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ON: Regulatory Registry Posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act: Phase 2 Regulations
Source: Government of Ontario, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: "The purpose of this document is to seek feedback on proposed regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) and the Education Act. Responses must be received by the Ministry of Education (“the ministry”) no later than April 1, 2016."

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ON: No More Desks. No More Chairs. No More Students’ Empty Stares: Can Bean Bag Chairs and Exercise Bikes Help Struggling Kids Focus at School?
Source: The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2016

Excerpt: "“We passionately believe that setting up an environment like this can be successful for all students. Even if you’re in an affluent area, those kids will have success too, because you’re teaching them to regulate themselves, you’re teaching them collaboration, you’re teaching them trust, responsibility and empathy,” Ms. Lewis-Young said."

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ON: Public School Board Scales Back Proposed Child Care Rate Increases
Source: Ottawa Community News, January 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Ottawa public school trustees voted to scale back a proposed rate hike for before- and after-school care during the board meeting on Jan. 26."

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ON: High Cost of Daycare in Toronto May Cause Low-Income Families to Remain in Poverty
Source: Global News, January 26, 2016

Excerpt: "To help ease the burden, the City of Toronto will be adding 1,400 new licensed daycare spaces over the next couple of years. Yet none of those spaces will be subsidized. Councillor Janet Davis said daycare should be affordable for everyone and is putting forth a motion to the Budget Executive Committee for 350 new subsidized daycare spaces."

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CA: Budget Submission 2016 — Charting a Progressive Agenda
Source: Broadbent Institute, February 2, 2016

Excerpt: "But there are important policies the Liberal party committed to in the election that must now be delivered or ramped up. These priorities include: Expand on the unspecified commitment on early childhood education and care to include funding a universal, not-for-profit childcare program."

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CA: Your Say Budget 2016: Survey Results
Source: Liberal Party of Canada, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: "On the question of what is needed to better support the middle class 7% said Pre-K Learning and Child Care."

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CA: Universal Childcare: An Investment for our Future
Source: London Free Press, February 1, 2016

Except: "Childcare is one of the biggest stressors for families in today’s society. Due to the increase in women in the workforce and dual-income families, childcare has become a necessity for families."

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CA: Face to Face with the Prime Minister - The Interview: The Middle Class (Video)
Source: CBC News, January 29, 2016

Description: "Jenna Fray, 31, a social worker from Ajax, Ont., asks Justin Trudeau what he’s doing to help middle class families."

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CA: Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers to Meet on Social Outcomes for Canadians
Source: Government of Canada, January 25, 2016

Excerpt: "At the meeting, some key issues to be discussed will include child care and early learning opportunities, Indigenous children in care, poverty reduction and social infrastructure."

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SK: Equity for Children Overdue
Source: Saskatoon Star Phoenix, January 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Even though the federal government spent the past nine years and more than $5 million fighting Cindy Blackstock and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society over discriminatory funding of child welfare services on reserves, the affirmative ruling Tuesday by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal was no surprise."

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QC: Daycare Workers Decry Proposed Government Cuts
Source: Montreal Gazette, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: "After absorbing $74 million in cuts last year, the daycares say they don’t know where else they can cut costs. Many daycare operators took part in protests across the province on Monday and urged new Family Minister Sébastien Proulx to reconsider the cuts that they say will affect children."

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NB: Budget 2016-2017 – Foundations for Our Future
Source: Government of New Brunswick, February 2, 2016

Excerpt: "To lessen the impact of an HST increase and make it more progressive, a refundable provincial HST credit of $300 for individuals, $300 for spouse or equivalent, and $100 per child under the age of 19 will be provided. Single parent families will receive a $300 credit for their first child. A scheduled minimum wage increase, effective April 1st, will further mitigate the impact of the HST increase."

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NB: 2016 State of the Province Address
Source: Government of New Brunswick, January 28, 2016

Excerpt: "I am announcing to you tonight that we’re going to create what is called the Education and New Economy Fund. This will help us improve our systems. This will help us ensure that no child is left behind. This will help us ensure that we have a skilled workforce for our economy. This will help us ensure that we indeed become the smart province."

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NU: New Preschool A “Place to Grow” for Nunavut Community
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, February 2, 2016

Excerpt: "The college’s new ECE program — Nunavut’s first two-year ECE diploma program offered outside of Iqaluit — welcomed 10 students last fall, taught by instructors Shiloh Minor and Jedidah Merkosak."

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NU: Nunavut Program Offers Free Dental Checkups for Kids
Source: CBC News, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: "The oral health program started in 2013 in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Government of Nunavut. It offers free exams and fluoride treatment for any children in the territory up to eight years old."

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US: Childcare Costs: Yet Another Way We're Failing the Poor
Source: Forbes, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: "The cost of childcare has grown tremendously in the United States over the last few decades. According to a survey by Pew research, for high-income families, childcare costs could average about 7% of income, while for low-income families, they could be as high as 40% of income."

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AU: Everything You Need to Know About the Childcare Funding Changes
Source: Mamamia, January 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The government wants to spend an extra $3.2 billion on childcare and substantially change how the subsidy system works so thousands of families see more support from the government to meet their childcare costs."

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SG: Experts Hail More Focus On Outdoor Education
Source: The Straits Times, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Outdoor education has become a compulsory component in many Singapore schools. Under a physical education syllabus introduced in 2014, it makes up at least 10 per cent to 20 per cent of curriculum time in primary and secondary schools."

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Resources

A Response by 4th Year George Brown College (GBC) Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) Students to Atkinson Centre’s A Starting Point for Discussions on a New Federal/Provincial/Territorial Early Childhood Agreement
Source: Atkinson Centre, February 2, 2016

Excerpt: "It is also agreed upon that the building costs which form a barrier to the expansion of early childhood programs apply to all sectors in the child care community (school based, non-profit community based and in First Nations communities). We feel that it is necessary that our leaders in positions of power be challenged to raise the bar for early childhood education programs and strive to meet the needs to the level of other OECD countries."

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Women's Health eSurvey
Source: University of Ottawa, February 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Are you currently pregnant or have you given birth since May, 2009? The ultimate goal of this survey is to gain information that could help improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, mothers, and infants in Canada and internationally."

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Notre Dame Research: Cuddling Your Kids May Make Them Healthier Adults
Source: WSBT News, February 1, 2016

Excerpt: ""What parents do in those early months and years are really affecting the way the brain is going to grow the rest of their lives," explains Narvaez, "so lots of holding, touching and rocking. that is what babies expect. They grow better that way. And keep them calm, because all sorts of systems are establishing the way they are going to work. If you let them cry a lot, those systems are going to be easily triggered into stress. We can see that in adult hood -- that people that are not cared for well, tend to be more stress reactive and they have a hard time self calming.""

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Increasing Breastfeeding Worldwide Could Prevent Over 800,000 Child Deaths and 20,000 Deaths from Breast Cancer Every Year
Source: Science Daily, January 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Just 1 in 5 children in high-income countries are breastfed to 12 months, whilst only 1 in 3 children in low and middle-income countries are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. As a result, millions of children are failing to receive the full benefits provided by breastfeeding. The findings come from the largest and most detailed analysis to quantify levels, trends, and benefits of breastfeeding around the world."

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Creating an Anti-Poverty Childcare System
Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, January 27, 2016

Excerpt: "This paper focuses on the impact of high-quality early education and effective early intervention, which can act as protective factors for children against the negative effects of poverty. It also highlights how access to flexible, affordable childcare can reduce pressures on family income and help parents work, train or study."

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Contextualizing the Education Effect on Women’s Employment: A Cross-National Comparative Analysis
Source: Journal of Marriage and Family, January 27, 2016

Excerpt: "State efforts to remove economic disincentives to maternal employment (e.g., reducing the costs of child care) weaken opportunity cost effects for low-educated couples (Mechanism) and thus encourage dual-earner arrangements also among the lower educated. Moreover, family policy may weaken attitudinal effects on parental employment (Mechanism 3), for instance, when the provision of high-quality public child care reduces concerns about the well-being of children in non-parental, institutional care."

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