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CA: Liberals can afford to spend $8-billion a year on daycare program: IMF
Source: The Globe and Mail, July 26, 2017

Excerpt: ""When quality educational child care services are affordable, parents – particularly women – can more easily participate in the labour market and invest in their careers. Taking gender equality seriously means taking child care services seriously, and our government will continue to work on improving gender equality," Emilie Gauduchon-Campbell said."

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NL: Premier Ball Releases Final Report of the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, July 25, 2017

Excerpt: "The task force’s report includes 82 recommendations, which will guide the development of an Education Action Plan and support continued dialogue with key stakeholders. The recommendations focus on areas in the education system including mental health and wellness, inclusive education, mathematics, literacy, Indigenous education, multicultural education, co-operative education, early years, and teacher education and professional development."

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ON: Toronto group providing summer meals in absence of school nutrition programs
Source: CBC News, July 24, 2017

Excerpt: ""Our goal is to impact longer term health," explained Wright. "We provide food literacy training. We talk to [the kids] about where food comes from, why it's important to their bodies. We talk to them about vitamins, minerals and things like that.""

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ON: Anishinabek Education System to be housed by Nipissing First Nation
Source: Bay Today, July 21, 2017

Excerpt: ""It’s about First Nation control of First Nation education to ensure reliable funding from the federal government for educational programs and services for First Nations learners at all levels – from elementary to post-secondary, including special needs and adult education," says a news release."

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CA: As the Canada Child Benefit turns 1, who has actually benefited?
Source: Global News, July 21, 2017

Excerpt: "The new payments, received once a month, are scaled to each household, taking into account income, the number of children under 18 and their ages. Families bringing in under $30,000 annually qualify for the most support: $6,400 per child under the age of six per year, and $5,400 per child aged six to 17."

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BC: Mom who couldn't find daycare now B.C.'s minister of state for child care
Source: Vancouver Courier, July 20, 2017

Excerpt: "Katrina Chen knows first- hand the challenges of finding affordable child care. She and her husband have tried to find day care for their three-year-old son, but have been unsuccessful. They quickly learned it would cost between $1,200 and $1,500 a month – money that was simply not in their budget."

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AB: $25-per-day daycare continuing
Source: Lethbridge Herald, July 20, 2017

Excerpt: “Child-care expenses can be a real burden on middle-income families that don’t qualify for subsidy,” she said. “And, at times, it can cost more than $1,000 per month – and I know that in Calgary, it’s even more than that.”

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MB: Manitoba women's health just got worse
Source: CBC News, July 23, 2017

Excerpt: "The baby blues or postpartum depression occur often even when the birth is smooth and the baby is healthy. If a mom has medical concerns, multiple babies and few local supports, well, it's a wonder so many manage at all."

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SK: “This is the beginning.” Feds, FSIN sign accord for Saskatchewan First Nations’ child care
Source: 620 CKRM, July 25, 2017

Excerpt: "The federal government is providing 441-thousand dollars to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations to help ensure children in family services receive the health and social services they need when they need it."

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NS: Pre-primary decision up to parents, but N.S. has made right choice
Source: Local Xpress, July 25, 2017

Excerpt: "For the more than one in three children in the province who begin school with gaps in their vocabulary and self-confidence, pre-primary can be a game changer, helping to develop the cognitive and social skills that will allow them to adapt more successfully to school."

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NS: Pre-primary a good idea that needs work
Source: The Chronical Herald, July 21, 2017

Excerpt: "The idea of pre-primary school is not a bad one. The government wants to create a program that will ease children into learning and the school environment. It will also give parents access to free daycare."

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NU: Parents step up to head off daycare closure in western Nunavut
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, July 24, 2017

Excerpt: "The daycare centre in Cambridge Bay is back on track after a close call with indefinite closure—thanks to concerned parents."

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NU: New daycare facility coming to Nunavut’s capital
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, July 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Rachel Theoret-Gosselin put her unborn son on a wait list for licensed daycare in Iqaluit in 2014. Three-and-a half years later, a spot opened up for him. Daycare scarcity is a constant struggle for Iqaluit parents."

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YT: 'You know you're helping': Yukon gets first 24/7 daycare
Source: CBC News, July 20, 2017

Excerpt: "The centre is a regular daycare during the day with a subscription monthly rate. However it also offers drop-in care. The business has a roster of accredited workers on call in case new children arrive. "

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UK: Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school
Source: The Guardian, July 25, 2017

Excerpt: "The Trussell Trust said the proportion of primary school children helped by food banks was consistently high all year round, with 46% of the children referred in the year to March aged between five and 11."

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UK: Helicopter or lawnmower? Modern parenting styles can get in the way of raising well-balanced children
Source: The Conversation, July 19, 2017

Excerpt: "A recent survey of children aged eight to 12 found that indoor play is now the norm, a third have never splashed in a puddle and the distance children are allowed to play from home has shrunk by 90% since 1970."

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IE: Childcare workers with master’s qualifications earning below living wage
Source: Irish Times, July 26, 2017

Excerpt: "The professional competence of early years practitioners is one of the most important factors in determining the quality of services for young children, it notes. Yet, the number of college graduates with childcare qualifications in the sector stands at 18 per cent, a fraction of the 60 per cent recommended in a EU report in 2011."

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ON: Province’s child care affordability study to be led by U of T prof
Source: Toronto Star, July 20, 2017

Excerpt: "Queen’s Park has tapped University of Toronto economics professor Gordon Cleveland to lead a review of child care affordability in Ontario and suggest ways to make the service less costly for families."

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ON: Enhancing Safety and Quality of Care for Children and Youth Across Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario, July 19, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario is releasing a new plan to strengthen residential services -- including foster care, group care, custody and respite care -- to provide children and youth with safe and healthy places to live, support their growth and help them reach their full potential."

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ON: Liberty Village facing 'extreme child care crisis'
Source: Inside Toronto, July 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Young families in Liberty Village are in the midst of an extreme child care crisis. “There’s no infant care, there’s no toddler care, there’s no preschool and it's extreme that these families are going through this,” said Thea Cappellacci, the director of Garrison Creek Community Day Care, a non-profit, licensed child care located in Niagara Street Public School. “Liberty Village has become stroller city.”"

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ON: Oakville YMCA builds connections through intergenerational programming
Source: Inside Halton, July 12, 2017

Excerpt: "There is a strong connection between isolation and health in older adults, says Rankin, adding that the intergenerational activities help keep the older adults healthy. And the children develop compassion and respect for the older adults, says Rankin. The YMCA cares for approximately 3,500 children in 43 childcare locations throughout Oakville. Waterford Child Care is the only location that offers intergenerational programming."

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CA: Challenging the Wage Gap: How access to childcare is related to the gender wage gap
Source: Global News, July 18, 2017

Excerpt: "Statistics Canada looked at the link in Canada’s largest cities. Toronto had the highest daycare fees: $1,736 a month for infant daycare in 2015. That city also showed the largest employment gap at 12.6 per cent; where over 86 per cent of men were in the workforce compared to 74 per cent of women."

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NS: First Pre-Primary Locations Named
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, July 18, 2017

Excerpt: "Forty-three locations across the province have been selected to offer pre-primary programming to four-year-olds this fall. “For the first time, Nova Scotia families will have access to a free pre-primary program for four-year-olds,” said Zach Churchill, Minister, Education and Early Childhood Development. “This investment will support the futures of our youngest Nova Scotians and save their families thousands of dollars in child care costs.”"

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NL: Kids or career? Lack of child care means tough choice for Labrador families
Source: CBC News, July 14, 2017

Excerpt: "With parents having to weigh their limited child-care options against the reality of taking a job that may not cover the cost of a full-time sitter, many decide to delay their return to work, leaving gaps in the local workforce."

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NT: Changes to N.W.T. child benefit program mean more money for families
Source: CBC News, July 18, 2017

Excerpt: "The N.W.T. child benefit program will soon be available to more families in the territory. The cap has been increased by $10,000 to include families making $80,000 a year or less."

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US: One-third of American families spend 20% of their income on child care
Source: Market Watch, July 18, 2017

Excerpt: "The overall cost of raising a child has grown substantially in recent years: middle-class parents could expect to spend about $284,570 between birth and a child’s 18th birthday, and lower-earning families could expect to spend $212,300, according to personal finance site Bankrate.com. Higher-earning families could spend as much as $454,770."

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US: Paid Family Leave is a Work Incentive
Source: Huffington Post, July 18, 2017

Excerpt: "It is also important to understand that paid family leave does not only help the women and men who directly benefit from it. It is good for businesses, too. Research has found that workplace flexibility, including paid family leave, makes employees more engaged and motivated, thereby increasing productivity. And for the rising generation of workers, flexibility is no longer seen as a perk but a requirement. In fact, 38 percent of millennials actually say they would consider moving to another country for better parental leave benefits."

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UK: Childcare service opens for parents with children under five
Source: GOV.UK, July 19, 2017

Excerpt: "Parents with a child under five years old can now apply for a 30 hours free childcare place for September 2017. The new 30 hours free childcare offer for working parents of three and four-year-olds in England doubles the current 15 hours of free childcare currently available to all parents, offering a total saving for eligible working families of up to £5,000 a year."

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UK: The Truth About How Much Childcare Costs Differ Around the World
Source: Grazia, July 13, 2017

Excerpt: "So how does it compare to the rest of the world? If you're parenting as a couple, the UK tops the chart for childcare costs as a percentage of income – followed by New Zealand, Ireland, and the United States, where dual income families typically spend at least a quarter of their income on childcare. Single parents in the USA typically spend more than half of their net income on childcare, making it the least affordable country for single parent families, followed by Ireland and Canada."

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NZ: Labour promises $200m more for early childhood education, more qualified teachers
Source: New Zealand Herald, July 14, 2017

Excerpt: "At least 80 per cent of teachers at early childhood centres will have to be qualified if Labour is in Government, the party said today. Labour will also fully fund centres where every teacher is qualified - something which it says National has put an end to."

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ON: Subsidized child care wait list to be eliminated with new provincial funds
Source: CBC News, July 6, 2017

Excerpt: "Families in Waterloo region will have access to more child care thanks to $5.9 million from the provincial government."

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ON: Extra funding to see three new infant spaces open at Elmira Children’s Centre
Source: Observer, July 6, 2017

Excerpt: "Three new infant spaces will open up at the Elmira Children’s Centre in the fall courtesy of increased daycare funding from the Region of Waterloo. The move elevates the centre’s capacity by 50 per cent."

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ON: Christine Moore And Her Daughter Have Made Parliament A Better Place For Families
Source: Huffington Post, June 15, 2017

Excerpt: "MPs can now call on Mrs. Doubtfire and Mary Poppins types to take care of their young ones. The House of Commons launched a new child-care service Monday, ahead of a much-anticipated report on making Parliament more inclusive and family-friendly. The Short-Term Child Care Program is being offered by Andrew Fleck Child Care Services and is available for children from age three months to 12 years while MPs are working in Ottawa. Any MP who uses the service must pay the $14.44/hour out of their own pocket."

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CA: Extending maternity leave won’t help women returning to work
Source: The Globe and Mail, July 7, 2017

Excerpt: "On the surface, the extended leave is supposed to help all parents who will be eligible to receive these benefits. One key group it misses, however, are those parents – mainly women – who want to go back to work sooner rather than later. The 18-month option does not help women at all when it comes to returning to work. Rather, it makes current problems worse for them."

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NS: Looking at the costs of child care during summer holidays
Source: Global News, July 10, 2017

Excerpt: "With school out for the summer, parents can find balancing work and watching their kids to be an expensive challenge. During the school year many parents only needed to worry about a few hours of child care before or after school, but now they’re trying to balance work and affordable all-day childcare."

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YT: Childcare recruitment in crisis mode: advocate
Source: Whitehorse Star, July 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Yukon childcare is in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis, say advocates who hope new federal funding will be used to entice workers to remain in the field. “We get a very low wage, we’re not paid a lot, and that has a part to do with retaining people,” Lynn Rice-Rideout, the newly-elected president of the Yukon Childcare Association, said in a recent interview."

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US: How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain
Source: The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2017

Excerpt: "The brain and disease-fighting immune system are not fully formed at birth and are potentially vulnerable to damage from childhood adversity, recent studies have shown. The first three years are thought to be the most critical, and children lacking nurturing parents or other close relatives to help them cope with adversity are most at risk."

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The Global Search for Education: A New Look at Early Childhood Education Around the World
Source: Huffington Post, July 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Early childhood education and care is the first opportunity to introduce children to the diversity of society, and their experience there “can have a profound influence on their attitudes and behavior in life, and their trust in social institutions.” According to the new OECD report, “Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD indicators on early childhood education and care”, some countries are managing this process well and as a result see a “very modest impact of the social and immigrant background of children on their learning and social outcomes.” In other countries, the gap is huge and Schleicher believes the study clearly illustrates the difference educators and parents can make."

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US: One mom tracked every penny and found her 18-month-old has cost her $20,000
Source: CNBC, July 11, 2017

Excerpt: "Coming in at $9,900, the largest expense Newark lists is child care for after she and her husband returned to work. Newark and her husband pay a stay-at-home mom to watch him for $150 per week."

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UK: A quarter of mums rely on grandparents for 'free' childcare - but it could cost them £4,500 at retirement
Source: Mirror, July 10, 2017

Excerpt: "One in four mothers would have to give up work if they didn't have grandparents to look after their children, a charity has found. Grandparents Plus said record numbers of people are now relying on elderly parents to care for their kids - with just 7% of mums and dads opting for alternative methods, such as babysitters, while they work."

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JO: Education Ministry, UNICEF launch plan to ‘universalise access’ to kindergarten
Source: The Jordan Times, July 10, 2017

Excerpt: "In Jordan, close to 59 per cent of the estimated 153,000 five-year-old children are attending kindergarten (KG2). This is a “positive trend due to Jordan’s education reform efforts”, led by the Ministry of Education, in expanding access to KG2, the statement said."

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IN: ‘Really good quality sex education starts very, very early’: Melinda Gates
Source: Hindustan Times, July 11, 2017

Excerpt: "“A young girl needs to understand her body and understand reproductive health and as a parent, we need to have that conversation. You have to start very young and have ongoing dialogues -- kids need parents, school, relatives, older sister, community self-help worker for good quality information so they can make decision about their bodies and get empowered about their bodies,” she said."

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ON: Minimum wage hike could spell spike in child care fees, daycare operator warns
Source: Toronto Star, July 5, 2017

Excerpt: "But with the proposed minimum wage increase, parent fees at Kids Zone will have to rise by at least 12.7 per cent on Jan. 1 and by another 6.5 per cent in January 2019, Taus said. Most of the centre’s 36 full-time staff and four part-timers earn between $12.50 and $13 an hour with a handful of long-time employees making between $16 and $17 an hour, he said. “But 100 per cent of our staff will get a raise to ensure the pay grid continues to reflect workers’ experience,” he added. And that means parent fees will have to go up at a time when many families are already financially strapped, he said."

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ON: Ontario Increasing Supports for the Infant Hearing Program
Source: Government of Ontario, July 4, 2017

Excerpt: "The province-wide program screens babies for hearing loss soon after birth, and provides families with supports and services that children need to develop language and literacy skills during the most critical period of development. The province's support will reduce wait times for families and increase the program's service capacity."

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ON: Fear of losing custody stops pregnant women from disclosing homelessness, Toronto numbers show
Source: Toronto Star, July 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Health professionals estimate 300 babies are born to homeless women in Toronto each year, but official records show only eight in 2016. Advocates say this discrepancy is the result of women being afraid to identify as homeless for fear of losing custody. Now, they’re pushing for change."

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CA: Capital Wishlist: Robyn Benson says it's past time for proper, universal child care
Source: Ottawa Citizen, June 30, 2017

Excerpt: "Inadequate government support for licensed child care puts downward pressure on the wages and benefits of child care staff. Poor compensation and difficult working conditions are barriers to recruiting and retaining qualified childhood educators. Since most child care employees are women, the poor compensation contributes to the overall gender wage gap."

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CA: Why Canada needs to disrupt the child care industry
Source: Maclean’s, June 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Of the $7.5 billion, only $100 million will go towards “early learning and child care innovation.” That’s a measly one per cent of the promised funds. It’s hard to tout the plan as innovative when you’re only allocating that much."

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BC: Victoria daycare operators concerned over lack of qualified staff
Source: Peninsula News Review, June 23, 2017

Excerpt: "The lack of available childcare spaces has plagued the region in recent years. Many daycares are operating at capacity and hundreds of parents sit on wait lists — some sign up even before their children are born. However, some operators believe the lack of experienced staff has also led to an overall lower standard of practice in daycares across the region."

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QC: The Best Place To Raise A Family In Canada Is In Quebec
Source: Huffington Post, July 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Since the province's daycare costs are subsidized by the government, parents only spend about $164 on child care per month. In comparison, other markets can average up to $1,649 per month, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives."

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US: Harvard Study Aims to Strengthen Preschool Learning
Source: CBS Boston, June 28, 2017

Excerpt: "They’re gathering information from 5,000 families in Massachusetts with three and four-year-old children and plan to follow them over the next five years – all of the information will be confidential. “It’s a ground-breaking study that will influence conversations and policies around early education in the U.S. with the goal of doing better with all children and their families,” said Lesaux."

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US: Why the Child Tax Credit is not enough to help working families
Source: The Hill, June 28, 2017

Excerpt: "When it comes to child care, the proposed Child Tax Credit expansion is too small to help nonworking parents who can’t afford child care at all. On average, full-time child care in this country costs from $5,000 to $15,000 per year depending on the state and age of child — much more than the proposed extra $1,500 per year."

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Resources

Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): The potential value for money of early education
Source: Frontier Economics, July 2017

Expert: "The existing evidence shows that improvements in child development at age three and age four can be linked to later monetary benefits from reduced Special Educational Needs (SEN), truancy, school exclusion, crime, smoking and depression and from improved employment rates and earnings. The new analysis of NPD data shows that improvements in Key Stage 1 (KS1) attainment at age seven can be linked to later monetary benefits in reduced SEN, truancy and school exclusion and from higher qualifications leading to higher lifetime earnings."

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Open flames and real tools deter our toddlers from risky business
Source: The University of Newcastle, July 19, 2017

Excerpt: "Exposing toddlers to ‘risky play’ such as access to open flames and genuine tools during their early learning actually increases their safety awareness and promotes risk aversion, new research from the University of Newcastle (UON) has found."

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Study reveals children are damaging their emotional development by spending more time with devices than with each other
Source: The Sun, July 19, 2017

Excerpt: "Children as young as three are hindering their emotional intelligence by spending too long staring at screens instead of socialising with other youngsters, a study has shown. The survey revealed that children need to spend time with each other to learn to share, communicate effectively with their peers and develop their emotions."

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How building your child’s spoken word bank can boost their capacity to read
Source: The Conversation, July 17, 2017

Excerpt: "Classrooms are logical places to teach children new spoken words, but parents can create learning opportunities at home too. If an unfamiliar word arises during conversation or shared book reading, perhaps try starting a dialogue by asking your child whether they have heard it before."

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Early Learning Study: What happened next
Source: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, July 4, 2017

Excerpt: "In this article, the authors provide an update on what has happened over recent months with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s proposal for an International Early Learning Study, and review responses to the proposed International Early Learning Study, including the concerns that have been raised about this new venture in international testing. The authors call on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and its member-state governments to enter into open discussion with the wider early childhood community about the future direction of comparative work on early childhood education and care."

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Benefits of 30 hours confirmed as free childcare places soar
Source: GOV.UK, July 18, 2017

Excerpt: " The key findings include: Parents – nearly a quarter of mothers (23%) and one in 10 (9%) fathers – reported they had increased their working hours as a result of access to 30 hours, particularly those with lower incomes; More than three quarters (78%) of parents reported greater flexibility in their working life as a result of 30 hours; The vast majority of parents reported improved finances as a result of 30 hours: 84% reported they had slightly or much more money to spend; and Providers were willing and able to offer 30 hours and there was no evidence of funding being a substantial barrier to its delivery."

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/benefits-of-30-hours-confirmed-as-free-childcare-places-soar

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Income directly affects children's outcomes, says new report
Source: Science Direct, July 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Poorer children have worse cognitive, social-behavioural and health outcomes because they are poor, and not just because poverty is correlated with other household and parental characteristics, according to a new report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)."

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International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research 2017
Source: ResearchGate, July 2017

Excerpt: "35 out of 42 countries have a statutory and designated Maternity leave entitlement. Leave is paid in all these cases and mostly at a high earnings-related level (see ‘Key’ below for definition) for most or all of the duration of leave – though it should be noted that with this and other forms of leave, a ceiling may be set on earnings-related payments, so that higher paid workers receive proportionately less of their earnings. The main exceptions are Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, Slovakia, and South Africa where no period of leave is paid at a high earnings-related level; and Greece (private sector) and the UK, where less than half the leave period is paid at a high earnings-related level."

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Early education use and child outcomes up to age 3
Source: GOV.UK, July 12, 2017

Excerpt: "The links between early childhood education and outcomes at age 3 as part of the study of early education and development (SEED)."

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New UNICEF report: Poor health, violence at alarming rates among Canada’s kids
Source: UNICEF, June 15, 2017

Excerpt: "A new UNICEF report released today highlights the challenges that high-income countries like Canada face in meeting global commitments for children. Canada does comparatively well in some aspects of child and youth well-being, but lags farthest behind other countries in concerning indicators of child health and violence."

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Elementary and secondary education expenditures, 2014/2015
Source: Statistics Canada, July 4, 2017

Excerpt: "Data for 2014/2015 are now available for elementary and secondary education expenditures, by type and by direct source. This annual release provides financial information on elementary and secondary education in Canada. These financial statistics are collected for each province and territory, and are converted to a standard classification of financial accounts and to a fiscal year."

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The Funding of School Education - Connecting Resources and Learning
Source: OECD, June 26, 2017

Excerpt: "This report on the funding of school education constitutes the first in a series of thematic comparative reports bringing together findings from the OECD School Resources Review. School systems have limited financial resources with which to pursue their objectives and the design of school funding policies plays a key role in ensuring that resources are directed to where they can make the most difference."

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Outcome of the Early Childhood Education in the CHDS Cohort
Source: Education Counts, June 2017

Excerpt: "This report examines the outcomes of attendance at early childhood education (ECE) amongst members of the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) birth cohort, with a particular focus on the potential benefits of ECE attendance for longer term outcomes in adolescence and young adulthood. The CHDS is a longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 1265 children who were born in Christchurch during mid-1977."

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