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ON: TDSB Says it’s Ready for Full-Day Kindergarten Even Though Some Construction Projects Won’t be Finished by SeptemberSource: Toronto Star, July 23, 2014

Excerpt: "The Toronto District School Board says construction projects to prepare 98 elementary schools for full-day kindergarten won’t all be finished by Labour Day. But there are plans in place to make sure all schools will deliver the program, now in the final phase of its rollout across the province."


ON: Proposed Ontario Child Care Law Might Save Two Toronto Daycares
Source: Toronto Star, July 18, 2014

Excerpt: "New provincial child care legislation, reintroduced by the Kathleen Wynne government this week, may give Toronto new powers to stop commercial child-care centres from gobbling up non-profit daycares when their leases expire, say city staff. If approved, the legislation may offer some protection to two non-profit daycares that are poised to lose their leases to a for-profit child care chain willing to pay more rent, said Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Toronto’s general manager of children’s services."


ON: Child Care Chain Threatens Beloved Non-Profit Daycare
Source: Toronto Star, July 17, 2014

Excerpt: "For the second time this summer, parents at a high-quality daycare in Toronto are facing the loss of their beloved centre because a for-profit child care chain wants the space and is willing to pay more rent. North York Little Prints Daycare, a non-profit centre in a commercial building at Yonge and York Mills, opened 20 years ago with more than $300,000 in capital grants from the city and Queen’s Park."


ON: Cerebral Palsy Rates Higher Among Children with Canadian-Born Mothers
Source: University of Toronto, July 14, 2014

Excerpt: "Babies born to mothers who immigrated to Ontario from other countries have significantly lower rates of cerebral palsy than those of Canadian-born mothers, especially those from the Caribbean and East Asia, new research has found."


Stop the Baby Battle, and Give Dads Their Own Paid Leave
Source: Globe and Mail, July 23, 2014

Excerpt: ""Dad-only" leave already exists in Quebec, where a separate five-week paid post-partum leave program has existed for fathers since 2006. An impressive 80 per cent of fathers in Quebec take some time off after their babies are born, compared with just 25 per cent in the rest of the country. Quebec dads take longer leaves, too, staying home to bond with their offspring and deal with the mountains of laundry for almost six weeks, compared to just two and a half across the rest of the country."


BC: Surrey Board of Trade Makes Case for National Child-Care Program
Source: The Vancouver Sun, July 23, 2014

Excerpt: "The Surrey Board of Trade will take the business case for a national child-care program to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce convention in September with the aim of shoring up support for such a scheme. The board recommends in a resolution "that the federal government work with the provinces and territories to develop, improve and expand access to a Canadian child-care program that will determine an appropriate child-care rate for parents and rate of public investment per space.""


Canada Is Far from Breaking the Glass Ceiling Over Women in the Workplace
Source: Vice, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "Oxfam says it has to do with the fact that we have no national child care program. Women spend an average of 50 hours (just over double what men spend) on child care and other unpaid household work. That impacts how much time women can spend on paid work and whether or not they stand a chance at promotion, says Kate McInturff, senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives."


BC: Parents and Businesses Push for $10-A-Day Child Care in B.C. (with video)
Source: The Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2014

Excerpt: "It is easy to see why parents such as Anna Geeroms, who pays $2,500 a month for a nanny three days a week, are enthusiastic supporters of a subsidized child care plan, but support is also coming from B.C.'s business community. The Surrey Board of Trade laid out the business case for $10-a-day child care in B.C. in a 2012 position paper, noting that parents with young children make up a significant share of the city’s workforce."


BC: Don Cayo: Economy Soared When Women Went to Work, But What if More Stay Home?
Source: The Vancouver Sun, July 18, 2014

Excerpt: "Arguments for affordable child care usually focus on the help it provides for families, the leg up young children receive from structured interactions with other kids and trained caregivers, and/or the economic contribution of a vibrant child-care industry. Maybe it’s time now to pay more attention to a fourth issue: the much larger economic impact when more parents, mostly women, find it manageable and affordable to hold a job outside the home."


QC: Autism Preschool Called ‘Illegal Daycare’ by Family Ministry in Quebec
Source: Autism Daily Newscast, July 16, 2014

Excerpt: "Caught in a bureaucratic quagmire, an area preschool for children with autism is facing closure due to its inability to secure a permit. The Quebec government has marked The Little Red Playhouse as a daycare centre while the preschool considers itself a private institution."


PE: Early Childhood Educators Upgrade Skills
Source: Government of Prince Edward Island, Education and Early Childhood Development, May 26, 2014

Excerpt: "The success of the early childhood education system depends on highly trained and qualified early childhood educators, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. "Government recognized that there was a shortage of qualified early childhood educators as a result of moving kindergarten into the school system and we worked with our partners to ensure that early childhood educators received the training they needed," said Minister McIsaac. "Congratulations to all those who have upgraded their knowledge, skills and abilities and continue to provide excellent early learning and child care to our Island children.""


Why Swedish Men Take So Much Paternity Leave
Source: The Economist, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "Forty years ago Sweden became the first country in the world to introduce a gender-neutral paid parental-leave allowance. This involves paying 90% of wages for 180 days per child, and parents were free to divvy up the days between them in whatever way they pleased. But the policy was hardly a hit with dads: in the scheme's first year men took only 0.5% of all paid parental leave. Today they take a quarter of it. One reason is that the scheme has become more generous, with the number of paid leave days for the first child being bumped up from 180 to 480."


US: White House Education Official David Johns Sparks the #TeachTheBabies Movement
Source: Huffington Post, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "The importance of early childhood education is sometimes an afterthought in our discourse about the general topic of education in the United States. A lot of discussions center on access and success in the higher education realm, sometimes beginning with conversations about the K-12 pipeline. The national push for universal pre-Kindergarten, reinvigorated in recent years by President Obama, has altered the focus of education policy and messaging. It's important to note how social media campaigns have helped to highlight the issue reminding everyone of how important the early years in the development of the brains of young people."


AU: Call for Paid Childcare for 'Qualified' Grandparents: Productivity Commission
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get TAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nation’s convoluted childcare system. The bewildering array of childcare subsidies should be replaced with a single, means-tested payment that would go directly to the parents' choice of provider, according to a draft report by the Productivity Commission."


US: We’re Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Own Failures
Source: The Nation, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "You’ve probably heard the name Shanesha Taylor at this point. She’s the Arizona mother who was arrested for leaving her children in the car while she went to a job interview. Her story went viral thanks likely to a truly heart-wrenching, tear-stained mugshot. Taylor, who was homeless, says her babysitter flaked on her and she didn’t know what else to do while she went to a job interview for a position that would have significantly improved her family’s financial situation."


NZ: Greens Vague on Budget for Early Childhood Education Policy
Source: 3 News, July 21, 2014

Excerpt: "Twenty hours a week of free early childhood education would be extended to two-year-olds in a policy unveiled by the Green Party today. But at a cost of almost $300 million, National is asking who will pay for it. Around 120,000 three- and four-year-olds are enrolled in early childhood education. They can get 20 hours a week free, but families of the estimated 40,000 two-year-olds can't. "Every child should have enough to thrive and any less is a failure of our society," says Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei."


US: Early Childhood Education Has Critical Level of Support
Source: Albuquerque Journal, July 19, 2014

Excerpt: "This year’s New Mexico Voices for Children KIDS COUNT Conference brought into sharp focus the crisis confronting our families at this time – the deeply disturbing deficiencies in early childhood education and development. Most New Mexicans know that our state has slipped further behind, falling from 49th to 50th place in the national rankings in measures of children’s well-being. Fortunately, the conference provided reason for renewed hope."


US: Early Education Should Be Integral Part of Elementary Schools, Foundation Says
Source: The Washington Post, July 16, 2014

Excerpt: "Preschool programs should be integral parts of elementary schools with comparable funding levels and school hours; child-care professionals should be trained as teachers, not babysitters; and state data systems should include information about early education, according to a blueprint for speeding up improvements in early education."


ON: High-Quality Daycare Closing As Free Lease Ends
Source: Toronto Star, July 15, 2014

Excerpt: "More than 40 Toronto families are scrambling to find daycare after a long-standing non-profit centre in the city’s financial district is being forced to close. The 72-space Scotia Plaza Child Care Centre on King St. W. has been operated by George Brown College since 1989. Under an agreement between the city and the building’s developer, the bank tower was allowed extra density in exchange for free child care space for 25 years."


ON: Building Ontario up Today for a Brighter, Stronger Tomorrow
Source: Government of Ontario, July 14, 2014

Excerpt: "Despite a challenging global economic environment, Ontario continues to attract investments that are creating jobs, growing the economy, and expanding opportunity for workers today and tomorrow. Ontario's talented workforce is its greatest asset in attracting investment and sustaining economic growth. The Budget builds on the strength of Ontario's people by; Completing the rollout of Full-Day Kindergarten this fall and investing in child care modernization and stabilization, so that every child in Ontario has the best possible start in life."


ON: Social Advocates Eye Higher Taxes Down the Road
Source: Toronto Star, July 14, 2014

Excerpt: "In previous years, the Liberals increased the Ontario Child Benefit, which activists herald as a cornerstone to the province’s child poverty reduction plan. The current budget would tie future benefit increases to inflation. The child benefit has helped lift an estimated 47,000 children in Ontario out of poverty since its inception in 2008. Child poverty rates fell to 13.8 per cent from 15.2 per cent from 2008 to 2011, according to figures from Statistics Canada. Poverty rates of children living in families headed by single mothers fell to 38.2 per cent from 43.7 per cent in that time."


ON: Province Proposing Improved Child Care Safety
Source: My Kawartha, July 13, 2014

Excerpt: "The Ontario government will be watching unlicensed child care providers even closer should the Child Care Modernization Act (2014) be passed. The legislation was reintroduced on Thursday (July 10) and intends to strengthen oversight of the Province’s unlicensed child care sector, while increasing access to licensed child care options for families. It would also allow the Province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child’s safety is at risk."


ON: Child Care Modernization Act
Source: Government of Ontario, Ministry of Education, July 10, 2014

Excerpt: "The Day Nurseries Act is the legislation that currently governs child care in Ontario. This act originally came into force in 1946 and has not been comprehensively reviewed since 1983. It no longer reflects the child care needs of today's families or the realities of the child care sector. What would Ontario's legislation achieve? If passed, the Child Care Modernization Act would improve safety and help foster the learning, development, health and well-being of children through four key changes to the child care system."


Why Governments Must Invest in Early Childhood Education
Source: Globe and Mail, July 14, 2014

Excerpt: "Today, with a plethora of research on childhood development, it is clear that investing more money into preschool programs and other early education schemes leads to better outcomes for both society and the individual. This includes perhaps the most important result of all: levelling the playing field."


BC: "Children are Being Sacrificed to Save Money"—Striking British Columbia Teacher
Source: World Socialist Web Site, July 12, 2014

Excerpt: "Forty-one thousand British Columbia teachers are now in their fourth week of a province-wide strike. The key issue in the strike is the provincial Liberal government’s assault on public education. Shortly after taking office in 2001, the Liberals—as part of a wider attack on public services and the workers who administer them—passed legislation reopening teachers’ contracts. Bill 27 and 28 gutted class-size and class-composition guarantees and abolished teachers’ right to collectively bargain with the government over these issues."


Childcare Protest (Video)
Source: CHEK, July 12, 2014

Description: "More than 100 people descended on the BC Legislature today, to protest against this province’s child care system. The so-called ‘stroller brigade’ is pushing for affordable child care in BC. Child care can cost up to $1,500 a month, which makes it unaffordable for many BC families. The Coalition of Childcare Advocates wants to see a $10 a day childcare program that everyone in the province would have access to."


In A Changing World of Family Diversity, Kids Don’t Care Where Love Comes From
Source: Globe and Mail, July 11, 2014

Excerpt: "What do these two viral stories have in common? They are both examples of how alternative family models, in which biological parents take a secondary role to non-biological parents, are changing the face of the contemporary family. Whether it’s children born through donor sperm, donor eggs, open adoption, to same-sex or single-parents-by-choice, a rapidly growing number of kids are being born into families where they might have three parents. This in itself is not a new social trend; what is new is the level of openness involved."


NDP's Tom Mulcair Pitches House of Commons Daycare for MPs
Source: CBC News, July 9, 2014

Excerpt: "A generational shift among the elected officials, means there are more MPs juggling political portfolios with parenting. Leading the baby boom are members of the Official Opposition. The NDP’s MP for Beauharnois-Salaberry, Anne Minh Thu Quach, gave birth to a baby girl this past Saturday and another MP, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, is expecting her first child in August. Just two of the reasons NDP leader Tom Mulcair is now pushing for some help with the work/life balance inside the House of Commons."


US: Is Preschool Effective? Some Good Signs for Incoming Class of 2028
Source: The Seattle Times, July 8, 2014

Excerpt: "For the 9,800 children in Washington who attended the state’s preschool program this past school year, the challenges went well beyond learning to count and identify letters. Nearly half —4,112 —live in families with incomes that are half of what the federal government considers the poverty line. Roughly 10 percent are homeless, 13 percent have at least one parent with mental health issues, and for 12 percent of them, one or more of their parents never finished middle school, much less high school."


US: A Grand (Statewide) Pre-K Experiment
Source: Capital New York, July 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Lost in the city-centric coverage of the state’s expansion of pre-kindergarten is the fact that areas all over New York will be engaging in an ambitious experiment, too. It involves community organizations like YMCAs and day care centers, which have long played a role in delivering state-funded pre-kindergarten programs and which, under a new $340 million grant program approved in the state budget, will have a new degree of independence."


US: Early Childhood Stress May Stunt Brain Development, Causing Deficits in Memory and Learning
Source: Medical Daily, July 5, 2014

Excerpt: "A new study found that chronic stress in early childhood is not only able to inflict long-lasting emotional damage on a child, it can physically shrink their brains. The reasoning behind this is unclear but researchers stress that not everyone will experience these negative outcomes and hopefully, for those who do, the effects are reversible."


US: Saturday Soapbox: Early Education Pays Big Dividends to Society
Source: Yakima Herald, July 5, 2014

Excerpt: "The concepts of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) and “Equal Opportunity” don’t have real meaning if the state does not make sure every child has quality early learning or preschool at ages 3 and 4. Washington state is below the national average in providing early learning. The longer we put off changing the concept of basic education, the more it will cost us. Some studies indicate returns of $10 to $15 for every $1 invested in quality early learning. Where else can you get that kind of return on taxpayer dollars?"


US: Ask the Experts: How Can We Fix Early Childhood Education?
Source: NationSwell, July 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Consider this: The future success of every child is in many ways determined before he or she turns 8. During those early years, how that child learns and develops — mentally, emotionally and socially — is critical. This isn’t a theory. It’s a fact, based on decades of research on the positive effects of quality early-learning experiences on children’s lives. It’s no wonder then that educators, politicians, researchers and families have honed in on early childhood education as a means to invest not only in the future of America, but also to help deter and improve any number of complex social issues."


ON: Improving the Safety and Accessibility of Child Care: Ontario Government Proposing Greater Oversight of Unlicensed Child Care Sector
Source: Government of Ontario, Ministry of Education, July 10, 2014

Excerpt: "Today, the Ontario government continues its support for families and children by re-introducing the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014. The legislation, if passed, would strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector, while increasing access to licensed child care options for families. In addition, it would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk."


ON: Cornwall, SDG Schools Ready for Full-Day Kindergarten: Five-Year Rollout Started in 2010
Source: Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, July 7, 2014

Excerpt: "September's new school year will mark the completion of the five-year plan to roll out full-day kindergarten in Ontario. While some school boards across Ontario are scrambling to complete the necessary expansions or renovations in order to host the program, local area facilities in the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) are in great shape when it comes to full-day kindergarten. "We won't have to worry," UCDSB superintendent Valerie Allen said. "We have the appropriate space.""

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ON: Speech from the Throne - Building Ontario Up
Source: Government of Ontario, July 3, 2014

Excerpt: "The government's plan to build on the talent and skills of Ontario's workforce will: Help recent high school graduates gain valuable work experience with the introduction of Experience Ontario; Extend the Youth Jobs Strategy to put more young people on the path to fulfilling careers; Provide more postsecondary spaces for students; Make full-day kindergarten available across the province this fall; Improve education to achieve excellence."


ON: City of Ottawa Unveils Online Daycare Sign Up
Source: Metro News, July 3, 2014

Excerpt: "The city of Ottawa has announced a new online childcare registry and waiting list that will replace the old phone-based system. The new software replaces the city’s centralized waiting list that was implemented in 2004. Plans for the new system began in 2013. The new system “deals with today’s parents who are looking to use technology,” said Aaron Burry, general manager of the city’s community and social services."


This Baby Gets $100 a Month for Child Care. It's Not Even Close to Enough.
Source: Press Progress, July 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Should a monthly cheque for $100 really be branded a child care program? That's what the Conservative government doles out to parents for each kid under the age of six to provide "choice in child care." The problem with the "Universal Child Care Benefit"? The Child Care Resource and Research Unit crunched the numbers, and found that it covers only a tiny fraction of the actual cost of child care."

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QC: Quebec Daycare Workers on Strike, Almost 100,000 Children Affected
Source: CTV News, July 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Almost 14,000 daycare workers staged a one-day strike Monday as part of a labour dispute with government, in a work stoppage that will affect about 92,000 kids. FIPEQ, a union affiliated with the Confederation of Trade Unions of Quebec (CSQ), said that many employees put in about 50 hours of work per week but receive the same pay as their counterparts in the CPE system who work 35 hours."


Missing Data Hurting Education of Children Born Into Poverty, Educators Told
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, July 7, 2014

Excerpt: "Rob Santos has no doubt that poverty hurts a child’s ability to learn. But some hard data to back that up and find solutions would be helpful. The absence of a national long-form census, the inability and unwillingness of education and health and child-welfare systems to collect and share information, all of that hurts the uphill battle to ensure that children born into poverty get an equal education, Santos told the Canadian Teachers Federation today."


Canada's Children Deserve Better
Source: The Leader-Post, July 4, 2014

Excerpt: "In 2004, the OECD's note on Canada assessing early learning and care (ELC) determined that, with the exception of Quebec, ELC consisted of "a patchwork of fragmented services ... without a focused child development and education role.""

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Canada’s Latest Baby Boom Caught Experts by Surprise — In Part Because Our Birth Rate is Declining
Source: National Post, July 4, 2014

Excerpt: "But what the 2011 census revealed as a “baby boomlet” is proving to be an enduring pattern in Canadian communities coast to coast, regardless of economic health. For the first time in 50 years, this cohort grew in all provinces and territories, in Alberta by 20% and in Quebec by 17.5%, the census found. Demographers expect it will continue for a decade longer."


The Benefits of a Public Child Care Program Go Further Than You Think
Source: CUPE, July 3, 2014

Excerpt: "When it comes to important economic programs, most people wouldn’t put child care at the top of their list, but that’s starting to change. We’ve known for years that quality child care programs can return more than $2 in benefits for every $1 invested, primarily as a result of better socio-economic outcomes for children."


MM: Myanmar Launches Early Childhood Care, Development Policy
Source: IANS Live, July 9, 2014

Excerpt: "Myanmar has launched its first multi-sectoral policy on early childhood care and development (ECCD) to enable children get a better start in life and for the better future of the country. President U Thein Sein stated that the future of children depends on the implementation of ECCD activities, which are not just about the quantity but also the quality of services, Xinhua reported citing the state media."

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PK: Prioritising Quality in Education
Source: The News International, July 9, 2014

Excerpt: "A minimum level of living standards is necessary for a child to attain his or her human potential regardless of the circumstances – such as gender, geographic region, ethnicity or family background – into which he or she is born. Such minimum standards must include electricity, clean water, sanitation, healthcare, and education. Children from disadvantaged groups of the society set off on an unequal path from day one."


UK: 1.9 Million Cut Working Hours to Look After Grandchildren
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, July 8, 2014

Excerpt: "Nearly two million grandparents have given up a job, reduced their hours or taken time off work to look after their grandchildren according to an Ipsos Mori poll commissioned by charities Grandparents Plus, Save the Children, and The Family and Childcare Trust. With national childcare costs rising by 27% over the last five years, the poll reveals that grandparents are making significant time and financial contributions towards their grandchildren’s upbringing, with 12% estimating they have spent over £1,000 a year on their grandchildren, and a further 17% giving between £500 and £1,000."


NZ: Teachers Hail Labour Schools Policy
Source: Hawke’s Bay Today, July 8, 2014

Excerpt: "At its election year Congress at the weekend, Labour announced education policies costing $850 million over four years, including reduced class sizes, hiring 2000 more teachers, increasing teacher quality, restricting school donations, and funding digital devices."

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US: Preparing Children for Kindergarten
Source: The Argus Observer, July 4, 2014

Excerpt: "Oregon’s Early Learning Council is moving toward establishing more early learning hubs across Oregon, one of which is Eastern Oregon Community Services Hub, made up of Malheur, Wallowa and Baker counties. Oregon’s Early Learning Council is charged with improving kindergarten readiness and family stability while making sure educational systems are more coordinated and aligned to effectively support people, according to information from the Oregon Education Investment Board."


US: The Big Emotional, Financial Costs of Childhood Poverty
Source: Philly.com, June 23, 2014

Excerpt: "The effects of poverty on child health have been well-documented: Higher rates of infant death, prematurity, and low birth weight, upticks in the severity of asthma and readmissions, more childhood obesity and its many consequences, such as diabetes, hypertension, and orthopedic complications. Poor children also have more accidental and non-accidental injuries such as those from car accidents, falls, fires, and homicides. They have more trajectory-altering events such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and encounters with the juvenile justice system. Studies also show links between early childhood poverty and poor academic outcomes, as well as large increases in social and emotional problems, from ADHD to aggression."


ON: Queen's Park Gears Up for Summer Session
Source: Toronto Star, July 1, 2014

Excerpt: "The Liberals have committed to re-introducing all 28 bills that died when the election was called May 2, which includes the Fair Minimum Wage Act, the Invasive Species Act, the Child Care Modernization Act, a bill to ban paid blood donations, and the Accountability Act."

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ON: More Support on the Way for Ontario Families
Source: Government of Ontario, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, June 30, 2014

Excerpt: "Beginning July 2014, hundreds of thousands of Ontario families will receive another increase of up to $100 per child annually to their Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) payment. As a result of the 2013 and 2014 increases, an estimated 90,000 additional children in 46,000 more families are eligible for the OCB for the first time. With these increases, the benefit has more than doubled since 2008."


ON: With Child Care in Schools, All’s Well That Ends Well
Source: The Record, June 27, 2014

Excerpt: "Sometimes, a wrenching thunderstorm gives you beautiful flowers afterwards. That's what happened with child care that's offered in public schools. Two years ago, some parents were screaming mad at school board officials who were planning for the board to take over before- and after-school care at local elementary schools. That was part of the big transition to full-day kindergarten. Hell hath no fury like a working parent whose child care might be messed with. These parents feared their existing arrangements — which involved having agencies like the Y provide child care right at the school — would be scuttled."

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ON: A Fond Farewell Celebration for Lambton College's Early Childhood Education Centre
Source: Sarnia Observer, June 26, 2014

Excerpt: "The centre will close its doors on July 18 after 40 years of serving the community by providing a safe and creative environment for young children to grow, learn and socialize with one another. The centre was also the training ground for aspiring educational assistants at the college's early childhood education program, many of whom gained invaluable experience learning how to effectively care for and educate young children."


Action Doesn't Match Rhetoric
Source: The Star Phoenix, July 3, 2014

Excerpt: "Canada is often heralded as a great country: Remember our rankings with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Quality of Life Index in 2011, which ranked us No. 2, and then in 2013 the Better Life Index ranked us at No. 3. But what does such a measure really say about a place and its society? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi dissident and pastor, said, "The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children," which seems to me to be a very good measure for determining a quality of life index."


How Do Children Learn Moral Behavior? (Video)
Source: KTVU, July 2, 2014

Description: "Can telling children the right story help them learn honesty? Kang Lee, University of Toronto psychology professor, discusses his research into how children learn to lie on the News Hub with Sara Murr."

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Child Care Victory for Working Parents: Editorial
Source: Toronto Star, July 2, 2014

Excerpt: "As the Star has written before, a lot of mothers with young children are in the workforce. Helping them mesh their jobs with their child-care needs is good for the economy as a whole. The message to employers by now should be clear. Within reason, they are required to give working parents a break."


QC:  Daycare Unhappy with Delays in Rebuilding Playground
Source: The Gazette, June 27, 2014

Excerpt: "Parents and educators at a Plateau Mont-Royal daycare have become so frustrated with their landlord’s delays in rebuilding the facility’s playground that they called a news conference Friday to appeal to the provincial government for help. The Centre de la petite enfance (CPE) Lafontaine is one of two daycares that operate out of a 129-year-old building on Roy St. at the corner of Berri St. Back in 2006, the owner of the building, a government agency called the Société Québécoise des infrastructures (SQI), tore up the playground because the building needed some major repairs to its foundation."


NB: David Alward's Daycare Election Promise Falls Short
Source: CBC News, June 26, 2014

Excerpt: "A key social policy commitment made by the Progressive Conservatives in the 2010 election campaign to increase daycare spaces in the province by 50 per cent has come up more than 5,300 spots short of that target, new figures show."

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SK: New Booster Seat Laws Effective June 27
Source: Government of Saskatchewan, June 16, 2014

Excerpt: "Booster seats will be mandatory for children under age seven, effective June 27.  To help encourage parents to comply with the change, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and Canadian Tire are working together to support child safety, offering coupons for a free booster seat to drivers when they’re caught without one."


US: Early Childhood Care the Cure for a Host of NM’s Ills
Source: Albuquerque Journal, July 2, 2014

Excerpt: "High-quality care and preschool programs like NM Pre-K improve children’s readiness for school, which means they are less likely to start out behind. When kids start school on the right track, their outcomes are vastly improved, not just in K-12 but beyond."


ET: Conference Focuses on Improving Early Grade Reading
Source: Ethiosports, June 30, 2014

Excerpt: "A conference on the theme “Early Grade Reading: A grand challenge for quality education in Ethiopia, the role of public private partnership” was held on Friday June 27th at Siyonat Hotel. It brought education leaders, policy makers, learning institutions, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) together to discus sustainable actions to improve early grade reading skills of children and ensure quality education with positive development impacts."

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UK: IPPR Calls for All Families to Receive Help with Childcare Costs
Source: The Guardian, June 29, 2014

Excerpt: "Every family should get help from the government with the cost of childcare, according to a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research to be published this week. In a far-reaching look at resolving the struggles that families are facing with the cost and quality of childcare, the centre-left IPPR says prioritising policy on the issue makes sense because it would improve children's development, boost the employment rates of parents, especially women, and allow parents to make choices about sharing work and childcare."


US: Why We Need Affordable Child Care for All—Now
Source: Today’s Parent, June 25, 2014

Excerpt: "We had a national daycare program snatched out of our hands when the federal Liberals lost the 2006 election. If we want all women (not just those who can afford the cost of daycare) to be able to work if they choose to, then we need a comprehensive plan to support parents, and that includes local subsidies that meet the needs of the community as well as a federal program. Until then, we leave many families vulnerable to impossible choices like Taylor’s."


US: Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap
Source: The White House Blog, June 25, 2014

Excerpt: "Research shows that during the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Critically, what she hears has direct consequences for what she learns. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies that are half the size of their peers by age 3, putting them at a disadvantage before they even step foot in a classroom."

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Research Reports & Resources

From ‘Migrant’ to ‘Citizen’: Learning from the Experiences of Former Caregivers Transitioning Out of the Live-in Caregiver Program
Source: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "The Gabriela Transitions Experiences Survey (GATES) is a community-led national survey of 631 current and former live-in caregivers in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal, with financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. GATES was initiated in 2011 by former live-in caregivers in Gabriela Ontario to gather information about the experiences of the Filipina women who are transitioning to life as Canadians after completing their Live-In Caregiver Program requirements."


Royal College Position Statement: Early Childhood Development
Source: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, June 26, 2014

Excerpt: "Early childhood or ‘the early years’ is the most important developmental phase of life in which crucial advancements in physical, social, cognitive, emotional and language domains take place. Experiences during this time - and even before birth - influence health, education and economic prospects throughout life.  Experiences in the first six years can become biologically embedded and influence outcomes throughout the life course in a positive way but also in a negative way. Disruptions during this period can significantly impact behavior and learning as well as adult health outcomes."


Childcare and Early Childhood Learning - Productivity Commission Draft Report
Source: Australian Government, Productivity Commission, July 22, 2014

Excerpt: "The market for child care and early childhood learning services is large, diverse and growing, and it touches the lives of practically every family in Australia. Almost all children in Australia participate in some form of child care or early learning service at some point in the years before starting school. In 2012, around 19,400 child care and early learning services enrolled over 1.3 million children in at least one child care or preschool programme (comprising around 15,100 approved child care services and 4,300 preschools). The Australian Government is the largest funder of the sector, with outlays exceeding $5 billion a year and growing. It is important that this expenditure achieves the best possible impact in terms of benefits to families and children as well as the wider economy."


First Five Years Fund Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Federal Action on Early Education: Broad support for federal plan by Republicans, Democrats and Independents
Source: First Five Years Fund, July 17, 2014

Excerpt: "A new national poll released today by the First Five Years Fund finds that 71 percent of voters – including 60 percent of Republicans – support greater federal investments in early childhood education. Importantly, these same voters are willing for Congress and President Obama to spend now in order to capitalize on the economic return on investment from early childhood education, as documented by Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor James Heckman."


Responsive Parenting
Source: Bernard van Leer Foundation, July 10, 2014

Description: "Three authors from the latest edition of Early Childhood Matters - Jennifer Lansford (the Better Parenting Programme in Jordan), Adrienne Burgess (Reaching out to fathers: ‘what works’ in parenting interventions?) and Catherine Ward (Parenting for Lifelong Health: from South Africa to other low-and middle-income countries) - present their articles in this hour-long webinar, which includes an audience Q&A. You can also download the webinar presentation."


New Website: Building the Foundation for College and Career Success for Children from Birth through Grade 3
Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Education, July 2014

Excerpt: "Massachusetts is recognized as a national leader with regard to student achievement and the implementation of innovative and bold reform strategies.  The Commonwealth is also recognized for its unwavering commitment to providing all children with transformative educational opportunities from birth through postsecondary education, and for building a public education system that is increasing policy alignment and collaboration across the early education, K-12, and higher education sectors."


Are the Children Well? A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation’s Young People
Source: Child Trends, July 2014

Excerpt: "The mental health challenges our country’s young people face call for shifting the focus of policy and practice from illness, to promotion of wellness and flourishing. This requires using evidence-based strategies with both children and parents, and improving the quality of the environments where children and youth live, learn, play, and grow. In recent years, prominent experts have urged changes to help end longstanding disparities between physical and mental health care, and to foster wellness. This report builds on that prior work. We argue that the distinction between physical and mental health is both artificial and harmful, and we make a case for re-balancing attention to include wellness in addition to illness."


Investing in Children: Child Development Accounts as an Early Childhood Intervention
Source: New America Foundation, July 2014

Excerpt: "Early childhood interventions—a term often used to refer to programs like pre-kindergarten, preschools, child development centers, and Head Start—aim to prepare children at birth or infancy through age eight for school both developmentally and educationally and are designed to lessen strains on the K-12 education system by reducing the need for remediation. Such interventions teach children things like grasping abstract concepts, counting numbers, reciting the alphabet, social skills, and expanding vocabulary—skills important for achieving success in kindergarten and beyond. By the time these children reach ages five or six, they will join the approximately 3 million who annually enroll in kindergarten, a milestone widely considered to be the start of children’s educational careers and the foundation on which they will build the rest of their lives."


Childrearing Prices Modulate Parents’ Perception on the Cost of Raising a Child
Source: Korea Institute of Child Care and Education, June 20, 2014

Excerpt: "In order to ease the financial burden of raising a child, it is necessary to have not only childrearing cost support, but also price control on childrearing goods and services; Expand the target group and content of childrearing price control from current service-centered practice to items related to child-rearing goods; Conduct parental satisfaction surveys, consistent monitoring of market prices by consumer organizations, and periodic examinations of prices related to childrearing goods and services. By gathering this information, announce the Childrearing Price Index and Parents’ Price Perception Index to the public; Conduct continuous price control over high-burden items."


Coming Full Circle: A Year-Long Inquiry of Art and Community
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children, June 2014

Excerpt: "To some this might look like a sensory exploration with a color theme. However, as we observed the children, we were curious about how they expressed their ideas and developed a sense of themselves as artists. We wanted to challenge ourselves to engage children in a meaningful, extensive, and detailed investigation. How in-depth could the investigation get with this age group? What makes the kind of investigation we were embarking upon different from just doing interesting art projects with children? These questions guided us as we spent a year exploring the work of a local artist, Dahlov Ipcar. During formal planning times we reflected upon our observations and developed hypotheses about how children were constructing their knowledge. Based on these hypotheses we posed a research question to ourselves and to the children: What does it mean to be an artist?"


Inquiry into Practice: Learning and Teaching Global Matters in Local Classrooms
Source: University of Toronto, OISE, July 15, 2014

Excerpt: "At the same time, there is growing agreement among educators that schools and educational systems worldwide should be doing more to prepare youth to engage thoughtfully and responsibly in today’s changing world. In Canada, for example, recent provincial curriculum policy reform reveals a heightened attention to the international and global dimensions of education. Faculties of teacher education have also been called upon to address this area in program priorities and practices. The Association of Canadian Deans’ of Education (ACDE) expressed the need for more explicit attention to global dimensions of education in the 2006 pan-Canadian Accord on Initial Teacher Education (Collins &Tierney, 2006)."


The G20 and Gender Equality
Source: Oxfam, July 14, 2014

Excerpt: "The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that most of the current workforce will be in retirement before the gender wage gap closes at its current rate of convergence in the year 2058. Factors driving this inequality include slow wage growth for the working poor in sectors where women are concentrated, lack of family-friendly medical leave and childcare policies (related to continued inequality within the household in the provision of care), continued employment discrimination, and overall lack of enforcement of existing legal protections. In Canada, employment rates for Aboriginal women are 15 percent below those of non-Aboriginal women, and 34 percent below those of men."


Presentations from the 4th Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years
Source: NIEER, June 30-July 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Key Lessons: Children from low-income and migrant family background have larger gains than others; Language minority children have the largest gains among disadvantaged children; Some programs are more effective than others; Details of initial design matter--but research provides incomplete guide; Quality matters a great deal; Quality depends on a continuous improvement and evaluation system at every level; Evaluation should serve as a GPS--not what works, but what takes us to our goal."

Excerpt: "To Maximize Policy of Research and Evaluation: Strategy: a high level plan to accomplish a specific goal usually over a long period of time; Descriptive studies--where are we, where are we going?; How good are services? How are children and families doing?; Causal studies--what are the results, why did they happen?; You need a clear counterfactual; Integrate research, practice and policy; Objectivity comes from design not distance."


Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education
Source: New America Foundation, July 2014

Excerpt: "Early education is in the spotlight like never before. President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for increased investments in child care, pre-K, home visiting, and other programs. Thirty-five states entered the federal Race To The Top–Early Learning Challenge grants competition, which has so far invested about $1 billion in 20 states’ infrastructure. A long-overdue reauthorization bill for the Child Care and Development Block Grant overwhelmingly passed the Senate this year, with potential in the House. Philanthropies are investing in family-based initiatives and focused on improving services from prenatal to the K–3 grades. Many state leaders recognize the importance of making investments starting from birth and their support for early childhood is strong and bipartisan."


Helping Hands: A Review of Home Visiting Programs in California
Source: Next Generation, July 2014

Excerpt: "This brief describes the types of home visiting programs across the state of California and clarifies a system that may be confusing to an outsider. Next Generation is highlighting voluntary home visiting programs because of their proven effectiveness and the promise they hold for the futures of very young children, particularly those in poverty. Study after study show wide and various benefits to children, families, and communities by providing a helping hand to parents at a vulnerable time in their lives."


Early-Life Origins of Lifecycle Wellbeing: Research and Policy Implications
Source: University of California Santa Barbara, June 16, 2014

Excerpt: "Mounting evidence across different disciplines suggests that early-life conditions can have consequences on individual outcomes throughout the lifecycle. Relative to other developed countries, the United States fares poorly on standard indicators of early-life health, and this disadvantage may have profound consequences not only for population wellbeing, but also for economic growth and competitiveness in a global economy. In this paper, we first discuss the research on the strength of the link between early-life health and adult outcomes, and then provide an evidence-based review of the effectiveness of existing U.S. policies targeting the early-life environment. We conclude that there is a robust and economically meaningful relationship between early-life conditions and wellbeing throughout the lifecycle, as measured by adult health, educational attainment, labor market attachment, and other indicators of socio-economic status."


Listening to Workers: Child Care Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs
Source: Ms. Foundation for Women, June 2014

Excerpt: "Workers in low-wage jobs often struggle not only with inadequate income but also with difficult working conditions that undermine their best efforts to both provide and care for their families. Women make up the large majority of workers in these jobs and they also shoulder the majority of caregiving responsibilities. Given the rapid growth in low-wage jobs, and the continued strong growth projected in low-wage female-dominated occupations, there is an urgent need to examine and address working conditions in these positions that are incompatible with family life. In particular, low wages and difficult working conditions make it nearly impossible for many of these workers to access and afford high-quality child care."


Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration: National Evaluation of Three Approaches to Improving Preschoolers’ Social and Emotional Competence
Source: MDRC, June 2014

Excerpt: "Low-income preschool children face risks to their social-emotional development that can affect them later on. Although there are promising approaches to promoting preschoolers’ social-emotional skills, the evidence base is limited, particularly on their effectiveness when implemented at scale. The Head Start CARES demonstration evaluated the effects of three distinct classroom-based approaches to enhancing children’s social-emotional development on a large scale."


Understanding the Training Needs of Early Childhood Educators Across Inuit Nunangat
Source: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, July 2014

Excerpt: "This document summarizes information on training gaps in the field of early childhood education in Inuit Nunangat. It was developed to inform future investments in early childhood education, as well as policy and program development in the field. While this project did not undertake a rigorous research process, nor an exhaustive literature review, Inuit regional partners were engaged at every stage. The resulting document gives a voice to representatives working on the ground with child care centres."


Think Nationally, Act Locally: A Pan-Canadian Strategy for Education and Training
Source: Canadian Council of Chief Executives, July 2014

Excerpt: "This analysis will begin with a review of the declining performance of Canadian education in contrast to comparator countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Recent results from the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) are particularly alarming. They confirm the mediocre basic skill levels of Canadian adults. Since the competencies of adult Canadians with post-secondary education (PSE) are near the bottom for all three basic skills, PIAAC results presage further Canadian slipping down the learning curve."


AECEO – New Website
Source: AECEO, July 2014

Description: "AECEO, the professional association for early childhood educators in Ontario, has a new webpage.  In addition to a new look, they have some great new sections like Public Policy and the Early Childhood Educator, and a section to view Projects that AECEOis involved in."


Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe
Source: European Commission, June 19, 2014

Description: "This report, published jointly with Eurostat provides 61 indicators as well as a comparative analysis on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) throughout 32 European countries (37 education systems). The study demonstrates the challenges facing European countries when it comes to providing quality ECEC services for the 32 million children in Europe in the age range to use ECEC services. It covers a number of specific issues important to policy-makers such as access to ECEC, governance, quality assurance, affordability, qualifications and training among staff, leadership, parent involvement, and measures to support disadvantaged children. Information on ECEC policy and central measures was provided by Eurydice National Units, while Eurostat has undertaken the preparation and production of statistical indicators. The reference year for all policy information is 2012/13."


Lead Early Educators for Success
Source: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Spring 2014

Description: "Lead Early Educators for Success is a series of briefs written for leaders dedicated to promoting children’s learning and development through high-quality early education. The series focuses on supporting early educators to cultivate high-quality learning environments by revisiting assumptions that guide current policies and practices, outlining common pitfalls, and presenting actionable strategies for pressing issues."


Clinical Intuition at Play
Source: The American Journal of Play, July 1, 2014

Excerpt: "A clinical psychologist and consulting psychotherapist discusses how elements of play, inherent in the intuition required in analysis, can provide a cornerstone for serious therapeutic work. She argues that many aspects of play—its key roles in human development, individual growth, and personal creativity, among others—can help therapists and patients alike tap into matters unique, salient, and vital to analysis. She recommends therapists take advantage of this intuitive aid play offers by experimenting with embodied perception and response through the use of guided imagery. Creating a sense of play in clinical conditions, she holds, makes it safe for patients to try out new ways of feeling, thinking, being, and behaving, all of which can lead to a deeper self-awareness and to healthy change."

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No More Baby Steps: A Strategy for Revolutionising Childcare
Source: IPPR, June 29, 2014

Description: "In this report we set out plans for how the UK can move towards a universal, high-quality and affordable system of childcare and early-years provision, complemented by reforms to parental leave and rights to flexible employment."


Canada Earns Good Grades on Education and Skills Report Card: Provincial Results are Mixed
Source: The Conference Board of Canada, June 26, 2014

Excerpt: "Just as students are getting their year-end report card, The Conference Board of Canada is handing out its report cards on the education and skills performance of Canada and the provinces. The first "How Canada Performs: Education and Skills" report card to include the provinces in the international ranking reveals that Canada as a whole gets a “B” grade and ranks near the top of the international class, based on the relatively strong performance of some of its most populous provinces. Significant differences, however, exist among the provinces."

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Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Executive Functioning in Musicians and Non-Musicians
Source: PLOS, June 17, 2014

Excerpt: "Executive functions (EF) are cognitive capacities that allow for planned, controlled behavior and strongly correlate with academic abilities. Several extracurricular activities have been shown to improve EF, however, the relationship between musical training and EF remains unclear due to methodological limitations in previous studies. To explore this further, two experiments were performed; one with 30 adults with and without musical training and one with 27 musically trained and untrained children (matched for general cognitive abilities and socioeconomic variables) with a standardized EF battery."


The Foundation for Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond
Source: ARNEC, June 16, 2014

Excerpt: "The Global Petition for ECD, which ARNEC has been supporting whole heartedly and many of you have contributed to, was presented to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals on Monday June 16. The Permanent Missions of Colombia, Ecuador and Italy hosted an event at the UN entitled "Early Childhood Development: The Foundation for Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond". The event was sponsored by the Consultative Group for Early Childhood Care and Development, Open Society Foundations, SOS Children's Villages and CINDE."

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The Current State of Canadian Family Finances
Source: The Vanier Institute of the Family, June 9, 2014

Description: "The 15th annual report of the Vanier Institute’s Current State of Canadian Family Finances is an up-to-date and accessible guide to available data on the economic circumstances of Canadian families, designed to help researchers, students, teachers and anyone with an interest in family life in Canada to better navigate the current state of family finances in Canada."


First Map of Developing Human Brain Created
Source: Scientific American, April 3, 2014

Excerpt: "A new map of the human brain during its development in the womb provides a detailed blueprint of where different genes are active at this critical stage of in a fetus' life. This brain atlas yields clues about what makes humans distinct from other animals, and when disorders like autism first take root, researchers say."

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