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ON: City-run daycare programs to exclude kids under 6, starting this fall
Source: CBC News, May 16, 2017

Excerpt: "Despite hopes that the province would grant an exception, children younger than six years old will officially be banned this fall from before-and-after-school programs run by the City of Ottawa."

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ON: Ontario Improving the Health of Mothers and Babies
Source: Government of Ontario, May 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario is supporting mothers and babies with new and expanded health care services, including more midwives, enhanced newborn screening and increased supports for vulnerable babies."

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SK: Demand for daycare workers in Sask. a growing concern
Source: 650 CKOM, May 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Nine joint-use schools open their doors across the province this September and each will house a licensed daycare. Those daycares require 30 early childhood educators (ECE). The licensing agreement even dictates the number of ECE levels required."

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MB: Manitoba Government Announces New Application Intake for Child-Care Building Fund
Source: Government of Manitoba, May 10, 2017

Excerpt: "The building fund provides capital funding support to projects that will build a new non-profit child-care centre or renovate an existing centre for the purposes of adding child care spaces. The 2017-18 budget includes up to $2.8 million. Grant recipients receive up to 40 per cent of capital costs to a maximum of $600,000 for projects in community-owned or leased buildings."

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QC: Under Quebec's new fee structure, subsidized home daycares struggle to survive
Source: CBC News, May 16, 2017

Excerpt: "Recent numbers from the ministry show the number of private, unsubsidized daycare spots has exploded, growing from a mere 1,600 in 2003 to more than 61,000 at the end of March 2017."

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US: The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood
Source: The New York Times, May 13, 2017

Excerpt: "To achieve greater pay equality, social scientists say — other than women avoiding marriage and children — changes would have to take place in workplaces and public policy that applied to both men and women. Examples could be companies putting less priority on long hours and face time, and the government providing subsidized child care and moderate-length parental leave."

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US: How Much Do Toddlers Learn from Play?
Source: The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2017

Excerpt: "The long-term benefits of early childhood education are increasingly clear, and more states and countries are starting preschool programs. But, the people who make decisions about today’s preschool curricula often have more experience with elementary schools. As the early-childhood education researcher Erika Christakis details in her book “The Importance of Being Little,” the result is more pressure to make preschools like schools for older students, with more school work and less free play."

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IE: Preschools without walls: why children need outdoor play
Source: Irish Times, May 16, 2017

Excerpt: "Every generation winces when the previous one recalls how much better life was in their day. But one thing everyone remembers is playing outside as a child. If current trends are anything to go by, however, outdoor play could soon be a thing of the past as modern children spend more and more time glued to TV and computer screens or playing indoors because their parents are worried for their safety."

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ON: Trying to provide child care against all basic economics
Source: Ottawa Citizen, May 9, 2017

Excerpt: "Child care in Ontario is accessible and affordable, the Ontario government continues to maintain. In a response to last week’s column, Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, says the province is taking an historic and transformative approach to delivering child care."

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ON: The need for more daycare spaces (audio)
Source: CBC Morning North, May 1, 2017

Description: "The provincial government has announced it will be opening up and subsidizing thousands of new childcare spaces. We spoke with a daycare provider in Sudbury about what that could mean in the north."

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BC: Vancouver cuts French immersion kindergarten spaces
Source: CBC News, May 9, 2017

Excerpt: "Despite high demand and growing wait-lists for French immersion programs, the Vancouver School Board is cutting French immersion spaces for kindergarten students by nearly one third in the coming school year."

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BC: Parents struggle to find daycare as B.C. schools make space for more classrooms
Source: CBC News, May 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Some advocates say the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on classroom size and composition in B.C. is having an unintended effect for young children: shutting them out of school-based daycares to make more space for classrooms."

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SK: Stronger child-care supports would be the best Mother's Day gift
Source: Regina Leader-Post, May 10, 2017

Excerpt: "The bottom line is this: women take home less money than men. And child-care demands are a big reason why. Moms tend to drop out of the paid work force when child care is too expensive or unavailable. They tend to opt for jobs with “family friendly” hours over jobs with better pay."

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AB: Full-day kindergarten a big leg-up for disadvantaged kids, group says
Source: Edmonton Journal, May 5, 2017


Excerpt: "When a child’s brain soaks up information like a sponge, half of a day can make a big difference."

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QC: The policies and politics of early childhood education
Source: Montreal Gazette, May 4, 2017

Excerpt: "Quebec now spends $2.5 billion a year on subsidized childcare for its youngest citizens. Lest you should balk at this amount, consider the wisdom of Alexandre Taillefer, a prominent Quebec businessman who has recently taken up the defence of CPEs as a crucial social good that supports workers, boosts the economy and invests in the next generation from the start."

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NS: Universal preschool a game changer for Nova Scotia
Source: The News, May 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia becomes the third jurisdiction in Canada, following Ontario and the Northwest Territories, to provide two years of preschool education for all children. The initiative begins this fall in 30 schools providing a full day of play-based learning to over 700 four-year-olds. Within four years the full cohort of over 8,900 children will be able to participate."

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NS: Liberals promise universal preschool program for 4-year-olds
Source: CBC News, May 3, 2017

Excerpt: "Starting in the fall, a Liberal government would spend $3.7 million to offer pre-primary in 30 new classes across the province. The numbers and budget would ramp up in future years as the preschool program is rolled out, largely inside schools. By 2020, the Liberals promise universal access for 9,000 four-year-olds at a cost of $49 million per year. "It may seem expensive, but we believe they are worth it," said McNeil."

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US: Economist says early childhood education spending has big payoff (audio)
Source: MPR News, May 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Economist Arthur Rolnick says we're under-investing in our most vulnerable kids, and that paying for early childhood programs is not just morally right, it's economically smart. Rolnick believes it's the very best public investment we can make."

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US: The Birth of a Mother
Source: The New York Time, May 8, 2017

Excerpt: "For most women, pregnancy and new motherhood is a joy — at least some of the time. But most mothers also experience worry, disappointment, guilt, competition, frustration, and even anger and fear."

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US: What Michigan can learn from Chicago about growing early childhood education
Source: Model D, May 8, 2017

Excerpt: "From the mid-1990s in Illinois, attention on early childhood education was fueled by welfare reform and the push to get parents into work and job training. This increased the need for reliable childcare."

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AU: Budget 2017: What it means for you
Source: News Limited, May 9, 2017

Excerpt: "On the plus side, the Budget includes $37.3 billion for child care over three years from July, to be allocated to about one million Australian families. A single, means-tested child care subsidy will replace previous child care benefits and rebates."

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Universal preschool a game changer for Nova Scotia
Source: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, May 3, 2017

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia becomes the third jurisdiction in Canada, following Ontario and the Northwest Territories, to provide two years of preschool education for all children. The initiative begins this fall in 30 schools providing a full day of play-based learning to over 700 four year olds. Within four years the full cohort of over 8,900 children will be able to participate."

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ON: Ontario's child care is a mess – and it's going to cost you
Source: Ottawa Citizen, May 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Quebec has had low-fee daycare universally available for 20 years. Despite some issues with quality, the program is affordable, accessible and treats parents fairly. To achieve this, Quebec budgets $2.5 billion a year, more than double what Ontario spends."

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ON: Future of unique inclusive kindergarten in doubt
Source: Toronto Star, May 1, 2017

Excerpt: "The Bloorview school, which has more than 200 students at all levels this year, gets education ministry funding for hospital patients or referrals. Any efforts to access funding for able-bodied students would be up to the Jackman Institute, she said."

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ON: A promise to transform the way childcare is provided in Ontario
Source: AECEO, April 28, 2017

Excerpt: "The AECEO welcomes the Ontario government’s $200 million in operating funding and injection into the child care subsidy system, however we are still waiting for a commitment to address the chronic undervaluing of the Early Childhood (EC) workforce."

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ON: Ontario to Provide Free Prescription Drugs for Children and Youth
Source: Government of Ontario, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "The balanced 2017 Budget launches OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare, a new drug benefit program that fully covers the cost of prescription medications for everyone aged 24 and under, regardless of family income. This program -- the first of its kind in Canada -- will ensure that young adults have access to universal drug coverage and parents never have to choose between paying for their children's prescription drugs and providing other essentials."

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ON: Ontario budget puts focus on children’s well-being
Source: Toronto Star, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "The government is also putting $200 million in new operating funds that will create 24,000 additional daycare spaces this year — 16,000 of them subsidized for low- to moderate-income families."

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ON: Daycare boost in Ontario budget a boon for parents
Source: Toronto Star, April 26, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario has the highest child care fees in the country with Toronto families paying as much as $20,000 a year for a spot. For a family earning about $40,000, a fee subsidy would cut the average daily cost of child care in the city from $83 to under $8, Naidoo-Harris said. Toronto usually receives one-quarter to one-third of any new provincial funding, meaning the city could get up to 8,000 new spaces this year."

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ON: Toronto Children's Services: General Manager's Spring Update, 2017 (video)
Source: City of Toronto, April 25, 2017

Description: "There is a lot happening to strengthen services for Toronto's families (including child care). General Manager of Children's Services, Elaine Baxter-Trahair, provides an update on the many initiatives currently underway."

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CA: Liberals move to strengthen baby playpen safety regulations
Source: Global News, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "Health Canada says it received reports of 10 deaths, one serious injury, and 31 minor injuries associated with playpens and playpen accessories, such as change table and bassinet attachments, since the last major round of regulations was implemented more than two decades ago."

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BC: Parents struggle to find daycare as B.C. schools make space for more classrooms
Source: CBC News, May 1, 2017

Excerpt: "A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on classroom size and composition in B.C. is having an unintended effect for young children: shutting them out of school-based daycares to make more space for classrooms."

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AB: $25 daycare will get more women in workforce, advocates say (video)
Source: CBC News, May 1, 2017

Excerpt: "The Alberta government's pilot program offering a $25-per-day daycare program has the potential to allow more women to enter the workforce, a Calgary NDP MLA says."

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PE: Provincial law could end Kensington's summer day camps
Source: CBC News, May 2, 2017

Excerpt: "The new Early Learning and Child Care Act, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires some camps to be licensed depending on the number and age of the children that attend, the amount of time they are there and the amount of care and supervision they need."

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NU: Government of Canada supports healthy children, families and communities in Nunavut
Source: Health Canada, May 2, 2017

Excerpt: "Health promotion initiatives, including mental health and wellness and sexual health programming; maternal and child health programs, such as the “Nunavut Baby Boxes” filled with newborn essentials; and tobacco cessation programs."

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Resources

Early Childhood Education Summit (video)
Source: Sommet sur l'éducation à la petite enfance, May 18, 2017

View a recap video of the Early Childhood Education Summit held in Montreal May 4-5, 2017.

Access the report and other information on the summit here.

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Declaration: For Recognition of All Children’s Right to Quality Educational Services, from Birth Onward
Source: Sommet sur l'éducation à la petite enfance, May 2017

Excerpt: "Here is the Declaration of the Summit on Early Childhood Education for recognition of the right of every child to quality education services from birth. If you wish, you can make a citizen gesture by signing this Declaration electronically. In doing so, you will affirm your adherence to the principles set out therein and which promote equal opportunities for every citizen."

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Preterm Birth Research Initiative
Source: Government of Canada, May 12, 2017

Excerpt: "CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health has established a Preterm Birth Initiative to support new and innovative research ideas as well as improvements in the perinatal health care system and patient outcomes. The Institute has invested $6.45 million to support three elements under its initiative: A pan-Canadian collaborative preterm birth research network; A research team focusing on improving the perinatal health care system in Canada; Six research projects focused on catalyzing new research approaches to preventing preterm birth and improving outcomes for babies born preterm."

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Growing Up in New Zealand - Now We Are Four: Describing the preschool years, 2017
Source: The University of Auckland, May 2017

Excerpt: "In particular, we can see how the situation of mothers changes when children pass from infancy to early childhood. The biggest shift for most children is that they now attend early childhood education, and most are reported to be generally happy and healthy and spending time getting to know their peers. This means that we also see greater employment of mothers, leading to improved economic circumstances for these households."

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Australian stay-at-home dads not all ‘Mr Mums’
Source: Australian Institute of Family Studies, May 16, 2017

Excerpt: "Australian men who become stay-at-home dads while their partners go out to work are still comparatively rare, despite a growing perception their numbers are on the rise."

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Father–Child Interactions at 3 Months and 24 Months: Contributions to Children's Cognitive Development at 24 Months
Source: Wiley Online Library, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "Favorable environmental experiences, especially those embedded within early caregiving relationships, have a positive impact on a child's cognitive development (Bernier, Carlson, & Whipple, 2010). However, while there is compelling support for this association in mothers, less is known about the association between father–infant interactions and children's cognitive development. There has been evidence of positive benefits of fathers’ presence in their children's homes, fathers sensitive parenting (Bornstein, Hahn, & Haynes, 2004; Sarkadi, Kristiansson, Oberklaid, & Bremberg, 2008), and their increased involvement in childcare on other child outcomes such as emotional and behavioral development (Lamb, 2010; Pleck & Masciadrelli, 2004)."

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Do Parents Know “High Quality” Preschool When They See It?
Source: University of Virginia, January 2017

Excerpt: "Informational interventions hinge on the assumption that parents are currently unable to assess ECE quality. This study examines whether parents’ evaluation of their child’s program is explained by an extensive set of quality measures including: observational measures of the quality of classroom instruction; measures of children’s learning gains; measures of structural quality; and measures of program convenience. We find that parents’ evaluations of their program were not systematically related with any of the measures of quality, corroborating this."

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Honourable Margaret McCain address at the Early Childhood Education Summit
Source: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, May 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Twenty years ago, Quebec distinguished itself as the most family-friendly province in Canada. To families elsewhere, who pay the equivalent of a second mortgage for care; Quebec’s $5 a day childcare became a beacon of the possible. When affordable childcare was complemented by enhanced parental leave the benefits began to multiply."

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A Snapshot of Women, Work and Family in Canada
Source: Vanier Institute of the Family, May 9, 2017

Excerpt: "70% of mothers with children aged 5 and under were employed in 2015, compared with only 32% in 1976."

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Respecting local culture (Videos)
Source: Science of Early Childhood Development, May 9, 2017

Excerpt: "Programs that support healthy child development must respect local culture, values, and practices, as well as existing initiatives and strategies. Families benefit most from programs when parents can easily integrate the ideas and practices into their daily lives and routines."

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Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, May 4, 2017

Excerpt: "For each 30-minute increase in handheld screen time, researchers found a 49% increased risk of expressive speech delay."

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The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects
Source: The Brookings Institution, April 17, 2017

Excerpt: "In conclusion, the scientific rationale, the uniformly positive evidence of impact on kindergarten readiness, and the nascent body of ongoing inquiry about long-term impacts lead us to conclude that continued implementation of scaled-up pre-k programs is in order as long as the implementation is accompanied by rigorous evaluation of impact."

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The State of Children from Birth to Age 5 Across Developed Nations: How Do Their Early Childhood Policies Compare?
Source: Duke University, April 30, 2017

Excerpt: "Pre-primary enrollment in Canada was 74% in 2013. Although full-or part-time center-based child care coverage has been increasing steadily, a large gap between need and provision remains. Various kinds of regulated child care exist – full-day centers, part-time preschool, family child care and school-age child care – but their prevalence varies significantly between provinces and territories, with Quebec holding a 60% share of total public spending on regulated child care in 2012."

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Ontario budget is balanced, but province still in a fiscal straightjacket
Source: Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "In this budget, the province re-announced its commitment to open up 100,000 child care spaces over five years (first announced in the 2016 throne speech). The province also re-announced its commitment to include fee subsidies for about 60 per cent of these new child care spaces. But it falls short of what the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) has been pushing for: an affordable sliding fee scale for child care spaces. It would make for a good election hook, but it’s absent in this year’s budget promises."

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English Version now available - Pour continuer à grandir: Commission sur l’éducation à la petite enfance
Source: Institut du Nouveau Monde, April 2017

Excerpt: "Family Policy initiatives focus on early childhood care and education. The Policy responds to educational and daycare needs that were clearly established in the 1960s by the Parent Report, which even in that day recommended quality educational activities for 4 and 5 year olds. This idea was also discussed in the 1991 report Un Québec fou de ses enfants, which served as the government’s inspiration for the Family Policy."

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In Need of a Booster: How to Improve Childhood Vaccination Coverage in Canada
Source: C.D. Howe Institute, April 27, 2017

Excerpt: "A vocal few Canadians hold anti-vaccine views, but they are not the main reason for insufficient childhood vaccination coverage across Canada, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “In Need of a Booster: How to Improve Childhood Vaccination Coverage in Canada,” authors Colin Busby, Aaron Jacobs and Ramya Muthukumaran, suggest that a much more sensible strategy to reverse falling vaccine rates among Canadian children would be to target parents classified as “fence-sitters” – those who partially but not fully immunize their children."

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Implementing Multi-Sectoral Healthy Child Development Initiatives: Lessons Learned from Community-Based Interventions
Source: Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health, April 11, 2017

Excerpt: "Between the ages of 0 and 6, children experience a phase of accelerated growth. This period is considered a critical window of opportunity for brain development. In fact, it is the interplay of the developing brain and the environment that drives child development. Early experiences can therefore have a significant impact on children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development."

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