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Parents anxious about child care after provincial crackdown on private centre in Leslieville
Source: CBC News, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "The compliance order came as part of an effort to enforce the Ontario Child Care and Early Years Act, which came into effect on Sept. 1, 2015. The act brought about a host of changes for licensed and unlicensed daycares (both of which are legal in Ontario), including cutting down the number of kids that home daycares can take care of and requiring staff to get police record checks."

 

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CA: Canada doesn’t invest enough in early childhood education, economist tells Kelowna audience
Source: Global News, November 17, 2017

Excerpt: "The average ECE enrolment among those countries is 69 per cent. In some countries including France, Germany, Belgium, Croatia and Ireland, enrolment is as high as 90 per cent. That’s because governments subsidize ECE programs, making them more affordable. In Canada, however, that’s not the case, and as a result the number of Canadian children enrolled in ECE is only 58 per cent."

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AB: Students perform, behave better after food program rolled out: Province
Source: Metro News, November 20, 2017

Excerpt: "A school nutrition pilot program improved attendance and curbed “negative” behaviour, according to a report released Monday by the Alberta government. The Alberta School Nutrition 2016-17 Pilot summary report shows 12 out of 14 school authorities indicated student attendance improved in schools where the program was implemented. Ten of the 14 also noted a decrease in “negative student behavior incidents throughout the day.”"

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MB: Speech from the Throne
Source: Government of Manitoba, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Our Government will launch a new Early Learning and Child Care strategy with initiatives to create new child care spaces, reduce wait times, eliminate red tape and foster better outcomes for families with young children. Legislation will reduce red tape for early childhood educators, focus on partnerships with other levels of government, traditional and home-based service providers, businesses/employers, schools, rural and northern communities. It will introduce new incentives for private investments in child care spaces."

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QC: Quebec delivering tax breaks
Source: CTV News, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Leitao said he plans to spend $1.1 billion over six years on healthcare and education. That will include: $630 million for health, including improving home care for seniors; $337 million for early childhood education and hiring more specialists; $107 million for higher education (hiring teachers and technicians)."

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QC: The Parti québécois calls for subject to the act, the child care not covered
Source: The Quebec Telegram, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Whether they are regulated or not by law, family child care homes should be subject to the same requirements in order to promote “equality of opportunity” in young children, is pleading for the Parti québécois. In contrast to early childhood centres and other childcare services which are the responsibility of the coordinating offices, private nurseries who have less than six children are not required to have a permit from the Ministry of the Family to be in operation."

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NS: 'Critical shortage' of daycare workers forecast after immigration error
Source: CBC News, November 20, 2017

Excerpt: "The trouble was, Clarke, like all of the other international students at private colleges like NSCECE, was actually not eligible for the post-graduate work permit — even though in practice, federal immigration officials have been granting the permit to students like Clarke for several years. The school said five of its international graduates were denied the work permit this summer and five others received it. But all 36 graduates who applied for it in the last five years were granted a permit, which contributed to the popularity of the program."

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JM: Early childhood institutions to extend services
Source: Jamaica Observer, November 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid says the Government will be putting measures in place to enable early childhood institutions to extend their current services to accommodate children from as young as seven months, particularly those from vulnerable households."

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MW: Government Targets 54.7 Per Cent of Children for ECD Programme
Source: All Africa, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Speaking on Monday during the launch of ECD week at Lunzu community centre ground in Blantyre, Dr. Kalirani said at least 45.3 per cent of the country's children have access to early education implying that about 54.7 were not reached out to. To address the gap, Kalirani said among other efforts, government has adopted ECD policy that will guide implementation of the early child development activities across the country."

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ON: Province to cover daycare fee hikes due to wage bump
Source: Toronto Star, November 24, 2017

Excerpt: "Parents with children in licensed child care will be shielded from fee increases when Ontario’s minimum wage rises to $14 in January, the Star has learned. In a letter to municipalities last week, education ministry officials confirmed $12.7 million in new funding will be available to help licensed child-care centres and home child-care agencies cover added costs related to the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. It means daycares won’t have to pass on those costs to parents and risk further destabilizing cash-strapped programs."

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AB: Child Development Strategies (video)
Source: CTV News, November 22, 2017

Description: "From happy to snappy, child development expert Sheri Madigan is in to help us deal with a sassy child."

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MB: Manitoba takes baby step toward improving 'overly complicated' daycare legislation
Source: CBC News, November 29, 2017

Excerpt: "The Manitoba government has introduced a legislative change it believes will clarify and streamline current rules governing the operation of daycares and home-based child care in the province. Families Minister Scott Fielding tabled the Community Child Care Standards Amendment Act Wednesday during question period at the legislature. It seeks to "enhance powers respecting governance and accountability" in the child-care system, the minister said."

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NS: South Shore school board seeks after-school programs
Source: CBC News, November 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Officials with the South Shore Regional School Board are looking for after-school programs that could complement pre-primary programs at three schools."

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QC: $100-a-kid doesn't address what education system needs
Source: Montreal Gazette, November 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Quebec families can soon expect a $100 cheque in the mail for every school-age child in their household. The money is intended to help defray the cost of school supplies. And in the coming months, Quebecers can expect two cheques per student: one to cover the costs from this past September; and another for the coming school year."

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NU: New Nunavut pre-school melds Montessori with IQ
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, November 27, 2017

Excerpt: "To prepare for learning to read later on, children learn Inuktitut syllabics, where each character represents an entire syllable, usually a consonant followed by a vowel, in a variety of ways. They can run their fingers over syllabics cut out of sandpaper to help learn the shapes. They can also rearrange large and small syllabics cut from wood. Or they can hit bags which produce some of the common sounds—“i, pi, ti”‘s—made while learning syllabics in Inuktitut."

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US: To lift kids out of poverty, adults must be able to work
Source: Gainsville Sun, November 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Meanwhile, a special committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is studying ways to reduce child poverty by half within 10 years. “In addition to traditional anti-poverty programs such as cash transfers, food and nutrition programs, and housing programs,” the committee’s statement of task says, “the committee may consider, for example, income support, family planning programs, work support programs (e.g., guaranteed jobs and child care subsidies), health insurance programs, foster youth programs, juvenile and adult justice programs, and education and training programs.”"

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SG: Parents express concern, joy over move that gives MOE kindergarten kids 'unexpected advantage'
Source: Channel Newsasia, November 27, 2017

Excerpt: "A move by the Ministry of Education (MOE) that will give children attending its kindergartens priority to attend the primary school that their kindergarten shares a compound with has made some parents happy, taken some by surprise, and left others expressing some major concerns."

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NG: ‘Nutrition, important tool for child brain development’
Source: New Telegraph, November 23, 2017

Excerpt: "The underlying cause of malnutrition of a child or mother is care. The care element is what is missing and that care element is what is now amplified in the Early Child Development (ECD) particularly for that child. The Care for Child Development (CCD) tool for early child care development elucidates what you need to do to stimulate a child from 0 to the end of two years which is the first 1,000 days and that also mirrors our own concerns for development of a child."

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ON: Ontario Implementing Plan to Create Fairness and Opportunity
Source: Government of Ontario, November 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the most significant expansion of medicare in a generation."

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CA: 1 $ investi dans l’éducation à la petite enfance rapporterait 6 $ selon le Conference Board du Canada
Source: L’Observatoire des tout-petits, November 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Au Canada, seuls 58,4% des enfants âgés de moins de 5 ans ont accès à un service éducatif. C’est bien en-deçà des 70% observés en moyenne dans les pays membres de l’OCDE et des 90% d’enfants âgés de 2 à 4 ans qui fréquentent ce type de services en France et en Belgique."

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CA: Expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit to come into effect Dec. 3
Source: The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2017

Excerpt: "Morna Ballantyne, executive director of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, said the government should have opted to fund a dramatic increase in daycare spots for children under 18 months, which are difficult to find and the most expensive in the country, in order to help more families. Duclos suggested the extra leave could help parents with this daycare crunch."

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PE: The challenges of child care — when you don't have family down the road
Source: CBC News, November 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Women's Network PEI is reaching out to different communities across the Island to see what kinds of problems they face in finding child care. The group is conducting a survey, part of a three-year project focused on improving child-care access on the Island. It has already started some in-person consultations. Executive director Jillian Kilfoil said one thing they've heard from many people is that they rely heavily on family and friends for help."

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PE: Why longer parental leave may not shorten wait times for P.E.I. daycares
Source: CBC News, November 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Carolyn Simpson says when the extended-leave option becomes available in December, she's doubtful many Island parents will be able to take advantage of it. "Could this offset infant spaces? That's really hard to know because so many of our families do work seasonally, do shift work, and might not be able to take advantage of the 18 months," she said. "So it won't alleviate pressures for parents to find child care for their infants, I don't expect.""

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PE: P.E.I. grandparents caring for children to get financial aid
Source: The Guardian, November 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Grandparents, family members and friends caring for children will get financial help and supports from the provincial government. A new “grandparents and care providers program” was announced Friday, which aims to help families who provide out-of-home care for children for safety reasons. The program will provide $700 per month per child as well as child care and children’s dental and drug coverage."

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QC: Program aims to inspire greener habits at daycares
Source: Montreal Gazette, November 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Three Off-Island childcare centres have signed on to a made-in-Montreal program that challenges daycare educators to systematically eliminate waste and implement environmentally-minded programs."

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US: Early childhood education can ensure success later in life
Source: LA Times, November 13, 2017

Excerpt: "EDI is a game-changer for those of us trying to mobilize our communities to improve school-readiness. For many years, researchers have shown that providing high-quality early childhood opportunities is the magic sauce to success. Put bluntly, if children experience high-quality early childhood opportunities in their first five years or so, it’s nearly impossible to stop them from being successful in life. The positive outcomes are astonishing."

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IN: With better and more accessible childcare, more women will join the workforce
Source: Hindustan Times, November 14, 2017

Excerpt: "The single most critical factor that will enable young women to continue working is adequate, reliable and affordable childcare. There is strong evidence from other countries that government policies that support early education and childcare increase labour force participation of women and reduces gender gaps."

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CH: What would paternity leave mean for the Swiss?
Source: swissinfo.ch, November 10, 2017

Excerpt: "If Swiss labour law guaranteed paid paternity leave of four weeks, the ability to take leave would no longer depend on families’ financial situations or on individual employer policies. "Just like every mother, fathers would have the right to devote some time to their own children. It would mean an enormous social change,” Davide argues."

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CA: Expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit, to come into effect Dec. 3
Source: CTV, November 9, 2017

Excerpt: "The federal government's long-promised changes to parental leave rules will go into effect early next month, says Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, allowing eligible new parents to take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child. On that same date, a new family caregiver benefits will also kick in -- one a 15-week leave to care for a critically ill or injured adult, the other a 35-week benefit to care for a critically ill or injured child."

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CA: Daycares aren’t always serving the nutritious food they promise, Canadian study finds
Source: Global News, November 9, 2017

Excerpt: "The study found that many childcare centres in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, in particular, are failing to meet the nutritional recommendations set forth by their respective provincial governments."

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CA: Work or stay home with the kids? Financial coach says consider big picture
Source: Global News, November 7, 2017

Excerpt: "“The reality is you need two incomes to really thrive as a family today,” Duxbury said. “As both men and women are educated, they are more loath to be giving up their career. They want it all and so the way to have it all is to have smaller family size not stay home.”"

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AB: Minister visits Jasper daycare hosting $25-a-day pilot program
Source: Jasper Fitzhugh, November 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Larivee has visited a number of the 22 daycares in the province running the $25-a-day pilot project. She said the Notley government wants to expand it “as finances allow.”

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Early childhood development key to achieving SDGs, says UNICEF
Source: Vanguard, November 8, 2017

Excerpt: "She noted that through quality ECD, all children irrespective of background would have access to quality care, education, nutrition, protection among others. She also expressed optimism that through improved investment, SDGs would be realised."

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Men are from Mars; women are poorly paid
Source: OECD Observer, November 2017

Excerpt: "Yet, the average full-time female worker still earns almost 15% less than her male counterpart in OECD countries. The wide wage gap remains despite a laundry list of prescriptions that includes wage transparency in firms, equal pay legislation, encouraging girls to pursue the typically more lucrative STEM disciplines, and structural reforms to the workplace, like parental leave, flexible hours, and affordable childcare."

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UK: Children choose screen time as top playtime activity
Source: The Argus, November 6, 2017

Excerpt: "Being on a computer, tablet, games console or mobile phone is now a child’s favourite way to play, according to a survey. This type of screen time was the first pick of 84% of children aged between six and 12, while 73% of youngsters chose watching TV as their top way to play."

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AU: New hope for Aussie parents struggling with child care costs
Source: 9 Honey, November 8, 2017

Excerpt: "The Coalition says it's working to fix the "broken" system, and is planning a sweeping overhaul from July next year. "(Aussie families) are going to see the abolition of that terrible $7500 child care rebate cap that currently afflicts so many families." Education Minister Simon Birmingham told ACA."

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NZ: Jacinda Ardern commits to extending paid parental leave
Source: News Hub, November 6, 2017

Excerpt: "New parents will be entitled to an extra four weeks of Paid Parental Leave (PPL) by July 2018 under changes promised by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The initial change will take entitlements to 22 weeks. A further extension to 26 weeks will take place by 2020."

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A Poverty-Free Canada Requires Federal Leadership
Source: Campaign 2000, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Committing to poverty eradication must build on social programs that matter in the everyday lives of Canadians, such as child tax benefits, affordable child care and medicare, while turning the tide against significant inequities that bar people in poverty from meeting their basic needs and limiting their potential. For the 4.8 million Canadians living in low income today, a pan-Canadian action plan for poverty eradication cannot come soon enough."

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Quebec kids are healthier than 30 years ago, but weight is a concern
Source: Montreal Gazette, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Compared to 30 years earlier, their physical health has improved with regard to asthma, unintentional injuries and infectious diseases, according to an Observatoire des tout-petits report that looked at 2016 statistics. Low-birth-weight babies and deaths at birth have also decreased in recent decades."

  • To access the Observatoire des tout-petits report, Portrait 2017

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First Call's 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card
Source: First Call, November 21, 2017

Excerpt: "The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2015) once again show that too many BC children — 153,300 or 1 in 5 — are growing up in poverty. For the past sixteen years (2000–2015) an astounding half of all children in lone-parent families in BC, most of them female-led, have lived in poverty. Lone parents with a disability and children under 25 have an astronomical poverty rate of 53%. Equally alarming, 2015 statistics reveal that in BC nearly half (45%) of recent immigrant children were poor, one in three (31%) Indigenous children were poor (not counting children living on First Nations reserves), more than one in three (39%) children living with other relatives were poor, and one in four ‘visible minority’ (or racialized) children were poor."

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New guidelines released on physical activity, sleeping habits for children
Source: The Globe and Mail, November 20, 2017

Excerpt: "According to the guidelines, children less than one year old should be physically active several times a day, including at least 30 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day. They should not spend more than an hour restrained, such as in a high chair, and should get plenty of sleep: 14 to 17 hours for children three months of age or less, and 12 to 16 hours for kids four to 11 months old. Those numbers include naps."

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Smacking children makes them ‘more aggressive and antisocial’, say scientists
Source: The Independent, November 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Dr Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas at Austin, who led the study, has conducted extensive research into the use of smacking on children and has concluded that it is “making them more aggressive and more antisocial”. Past studies have also linked corporal punishment in children to the onset of depression, anxiety and drugs and alcohol abuse."

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Impacts of Early Childhood Education on Medium- and Long-Term Educational Outcomes
Source: American Educational Research Association, November 16, 2017

Excerpt: "These results suggest that classroom-based ECE programs for children under five can lead to significant and substantial decreases in special education placement and grade retention and increases in high school graduation rates."

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Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector - Workforce Strategy Recommendations, Prepared by the AECEO's Decent Work Task Force
Source: AECEO, November 30, 2017

Excerpt: "The following policy recommendations focus on advancing the early childhood profession as one of the key supports in expanding access to early years and child care programs in Ontario while also enhancing quality. The Task Force acknowledges that RECEs work in a wide variety of programs that support young children and families, with this in mind we endeavoured to develop recommendations with a broad sector lens. The recommendations aim to inform the Ministry of Education’s workforce strategy that was announced in Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework."

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Education in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census
Source: Statistics Canada, November 29, 2017

Excerpt: "Mothers in lone-parent families, many of whom may face financial and other barriers to participation in the education system and the labour market, are increasingly equipped with skills at the bachelor's level or above. In 2016, 20.4% of lone mothers aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor's degree or higher, up from 14.7% in 2006. Nevertheless, their educational attainment was still lower than that of other women. For example, 39.0% of mothers aged 25 to 64 who are married or living common law had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2016, up from 26.9% in 2006."

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Exercise Can Make Children Smarter, Scientists Say
Source: Newsweek, November 27, 2017

Excerpt: "In recent years, studies about the effects of exercise on the brain and behavior have gained a lot of attention. Research has shown that aerobic exercise can ease depression in adults and protect against it in children. This new study suggests that children's cardiovascular health may also have an impact on the structure of their brains."

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Study of early education and development (SEED)
Source: Government of UK, November 27, 2017

Excerpt: "Research about the current childcare and early education model in England. The study of early education and development (SEED) evaluates the: effect of early education on children’s outcomes; quality of provision; value for money of providing funded early years education to 2 year olds from lower income families."

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Study reveals how Forest Schools can benefit children’s development
Source: Loughborough University, October 18, 2017

Excerpt: "Dr Janine Coates of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and Dr Helena Pimlott-Wilson of the Department of Geography have conducted preliminary research in two primary schools in Nottinghamshire, one early years foundation class (4-5 years) and a Year 4 class (8-9 years). Their initial findings suggest that engaging in a Forest School can contribute to the development of collaborative learning skills, by encouraging children to work with others on challenging outdoor activities."

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Pregnancy-related conditions taken together leave moms and dads at risk
Source: McGill University Health Centre, November 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Research has already shown that women who develop either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease years later. Now, a new study from a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University shows that the risk of developing those conditions post pregnancy is drastically higher if the women had both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy."

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Comparing paid leave for new parents around the world
Source: Toronto Star, November 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Bringing home a bouncing new baby comes with a lot of benefits: sleepless nights, spit-up, cuddles and, for most, 12 months of partially paid leave. Starting next month, some workers will have the option to stretch out their benefits over 18 months. It’s popular with parents; less so with businesses. And it puts Canada near the top of the pack when it comes to family leave. Here’s how we compare."

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New app helps parents track and encourage their child’s development
Source: Harvard Health Publishing, November 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Well, as the CDC says, milestones matter. They are signs of normal and healthy development, and when children don’t achieve them in the way we expect, it may be a sign of a problem. It could be a problem with hearing or sight, it could be an early sign of a learning disability, or it could be a sign of autism or some other neurological problem. Sometimes it’s nothing serious at all, just a sign that a baby needs more tummy time or a toddler needs to be talked to (and read to and sung to) more."

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Why do babies love iPhones?
Source: Ideas.Ted.Com, October 17, 2017

Excerpt: "It’s because infants understand what other humans are drawn to, and they copy their behavior and learn from it. Even as adults, our actions continue to be driven — often unconsciously — by others."

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Immigrant parents, refugees face greater mental health challenges; Kids' learning at risk
Source: Medical Xpress, October 25, 2017

Excerpt: "Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Chair of Early Child Development and Education at the Atkinson Centre at OISE, said, "As a society, it is imperative that every child and every family has the opportunity to grow and thrive. This cannot happen unless there is equal opportunity for economic stability and mental health.""

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Epigenetics
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, November 7, 2017

Description: "New Topic on the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development: Epigenetics is associated with long-term human developmental and health outcomes. It is therefore essential to better understand the biology of the epigenome, the links between epigenetic processes and gene-environment interplay, early adversity and developmental risk, and the role of developmental time."

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Elementary–Secondary Education Survey for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2015/2016
Source: Statistics Canada, November 3, 2017

Excerpt: "Just over 5 million students in Canada were enrolled in public elementary and secondary school programs in 2015/2016. In the same school year, close to 350,000 students graduated from public high schools. Enrolments in French immersion programs continued to rise, up 4.6% compared with 2014/2015 to just under 430,000."

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In It Together: Taking Action on Student Mental Health
Source: Council of Ontario Universities, November 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Recognizing that Ontario must be proactive in addressing current challenges and responding to future challenges, the College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities have come together to develop an action plan on post-secondary student mental health."

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British Mums getting back to work thanks to grandparents childcare, researchers find
Source: phys.org, November 7, 2017

Excerpt: "The study, published in the Journal of Social Policy, found that grandparents were the first named source of after school and weekend care for 36 percent of school entry year children for lone parents and 32 percent for partnered mothers. It was found that grandparents are providing care for mothers with all levels of educational attainment."

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Cultivating the Young Artist Builds Skills for Success
Source: New America, November 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Notably, similar to the research on arts engagement, large bodies of research show that learning through play also serves to strengthen the same set of critical skills, habits, and mindsets like executive function (including self-regulation and ability to pay attention) and social adeptness. In fact, there is so much overlap between arts engagement and play-based learning activities that it’s no surprise engagement in these activities have very similar effects on children’s learning and development."

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The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty
Source: Child Poverty Action Group, November 2017

Excerpt: "Neither the personal tax allowance changes nor the ‘national living wage’ are targeted at families with children, and they are of most benefit to people well above the poverty threshold. The extension of free childcare will bring substantial benefits to some households, but again the government spend on this offer pales in comparison with cuts to benefits that support families with children. The estimated cost of increasing free childcare from 15 to 30 hours to working parents of three and four year olds is £585 million a year in 2020/21, compared with £10.5 billion in cuts to benefits for families with children alone."

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Bilingual preschoolers have better impulse control, study finds
Source: Around the O, October 31, 2017

Excerpt: " For the study, they followed 1,146 Head Start children, all from families at the lower end of the socioeconomic range. Children from low-income households, Santillán said, tend to be at risk for not developing inhibitory control at the same rate as their peers from higher socioeconomic backgrounds."

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