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ON: Full-Day Kindergarten for St. Malachy and St. Ursula Schools in Scarborough Announced
Source: Inside Toronto, April 8, 2014

Excerpt: "Ontario’s Liberal government will spend $6.2 million to accommodate kindergarten students at two Toronto separate board schools in Scarborough-Guildwood, local MPP Mitzie Hunter announced has announced. The additions and renovations at St. Malachy Catholic School in West Hill and St. Ursula Catholic School in Guildwood are to handle a combined 282 pupils in full-day kindergarten programs by the 2016-17 year."

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ON: Feminism’s Message is About Choice - Women’s Movement Never Suggested Delaying Motherhood
Source: The Spec, April 8, 2014

Excerpt: "One of the biggest challenges women face is in securing quality child care. A universal child-care system would mean more affordable child care and more regulation, and yet only Quebec has such a system. It should be a no-brainer that providing quality child care is important, yet most children are in unregulated care. That's made the juggling act even tougher for women and prevented many from being the mothers they want to be."


ON: Ontario Teachers Shouldn’t Invest in For-Profit Child Care
Source: The Toronto Star, Opinion, April 6, 2014

Excerpt: "While there have been a few lean years, it’s nice to see the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan making tons of money for its more than 300,000 retired and current Ontario teachers, with a $5.1-billion surplus for this past year. Ontario’s teachers have among the best retirement benefits in Canada. While some might think they are a bit too generous, I am not among them. The majority of our publicly supported teachers work hard in service of a better future for all of us and deserve to be properly compensated. But I do wonder if the rank and file would be comfortable with how their pension plan generates some of the resources that feather their nests."


ON: Steady Improvements in Health and Education - 2014 Progress Reports Show How Ontario is Making Everyday Life Better, while Building a Stronger Economy
Source: Government of Ontario, April 6, 2014

Excerpt: "Introduced full-day kindergarten; more than 184,000 children across the province are currently enrolled in full-day kindergarten, giving them a better start in school and preparing them for success in Grade 1 and beyond."

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ON: Olivia Chow Promises Greater Access to After-School Programs for Kids
Source: The Toronto Star, April 6, 2014

Excerpt: "Olivia Chow is promising broader access to after-school programs as the starting point for her pledge to put children at the heart of her campaign for mayor. “Once I’m elected mayor I will create better after-school programs so our children can grow up strong and smart and stay out of trouble,” she told an overflow crowd at her new campaign headquarters on Sunday."


PE: Budget 2014-2015
Source: Government of Prince Edward Island, April 8, 2014

Excerpt: "The mandate of the Ministry is to provide leadership in ensuring high quality early childhood development, learning and educational opportunities for Islanders through the achievement of acceptable results in the following areas: quality of legislation, regulations and policies; quality of programs and services; accessibility and equity of programs and services; and employee satisfaction."


NS: Early Years Centres Open in Three Communities
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "The early years centres are located in or near schools, which make them accessible, convenient and familiar places for families in their communities. Each centre is tailored to meet the needs of its community by partnering with local organizations to offer programs and services such as early learning programs for four-year-olds, early intervention, before- and after-school programs, regulated child care, and parent education."

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NL: Welcoming All-Day Kindergarten
Source: The Gulf News, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "The announcement of all-day kindergarten starting in 2016 has had mixed reactions, but for one family from the Codroy Valley, it comes as a relief."


MB: Connecting the Dots in the Peg
Source: CUPE, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "When you ask Lori Schroen what connects child care advocacy to the work of the union, her answer is simple: if you have good child care, you’ll have a better work environment.  An activist for 35 years, Schroen has dedicated herself to her work and community. Working at child care centres during the day, and taking Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses during the evening, she developed a solid idea of inequalities that exist in the child care world. “I started seeing some unfairness in the way staff at child care centres were being treated,” said Schroen. “From abysmal wages to poor working conditions, we knew we had to unite as staff to address these issues.”"


NU: AG’s June 2013 Warning a Wake-Up Call for Nunavut on School, Daycare Safety
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, April 4, 2014

Excerpt: "Nunavut MLAs found they had the Office of the Auditor General of Canada to thank for pushing the territorial government to save Nunavut’s schools and childcare facilities from failing to meet safety standards. “All these safety issues have been ongoing, from a long time ago,” Joe Savikataaq, MLA for Arviat South, said April 3 at a hearing of the legislative assembly’s standing committee on oversight of government operations."

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NS: Budget 2014-2015
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, April 3, 2014

Excerpt: "Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen tabled the 2014-15 provincial budget April 3, clearing the way for private sector growth and reinvestment in education and health care.  Included in the budget this year; reinvest in a new direction for education and prepare children for success by conducting a curriculum review, placing limits on classroom sizes, hiring more staff to support students with special needs, and reducing wait times for early intervention programs; Expand eligibility for the Child Tax Benefit to 1,300 more children from low-income families ($450,000); Provide more early education for children and parenting support through Family Resource Centres ($2 million); Early Years - Reduce wait lists for community-based Early Intervention Programs ($1.3 million)."


BC: Women’s Supplement: Parenthood at UBC
Source: The Ubyssey, April 2, 2014

Excerpt: "For many undergraduate students, the question of how you would raise a child while attending classes may not have even occurred. But while it may look as though it rarely happens, the reality is that at a university as large as UBC, these situations are inevitable. Most parent-students are working on master’s degrees or PhDs, and though no official statistics exist, those at UBC Daycare Services and UBC Access and Diversity are not unfamiliar with younger student parents. In addition to being responsible for the health and happiness of a child, the major issues student parents face are predominantly childcare, finances and social isolation."


KR: In-Depth: South Korea’s Fix-All ‘Childcare’
Source: Asian Correspondent, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "South Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister Hyun Oh-seok (who is also the Minister of Strategy and Finance) met with foreign journalists last month to promote the president’s long-term economic goals. From market deregulation to fostering new industries, the “Three-Year Plan for Economic Innovation” attempts to reinvigorate South Korea’s future economy with various policies including female employment. Since her election campaign, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has championed childcare support as the central solution to increase economic participation among women. Her administration has maintained this strategy, making it their leading policy for women’s rights."

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US: Educational Interventions at Early Head Start Led to Decline in Pediatric Emergency Visits
Source: Science Codex, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Four Early Head Start sites in New York City in the Washington Heights/Inwood section of Northern Manhattan were randomly assigned to intervention or standard curriculum. At two of the sites, families received three 1.5-hour education modules regarding care for URI in their parent-child group in the fall and at the remaining two they received the standard educational parent health curriculum; the standard curriculum sites received the URI education in the spring after the study period. The intervention education modules included information on care for URI, the appropriate use of over-the-counter medications and medication measurement training. Classes were taught by trained bilingual community health workers and conducted in either English or Spanish. Parents were also given and taught how to use an upper respiratory infection care kit."


US: Many Families Get No Help to Pay for Early Education Cost
Source: The Boston Globe, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "About 19,000 children age 3 and 4 from low-income Massachusetts families, who probably cannot afford early education programs, do not get public assistance for preschool or prekindergarten, according to a new report from a budget research group. These children come from families in poverty or whose incomes fall below most basic cost-of-living thresholds — about $40,000 for a family of three, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center study found, adding to the long-simmering debate about expanding school access for young children."


IE: Minister Fitzgerald Announces €3 Million Childcare Capital Programme
Source: Department of Children and Youth Affairs, April 4, 2014

Excerpt: "Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €3 million for community childcare services, parent and toddler groups and childminders. Minister Fitzgerald stated: “I am happy to be in the position, for a third year in row, to announce a new scheme of capital funding for early years services. This demonstrates the commitment of this Government to continue developing quality childcare provision in Ireland.” The Minister announced that €2.5 million was being made available for the repair, maintenance and upgrade of community and not-for-profit childcare services."

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US: Children and Poverty: the Role of Preschool
Source: Preschool Matters Today!, April 3, 2014

Excerpt: "High quality preschool generates measurable, long-term impacts on children.  Many of us have known this for a long time, and have heard it or have said it ourselves many times. This is vital, valuable information for policymakers and for families. And for early childhood professionals, on days when boisterous 3-year olds are testing their teacher’s patience, and stressed parents are showing up late for pick-up, and policy advocates are explaining the graph to Congress one more time, it means that our career choice to focus on young children and their families, and our daily struggle to produce our best work, is truly worth every effort. "


US: White House Cheers Universal Pre-K in NYC
Source: The Hill, April 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Some 53,000 schoolchildren will benefit immediately from the deal, according to de Blasio. That number is expected to grow to 73,000 next year. President Obama has repeatedly called for Congress to fund universal pre-K nationwide, although the proposal had garnered little traction in Congress. The plan is included in the latest version of the president's budget."


US: The Right Kind of Care
Source: The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, March 31, 2014

Excerpt: "A small but illuminating study has shown that intensive day care starting in infancy can produce startling results decades later — not only intellectual gains but better health as well. If the findings hold up under further analysis, nations around the world may need to rethink early education."

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US: Doing This for Your Child Increases Their Graduation Rate by 20%
Source: Business to Community, March 26, 2014

Excerpt: "According to a HighScope Perry Preschool Study, 80% of children who went to preschool graduated from high school compared to only 60% of those who did not. These statistics are among the many reasons – including a strong endorsement from President Barack Obama – that many states are increasing their spending per child on early childhood education (ECE). Rasmussen presents the interesting statistics that stem from the benefits of ECE in the infographic below."


Response to Globe and Mail Article – Full-Day Kindergarten
Source: Atkinson Centre, March, 2014

Excerpt: "Atkinson Centre faculty took aim at the slanted manner applied to reporting on the impact of full-day kindergarten for 4- and 5- year olds in Ontario. The article ignores the significant benefits of full-day kindergarten to zero in on the flat lining of reading, writing and numeracy skills for one group in the study."

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ON: Ontario Teachers Seek Smaller Class Sizes, Especially with More Special-Needs Kids
Source: The Toronto Star, April 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Class sizes should be adjusted to take into account the number of special-needs students, so that teachers can give all children the attention they need, says the union representing Ontario’s elementary teachers in its new education agenda. The document, Building Better Schools, to be released Wednesday, also calls on the government to limit class sizes in full-day kindergarten — some teachers have as many as 34 little kids in the room — as well as decrease the average size of Grade 4 to 8 classes, currently higher than those in the province’s secondary schools."


ON: Ottawa Daycares in a State of Flux
Source: CBC News, March 29, 2014

Excerpt: "Many local daycares say they're tightening their belts or changing the age groups they cater to after losing older children to the school system. Ontario is nearing the end of the roll-out of full-day kindergarten, which will be complete by September 2014. Along with sending four- and five-year-old children to school all day, schools are providing care before and after class. Child care operators say this implementation has been one of the biggest changes to hit the sector in decades."


President's Commentary: On Universal Child Care, Corporate Conservatives are Blinded by Dogma
Source: National Union of Public and General Employees, April 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Universal child care and early childhood education will make Canadian kids safer, healthier, and better educated. It will ease significant financial and psychological burdens on Canadian parents and grandparents. It will chip away further at the wage gap between men and women. And it will give a boost of billions of dollars a year to the economy."

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MB: Early Investment, Long-Term Payoff
Source: The Winnipeg Free Press, March 29, 2014

Excerpt: "Point Douglas is home to approximately 3,600 kids under age six -- a number that is growing fast.  Currently, 40 per cent of Point Douglas kids are classified by the Early Development Instrument (EDI) as not ready for school at age five. One in six children end up apprehended by child-protective services, placing enormous social, emotional and economic costs on families. Even those kids who make it to school struggle from the outset if they aren't ready, and they seldom catch up."


SK: Daycare Delay Worries Students
Source: The StarPhoenix, March 28, 2014

Excerpt: "When Paulette D'eon found out she was pregnant, she immediately knew child care would be an issue. The University of Saskatchewan urban planning student put her name on the wait list for the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USS U) daycare centre on campus right away, months before her daughter Stella was even born. Fifteen months later, when it was time to return to school, there was still no spot for her."


AB: Make Child Care More Affordable, MLA David Swann Tells Province
Source: CBC News, March 28, 2014

Excerpt: "The provincial government needs to do more to create affordable child-care options for Alberta families, says opposition MLA Dr. David Swann. The Calgary Liberal hosted a town hall meeting Thursday night at the Hillhurst-Sunnyside community hall to discuss the issue. “We are spending the least of any province on early education in Canada,” he said."


NL: Budget 2014 - Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, March 27, 2014

Description: "On March 27, the Provincial Government delivered Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook which outlines a fair social and economic plan for all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador."


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US: Children and Poverty: the Role of Preschool
Source: NIEER, April 3, 2014

Excerpt: "High quality preschool generates measurable, long-term impacts on children.  Many of us have known this for a long time, and have heard it or have said it ourselves many times. This is vital, valuable information for policymakers and for families. And for early childhood professionals, on days when boisterous 3-year olds are testing their teacher’s patience, and stressed parents are showing up late for pick-up, and policy advocates are explaining the graph to Congress one more time, it means that our career choice to focus on young children and their families, and our daily struggle to produce our best work, is truly worth every effort."


US: Principals’ Influence on Teaching and Advocacy Can Help Children in Poverty Overcome the Early Learning Gap
Source: National Association of Elementary School Principals, April 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Multiple studies show that children who attend high-quality preschool are more likely to succeed in school, graduate from high school, attend college, and gain stable employment as adults. Yet, fewer than 3 in 10 4-year-olds are currently enrolled in high-quality preschool, because many parents cannot afford it. Moreover, while children from low-income families stand to benefit the most from preschool, they are also more likely to lack access to it."


US: Federal Education Official Says Technology, Early Learning Can Unlock a Child's Potential
Source: Deseret News, April 1, 2014

Excerpt: "A child's preschool years are critical for learning, a federal education official said Tuesday, and, while missed opportunities can be made up later, it takes twice the effort and the cost.  "I think high-quality early education is an essential foundation for every child," said Libby Doggett, a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education. "Every child is born with great potential, and we've got to give them the opportunity to develop that.""

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US: States Looking to Expand Preschool Confront Debate Over Results, Funding (Video with transcript)
Source: PBS, April 1, 2014

Description: "Around the country, 30 governors are proposing the expansion of preschool programs in their states. But what makes a pre-K program sufficiently educational? And how will the U.S. pay for these programs? Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters examines the debate over the value and the cost."


UK: Three Words Could End Confusion and Financial Distress for Parents: Free Universal Childcare
Source: The Guardian, March 31, 2014

Excerpt: "Three small words could end the chaos, confusion, unequal provision and financial distress of millions of voters engaged in the childcare battle. Those three words are free universal childcare; an offer for all children from one to 14."


US: State Budget Deal Reached; $300 Million for New York City Pre-K
Source: The New York Times, March 29, 2014

Excerpt: "Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced on Saturday an agreement on a state budget that would provide $300 million for prekindergarten in New York City, but also undercuts other educational policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has championed prekindergarten while trying to slow the spread of charter schools."


US: Early Lessons Shaped Libby Doggett’s Career as Preschool Evangelist
Source: Dallas News, March 29, 2014

Excerpt: "Doggett realized education was her passion and that what the youngest children learn has significant lasting impact on their lives and the community. So she enrolled in every early childhood development class she could, setting a course that would shape her life and preschool education across the nation. Doggett is now the deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education who oversees early childhood education policy and is working to expand quality programs."

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UK: Get Ready for New Ways of Delivering Early Learning
Source: The Scotsman, March 28, 2014

Excerpt: "Good quality, affordable early learning and childcare is a key element of achieving the society we want to live in, and its importance is reflected in the way it has moved to the forefront of every political party’s agenda. Much of the debate, however, has centred on the proposals to extend statutory provision. Yet this is not always the best value – and for a number of families it is simply not working."


US: After-School Programs Cut Crime, Enrich Kids
Source: lohud, Opinion, March 27, 2014

Excerpt: "I appreciate that the Legislature agreed to fund after-school programs for students in New York City, but the children and families in the rest of the state are also in dire need of after-school opportunities. Our legislators should support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's after-school proposal, which would provide $160 million in a new statewide program. This proposal would result in access to programs for another 100,000 children in need throughout the state."


US: Early-Childhood Education Already Hot Topic in 2014 Md. Governor's Race
Source: Education Week, October 17, 2013

Excerpt: "Early-childhood education has already become a hot topic in Maryland's 2014 governor's race, with five of seven candidates rolling out or commenting on others' plans to expand the state's preschool programs—a harbinger of a trend I think we'll see in many states as the campaign season heats up."

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Research Reports & Resources

7 Key Findings About Stay-At-Home Moms
Source: Pew Research Centre, April 8, 2014

Excerpt: "More moms are staying home: The share of mothers who do not work outside the home has risen over the past decade, reversing a long-term decline in stay-at-home mothers. (In the U.S. today, 71% of all mothers work outside the home.) Two-thirds are “traditional” married stay-at-home mothers with working husbands, but a growing share is unmarried."

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The Relationship Between Income and Children’s Outcomes: A Synthesis of Canadian Evidence
Source: Canadian Research Data Centre Network, April 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Higher income is found to improve a range of child outcomes but that improvement is quite small.  Addressing inequalities in childhood, which create unequal chances for success later in life, will require policy that tackles more than only income as a source of disadvantage."


Early Learning and Childcare- Briefing
Source: The Scottish Parliament, April 2, 2014

Description: "This briefing gives the legislative and policy context for the provision of childcare and pre-school education and considers the expansion of early learning and childcare as set out in the Scottish Government’s White Paper “Scotland’s Future”.  The focus in this paper is on the economics of childcare. It does not look at issues related to child development, but concentrates instead on issues of cost, supply, demand and the effect of childcare provision on the labour market participation of women with young children."


What Quality Early Childhood Programs Look Like (Video Playlist)
Source: The Ounce, April 15, 2013

Description: "A compilation of videos outlining what quality early childhood programs look like including; Skilled Teaching, Children and the Learning Environment, Social Development in Early Childhood, etc."

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Equity, Excellence and Inclusiveness in Education Policy lessons from Around the World
Source: OECD, March 28, 2014

Excerpt: "Strengthening equity in education, and investing in the early years, also yield high returns. Starting strong in education makes it easier to acquire skills and knowledge later on. For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, access to early education not only contributes to equity, but is, in the long run, economically efficient as well."


The 2014 Scottish Childcare Report
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, March 28, 2014

Excerpt: "There are huge variations in childcare costs between local authorities in Scotland.  A parent buying part-time nursery care in the most expensive local authority would pay over £3,000 more every year than in its cheapest neighbourhood."


Early Childhood Investments Substantially Boost Adult Health
Source: Heckman Equation, March 27, 2014

Description: "Published on March 27, 2014, in Science, research by Professor Heckman and colleagues at the University of Chicago, University College London, and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina shows the potential of quality early child programs that incorporate health and nutrition to prevent disease and promote adult health."

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Baby Bonds
Source: The Sutton Trust, March 21, 2014

Description: "This report reviews international studies of attachment to uncover the effect emotional bonds with parents have on a baby's future outcomes."


Ongoing Call for Papers – Journal of International Child Care and Education Policy (ICEP) 2014, Volume 8, No.1
Source: NIEER, March 21, 2014

Excerpt: "Jointly published by the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE) and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) from May 2013, ICEP intends to disseminate research and analysis regarding major issues of child care and education policy to a broad, international readership of policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. A peer reviewed journal, ICEP invites ongoing submission of articles concerning policy reforms, empirical research in the field of early childhood education and care, policy analyses and comparisons, and more. ICEP publishes original and review papers, technical reports, case studies, conference reports, and government reports."


Building Healthy Child Development: The Experiences of Parents in Peel
Source: The Peel Children and Youth Initiative, March 2014

Description: "This report uncovers valuable findings about how parents in Peel access services for children 0-12 years, and more specifically how newcomers and people of various ethnicities access services. This is a new standard for research in Peel as it involves hearing directly from a randomized and stratified sample of ordinary parents who may or may not be accessing the supports and services that are there for them. The data will allow us to explore new and innovative ways of providing services in ways that are better aligned with the actual needs, interests and aspirations of the diverse and changing families who live across the Region of Peel."

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Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge
Source: Council of Canadian Academies, March 2014

Excerpt: "Findings from the 2007–2008 Nunavut Inuit Child Health Survey indicated that nearly 70% of Inuit preschoolers aged three to five lived in food insecure households, and 56% lived in households with child-specific food insecurity. Overall, 31% of children in Nunavut were moderately food insecure, and about one-quarter were severely food insecure (Egeland et al., 2010)."

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