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ON: New Focus on Daycare Welcomed by Ontario Parents
Source: newkerala.com, September 20, 2016

Excerpt: "Experts feel that the investment, listed as a top priority, meant about forty per cent of children from birth to age four would have access to licensed care, up from just twenty per cent as of present. Between forty-five and fifty per cent of families with young children are looking for licensed daycare, estimated the Ministry of Education."

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CA: Trudeau Government on Notice in First Nations Child Welfare Dispute

Source: Toronto Star, September 20, 2016

Excerpt: "The quasi-judicial tribunal initially found in January that the government had been discriminating against First Nations children in its delivery of child welfare services on reserve. Two subsequent rulings ordered the government to update its policies and procedures to comply with its original findings. “You have a group of children who the federal government consciously decides are getting less public services than every other group in the country,” Blackstock said."

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CA: Running on Empty: One in Five Children Go To School Hungry
Source: Toronto Sun, September 18, 2016

Excerpt: "A hungry student is unequipped to learn, says Kampman, senior program coordinator with Breakfast Club of Canada. Students may experience tiredness, inability to concentrate, lack of energy or motivation, behaviour problems, and poor academic performance. They participate less in class compared to their peers. All of this can have lasting impacts on their future success."

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MB: Wait List for Child Care Hits 15,000
Source: Global News, September 20, 2016

Excerpt: "Thousands of Manitobans have opened their mailboxes to find letters that many parents are hoping could lead to a better child care system in this province. Currently, there are 15,000 names on a child care wait list in Manitoba."

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QC: 20 Years After the Family Policy - The AQCPE and INM Announce Creation of an Early Childhood Education Commission

Source: Montreal Gazette, September 20, 2016

Excerpt: "Québec's Family Policy will turn 20 in 2017. We believe a survey of early childhood education in Quebec must be made," said Louis Senécal, AQCPE President and CEO. "The Commission will serve as a platform for nonpartisan debate. The question of early childhood education has already been the subject of much discussion. It is now time to forge a collective vision of its future."

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NB: New Brunswick Government Expands Program for Children with Mental Health Needs
Source: Global News, September 20, 2016

Excerpt: "Children with mental health and addiction issues in New Brunswick received a major boost of support Tuesday. The Gallant government announced a program currently providing services to 34 schools will be expanded to serve a total of 146 schools."

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AB: Rapid Expansion for Public Schools' Pre-Kindergarten Programs
Source: Edmonton Journal, September 20, 2016

Excerpt: "“We know that when kindergarten teachers get a child that’s been in an early learning classroom, we’ve already got a child that’s confident and comfortable in school. Even socially and emotionally, it makes for that easier transition into kindergarten,” said Natalie Prytuluk, who co-ordinates the district’s early years program."

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US: Get Your Children Good and Dirty
Source: The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2016

Excerpt: "The practical upshot of all this research is clear: Our health depends to a large degree on maintaining a robust and diverse community of microorganisms in our bodies—and establishing good gut-health as children is especially important."

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US: The Decline of Play in Preschoolers — And the Rise in Sensory Issues
Source: The Washington Post, September 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Preschool years are not only optimal for children to learn through play, but also a critical developmental period. If children are not given enough natural movement and play experiences, they start their academic careers with a disadvantage. They are more likely to be clumsy, have difficulty paying attention, trouble controlling their emotions, utilize poor problem-solving methods, and demonstrate difficulties with social interactions."

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UK: Flexible Childcare Should Be Legal Requirement of Councils, Says Labour
Source: Evening Express, September 16, 2016

Excerpt: "Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance said: “Addressing poverty – in particular child poverty – is a priority. Our aim is to eradicate child poverty and that is why we are currently consulting on a Child Poverty Bill to put targets into statute and ensure our child poverty strategy tackles the deep-rooted cause"

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IE: State Considers Radical Plan to Help Pay for Childcare
Source: The Irish Times, September 16, 2016

Excerpt: "It envisages higher subsidies for lower-income families – covering as much as 100 per cent of childcare bills – which would drop off as parental income rose. The thresholds will be determined by the amount of money allocated in budgetary negotiations over the next month and it is intended that income thresholds will rise over a number of budgets."

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FI: Kindergarten, Naturally
Source: The Atlantic, September 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Improved cognitive functioning ... has been associated with nature-based learning for years."

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ON: Speech from the Throne - A Balanced Plan to Build Ontario Up for Everyone
Source: Government of Ontario, September 12, 2016

Excerpt: "Every child deserves to have the best start in life. Over the past three years, the government has helped to create 56,000 new licensed child care spaces. Within the next five years, it will help to create another 100,000 spaces, so that working families can find quality, affordable care. Your government will also make it easier for parents to find and use the services their children need, whether they are before-and-after-school programs, drop-in centres or more licensed child care spaces."

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ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Reaches More Than One Million Ontario Students

Source: Government of Ontario, September 9, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario's full-day kindergarten (FDK) program has enrolled more than one million students and will save families an estimated $1 billon in child care costs by the end of this school year."

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ON: What's the Difference Between a Licensed and an Unlicensed Daycare?

Source: Metroland Media, September 6, 2016

Excerpt: "For working parents in Ontario, choosing a form of childcare can be challenging prospect. Availability and cost considerations aside, it's important to know the facts about both daycare centres and home-based daycare so you can feel comfortable entrusting the wellbeing of your child to your chosen childcare provider."

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CA: A Social Policy Theorist Faces the Trade-Off Between What's Possible and What's Ideal
Source: CBC News, September 11, 2016

Excerpt: "For now, the impact of existing anti-poverty policies is being studied in six cities across Canada and discussions have begun with the provinces on a framework for child care. On child care, Duclos suggests a targeted approach, rather than universal access. "Given the limited resources that all governments, including the federal government, are able to invest, we want to make sure that those investments in early learning and child care will benefit most those families that need the support most," he says. "The scientific literature says clearly that quality child care makes a big difference when it comes to children from lower-income families and children facing particular difficulties.""

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SK: Licensed Non-Profit Daycares Hurt by Saskatchewan Property Tax Unfairness
Source: Leader-Post, September 12, 2016

Excerpt: "In 2016, 19 Regina daycare centres will pay more than $200,000 in property tax. This affects the care of more than 1,300 children — over a third of Regina’s licensed spaces. One daycare alone will pay the city more than $42,000. Many others will pay $10,000-$20,000/year. $200,000 is a small amount compared to Regina’s budget, but it’s an enormous amount to non-profit centres that struggle to balance their budgets."

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MB: Parents' Experiences, Ideas Sought in Daycare Study
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, September 12, 2016

Excerpt: "The Manitoba Child Care Association is launching what it believes will be Manitoba's first professional research study into parents' experiences in and ideas for the child care system."

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World Leaders Must Invest in Better Data on Children
Source: UNICEF, September 14, 2016

Excerpt: "UNICEF is calling on world leaders to invest in better data on children, warning in a new analysis that sufficient data is available only for half of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators. The UNICEF analysis shows that child-related data, including measures on poverty and violence that can be compared, are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals."

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US: Learning Through Play

Source: The Atlantic, September 13, 2016

Excerpt: "Google the definition of play and the first thing that pops up is this: “[To] engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.”"

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US: If You Leave Your Kids Alone, It’s Not Predatory Strangers Who Are a Risk

Source: Toronto Star, September 13, 2016

Excerpt: "To separate the two instincts, they created a series of surveys asking participants to rate the danger to children left alone in five specific circumstances: a 2 ½-year-old at home for 20 minutes eating a snack and watching Frozen, for instance, or a 6-year-old in a park about a mile from her house for 25 minutes. The reasons for the parent’s absence were varied randomly. It could be unintentional, for work, to volunteer for charity, to relax or to meet an illicit lover."

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US: Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development
Source: Edutopia, August 24, 2016

Excerpt: "An adequate amount of recess time (or lack thereof) can directly affect children's ability to pay attention, self-regulate, socialize intelligently, and master complex learning skills. We can try to squeeze in short movement breaks here and there, but it won't have the same effects -- or, for that matter, even the same potential. Small movement breaks will always fall short of a good old-fashioned lengthy recess time."

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UK: Today's Four-Year-Olds Often 'Not Physically Ready' for School, Experts Warn
Source: The Independent, September 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Early-years specialists monitoring children of school age found a higher number experience problems with their balance and coordination than previously thought, ultimately affecting their ability to learn in class."

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FI: Children Need Three Hours Exercise a Day

Source: BBC, September 8, 2016

Excerpt: "Children should spend at least three hours a day performing physical activities, according to the Finnish government. Parents have been advised to actively encourage their children to pursue hobbies and interests that require physical exertion. Children aged eight and under have been targeted in the move. Finland is known for producing some of the most physically fit children in Europe. It also produces some of the highest academic results among schoolchildren in the developed world."

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ON: School Boards Must Provide Before and After School Care Starting Sept. 2017

Source: CBC News, September 6, 2016

Excerpt: "Starting in September 2017, schools will have to provide before and after school care for students up to the age of 12, according to Associate Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris. Naidoo-Harris, who focuses on early years education and child care, said her goal is to increase access to child care programs. "That's why we're making it mandatory starting September 1, 2017 for school boards to provide before and after school programs for all children between the ages of four and 12," she said in a statement emailed to CBC News."

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ON: New Schools Opening Across Ontario in 2016
Source: Government of Ontario, September 6, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that are helping to keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life."

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ON: 174 New Child Care Spaces for Toronto While Thousands More Wait
Source: NewsTalk 1010, September 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Of the money ready to flow, $4 million is coming to Toronto to create 174 new spaces. To put the number into perspective, there are currently about 66,000 licensed spots available, and there are thousands of parents waiting to get in."

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CA: Back to School: How Young is Too Young for a Cellphone?
Source: CBC News, September 6, 2016

Excerpt: "Some studies suggest excessive time spent using screens, including cellphones, can affect children and youth adversely, stunting emotional and cognitive growth, warping a young person's perspective on social norms and causing health problems such as poor eating and sleeping habits."

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BC: New 'Flexible' School Curriculum Goes Province-Wide Next Week
Source: CBC News, September 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Communication, thinking, and personal and social competency are at the core of the updated curriculum, which will be implemented from kindergarten through Grade 9."

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BC: B.C. Considers Getting Rid of the Traditional Report Card
Source: CBC News, August 30, 2016

Excerpt: "The traditional report card may soon be a thing of the past in B.C. The Liberal government is set to launch a province-wide consultation with parents next month to better understand how evaluations can best serve students from kindergarten to Grade 9."

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NL: The Great All-Day Kindergarten Debate: Critics Say Not the Right Time, Principals Say Schools Are Ready
Source: CBC News, September 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Schools in the province have been busy preparing for full-day kindergarten for the past couple of years. Two principals on the west coast say their schools are ready for the change. Norma Park is the principal of Pasadena Elementary. She said teachers have now been given the gift of time. Though the kindergarten curriculum hasn't changed since 2010, the teachers now have the time to get through the "jam-packed" material, Park said."

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NU: 'It Makes My Blood Boil': Nunavut Government Wants to Strip Deas of ECE Funding Authority
Source: CBC News, September 7, 2016

Excerpt: "The Government of Nunavut wants to strip local district education authorities of some of their powers, but some parents and community members are calling the move unfounded — particularly when it comes to early childhood education. Currently local DEAs manage funding agreements with ECE providers. The government says that funding is going unused — citing a lack of interest from already "overburdened" DEAs — and hopes transferring authority to the department of education will ensure more ECE programming is available in the territory."

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US: We Should Treat Early Childhood Educators as Valued Employees
Source: Time, September 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Although the earliest years are the time of greatest brain development, we have structured childcare as the responsibility—and burden—of individual families. Unlike our system of K-12 education, we don’t include early childhood education as part of our public investment framework."

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US: Working Play into Early Childhood Education Boosts Students' Learning Experience
Source: Phys.org, August 25, 2016

Excerpt: "Incorporating play into early childhood education can lead to better schoolwork among preschool and primary-level students, research by a pair of Penn State professors has shown, and instructing prospective teaching candidates to follow that path should be a constant."

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AU: By 2030, ‘No Australian Child Will Be Living in Poverty’ – Why Can’t We Promise That?
Source: The Conversation, September 6, 2016

Excerpt: "Recent analysis based on the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia panel data suggests that about one in ten children aged under 18 years live in income-related poverty. The situation is markedly worse for children living in single-parent families: around one in four live below the poverty line."

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Health Reports: Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour of Canadian Children Aged Three to Five
Source: Statistics Canada, September 21, 2016

Excerpt: "Almost three-quarters of three- and four-year-olds in Canada are meeting recommended daily physical activity guidelines. However, for five-year-olds, the proportion is 30%. At the same time, less than a quarter of three- and four-year-olds adhere to guidelines for the maximum amount of time they spend in front of a screen each day. By contrast, more than three-quarters of five-year-olds are able to meet screen-time targets."

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Education Governance in Action
Source: OECD, September 2016

Excerpt: "Education Governance in Action: Lessons from Case Studies bridges theory and practice by connecting major themes in education governance to real-life reform efforts in a variety of countries. It builds upon in-depth case studies of education reform efforts in Flanders (Belgium), Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The case studies are complemented by country examples of efforts to restore and sustain trust in their education systems. Together they provide a rich illustration of modern governance challenges - and successes. The volume highlights the importance of the interdependence between knowledge and governance and focuses on essential components for modern education governance: accountability, capacity building and strategic thinking. It sets the agenda for thinking about the flexible and adaptive systems necessary for governing education in today's complex world. This publication will be of interest to policy makers, education leaders, teachers, the education research community and all those interested in education governance and complexity."

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Considering Both Contexts and Universalities in Childhood (Video)
Source: Science of Early Childhood Development, September 8, 2016

Excerpt: "SECD is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative with a global perspective. We try hard to include multiple perspectives and provide a lens on different kinds of families, programs and experiences of childhood."

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How Play Impacts Language Learning in Toddlers

Source: Medical Xpress, September 9, 2016

Excerpt: "A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that symbolic play in toddlers, which involves use of the imagination, is more beneficial to language development than functional play like puzzles, blocks or drawing."

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Longitudinal Research and Early Years Policy Development in the UK

Source: International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, September 7, 2016

Excerpt: "When children were 3–4 years old their cognitive, language and socio-emotional development was influenced by demographic factors, such as social class and parent education, as frequently found previously. However, a variable called the Home Learning Environment (HLE), derived from parental report of activities in the home, showed a greater association with all measured aspects of development than the demographic factors."

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Using State Early Care and Education Workforce Registry Data to Inform Training-Related Questions: Issues to Consider
Source: Wiley Online Library, September 6, 2016

Excerpt: "The current early care and education (ECE) policy context is bringing increased attention to the training completed by the child care workforce and to the use of registries to track such training. Although ECE workforce registries are designed to record individuals' data, aggregate registry data have the potential to shed light on the workforce's training needs. "

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How an Early Bedtime Can Have Lasting Effects on Kids
Source: CNN, September 5, 2016

Excerpt: "After comparing the children's bedtimes with their health as teenagers, the researchers found that only 10% of the children who went to bed at 8 p.m. or earlier during their preschool years were obese as teenagers. However, 23% of the children who went to bed after 9 p.m. as preschoolers were obese as teenagers."

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Recent Trends in Income, Racial, and Ethnic School Readiness Gaps at Kindergarten Entry
Source: AERA, August 26, 2016

Excerpt: "In this article, we provide new evidence on very recent trends in these achievement gaps. In particular, we use newly available data to describe the trends in the magnitude of racial/ethnic and income gaps in math and reading skills among students entering kindergarten from the fall of 1998 to the fall of 2010. We focus on income-related gaps, rather than gaps related to parental education, occupation, or more general socioeconomic status, for comparability with the earlier income academic achievement gap trends reported by Reardon (2011)."

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UBC-Led Researchers Uncover Genetic Effects of FASD
Source: CBC News, September 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Canadian researchers are one step closer to uncovering a biomarker associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb."

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Paternal Stimulation and Early Child Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Source: Pediatrics, September 2016

Excerpt: "Few studies have examined the relationship between paternal stimulation and children’s growth and development, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of paternal stimulation and to assess whether paternal stimulation was associated with early child growth and development."

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New Horizons: A Review of Early Childhood Care and Education in Asia and the Pacific
Source: UNESCO, August 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Since 2000, countries in Asia and the Pacific have made significant progress in improving the well-being of young children and expanding the provision of ECCE services. However, progress has been uneven in areas such as improving equitable access, quality, governance, and financing and monitoring."

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Re Introducing the EDI – Part 1 EDI 101
Source: Human Early Learning Partnership, August 29, 2016

Description: "HELP has spent the better part of 2016 wrapping up the final year of EDI Wave 6 data collection and analyzing new findings from patterns and trends across 16 years of data. Whether you’ve been working with EDI for awhile and are in need of a quick refresher or you’ve recently started working with the EDI, join us ahead of the release of Wave 6 EDI School District/Community Profile Reports as we discuss important aspects of this tool. This session will review the areas of children’s development measured by the tool, clarify the concept and meaning of child vulnerability and key issues related to interpreting and applying population health data."

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5 Recent Children's Health Studies That You Should Read
Source: Romper, August 24, 2016

Excerpt: "According to research from the University of British Columbia and Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital, letting your kid climb that tree is good for his or her health. The study found that children who got in a decent amount of rigorous physical activity like climbing, jumping, roughhousing, tumbling, and exploring displayed greater physical and social health."

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