Receives Public Input on the Gender Wage Gap Strategy
Source: Government of Ontario, April 19, 2016

Excerpt: "To level the playing field in the workplace, over the past year Ontario has also: Increased wages by up to $2 per hour plus benefits for early childhood educators and other child care professionals in a licensed child care setting and increased wages for home child care providers working with licensed home child care agencies to up to $20 per day."

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ON: Chronic Underfunding Plagues Early-Intervention Program for At-Risk Kids
Source: Torontoist, April 19, 2016

Excerpt: "In the mid-1990s, early childhood intervention was the hot topic of study in psychology circles. A growing body of evidence, produced by researchers such as David Olds and Fraser Mustard, suggested that disadvantaged kids—if given the right support early on—were as likely to thrive and succeed later in life as kids born into privilege."

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ON: Region Calls on Parents to Help Chart Future of Child Care
Source: CBC News, April 15, 2016

Excerpt: "The Region of Waterloo wants local families to help chart the future of childcare. The region has launched an online survey to collect information from local residents and hope that the survey results will help shape the region's child care programs over the next five years."

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ON: Child-Care Department Feels Province Shorted City $2.2M, Wants to Dip into Reserves
Source: Ottawa Citizen, April 25, 2016

Excerpt: "City staff say $2.2 million is equal to 260 child-care spaces. Losing the money would push the waiting list for subsidies past 1,000, staff say."

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ON: Standing Up for Fair Wages
Source: Toronto Star, April 14, 2016

Excerpt: "In addition to the children of female-led, single-parent homes, Campaign 2000 studies indicate that students who are Indigenous, racialized, recent immigrants, or who have a disability, feel the brunt of poverty most acutely. Approximately 1 in 5 children in Ontario is living in poverty."

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ON: Ontario Launches Second Round of Local Poverty Reduction Fund
Source: Government of Ontario, April 14, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario is inviting community, broader public sector and Indigenous organizations to submit proposals for the second round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund, announced in April 2015 and now in its second year, provides $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. "

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CA: Canada Must Do Better on Caring for its Children
Source: Toronto Star, April 16, 2016

Excerpt: "Measured against these inequality gaps, Canada is at the back of the pack — ranking 26 out of 35 rich countries. This is alarming for a nation that prides itself on being a great place to grow up and one where children can achieve their biggest ambitions. But the truth is too many of our children are unhappy and unhealthy. They don’t have a fair shot in life."

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SK: Minister Don Morgan Speaks About the Lack of Licenced Child Care Spots in Saskatchewan (Audio)
Source: CBC Player, April 2, 2016

Description: "Leisha speaks to Don Morgan, the minister responsible for child care in Saskatchewan, about the lack of spaces in Saskatchewan."

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QC: Demystifying Early Child Care in Quebec (Podcast)
Source: Life in Quebec, April 14, 2016

Excerpt: "Finding a daycare arrangement is a major preoccupation for parents and future parents, in an environment where some families wait three years or more for a space in publicly funded daycare centres."

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NS: Budget 2016-2017 - Working Together for a Stronger Nova Scotia
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, April 19, 2016

Excerpt: "This year’s budget will recognize the early years as the most important years in a child’s development, investing in child care, and giving a much-deserved increase in wages for workers."

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PE: Budget 2016
Source: Government of Prince Edward Island, April 19, 2016

Excerpt: "Expenditures in this budget for the education of our children in the Early Years and K-12 school system will increase by three percent to $243 million in the coming year."

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US: This is What Parental Leave Really Looks Like in America
Source: Huffington Post, April 11, 2016

Excerpt: "The current national policy, the Family and Medical Leave Act, only offers parents 12 weeks of leave — but that’s unpaid, if the parents are even eligible. A handful of states have tried to compensate with their own paid leave laws, but with only four states nationwide that offer them so far, they’re the exception, not the rule."

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ON: Ontario Backs Down from Proposed Daycare Changes
Source: CBC News, April 13, 2016

Excerpt: "Education Minister Liz Sandals made the announcement Wednesday in question period. "We have heard the concerns raised, and I want to be clear that the regulations as posted will not be implemented," she said. "Changes will be made and we will ensure that there are options for parents." Sandals said the government will be "taking another look" at the proposed regulations."

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ON: Parents Demand Ontario Not Cut Five-Year-Old Autistic Kids Off Wait List
Source: CityNews, April 12, 2016

Excerpt: "The Liberal government recently announced a new Ontario Autism Program with $333 million in funding, which will integrate Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapies, currently in two separate streams. But the changes include limiting IBI to children between two and four, which the children and youth services minister says is based on advice from experts who encourage focusing on children in that developmental window."

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ON: Fight to Abolish Daycare Wait List Fees Heads to Ontario Legislature
Source: Global News, April 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Davis also said that the provincial and federal governments should step up and commit to providing increased funding for affordable childcare to help alleviate the pressure on families struggling to find daycare spaces."

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CA: Petition Pushes PM to Fulfill Promise of Extended Parental Leave
Source: CTV News, April 10, 2016

Excerpt: "The petition says many working parents who are struggling to find daycare voted for the Liberals hoping to see parental leave increased. They say that, given the fact some licensed daycares won’t accept toddlers until they are 18 months old, extending parental leave would allow them to care for their children a little longer."

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CA: Phys-Ed Experts Alarmed by University Program Cuts
Source: Toronto Star, April 11, 2016

Excerpt: "The group recently published an editorial outlining the “warning signs” that “the provision of PHE programs has been steadily declining in the kindergarten to Grade 12 system” where only about 42 per cent of elementary schools even have a gym teacher, most of them part-time."

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CA: Child Care Advocates Fear Consequences if Liberal Funding Promise Falls Through
Source: CTV News, April 10, 2016

Excerpt: "A federal promise to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a national child care system is not a sure thing -- and advocates are wondering happens to the money if the Liberals can't reach agreements on a long-sought day care framework."

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CA: NDP Icon Stephen Lewis Skewers Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for Six Policy Shortcomings
Source: The Georgia Straight, April 9, 2016

Excerpt: "You don’t provide child care with a limited financial transfer to individual families. You provide child care as a matter of well-funded public policy, with spaces for all who need them and trained early childhood educators to staff them. In terms of social policy, there’s arguably nothing more important for this country at this moment."

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CA: Canada Child Benefit is Basic-Income Guarantee, Says Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos
Source: Toronto Star, April 7, 2016

Excerpt: "The streamlined, income-based and tax-free Canada Child Benefit the Liberals unveiled in the March 22 federal budget can be considered a form of basic-income guarantee, Duclos told the Star in an interview Thursday, because of its simplicity and equitability."

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AB: Labour Groups Lobby Alberta Government for Child-Care Program
Source: Global News, April 12, 2016

Excerpt: "Labour groups are lobbying Alberta’s NDP government to start moving toward universal early childhood education and child care. The Alberta Federation of Labour says there are not enough child-care spaces in the province, fees are too high for many families and existing subsidies and tax credits are inadequate."

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NL: Budget 2016
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, April 14, 2016

Excerpt: "The Provincial Government will invest over $13 million annually for the implementation of full-day Kindergarten beginning in September 2016, which includes hiring approximately 142 new teachers and providing additional student assistants. $277,000 has been allocated to implement the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes to examine the K-12 system and focus on outcomes for all children in Newfoundland and Labrador, including our Aboriginal children. $1.4 million is provided for an additional 27 teaching units for inclusive education."

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PE: P.E.I. Still Worst Province for Children Not Getting Enough Healthy Food
Source: CBC News, April 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are the provinces with the worst record in the country when it comes to children facing food insecurity in 2014, followed by New Brunswick at 21 per cent."

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UK: Why Babies All Over the World Are Now Sleeping in Boxes
Source: BBC News, April 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Nearly three years ago, the Magazine reported on the Finnish baby box - a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys the state gives to expectant mothers. The story went viral and was read by 10 million people in 18 months. Now the box idea itself is spreading around the world."

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ON: New Age Cap Affects Children Receiving and Waiting for Autism Treatment
Source: Toronto Star, April 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Under the revamped Ontario autism program, children 5 and up are no longer eligible for intensive behavioural intervention (IBI), even though many have waited for years to get it. That means 900 children on wait lists who are above the age threshold will be removed as of May 1, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services last week. The ministry said another 1,300 children who turn 5 during the two-year transition phase will also be removed."

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ON: Ontario Dedicating $60 Million for Renewed Math Strategy
Source: Government of Ontario, April 4, 2016

Excerpt: "The renewed math strategy is informed by research and lessons learned from the education sector. It focuses on the needs of students, their families, educators, schools and district school boards and encourages a shared responsibility to support student learning. The strategy also supports Ontario's renewed vision for education with its focus on achieving excellence in math."

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ON: Province Prepared to Act on Daycare Wait List Fees, Sandals Says
Source: Toronto Star, April 1, 2016

Excerpt: "In the wake of parent anger over having to pay non-refundable fees to put their names on daycare wait lists, Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals says she is prepared to act. “I share parents’ concern over fees,” she said in a statement late Friday. “We are always listening to parents from across the province and will be looking into how we can regulate or prohibit child care wait list fees.”"

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CA: Child-Care Framework to be Developed with Provinces: Minister
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, April 6, 2016

Excerpt: "In an interview with the Free Press, Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the framework will be developed in consultation with the provinces and will reflect the different realities in each province with respect to existing child-care programs and needs."

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BC: B.C. Relaxes Child Care Subsidy Eligibility for Parents on Child Support Payments
Source: CBC News, March 30, 2016

Excerpt: "B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development says child support payments will no longer be part of the calculations that determine child care subsidies for low-income families."

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NB: Brian Gallant Shelves 2nd Major Daycare Election Promise
Source: CBC News, April 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Inadequate access to licensed and inspected daycare spaces is a problem that has been acknowledged by the last three provincial governments."

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NS: Nova Scotia Government Plans to Make Daycare More Affordable
Source: CBC News, April 2, 2016

Excerpt: "The cost of child care will decrease and workers will make more, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday in his speech at the opening night of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party annual general meeting."

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US: New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy
Source: The Cut, April 1, 2016

Excerpt: "The program will mandate up to 12 weeks of paid time off from a job to bond with a new child (including adopted or foster children), or to care for a gravely ill parent, child, spouse, domestic partner, or other family member. The duration of the leave, while still far from the 40 weeks guaranteed in the U.K. or even the 16 weeks provided in Bangladesh, doubles the 6 weeks allotted in California and New Jersey, and triples the 4 weeks of paid leave offered by Rhode Island."

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UK: Childcare Costs 'Keeping London Single Parents Out of Work'
Source: Belfast Telegraph, March 30, 2016

Excerpt: "Gingerbread chief executive Fiona Weir said: "Making childcare affordable is essential for supporting more single parents back into the jobs market and ensuring that it pays to work. Not least because work is still deemed to be the best route out of poverty."

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SG: Early Childhood Education: Importance of Learning Through Play
Source: The Strait Times, April 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Research by Canadian researchers Mustard, McCain and Shanker has shown that between birth and the age of three, positive experiences, such as those gained through play, are crucial for developing neural pathways in the young child’s brain."

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Resources

Improving Healthy Child Development: Building Capacity for Action
Source: Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health, March 2016

Excerpt: "Improving Healthy Child Development: Building Capacity for Action, Expert Interview Summary — Working Paper provides an overview of the themes emerging from interviews with healthy child development experts from across Canada."

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Quality Early Education for All: Fostering Creative, Entrepreneurial, Resilient and Capable Learners
Source: Mitchell Institute, April 2016

Excerpt: "There is a mismatch between investment and opportunity in early childhood policy in Australia. The early years are a critical window for building the foundations that enable all children to become creative, entrepreneurial, resilient and capable learners. Yet current policy settings are not meeting the needs of the children who stand to benefit most. This report aims to inform priorities for action for the next five years."

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It’s Time for an Ambitious National Investment in America’s Children
Source: Economic Policy Institute, April 6, 2016

Excerpt: "By providing incentives to boost pay and training for early child care providers, a major investment in America’s children would also lift wages in this key economic sector. Many of these gains would accrue to the workers themselves, but the higher-quality workforce that would result from attracting and retaining more and better job seekers and incentivizing training would also result in higher-quality care. A key strategy for retention will be closing the wage penalty that currently exists between early child care and development workers and workers in other sectors with similar skills and credentials (including teachers in the K–12 sector)."

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‘Dose-Response’ Relations Between Participation in Integrated Early Childhood Services and Children's Early Development
Source: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, April 2016

Excerpt: "This study investigated the effects of participation levels (dose) on child development (response) in five school sites offering integrated early childhood services as part of the Toronto First Duty (TFD) demonstration project. The TFD model offered an integrated school-based service array for children under 6, including public school kindergarten, childcare, family literacy, parenting supports and other early childhood services. While investigating program dose effects, this study also considered the social ecology of the child, including family- and school-level characteristics that might alter the effectiveness of community-level service integration efforts to improve child development outcomes in kindergarten as children enter school."

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Social Thinking in the Infant Brain Revealed
Source: Science Daily, April 11, 2016

Excerpt: "An innovative collaboration between neuroscientists and developmental psychologists that investigated how infants' brains process other people's action provides the first evidence that directly links neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior in infants."

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The Neuroscience of ADHD
Source: Ideas.Ted.com, March 8, 2016

Excerpt: "The CDC estimates that about half of the American preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD are given drugs to treat the symptoms — and that about 1 in 4 are treated only with medication. Yet the recommended first-line treatment is not medication, but behavioral therapy — and there are a number of other environmental and educational variables that can be adjusted."

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Poverty, Not Delinquency, Drives Homelessness Among World's Youth, Research Finds
Source: University of Toronto, April 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Braitstein and the research team point to the need for new and strengthened social protection policies and child welfare systems in both developing and developed countries to address poverty, abuse and family conflict."

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Playing with Peers and Brain Development (Videos)
Source: SECD, April 4, 2016

Description: "Listen to Dr. Bryan Kolb of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada discuss play and brain development, particularly the importance of children playing together for building executive function skills (inhibitory control, working memory and mental flexibility). In the next video, watch a group of young boys in Khorog, Tajikistan in an informal game of soccer (football). This game started spontaneously during outdoor play time when one boy tossed a ball up in the air and then chased after it. Several boys joined in and the game began. As you watch the children playing, consider what executive function skills are already evident in their play and how this activity is further fostering their executive function skills."

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How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?
Source: Center for American Progress, April 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Research tells us that high-quality UPK has the potential to both substantially increase access to early learning programs and reduce disparities in foundational academic skills at kindergarten entry. The analysis presented in this report further supports that high-quality UPK could dramatically reduce or even eliminate gaps in reading and math achievement at kindergarten entry between children of color—specifically African American and Hispanic children—and their white peers, as well as gaps between low-income children and their higher-income peers."

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Babies Take Better Safe Than Sorry Stance with Angry Adults
Source: CBC News, April 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Babies at 15 months of age make snap judgments when a stranger shows anger and they don't forget quickly, child psychologists find. Babies closely watch how people interact. Like adults, they can quickly form negative impressions."

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