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ON: AECEO Pre-Budget Submission to The Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance Ontario Budget 2015
Source: AECEO, February 12, 2015

Excerpt: "It has been well established through research and experience that a trained, professional ECE workforce with professional wages and working conditions is central to providing high quality experiences for the children and families using these programs. This is of course incredibly important, as we know that in order to achieve the intended benefits of early childhood education and care for children and families programs need to be of the highest quality."


ON: Measles Scare Prompts Push To Monitor Toronto Daycares
Source: Toronto Star, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "As public-health officials scramble to contain a recent outbreak of measles – including at least six confirmed cases in Toronto – Medical Officer of Health David McKeown revealed on Wednesday that, despite a provincial requirement to monitor immunization in daycares, Toronto Public Health has not complied for the past 17 years due to a lack of funding."


ON: My Long Road to Fatherhood as a Single, Gay Man
Source: The Globe and Mail, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "I’ve always wanted kids. I even thought about getting married to a woman to have them, but being a gay man, I didn’t think that was the right thing to do. But it was torture – I would go to the mall and see parents with their kids, especially fathers, and imagine that being me one day."


Better Daycare Works for Us All
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, February 19, 2015

Excerpt: "Women work. They've been working, in increasing numbers, for 50 years, contributing to the economy, to the tax base, to innovation and growth and to political and public life. The romantic notion of a Leave it to Beaver family no longer exists. Nearly two-thirds of families include a working woman, because women want and deserve a rewarding career and family finances demand two incomes."

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MB: New Hub for Early Education
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, February 18, 2015

Excerpt: "The province has been under pressure to invest more in early childhood education -- everything from Head Start programs to parenting courses to high-quality daycare. Wight said the hubs are meant to be one-stop shopping for parents and will be tailored to local neighbourhood needs."


QC: Daycare Fee Hikes Put Quebec's Children At Risk
Source: Montreal Gazette, February 18, 2015

Excerpt: "On Feb. 11, the Équipe de recherche Qualité éducative des services de garde et petite enfance (Childcare Services and Early Childhood Educational Quality Research Group) presented a report at the National Assembly Committee on Public Finance’s hearings on Bill 28, and demanded that the government withdraw its proposal to increase childcare fees on a sliding scale based on family income."


BC: Balanced Budget 2015
Source: Government of Canada, February 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Approximately 180,000 families will begin receiving the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit starting April 1, 2015. It provides up to $660 a year for each child under the age of six, to help with the cost of child care. The cost of this program will be $146 million annually beginning in 2015-16. Also available starting this year is the Training and Education Savings grant—a one-time payment of $1,200 for every child resident in B.C. who was born since January 1, 2007. As many as 40,000 children may be eligible every year, once they turn six."

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Affordable Child Care: The $7-A-Day Question
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, February 14, 2015

Excerpt: "One of the biggest impacts of Quebec's new system was for single mothers. In 1996, fewer than half of single parents -- with at least one child under six at home -- worked in Quebec. By 2008, more than two-thirds of them did. The increase in the employment rate of single parents outstripped that of parents in dual-parent families by more than two to one. At the same time, the median after-tax income of single mothers in Quebec rose by 81 per cent, and the number of single-parent families on welfare plummeted by 99,000 in 1996 to 45,000 in 2008."


BC: Kids Learn Culture and Language at Surrey's Only Indigenous Preschool
Source: The Tyee, February 13, 2015

Excerpt: "Growing up, Terri Shouting, a member of southern Alberta's Blood Tribe, received little education about her Aboriginal background. Today as a mother of three young children in Surrey, B.C., she feels lucky to have a free preschool nearby where her kids have gained exposure to Coast Salish culture and its Halq'eméylem language."


NU: French School Board Going to Court to Protect Education Rights
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, February 12, 2015

Excerpt: "MacDonald said school funding from the GN for Trois-Soleils had not changed and that any program changes at the school were the result of internal reallocation of funds. Schools in Nunavut are funded for half-day kindergarten but Trois-Soleils had been running a three-year full-day kindergarten pilot project."

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Improving the Certification Process for Early Education Teachers
Source: Eye on Early Education, February 17, 2015

Excerpt: "What should the certification process be for early childhood teachers? A process that reflects the specialized work these teachers do. It’s up to policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that this happens."


20 Things on a Toddler's Daily To-Do List
Source: Huffington Post, February 17, 2015

Description: "A humourous look at a toddlers daily To Do List."


US: Early Education is Good for Kids, Great for Moms
Source: Sun Herald, February 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Survey data suggest that many stay-at-home mothers want to work outside the home, at least part time. Why is this? The problem probably isn't sexist husbands. Rather, families weigh the costs of paid child care against mom's post-tax take-home pay and decide that it's just not worth it for her to take a job. If every dollar of mom's paycheck goes toward child care and other household help, she might as well handle all these responsibilities herself."


IE: Local Early Years Workers Demand Respect at Gates of Dáil
Source: The Meath Chronicle, February 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Up to 4,000 early years professionals from across Ireland, including 100 from County Meath, marched to the gates of the Dail on Tuesday afternoon demanding increased investment in their sector by Minister for Children, James Reilly."

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US: Full-Day Kindergarten Funding Could Increase
Source: The Brown Daily Herald, February 13, 2015

Excerpt: "Under current law, full-day kindergarten programs that will start in the 2015-2016 school year will receive baseline funds, which differ by district, during their first year. The amount will gradually increase over a three-year period to a maximum. The new legislation, sponsored by Sen. Hanna Gallo, D-Cranston and West Warwick, would accelerate funding to these kindergarten programs so that they receive the maximum during the first year."


US: Are English Learners Neglected in Early Education?
Source: NBC News, February 12, 2015

Excerpt: "In San Antonio's Harlandale school district, pre-kindergarten students learn English and Spanish together. They help one another through instructions and assist each other in the language they are most familiar with, a structure that they'll stick with until they reach sixth grade."


US: Why Slowing Down Stimuli to Real Time Helps a Child’s Brain
Source: Mind Shift, February 12, 2015

Excerpt: "There is nothing special about blocks insofar as they provide an excellent platform for parents and children to engage with one another. But what is somewhat unique about blocks is that they’re a great venue! Children love them and like to play with them both with their parents and on their own. In fact, in our study of blocks, what we found is that children played with their fathers much more with blocks than with their mothers."


US: Universal Pre-K in Massachusetts: Let’s Start the Conversation
Source: The Boston Globe, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "”Universal pre-K” is a buzzword these days in some political circles, with good reason: It’s a government investment that stands to pay big dividends in the future. Research shows that children who lack the foundation for early literacy and math are more likely to struggle academically, require special education, drop out of school, and face a host of social problems. And while a lack of early learning skills is hardly the sole obstacle for low-income kids, helping them succeed in school, as quickly as they can, is one way to address the persistent achievement gap."

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ON: Vaccinate Daycare Children for Measles: Toronto Councillor
Source: Toronto Star, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "A Toronto city councillor wants to ensure that children in daycares are vaccinated against measles infection. Christin Carmichael Greb, rookie councillor for Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence and a member of the city’s board of health, introduced a motion at council on Wednesday. It asks Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, to report to the budget committee “on the potential enhancements to existing public health programs to ensure children in day nurseries are adequately immunized.”"


ON: City Council Passes Motions that Aim to Stave Off Potential School Closures
Source: City News, February 10, 2015

Excerpt: "Some councillors appeared at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government to take into consideration the use of the “underutilized” schools for other community uses, such as daycares and adult learning centres."


ON: Western's University Laboratory School to Close in June
Source: The London Free Press, February 10, 2015

Excerpt: "It opened 42 years ago as an innovative school that doubled as a research centre for early childhood education. Now, despite the protest of parents, Western University is closing the University Laboratory School, saying it no longer has an academic purpose and has become a financial burden."

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ON: Daycare Promising 'Vaccine-Free Environment' Irks Ottawa Public Health
Source: CTV News, February 10, 2015

Excerpt: "Ottawa Public Health is criticizing a local daycare that says it offers a “vaccine-free environment,” calling the approach a public health risk. The owners of the unlicensed daycare in the suburb of Orleans say their facility is for parents like them who are worried about vaccines and choosing not to vaccinate their kids."


ON: Waterloo Region Kindergarten Care Earns Top Praise
Source: The Record, February 9, 2015

Excerpt: "A scholar has high praise for how this community provides extended care to thousands of kindergarten students, before and after school. "Waterloo is, in fact, a leader across the country," said Zeenat Janmohamed, an education researcher out of the University of Toronto. "Families understand that if they move to Waterloo, they have access to the type of programs that very few communities in Ontario do. I think in that way you've provided as a region an attraction to families with young children.""

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ON: Challenges Remain for Full-Day Kindergarten
Source: Cambridge Times, February 9, 2015

Excerpt: "The report found 85 per cent of parents surveyed believe full-day kindergarten and extended care programs help better prepare children socially and academically for school. Many also said the seamless transitions between on-site extended care and the kindergarten day reduced stress on families and children. Researchers also found parents, especially those receiving subsidies, were able to return to work sooner."


ON: Parents Fear Loss of Daycare at Old Orchard Should Toronto Schools Close
Source: The Globe and Mail, February 8, 2015

Excerpt: "Parents at the meeting spoke of pressures of their own when trying to get their children into daycare. Taryn McCormick’s daughter has been attending WEPD for six years. She didn’t get on the two-year waiting list until her daughter was born, so for her first year back at work she commuted first to Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood to drop her daughter off before turning around to go to work downtown."

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ON: A Downtown Daycare's Plight Leaves Parents Worried
Source: Globe & Mail, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "The Scotia Plaza Child Care Centre is one of the rare not-for-profit daycares downtown. It owes its prime location to a deal the building’s developer struck with the city more than 25 years ago: In exchange for added density, it would make room for a rent-free childcare space. The 25-year agreement ended last summer, but the current landlord granted a one-year extension. Come June, the landlord plans to rent the space out to Kids and Company, a for-profit daycare provider that cannot accommodate families who rely on subsidies."


ON: Ministry of Education Gives French Daycare Centre 100 %
Source: Northernews.ca, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "The French Daycare centre located at Assomption School has received top marks from the Ministry of Education. Being a licenced daycare centre, the Garderie Francofleur Et Miel must meet all requirements set by the provincial government. One of the ways the province tries to ensure the quality of licenced daycares in Ontario is having the Ministry of Education conduct inspections without any prior notice given to the daycare."

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ON: Majority Think Ontario Parents Should Not Have Say in Vaccinating their Children
Source: Global News, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "The poll of 3,022 respondents also found 77 per cent want child care facilities to refuse unvaccinated children."


Canadians Want Work. Why Have So Many Stopped Looking?
Source: Global News, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "Jillanne Mignon quit her job because she couldn’t afford it. She was working a decent gig for the city of Winnipeg’s 311 service – a job she’d left her university program to take so she could support her toddler son, Michael. But even with that salary, she found herself in a cycle of debt just to pay for child care."


NS: Early Intervention Program Review Underway
Source: Nova News Now, February 10, 2015

Excerpt: "The government will address four key areas of early intervention to improve services to children and their families. The four areas are: improving access to early intervention for families; strengthening early intervention programs across the province; supporting and developing the early intervention workforce; aligning early intervention programs with the early years system and the public school system."

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Minister Findlay Highlights Tax Relief and Benefit Measures for Canadian Families on the First Day of Tax Filing Season
Source: Digital Journal, February 9, 2015

Excerpt: "Last fall, to better meet the needs of families, our Government proposed a new family tax cut as well as increases to the universal child care benefit and the child care expenses deduction. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers on behalf of the Government several benefits and tax credits to help families with their expenses throughout the year and reduce the amount they owe at tax time. Once implemented, the new tax relief and benefit package will mean more money in the pockets of Canadian families."


NS: We Need Early Learning Now for at-Risk Preschoolers
Source: The Chronicle Herald, February 9, 2015

Excerpt: "Economists now know that ECE affects any society’s bottom line, since children who receive it are healthier, get better educations, are more employable and are less apt to end up on social assistance or in trouble with the law."


NB: Child Poverty Really Means Family Poverty
Source: Cape Breton Post, February 7, 2015

Excerpt: "As Dr. Fraser Mustard’s "Early Years Study" noted, child outcomes are influenced primarily by the child’s natural health and abilities, followed by the home environment, including the family's socio-economic status, the parents' educational attainment, and family income."

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SK: Poll: Majority Wants Unvaccinated Kids Kept Out Of School, Child Care
Source: CBC, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "Fifty-eight per cent of Saskatchewan residents polled this week say child care facilities should refuse unvaccinated children."


AB: Public Interest Alberta Says Province Needs Progressive Tax System to Sustain Public Services
Source: Edmonton Journal, February 5, 2015

Excerpt: "“Full-day kindergarten could have been paid for very easily with fair tax system where all Albertans are sharing in this reform, instead what we’re doing is relying on very specific jurisdictions to do bake sales or have donations coming in so we can educate our children,” Mark Ramsankar, president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, said Thursday."

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How Closing the ‘Word Gap’ Could Give Poorer Kids an Equal Chance at Success
Source: Toronto Star, February 4, 2015

Excerpt: "The disparity didn’t disappear in the classroom. Following up seven years later, the report’s authors said they were “awestruck” at how this initial measure of development predicted later academic performance. It was a call for swift action: tackle the “word gap” early and give poorer children a better chance of success in school and the workplace."


What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother
Source: The Atlantic, January 8, 2015

Excerpt: "Mapping the maternal brain is also, many scientists believe, the key to understanding why so many new mothers experience serious anxiety and depression. An estimated one in six women suffers from postpartum depression, and many more develop behaviors like compulsively washing hands and obsessively checking whether the baby is breathing."


FI: Finnish Kindergarten Gets Kids Moving With Outdoor Programme
Source: YLE, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "Finland’s first daycare centre offering childcare and early years education almost entirely outdoors has achieved good results, according to the teachers. They claim that their children's motor functions and creativity develop especially well outdoors."

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US: High-Quality Early Childhood Education May Reduce Special Education Enrollment and Costs
Source: The Daily Targum, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "Children who have had high-quality early childhood learning experiences are more prepared for school and less likely to fall behind in learning, said Kimberly Brenneman, assistant research professor at NIEER. “We can reduce that learning gap if children are better prepared for learning in kindergarten,” Brenneman said."


US: How Educating Children Early and Well Creates a Ripple Effect for Us All
Source: The Washington Post, February 9, 2015

Excerpt: "Survey data suggest that many stay-at-home mothers want to work outside the home, at least part time. Why is this? The problem probably isn’t sexist husbands. Rather, families weigh the costs of paid child care against mom’s post-tax take-home pay and decide that it’s just not worth it for her to take a job. If every dollar of mom’s paycheck goes toward child care and other household help, she might as well handle all these responsibilities herself. "


US: The Case for Paternity Leave
Source: VOX, February 8, 2015

Excerpt: "Countries like Germany have boosted paternity leave participation from just five percent to 30 percent with "use it or lose it" policies for dads, who are understandably reluctant to leave money (in the form of paid time off) on the table. Dad bloggers like Doug French of Dad 2.0 and Simon Isaacs of Fatherly populate an increasingly vibrant internet community around fatherhood in the U.S., which also includes sites like Mocha Dad. During this year's Super Bowl, several examples of what Isaacs calls "Dadvertising" lit up America's television screens. For French-who along with Isaacs spoke during a recent event at New America-the era of the "doofus dad" on TV is over. Borrowing from the oft-cited title of Hanna Rosin's book, Isaacs contended, "It's not about the end of men. What we're seeing is the rise of dad.""

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ID: Do We Need a Parenting Unit in Education Ministry?
Source: Jakarta Post, February 7, 2015

Excerpt: "Internationally, the enthusiasm for greater parental involvement particularly in early childhood education has generated a burgeoning literature. Governmental practice on parental involvement in education is also enormous. A study in 2008 found that the governments of the UK, Canada and Finland for instance, have exemplified how to involve parents in their children’s education by providing service-oriented policies relevant to parental education and support."


EU Promotes Quality Education
Source: Zambia Daily Mail, February 7, 2015

Excerpt: "EU Head of delegation to Zambia Gilles Hervio said in a statement yesterday that the EU’s support for early child education is in line with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number two aimed at contributing to the improvement of access to equitable quality universal primary education for all children."


IE: Investing in High Quality Early Care and Education Will Benefit Children
Source: Independent.ie, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "Yes, parents need more support – including entitlements to paid parental leave and stronger work-life balance policies, so that working families can strike a happier, less stressful balance between work and family life."

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US: How Democrats Became the Child-Care Party
Source: New York Magazine, February 4, 2015

Excerpt: "The rise of early education brings together two powerful strands of liberal thought. The first can be thought of as a kind of social policy: Our society is still constructed as if most households still consist of a working father and a stay-at-home mother, even though that old model has mostly disappeared. The costs of caring for children too young to attend public school is overwhelming for working-class and even middle-class parents."


IE: Into the wild - Ireland's First Nature Kindergarten
Source: Independent.ie, February 3, 2015

Excerpt: "The first Nature Kindergarten in Ireland has opened its doors in a five-acre site at the foot of the Little Sugarloaf, and is already proving a hit with parents and children alike, despite our challenging climate."


ON: Protecting Our Schools: Open Letter to East End Parents
Source: Councillor Paula Fletcher, February 4, 2015

Excerpt: "Once again, the Ontario government is calling for wholesale closure of schools in Toronto. There will be impacts: 53 child care centres and over 3000 spaces in jeopardy; hundreds of adult learners and newcomers losing programs; and important public assets sold off. Toronto schools are important centres of learning for students from infants to adults. In addition to instructional space and childcare centres, our schools house important community programs and provide green space and playgrounds that serve as urban parks."


ON: CTV Investigates: Child Care Choices (Video)
Source: CTV News, February 3, 2015

Excerpt: "In the majority of two-parent households with young children, both parents work. Many of those parents hope to put their children in licensed daycares, but often find themselves at the mercy of waitling lists or high prices. Some children thus end up in home daycares, while other parents decide to hire nannies. In a special series airing this week on CTV News, Krista Simpson takes a look at the pros, cons and outcomes of each option."

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ON: New Rules Create Kid Crunch at Daycares in Simcoe County
Source: Simcoe.com, January 29, 2015

Excerpt: "Simcoe County families planning to have a baby in the near future may want to start looking for daycare now. If your child is over age two, you’ll have plenty of choice. But infant care is hard to find."


NL: Full-Day Kindergarten Plan Proceeds, Despite Economy
Source: VOCM, February 5, 2015

Excerpt: "The plan to introduce full-day kindergarten is proceeding, according to recent announcements made by Education Minister Susan Sullivan. Sullivan says the provincial government is moving ahead with plans to implement the program in the fall of 2016, but they are mindful of budget preparations."


QC: Support Letter Calling for the Withdrawal of Bill 28 (Childcare fees modulation)
Source: Qualité éducative des services de garde et petite enfance, February 3, 2015

Excerpt: "The research group, Qualité éducative des services de garde et petite enfance (Educational quality of childcare and early childhood), composed of professors from UQAM, UQO, ULaval and UofT, is seeking support for their opposition to Bill 28, a bill which, if passed, will increase childcare fees in Quebec and implement a sliding scale based on income. The group believes that early childhood education should be considered a right, on par with elementary school, and that this Bill risks the universal character of childcare, specifically with regards to quality, accessibility, and equity."

  • For more information or an English translation of the text, contact Joanne Lehrer at lehrer.joanne@uqam.ca

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MB: Manitoba Government Establishes Commission to Create Road Map for Providing Universally Accessible Early Learning and Child Care
Source: Government of Manitoba, February 3, 2015

Excerpt: "The Manitoba government has established a commission to look at ways to redesign Manitoba’s early learning and child-care system to guide future plans including developing options to create universally accessible early learning and child care for all Manitoba families who need it, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said today."


NL: Questions Remain on Implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten
Source: VOCM, February 3, 2015

Excerpt: "The Jimmy Pratt Foundation has been a strong advocate for full-day kindergarten for years. Board member David Philpott says regardless of changing economic circumstances, full-day kindergarten remains a good economic investment."

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Debate on Women’s Issues Not a Question of Political Convenience
Source: Toronto Star, February 2, 2015

Excerpt: "The last national leaders’ debate on women’s issues was the only national leaders debate on women’s issues in Canadian history. It was held in 1984."


Data Crimes and Misdemeanors: Why Childcare, Too, Needs the Long-Form Census
Source: Rabble.ca, February 2, 2015

Excerpt: "Data at the community and neighbourhood level about income and family composition is fundamental for childcare planning as is reliable data about families with children in rural communities, young children with disabilities, Aboriginal children in remote communities and so on. Without this kind of fundamental information, it's difficult to identify need or demand for services, grapple with affordability issues or understand whether existing policy and services are "working" or not, thus whether public dollars are well spent or adequate."


NS: Early Education Key Policy Issue
Source: Chronicle Herald, January 30, 2015

Excerpt: "ECE’s strongest advocates in the Maritimes are Margaret McCain and the IWK professional staff. The McCain Foundation is financing early learning demonstration projects in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. They are showing the way, but until government takes up the challenge with a timetable for introduction of a universal, accessible program, meeting the need in all communities, we will not be doing what has to be done – reducing provincial vulnerability from 27 per cent to less than 10 per cent."


How the Tories are Killing Federal Workers’ Childcare
Source: RankandFile.ca, January 28, 2015

Excerpt: "How could a childcare centre created for the children of federal workers and sponsored by the federal government go bankrupt? Wasn’t the Universal Child Care Benefit helping? To tell the story of Tupper Tots, RankandFile.ca sat down with Shellie Bird, an Ottawa childcare worker and education officer with CUPE Local 2204, the union representing Tupper Tots workers."

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US: We're All Paying the High Cost of Child Care
Source: Detroit Free Press, February 1, 2015

Excerpt: "Reams of research concludes that high-quality child care has a long-term impact on academic and social growth. Snyder's last two budgets have significantly upped the budget for pre-kindergarten programs, typically open to 4-year-olds. But high-quality pre-K for 3-year-olds, the CRC-PSC report found, has a measurable impact."


US: Healthy Preschool Habits Can Last a Lifetime
Source: NIEER, January 30, 2015

Excerpt: "Early childhood education programs can play an important role in providing families with resources and information to support healthy habits. Based on data from the 2012-2013 school year, state-funded pre-K programs prioritize screenings for healthy weight among many other aspects of health."


US: Bringing Up Baby
Source: New America Foundation, January 29, 2015

Excerpt: "The bottom line is that women comprise a significant proportion of the nation’s talent pool, and when their contributions are constrained by patronizing and outmoded notions of what motherhood should look like (even well-intentioned ones), our workforce, our economy and our families suffer. At present, women serve as the sole or primary breadwinners in 40 percent of American households. In other words, women’s sustained participation in the labor force is critical to the economic security and stability of millions of individual families."

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US: Early Education Is Everyone's Issue
Source: The Huffington Post, January 29, 2015

Excerpt: "Early education opportunities are critical to lifelong success. The first three years of childhood are a period of extraordinarily rapid brain development. Several studies have documented significant cognitive gains for children who attend Pre-K programs. Furthermore, research has shown that students who attended Pre-K and kindergarten are more likely to have higher reading and extrapolation skills by the third grade than students who did not. This is key, considering third grade tests scores are a remarkably accurate indicator of whether or not a child will go to college."


SG: Inspiring a World of Good through Early-Childhood Education in Singapore
Source: The Huffington Post, January 29, 2015

Excerpt: "Early-childhood education is one of the few spots where Singapore is not yet a world leader. In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Singapore 29th in the world in terms of its early-childhood education system; the United States ranked 24th. Yet the reaction between the two countries could not be starker. What went largely unremarked in the U.S. became an urgent national call to action in Singapore. As a result, the government has announced new funding initiatives for subsidies for parents and childcare centers, new sources of scholarship money for teachers, and the creation of new preschools and kindergartens."


US: Preschool Teachers Should Earn Like They Matter
Source: The Atlantic, January 28, 2015

Excerpt: "But in American society, she isn’t treated like one. Terms such as "babysitter," "caregiver," or "daycare provider" are too often the words that pop into people’s heads when they think of an adult who teaches very young children. And their pay is too often at the bottom of the income ladder, with salaries near $10 per hour. In fact, many adults working in child-care centers and other early-childhood programs make about $1 more than fast-food cooks and less than animal caretakers, according to a recent report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley."

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Research Reports & Resources

Shy Babies Need Secure Parent Bond to Help Prevent Potential Teen Anxiety
Source: Science Daily, February 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Shy babies need to have a strong bond with their parents to avoid developing anxiety disorders in their teens, according to a new study. Attachment is especially vital, the researchers found, when a baby shows behavioral inhibition or shyness to new situations or people."

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Temperament: Understanding Your Child’s Unique Personality
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, February 13, 2015

Excerpt: "Did you know that temperament differences are noticeable early in life? Would you say your child feels comfortable in the presence of others or rather that s/he becomes fearful? Children’s temperament and developmental outcomes (ex. fearfulness) can be changed naturally over time. In fact, with lots of support, affection, clear limits and positive discipline, parents can mitigate some of the more challenging aspects of their child’s temperament."


Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten Programs: Analysis of Curriculum Documents in Four Canadian Provinces
Source: Northern Oral Language and Writing (NOW Play), January 2015

Excerpt: "This summative report examines the role of play-based learning in Kindergarten programs in four provinces – Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Through a detailed review and analysis of official Kindergarten documents produced by the Ministry of Education of each province, emerging themes related to play-based learning were identified."

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Harris-Era Hangovers
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, February 10, 2015

Excerpt: "Overall spending on elementary and secondary education may have increased by 20% since the Liberal government came into power in the 2003–04 school year, but serious funding gaps remain. While the current Ontario government has introduced major new programs like smaller class sizes and full-day kindergarten, it is not funding the full cost of its initiatives. School boards have been forced to make cuts elsewhere to make up the shortfall."


Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal and Antenatal Opioid Prescribing
Source: CMAJ Open, February 11, 2015

Excerpt: "The incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome in Ontario increased 15-fold during the study period, from 0.28 per 1000 live births in 1992 to 4.29 per 1000 live births in 2011. During the final 5 years of the study, we identified 927 deliveries of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome to mothers who were public drug plan beneficiaries. Of these mothers, 67% had received an opioid prescription in the 100 days preceding delivery, including 53.3% who received methadone, an increase from 28.6% in the interval spanning 1 to 2 years before delivery (p <0.001). Prescription for nonmethadone opioids decreased from 38% to 17% (p <0.001)."

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CJE Call for Papers: Special Issue Capsule: Thinking Differently About Children’s Play
Source: CSSE, February 10, 2015
Due Date for Submissions: September 25, 2015

Description: "The Canadian Journal of Education invites submissions for a special capsule issue focusing on children’s play. Is play at risk in the 21st century? Much has been written on the potential for children’s play to be usurped by more rigorous academics in early childhood curricula and by the growing trend of commercialization (Gillian-Mauffette, 2009; Hill, 2011; Nicolopoulou, 2010; Trawick-Smith, 2012). This discourse prioritizes play as a means to an end, suggesting that play-based early childhood education programs lead to better learning and developmental outcomes (Bouchard, et al., 2014; Rogers & Evans, 2007). This instrumentalization of children’s play has been criticized for setting up a dichotomy between play that is encouraged and viewed as beneficial, and play that is considered illicit or inappropriate (Edmiston, 2008; Hartmann & Brougère, 2004; Sutton-Smith, 1997)."


Parent Involvement Committees: Supporting Links Between Ontario’s School Boards And Ontario’s Parents
Source: People for Education, February 9, 2015

Excerpt: "Parent Involvement Committees have been part of Ontario’s publicly funded school system since 2005, and mandatory under Ontario’s Parent Engagement Policy since 2011. But there has been very little research on what PICs and CPPs are doing, and how they vary across the province. This year, People for Education — working with Parents partenaires en éducation and an advisory group of PIC members — conducted a survey to find out more about the work of PICs/CPPs. This report is based on survey results from PIC/CPPs in 67 of Ontario’s 72 publicly funded school boards."

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PISA, Power, and Policy - The Emergence of Global Educational Governance (purchase required)
Source: Symposium Books, February 9, 2015

Description: "The goal of this book is to problematize this development and PISA as an institution-building force in global education. It scrutinizes the role of PISA in the emerging regime of global educational governance and questions the presumption that the quality of a nation’s school system can be evaluated through a standardized assessment that is insensitive to the world’s vast cultural and institutional diversity. The book raises the question of whether PISA’s dominance in the global educational discourse runs the risk of engendering an unprecedented process of worldwide educational standardization for the sake of hitching schools more tightly to the bandwagon of economic efficiency, while sacrificing their role to prepare students for independent thinking and civic participation."


Pacifying Toddlers with Tablets, Smartphones May Hurt Development, Scientists Speculate
Source: Toronto Star, February 6, 2015

Excerpt: "Tablets are the “shut-up toys” of the new millennium, but precious little is known about their long-term effects on preschoolers. That’s the thrust of commentary recently published in the academic journal Pediatrics, which argues for experts to pull together guidelines to help parents gauge how much tablet use is appropriate for their toddlers."

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‘Kindness Curriculum’ Boosts School Success in Preschoolers
Source: Science Daily, January 26, 2015

Description: "Prekindergarten students took part in a study assessing a new curriculum meant to promote social, emotional and academic skills. Researchers found that kids who had participated in the curriculum earned higher marks in academic performance measures and showed greater improvements in areas that predict future success than kids who had not."


Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report
Source: ChildCare Aware of America, December 2014

Description: "Eleven million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the United States. The Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report summarizes the cost of child care across the country, examines the importance of child care as a workforce support and as an early learning program, and explores the effect of high costs on families’ child care options. This year’s report continues to expose child care as one of the most significant expenses in a family budget, often exceeding the cost of housing, college tuition, transportation or food."


Janet Jamieson: Red River College - Science of Early Child Development (Video)
Source: Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, February 1, 2015

Description: "The early years have a profound impact on your lifelong health and wellbeing. Janet Jamieson, the project lead and co-creator of the Science of Early Child Development (SECD http://www.scienceofecd.com/), explains how this extraordinary international tool helps share emerging science about early brain development by using three online living textbooks, which are accessed around the world. "

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Toddler Food Often Has Too Much Salt, Sugar, CDC Study Says
Source: Global News, February 2, 2015

Excerpt: "The study notes that almost one in four U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese — and that almost 80 per cent of kids ages 1 to 3 exceed the recommended maximum level of daily salt, which is 1,500 milligrams. Excess sugar and salt can contribute to obesity and elevated blood pressure even in childhood, but also later on."


Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiatives on Special Education Placements in Third Grade
Source: Sage Journals, February 2, 2015

Excerpt: "This study examines the community-wide effects of investments in two early childhood initiatives in North Carolina (Smart Start and More at Four) on the likelihood of a student being placed into special education. We take advantage of variation across North Carolina counties and years in the timing of the introduction and funding levels of the two programs to identify their effects on third-grade outcomes. We find that both programs significantly reduce the likelihood of special education placement in the third grade, resulting in considerable cost savings to the state. The effects of the two programs differ across categories of disability, but do not vary significantly across subgroups of children identified by race, ethnicity, and maternal education levels."

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The Long Reach of Early Childhood
Source: Science of Early Childhood Development, January 27, 2015

Description: "The Long Reach of Early Childhood features compelling voices from across the globe sharing messages about the imperative to invest in early childhood as a primary vehicle to health and equity."


Mindfulness-Based Program in Schools Making a Positive Impact, Study Shows
Source: Science Daily, January 26, 2015

Excerpt: "A social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve their learning abilities, be more caring, and less stressed is now backed by new scientific evidence."

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Childhood Neglect Erodes the Brain
Source: Science AAAS, January 26, 2015

Excerpt: "The analysis found that the children who stayed in orphanages were consistently worse off—with less mature development in four key sets of white matter. The most affected tracts included nerve circuits involved in general cognitive performance, emotion, maintaining attention and executive function, and sensory processing. Another analysis suggested that the foster care group was more like the community group in brain development, but this finding appears to be less robust."


The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education: Session 1
Source: Harvard Education, December 12, 2014

Description: "The program will convene leading scholars, practitioners and policymakers for a strategic new discussion about offering high-quality Pre-K, what we know about early learning and development among today’s children, and the challenge of taking ideas to scale. Co-chaired by HGSE faculty members Stephanie Jones and Nonie Lesaux, the Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education is structured to highlight the best of what we currently know about healthy child development and high-quality systems, schools and classrooms of early learning, while also bringing in new thinking from other fields to provide insights that bear on the design of Pre-K improvement and expansion."

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