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ON: Release of Ontario's 2015-16 Financial Statements
Source: Government of Ontario, October 3, 2016

Excerpt: "In 2015-16, the government built on this success by: Increasing wages for early childhood educators and other child care professionals in licensed child care settings by providing a $1 per hour wage increase for eligible child care workers bringing the total wage increase up to $2 per hour, plus benefits."

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CA: How Child Care Costs Compare in Canada (Hint: They’re Way More Than Tuition)
Source: Global News, October 3, 2016

Excerpt: "In Vancouver and Toronto, a year of daycare for your baby costs more than a year of university tuition fees to study law, engineering, pharmacy, nursing, business, education, arts, humanities, architecture, math or veterinary medicine."

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CA: When it Comes to Raising Children, Be a Gardener, Not a Carpenter (audio)
Source: CBC Radio, October 2, 2016

Excerpt: "When it comes to raising children, one thing there is no shortage of is advice. Experts tell us how to deal with sleep issues and potty training; how to raise toddlers who are disciplined, curious and capable; how to help children score A's at school; and how to turn teenagers into responsible, caring and independent adults."

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NU: Ample Nunavik Childcare Boosts Number of Women in Labour Force
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, September 29, 2016

Excerpt: "They also looked at the Quebec-subsidized daycare program that rolled out across the region in the 1990s. Since then, Nunavik has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of available child care places for children under five years of age, from 3.4 spaces per 100 children in 1990 to 66.2 per 100 children in 2007. Today, the region has more and less expensive child care spaces than any other Inuit region. That’s led to 7.8 percentage point increase in Inuit women’s participation in Nunavik’s labour force, CSLS researchers found, from 57.4 per cent in 1996 to 64.8 per cent in 2011."

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NU: Feds Eye Daycare in Iqaluit in Hopes of Retaining Employees

Source: CBC News, September 26, 2016

Excerpt: "The federal government is considering building a daycare in Iqaluit in the hopes of luring more employees and retaining the ones it has. Finding a place in one of the handful of daycares across the city can take years, forcing some families to leave town before a spot opens up."

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US: Why Parents Are Being Forced to Find Childcare Underground

Source: The Atlantic, October 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Due to state regulations, Nevarez cares for no more than four children unrelated to her at any given point. She charges $2.00 per hour per child in her community, regardless of what families make, to help keep the cost affordable. That means, at best, she’ll earn $8.00 an hour to care for four children. But if she takes toddlers from low-income families receiving a state subsidy to help them pay for care, she may make as little as $1.58 per hour per child. That’s $6.32 per hour for four kids (according to state rates for a toddler receiving 40 hours of childcare per week)."

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US: Do ‘Kindy Bootcamps’ Get Children Ready for School?
Source: The Conversation, September 28, 2016

Excerpt: "A recent surge in private companies offering “skill and drill” school-readiness programs has been likened to “kindy bootcamps” by the media. These programs typically run for one hour a week (with fees in the range of A$40 an hour) for small groups of around five children aged between two and five. The programs are often housed within companies that also offer tutoring to school-age children. They are not regulated or accredited, as child care, preschool and kindergarten full-time programs are. Parents with disposable incomes seem to be seeking out these add-on programs to ease their anxieties about their child’s future academic achievement and competitive entry into elite schools."

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Early Childhood: Fostering the Vitality of Francophone Minority Communities
Source: Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, October 3, 2016

Excerpt: "This report presents an overview of early childhood in Francophone communities in order to identify key issues and opportunities. It also contains recommendations addressed to the Government of Canada, given the federal government’s commitment under Part VII of the Official Languages Act and the resulting obligations of federal institutions."

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Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children
Source: UNICEF, October 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children – a briefing note from the World Bank Group and UNICEF - finds that children in developing countries are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty. In 2013, 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of US$1.90 a day or less per person, compared to just 9.2 per cent of adults. Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty."

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Making Education Count for Development - Data Collection and Availability in Six PISA for Development Countries
Source: OECD, September 28, 2016

Excerpt: "This report reviews the collection, availability and quality of system-level data and metadata on education from countries participating in the PISA for Development project: Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Senegal and Zambia. PISA for Development aims to increase low income countries’ use of PISA assessments for monitoring progress towards national goals for improving education and for analysing the factors associated with student learning outcomes, particularly among poor and marginalised populations. The project also helps track progress towards the international education targets defined in the Education 2030 Framework for Action, which the international community adopted in 2015 as the strategy for achieving the Education Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)."

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