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A Smarter Way to Invest in Children
Source: Toronto Star, July 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Our case for public investment cites these significant social and economic returns: Improved language, literacy and math skills — children who attend high quality preschool are 2.4 times more likely in English and 3.4 times more likely in mathematics to attain the highest grade at age 11."

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ON: Congratulations, Toronto: You Have Canada's Priciest Child Care
Source: Global News, July 20, 2015

Excerpt: "Economists and the Parliamentary Budget Officer have noted new federal child benefits disproportionately benefit people who don’t need the extra cash, and do little to deal with lack of child care access or affordability."

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The Tally Is In…263 Letters Of Intent For Active Outdoor Play!
Source: The Lawson Foundation, July 22, 2015

Excerpt: "Going into this 2015 Active Outdoor Play Funding Opportunity, it was impossible to anticipate the volume of interest it would elicit. But the incredible media uptake and public reaction to the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play and the 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth was a clear sign of Canadians’ growing interest in risky play in the outdoors."

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Cheques Can’t Deliver Quality Affordable Child Care to Canadian Families
Source: Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, July 20, 2015

Excerpt: "The cost of this cheque, plus income-splitting will cost Canadians almost $8 billion by 2017, without delivering a National Child Care program."

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Universal Child Care Benefit: What You Need to Know About These New Payments
Source: CTV News, July 19, 2015

Excerpt: "The benefit was touted by the Conservative government for months leading up to the budget – and they’re still touting it today. Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre has led the charge on this front, holding press conferences on the measure, pumping it on social media and even using taxpayer dollars to fund so-called “vanity videos” promoting the benefit."

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BC: Child Care Can Cost $10 per Day
Source: Burnaby Now, July 16, 2015

Excerpt: "For families with school-aged children, summer is one of the most stressful and expensive times of the year as they scramble to find and pay for child care. But for parents of younger children, that’s a year-round struggle. At about $10,000 a year, four years of child care can easily add up to more than the cost of a university degree. And that’s if you’re lucky enough to find a spot, since B.C. only has enough regulated child care spaces for 27 per cent of children under six."

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AU: Leaders Should Not Retreat from Early Childhood Education Reform
Source: The Drum, July 22, 2015

Excerpt: "The research is now clear that increasing participation in early childhood education amplifies students' later educational outcomes. It was on this basis that David Gonski recommended a better alignment between the early childhood system with school education, which Premier Weatherill's proposal seeks to deliver."

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US: Get Pre-K Policy Right
Source: U.S. News & World Report, July 21, 2015

Excerpt: "Pre-K can only yield a return if it's of high quality, and quality is closely tied to our ability to find good pre-K teachers."

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IE: Play’s The Thing: What Mums and Dads Do Differently
Source: The Irish Times, July 21, 2015

Excerpt: "The differences fathers and mothers bring to the parenting equation may be a sensitive topic in our era of equality, but researchers at Trinity College Dublin are currently looking very closely at the impact of gender on parent-toddler interactions."

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IE: Parents Want State Help to Fund Massive Childcare Costs
Source: Independent.ie, July 20, 2015

Excerpt: "Couples with young children who both work feel the State is not spending enough to help them support the cost of childcare. A recent report from the international think tank the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), found that Ireland and America have the highest childcare costs in the western world."

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UK: How Much Screen Time is Healthy for Children? Health Risks of Too Much Kid Screen Time
Source: Tech Advisor, July 8, 2015

Excerpt: "In 2013 the US Department of Health recommended that children under two years of age should not be in front of a screen at all, and over that age the maximum leisure screen time should be no more than two hours a day. The French government has even banned digital terrestrial TV aimed at all children under three, while Australia and Canada have similar recommendations and guidelines."

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Early Childhood Education is Vital
Source: The Telegram, July 14, 2015

Excerpt: "Investing in our children is investing in the future of our country. There is no better way to do this than through high-quality early childhood education (ECE)."

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ON: Imagine a National Child Care Strategy
Source: YWCA Toronto, July 14, 2015

Excerpt: "There are 16,802 children in Toronto currently on the waiting list for affordable child care. Many of their mothers make weekly phone calls, crossing their fingers and hoping that a space has finally opened up for their child."

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ON: Employers' Duty to Accommodate Employees' Child Care Obligations Reaffirmed
Source: CNW, July 10, 2015

Excerpt: "The arbitrator said the college made no meaningful attempt to assess Dr. Zavitz-Gocan's requests to reschedule her classes during times covered by child care. There was no discussion about accommodation for family status as required under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The college has since implemented a process to assess accommodation requests related to class scheduling."

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AB: Outdoor Kindergarten Ready for Fall in Calgary
Source: CBC News, July 15, 2015

Excerpt: ""Nature kindergarten...is when children spend about 80 per cent of their day outdoors in a natural setting," said Kristi Kraychy, who sits on the board of Common Digs which will operate the school."

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Who Benefits from Canada’s Universal Child Care Benefit?
Source: Global News, July 13, 2015

Excerpt: "Economists have argued a lack of accessible, affordable daycare hurts Canada’s economy and labour force, as parents cut back on the hours they work because there’s no one to look after their kids."

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BC: Advocates Tout Economic Reasons for Government to Fund Child Care
Source: Vancouver Courier, July 10, 2015

Excerpt: "Between 1996 and 2008, the number of working women with pre-school-aged children increased nearly 22 percentage points in Quebec, according to a 2012 study by Fortin and his colleagues. Meanwhile, the number of single-parent families on welfare dropped, from 99,000 in 1996 to 45,000 in 2008."

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Almost Half of Canadians Support Liberal Child Care Plan
Source: The Hill Times, July 10, 2015

Excerpt: "Under the Liberal plan, all families with children will receive a tax-free monthly benefit based on their income and the number of children they have. The plan starts at $6,400 per year per child under six and $5,400 per year per child six to 17 years old and is slowly phased out depending on the family’s income."

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NU: Daycare Subsidy in Nunavut Underused
Source: CBC News, July 9, 2015

Excerpt: "Eighty-four per cent of all families in Nunavut have children with more than 4,500 of these kids under the age of six. However, only a few more than 100 families are accessing the territory's daycare subsidy program."

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BC: Moms Go to Work — And Pay More Taxes — When Child Care is Affordable
Source: Business Vancouver, July 9, 2015

Excerpt: "B.C. parents know all too well the pain of waiting for sparse daycare spaces, and then, if their child is lucky enough to get a space, paying what can amount to a second mortgage. But aside from providing a helping hand to parents, there are compelling economic reasons for governments to fund child care. In Quebec, which first introduced a $7-a-day program in the late 1990s, the number of women with young children who worked increased almost immediately."

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AU: Children's Brains Changed by Severe Family Violence, Royal Commission Hears
Source: ABC, July 14, 2015

Excerpt: "Social worker and family therapist Robyn Miller said children literally sensed fear through skin contact with parents. "Children and very young babies can sense the fear in their parent and that has a profound impact ... the relationship between the baby and the child's primary carer, usually the mother, is critical to that child's development," she said."

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US: How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First
Source: The New York Time, July 13, 2015

Excerpt: "Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. And as discussed in last week’s column, digital overload can impair a child’s social, emotional and intellectual growth."

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UK: The Disadvantaged Need the Best Teachers
Source: The Telegraph, July 12, 2015

Excerpt: "But the biggest and most shocking gap in attainment is between disadvantaged children and their more fortunate peers. Two thirds of pupils eligible for free school meals do not achieve five good GCSEs compared with around a third of other children. That is not just a social injustice. It is a moral outrage. Government must make closing that gap a priority."

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IE: Baby Boom Hits Ireland as We Top the European Birth Rate
Source: Independent.ie, July 11, 2015

Excerpt: "Given the nation's birth and death rates, it means Ireland saw a natural change in population of +8.1pc in 2014. Housing and childcare sectors are already struggling under the weight of young families, while at the other end of the scale the low death rate means the pensions bill is spiralling."

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US: Investing in Children Pays Off
Source: Salina Journal, July 9, 2015

Excerpt: "There are lots of studies and pilot projects across the United States showing that investing in early childhood care can pay for itself 10 times over — over 30 or 40 years. But one recent project in Quebec showed a 4 percent return the very next year."

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NB: Government of Canada Supports Economic Opportunities for Women in New Brunswick
Source: CNW, July 8, 2015

Excerpt: "The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity is receiving $239,704 for its 36-month project to help women advance within New Brunswick's care-giving sector, which includes child care, home support, community residences and special care homes. Through the project, the organization will work with educational institutions, employers, professional organizations and the provincial government to address institutional barriers that limit women's economic prosperity. This will include exploring how policies, funding structures and standardized training within the industry can be updated to better support women."

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MB: Majority of Manitoba Parents Both Work
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, June 25, 2015

Excerpt: "Manitoba has the third-highest proportion of families with two working parents at 70.7 per cent, Statistics Canada reports. Saskatchewan (73.9 per cent) and Quebec (72.8 per cent) have the highest proportion of dual-earner families in Canada. Alberta has the lowest proportion of dual-earner families (65.1 per cent)."

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US: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children
Source: The New York Times, July 6, 2015

Excerpt: "Before age 2, children should not be exposed to any electronic media, the pediatrics academy maintains, because “a child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.”"

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US: The Next Big Liberal Cause: Universal Child Care
Source: The Washington Post, July 6, 2015

Excerpt: "The new universal pre-K proposal is meant to function as a federal-state partnership. It would provide over $30 billion in federal block-grant funding, over five years, to states that provide high quality, universally available pre-school programs to four-year-olds from families earning less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, or $48,000 for a family of four."

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US: Survey Finds Shifting Views on Vaccines after Outbreaks of Preventable Diseases
Source: Global News, July 6, 2015

Excerpt: "The survey found that parents’ views on vaccines had shifted over the year, as more parents now believe they are safe and effective. According to the poll, 34 per cent believe vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, 5 per cent think vaccines are less beneficial, and 61 per cent haven’t been swayed one way or the other."

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AU: Australia Lagging Behind Rest of the Developed World on Early-Childhood Education
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, July 5, 2015

Excerpt: "Globally, early-childhood education and care are seen as critical not just in promoting workforce participation but in creating foundations for learning, boosting the capacity of the rising generation to contribute to national prosperity and creating happy lives for the children of today."

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FI: How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play
Source: The Atlantic, June 30, 2015

Excerpt: "Once I incorporated these short recesses into our timetable, I no longer saw feet-dragging, zombie-like kids in my classroom. Throughout the school year, my Finnish students would—without fail—enter the classroom with a bounce in their steps after a 15-minute break. And most importantly, they were more focused during lessons."

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UK: The Quality, Not Quantity, of Childcare Needs Improving
Source: The Spectator, June 30, 2015

Excerpt: "Working parents not on Universal Credit earning up to £150,000 a year with children under the age of five will, in autumn, now access Tax-Free childcare, paying for 20 per cent of their annual childcare costs of up to £10,000. This is a superior scheme to its predecessor introduced by the last Labour government – employer-supporter childcare vouchers – because the financial support available is more generous in most instances and is less arbitrary since it is not dependent on employer participation."

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Encouraging Nature Play
Source: PBS, June 26, 2015

Excerpt: "Play researchers adamantly argue that authentic play is (and has always been) the most critical activity of early childhood, and gives children a number of benefits."

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US: What Poverty Does to the Young Brain
Source: The New Yorker, June 4, 2015

Excerpt: "Over the past decade, the scientific consensus has become clear: poverty perpetuates poverty, generation after generation, by acting on the brain. The National Scientific Council has been working directly with policymakers to support measures that break this cycle, including better prenatal and pediatric care and more accessible preschool education."

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Smart Investment in Our Future
Source: Edmonton Journal, June 30, 2015

Excerpt: "We are a working group of eight charitable foundations that care about children. Our foundations provide support to a wide range of agencies and programs that help children and families across the country. We have come together to urge politicians to recognize that ECE is a must-have element in building a more prosperous country and to invest in quality early childhood education for all children."

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ON: Chow Pitches NDP’s Affordable Child Care Plan
Source: Brant News, June 30, 2015

Excerpt: "Olivia Chow stopped in Brantford on Saturday to talk about the federal NDP’s plan to implement an affordable childcare system across Canada. Chow, a former Toronto city councillor and NDP MP, illustrated just how great the need for good quality, affordable child care is by putting up a photo slide of a long line of people outside a Best Buy store. They had been in line all night, not to take advantage of a Boxing Day sale, but to get on a waiting list for a waiting list for a childcare centre."

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ON: Chow Puts Spotlight on Childcare
Source: Brantford Expositor Online, June 28, 2015

Excerpt: "Olivia Chow says the lack of affordable universal child care in Canada is a ‘total shame.’ The former MP and Toronto city councillor told a gathering of about 40 local NDP supporters at the Brantford and District Labour Centre on Saturday that her party, if elected this fall, would introduce a sweeping plan that would see a multi-year phase in of one million day-care spots. Parents would pay only $15 per day for a child-care spot, she said."

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ON: As Summer Starts, Daycare Operators Making Plans for September Strike
Source: CTV News, June 26, 2015

Excerpt: "As the school year ends and summer begins, parents are already looking ahead to what may or may not come after the two-month break. Unions representing Ontario’s Catholic, public elementary and public secondary teachers remain in contract negotiations. All have either taken some form of strike action or indicated that it could be possible come September. If the start of the school year is delayed, some parents will doubtlessly be seeking alternate arrangements for their children – which has daycare operators already making plans."

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ON: City of Toronto Council Meeting Highlights
Source: City of Toronto Online, June 10, 11, 12, 2015

Excerpt: "Council approved a stream lined approach to funding licensed child-care service providers in Toronto in response to a change in the way Ontario funds child care. The City’s new approach, or model, involved a general operating grant for service providers, subject to their compliance with the City of Toronto Children’s Services policies and guidelines. Creation of the new model involved extensive engagement with stakeholders."

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QU: Opinion: Making Family and Work…..Work
Source: The Montreal Gazette, June 29, 2015

Excerpt: "Generous parental leave and subsidized day care have made me the envy of my friends elsewhere. With this kind of support in place, doesn’t it follow that we should be less stressed than parents in other provinces? Apparently not. With the school year having just ended and some parents still scrambling to arrange summer child care, its worth thinking about how we can make family and work….work."

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MB: More Vegetables, Less Sugar: USDA Eyes Healthier Meals for Child, Adult Day Care Program
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, June 27, 2015

Excerpt: "As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity."

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US: Improving Mobility for Our Kids: Starting Early is Key
Source: Forbes, June 29, 2015

Excerpt: "Intergenerational mobility provides a measure of how well children are faring relative to their parents. What are the chances that a child born to parents in the bottom quintile will move to the top of the income distribution? Is the child in a higher income quintile relative to the parents, or other peers?"

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US: High Cost of Child Care, Employees’ Wages at Odds
Source: Coloradoan, June 29, 2015

Excerpt: "The cost of childcare in Larimer County is rising, but wages earned by those who take care of the children aren’t enough to cover a living wage, causing fewer to enter the field and more to move on. Without qualified staff, wait lists in Larimer County are growing, and some child care facilities are scaling back, creating what Beverly Thurber, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County executive director, says is a borderline crisis."

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UK: Government Childcare Plans at Real Risk of Failure from Chronic Childcare Shortages
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, June 26, 2015

Excerpt: "The quarter of local authorities failing to monitor childcare places in England are putting government childcare plans in significant jeopardy. Many of them also have a chronic shortage of childcare places that fail to meet existing needs of working parents."

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US: Why a Puddle-Friendly Preschool Could be the Key to Kids’ Success
Source: Takepart, June 25, 2015

Excerpt: "A pair of studies published in the journal Cognition 2011 found that an overemphasis on direct academic instruction makes young children less able to come up with creative, innovative solutions – the very traits many of the nation’s top CEOs say they value the most."

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UK: Will More Free Childcare Fuel Baby Boom?
Source: BBC News, June 25, 2015

Excerpt: "The issue of Britain’s rapidly growing population tends to focus on just one factor- immigration. But are the “family friendly” policies of successive governments playing a part too? When German Chancellor Angela Merkel Decided to do something about Germany’s shrinking population, she boosted the state’s financial support for working families and guaranteed a kindergarten place for children aged 12 months or older."

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US: How to Play with Babies (Seriously, This isn’t Easy!)
Source: The Washington Post, June 24, 2015

Excerpt: "Babies’ brains grow faster in a day than ours do in a year, and they are more fascinated with the world and being in it than we can ever remember being. In fact, it is simply exhausting to grow and absorb at that rate. Boredom is simply not part of the healthy infant’s repertoire."

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UK: Rising Cost of Childcare is Plunging British Children into Poverty as Parents Struggle to Cover Fees
Source: Mirror, June 19, 2015

Excerpt: "Soaring Childcare costs risk plunging kids into poverty, research reveals. Children of working parents who have to fork out for nursery costs are a third more likely to plummet below the poverty line, the study for Gingerbread charity and Child Poverty Action Group shows."

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AU: Kids’ Culture Clubs: Childcare Focus on Personal Development
Source: The Daily Telegraph, June 14, 2015

Excerpt: "YOGA, personal trainers and French and Mandarin classes are just some of the classes being offered at WA’s new-look childcare centres. Others are taking children on excursions to local libraries, theatre groups or cafes so they learn how to behave in real-world settings. There’s also a big shift towards focusing on sustainability, the environment and “not wrapping children in cotton wool”, with less plastic and metal and more natural play areas and vegetable gardens the aim."

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US: 8 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When Transitioning to Two Kids

Source: The Washington Post, June 8, 2015

Excerpt: "Thankfully, we are going to the gym, where there’s a first-class childcare program that my toddler boy loves. He can run and run and run and play with other kids and throw balls without hearing me tell him “no” or “careful” or “shh” every five minutes. Do I work out at the gym while he plays? Not yet. I’m sitting in the gym café, writing this article while my baby girl coos from her car set."

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US: Calming Chair for Kids on the Spectrum May Be Headed to Market
Source: Disability Scoop, May 18, 2015

Excerpt: "In the year and a half or so since students in a high school engineering program helped bring it to fruition, the Sensory Lounger has enjoyed quite a run. The high-tech chair has warranted significant attention across the Kansas City area recently. And last month, the project received a prestigious Edison Award for health and wellness innovation."

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Research Reports & Resources

Affordable Childcare – Now
Source: Olivia Chow, July 20, 2015

Description: "Just in Toronto alone, 17,000 children are desperately waiting for affordable child care (almost the capacity of Air Canada Centre). Olivia’s presentation on why we need affordable child care and how to achieve it"

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Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey, 2013
Source: Statistics Canada, July 21, 2015

Excerpt: "According to public health recommendations, children should receive certain routine immunizations by age two. About 89% of two-year-olds had received the recommended number of immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella and about 77% of two-year-olds had received the required number of shots for diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. Coverage for polio among two-year-olds was 91%, while 73% had been vaccinated against varicella (chicken pox)."

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1997 Canadian Federal Election Womens Debate on Childcare
Source: Women Gays Visible Minorities in Canadian Politics, July 7, 2015

Description: "Though there have been women's debate before, this debate marked the first time the issue of Child Care was debated in a federal election. This debate was sponsored by NAC (National Action Committee on the Status of Women) and moderated by Judy Rebick. Participating in this debate on Child Care was NDP Leader Alexa McDonough; Maria Minna for the Liberals; Francine Lalonde for the Bloc Québécois and Nancy Branscombe for Reform. Published under the Fair Dealing Exception as a public service and educational tool."

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The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 21, 2015

Description: "The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on America’s children in the midst of the country's economic recovery. While data show improvements in child health and education, more families are struggling to make ends meet, and a growing number of kids live in high-poverty neighborhoods. In addition to ranking states in several areas of child well-being, the report also examines the influence of parents’ education, health and other life circumstances on their children."

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Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives
Source: Zero to Three, July 21, 2015

Description: "Baby Matters is a searchable database that contains resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families. The policies and initiatives are searchable by category, state, or keyword. A detailed description of each policy or initiative is provided, as well as links to additional related resources."

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Poverty's Most Insidious Damage is to a Child's Brain
Source: Science Daily, July 20, 2015

Excerpt: "An alarming 22 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on brain development, emotional health and academic achievement. Now, even more compelling evidence has been provided suggesting that growing up in poverty has detrimental effects on the brain."

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Report of Inter-Departmental Working Group: Future Investment in Childcare in Ireland
Source: IDG, July 22, 2015

Excerpt: "Affordability must be a policy priority. Availability and affordability of childcare remain critical barriers to seeking employment for many parents. Costs of childcare in Ireland are high and are not offset, as in some other countries, by benefits in the form of subsidies, direct payments etc. Parents tell us that affordability of childcare is a barrier to employment and is resulting in restricted working hours; turning down or leaving work; or being prevented from looking for work."

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How Children's Social Competence Impacts Their Well-Being in Adulthood
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 2015

Excerpt: "Overall, research findings show that teacher-rated social competence in kindergarten was a consistent and significant indicator of both positive and negative future outcomes across all major domains: education, employment, criminal justice, substance use and mental health. Study results also showed the greater the difference between students’ social competence scores in kindergarten, the more pronounced the difference in their outcomes by the age of 25."

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Who Minds the Kids When Mom Works a Nonstandard Schedule?
Source: Urban Institute, July 16, 2015

Excerpt: "Growing shares of US workers operate on nonstandard schedules, with the majority of their work hours falling outside the traditional workday. Such workers who also have children have special child care needs because they require nontraditional child care hours."

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Economists Highlight Poverty in Working Families
Source: Nursery World, July 16, 2015

Excerpt: "Chris Belfield, a research economist at the IFS, and an author of the report, said, ‘The recent stability in absolute income poverty among children has masked important and offsetting trends. Since 2009–10, a fall in the number of workless families has acted to reduce poverty, but this has been offset by a substantial rise in in-work poverty. This largely reflects the wider nature of the labour market since the recession: robust employment and weak earnings.’"

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Bilinguals of Two Spoken Languages Have More Gray Matter than Monolinguals
Source: Science Daily, July 16, 2015

Excerpt: "In past decades, much has changed about the understanding of bilingualism. Early on, bilingualism was thought to be a disadvantage because the presence of two vocabularies would lead to delayed language development in children. However, it has since been demonstrated that bilingual individuals perform better, compared with monolinguals, on tasks that require attention, inhibition and short-term memory, collectively termed "executive control.""

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Early Child Development: Body of Knowledge
Source: Nature International Weekly Journal of Science, July 15, 2015

Excerpt: "Carbon-copy playgrounds. Cramped classrooms. 'Car park' school grounds. Across the industrialized world, these are the environments in which most young children are expected to play and learn; zoo enclosures can look more enriched. Studies are emerging that reveal poor design as a hindrance to learning in the very young, as damaging as militaristic drills. Meanwhile, frogspawn and starry skies — once the recruiting agents of science — are beyond many children's experience. Here, two leading practitioners in developing learning environments for the young set out what needs to happen."

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Pre-K Matters - Infographic
Source: The Urban Child Institute, July 2015

Excerpt: "You could probably guess that sending a child to pre-kindergarten results in better kindergarten readiness, improved vocabulary, and enhanced reading skills. But did you know that the benefits of Pre-K go far beyond their school years and into their adult lives?"

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Holiday Childcare Survey 2015
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, July, 2015

Excerpt: "Children usually greet the start of the school holidays with joy. But many parents experience a different range of emotions as they try to juggle work, school holidays and childcare. Most families set up an array of arrangements, such as ‘shift-parenting’ where mothers and fathers split their leave between them. They also turn to informal care from relatives and friends and some families use childminders, who may have spare capacity over the holiday period. Sports and arts activities also function as de facto childcare for children of secondary school age."

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The Best and Worst Places to Be a Woman in Canada
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, July 15, 2015

Excerpt: "Once again, communities in Quebec fare better than cities in other provinces. The reasons for this are increasingly clear. The province of Quebec has put in place a number of policies that address the specific challenges that women face in balancing work and family life. These policies include subsidized child care, more generous parental leave benefits, and paternity leave."

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Building Leaders: Early Childhood Development in Indigenous Communities
Source: Canada's Public Policy Forum, July 14, 2015

Excerpt: "Research and experience have demonstrated that early childhood development (ECD) is integral to future outcomes. Quality ECD programming contributes to healthy growth and development, as well as school readiness and success. Given the legacy of colonialism in Canada, access to culturally relevant ECD programs can play a key role in bridging gaps in life-chances between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children."

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Canada Learning Bond
Source: National Association of Friendship Centres, July 15, 2015

Excerpt: "The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) makes it easy for parents to start planning and saving for their children’s postsecondary education. The CLB is a free federal government education fund of up to $2,000 per child, available to all Canadian children who were born after January 1, 2004 and whose families receive the National Child Benefit Supplement."

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Launch of Footsteps for the Future
Source: Early Childhood Ireland, July 15, 2015

Excerpt: "A rights-based, social model with anticipatory funding to be introduced for children with additional needs and children from disadvantaged areas.  This would involve an allocation of resources that is front loaded to settings, based on a framework of prevalence and demographics and the estimated cost is €16 million per annum in 2016 and an additional €16 million per annum right up until 2021."

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Ofsted Early Years Report 2015
Source: Gov.UK, July 13, 2015

Excerpt: "Early years practitioners increasingly appreciate that they are there to teach children, not just provide childcare. The Early Years Foundation Stage has been successful in focusing professionals in the sector on the importance of learning. Children have benefited from this and there has been a big jump in the proportion of children reaching a good level of development by the end of their Reception year."

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Careopoly
Source: careopoly, July 2015

Description: "We connect families/ employers with dependable, quality caregivers throughout Canada. Find Nannies, Babysitters, PSW's, Nurses, Early Childhood Educators, IBI and ABA's, Cleaning Help, Pet Sitters, and more just at the click of a button. If you need full-time, part-time, casual or emergency care find it here. Careopoly keeps you involved every step of the way. Start posting your JOBS today! Caregivers/Job Seekers looking for work can create a profile on Careopoly.com today for FREE, upload a photo of yourself, share your diplomas, qualifications and experiences. Let us help you search for the job that's right for you NOW."

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Baby Steps or Giant Strides?
Source: The Mckell Institute, June 2015

Excerpt: "In its 2014 review of the child care sector, the Productivity Commission revealed that parents of one in six children were struggling to access child care services in their area, with just over one half of parents indicating that a failure to secure child care was hindering their ability to meet work commitments."

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Moving Child Care Forward at the University of Manitoba: Background, Analysis & Recommendations
Source: University of Manitoba, January 2015

Excerpt: "The brief historical narrative on child care in Manitoba reveals that the current strength of the province’s child care program lies in its predominate community-based non-profit structure. The model relies on government oversight, using public dollars to help finance the construction and operation of child care centres offering quality programing with qualified staff and with a fee schedule that keeps child care reasonably affordable for a broad spectrum of Manitoba society."

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Solving BC’s Affordability Crisis in Child Care: Financing The $10 a Day Plan
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, July 9, 2015

Description: "This study shows how BC can implement a $10 a day child care plan, either as a federal-provincial partnership or as a BC-only program. The province can easily afford it, and it will provide huge benefits for families, communities and the economy."

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Toronto After-School Programs: What Really Matters?
Source: City of Toronto, Children’s Services, July 6, 2015

Excerpt: "After-school hours have been shown to be particularly critical times with these hours associated with increased juvenile crime and victimization (Snyder & Sickmund, 1995; U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Justice, 2000). However, after-school programs provide 6-12 year old children with supervision during these hours and deliver experiences that nurture social development and academic achievement (Fashola, 1998) thereby playing a major role in mitigating potential crime and victimization. In Toronto, approximately 40% of parents of 6-12 year olds want their children in after-school programs; yet, only 13% of these children are being served (Ipsos, 2014). While demand calls for expansion and improved availability, Toronto’s capacity to provide quality after-school programs is currently limited due to lack of funding."

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Investing in Teachers is Investing in Learning: A Prerequisite for the Transformative Power of Education
Background Paper for the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, July 6, 2015

Excerpt: "Ensuring that qualified, professionally trained, motivated, and well supported teachers are available for all learners is essential for addressing today’s key education challenges in poor and rich countries alike. The quality of an education system can exceed neither the quality of its teachers nor the quality of its teaching."

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The Influence of Childcare Arrangements on Child Well Being from Infancy to Middle Childhood
Source: Maynooth University, July 7, 2015

Excerpt: "The study set out to describe the uptake of non-parental care from infancy to middle childhood, and to determine how such uptake influences the wellbeing of children. This is the first national study of the well-being of children from infancy to middle childhood in the Irish context."

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Brain Imaging Shows How Children Inherit Their Parents' Anxiety
Source: Science Daily, July 6, 2015

Excerpt: "A study in an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children. The study shows how an over-active brain circuit involving three brain areas inherited from generation to generation may set the stage for developing anxiety and depressive disorders."

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Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, June 8, 2015

Excerpt: "There is global concern over the progressive trend towards lifestyles that are conducive to the promotion of non-communicable diseases. Childhood obesity and inactivity are prominently featured in this challenge, requiring solutions that take a life-course approach, emphasizing the importance of cumulative physical, social and cultural exposures. The prevalence of childhood obesity worldwide is at an all-time high and increasing. The proportion of children around the world meeting physical activity guidelines is very low and likely declining. This is troubling as physical activity and sedentary behaviour habits formed during childhood tend to track over time into adulthood."

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Attitudes Toward Women’s Work and Family Roles in the United States, 1976–2013
Source: Psychology of Women Quarterly, June 26, 2015

Excerpt: "Attitudes toward women’s and men’s work and family roles became more egalitarian between the 1970s and the 2010s in nationally representative samples of U.S. 12th graders and adults. U.S. high school students and adults became more supportive of mothers working and became more likely to believe that children and family life will not suffer from this arrangement. They were also more likely to support fathers who choose to work half-time or not at all. Most of these trends continued in the recent years, with U.S. adults embracing more egalitarian attitudes in the 2010s compared to the late 1990s."

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Child Care in America: 2015 State Fact Sheets
Source: Childcare Aware, June 2015

Excerpt: "Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting every week. On average, the children of working mothers spend 36 hours a week in such care. About one-third of these children are in multiple child care arrangements. Parents have a hard time finding child care, a harder time affording it, and too often it is of dubious quality."

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Know FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Source: Canadian FASD Research Network, June 26, 2015

Excerpt: "Get to know FASD across the lifespan and learn about interventions."

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Together: The Impact of New Brunswick's 2009-2014 
Economic and Social Inclusion Plan
Source: The Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC), June 25, 2015

Excerpt: "The Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan 1 2009-2014 (OPT1) was a unique and collaborative plan that brought together a cross-section of New Brunswickers, including persons living in poverty and the non-profit, business and government sectors to develop and adopt a provincial poverty reduction plan. OPT1 lays out a comprehensive and holistic approach to overcoming poverty based on the public engagement initiative launched in October 2008."

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What is the Winnipeg Boldness Project?
Source: Winnipeg Boldness, June 25, 2015

Excerpt: "An overview of The Winnipeg Boldness Project, how we're working with the Point Douglas community, and how we're trying to create positive outcomes for children and families."

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Insights on Canadian Society: Employment Patterns of Families with Children
Source: Statistics Canada, June 24, 2015

Excerpt: "This paper examines the employment patterns of families with children (under the age of 16) over the period from 1976 to 2014, with a particular focus on couple families with children. This article also highlights regional differences in the working patterns of parents and provides additional information on the employment patterns of lone parents."

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Childcare Subsidy Information Session and Q & A
Source: University of Toronto Family Care Office, June 23, 2015

Excerpt: "In this 45-minute live webinar, participants will: learn what child care subsidy is and the eligibility requirements outlined by the City of Toronto, gain knowledge of the way the City of Toronto Children's Services manage their waitlist, and learn about the interview meeting and what you may need to bring with you." Facilitated by the City of Toronto Children's Services staff, this is an archived video.

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May Issue: Self-Regulation
Source: The Science of Early Childhood Development e-Message Archive, June 5, 2015

Excerpt: "Watch as Dr. Stuart Shanker, Distinguished Research Professor Philosophy and Psychology, York University, describes what is meant by the term self-regulation and how it is inextricably connected to early brain development and to sensitive caregivers. Afterwards, watch two examples of adults helping children develop self-regulation – in other words, co-regulating."

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Growing Pains: Childcare in Canada
Source: Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture, June 2015

Excerpt: "Canada’s political parties are currently staking out their positions on childcare in advance of the 2015 federal election, ranging from enhancements to the Universal Child Care Benefit to a universal childcare plan. This paper provides an overview of the policy opportunities and challenges in the childcare realm, and proposes options to improve upon current approaches that are flexible enough to meet the diverse needs of Canadian families."

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New Website Alert! Family & Children Services of Waterloo Region
Source: Family & Children Services of Waterloo Region, 2015

Excerpt: "Family & Children's Services of the Waterloo Region (FACS) is legally known as The Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo."

FACS has a new website! Explore the new site to see the events, resources and services available from FACS.

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How Does the ‘Toxic Stress’ of Poverty Hurt the Developing Brain?
Source: PBS NewsHour, June 27, 2015

Excerpt: "A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children's brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series ‘Chasing the Dream.’"

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Access Denied: A Report on Childcare Sufficiency and Market Management in England and Wales
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, June 26, 2015

Excerpt: "Most recently, the Government has announced that it will double the hours of free early education for three and four year olds, with working parents offered 30 hours per week by 2017. But over the years officials and decision-makers have given less attention to the other side of the childcare conundrum - the availability of childcare. Today, shortages of early education places in some areas are putting the Government’s new childcare plans in jeopardy."

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Green Spaces in Schools Improve Children’s Memory and Attention
Source: Huffington Post, June 19, 2015

Excerpt: "Children today spend less time outdoors than ever before -- and it may be detrimental not only to their physical health, but also to their cognitive development. A yearlong study, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that elementary school children who were exposed to more green spaces within or directly outside their school showed improved learning and memory."

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How to Prevent Mental Health Problems? Begin at the Beginning With Infants and Toddlers
Source: The Huffington Post, June 3, 2015

Excerpt: "A new report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows a downward trajectory in severe mental health issues for children between the ages of 6 and 17. On the surface, this is good news. Yet on the flip side, the study also reveals a troubling pattern of young people without access to mental health treatments from which they can truly benefit."

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Working Paper: Mum’s the Word! Cross-national Effects of Maternal Employment on Gender Inequalities at Work and at Home
Source: Harvard Business School, June 2015

Excerpt: "Our research considers how inequalities in public and the private spheres are affected by childhood exposure to non-traditional gender role models at home. We test the association between being raised by an employed mother and adult men’s and women’s outcomes at work and at home."

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Babies Can Think Before They Can Speak
Source: EurekAlert!, May 26, 2015

Excerpt: "While there is considerable evidence that preschoolers can learn abstract relations, it remains an open question whether infants can as well. In a new Northwestern University study, researchers found that infants are capable of learning the abstract relations of same and different after only a few examples."

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American Journal of Play, Volume 7, Number 3
Source: American Journal of Play, Spring 2015

Excerpt: "An interdisciplinary publication of The Strong, the American Journal of Play is a forum for discussing the history, science, and culture of play. The Journal aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history."

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InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health
Source: Centre on the Developing Child, 2015

Excerpt: "This edition of the InBrief series explains how improving children’s environments of relationships and experiences early in life can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing later development and mental health. The 5-minute video provides an overview of Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood, a working paper by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child."

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