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ON: Ontario Proposing to Ban Fees for Child Care Wait Lists
Source: Government of Ontario, May 17, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario is proposing a regulation that would ban licensed child care centres and home child care agencies from charging fees to join a waiting list for child care programs. The proposed regulation is now available on the Ontario Regulatory website for public feedback. This consultation period will close on July 4, 2016."

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ON: Funding Formula Could Hit Municipal Daycare with $54K Shortfall
Source: TBNewsWatch, May 17, 2016

Excerpt: "As of January, the province began to implement a four-year shift from funding licensed daycare spaces to only funding only those spaces that are filled. Filled space funding will make up 25 per cent of provincial daycare revenues versus 75 per cent funding for total licensed spaces in 2016. It will shift 25 per cent per year until 2019 when 100 per cent of daycare funding will be based on the program’s actual use."

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ON: Why Are Wages for Toronto’s Early Childhood Educators So Low?
Source: Torontoist, May 16, 2016

Excerpt: "Early childhood educators, or ECEs, perform the work of childcare—from changing diapers to teaching toddlers how to share, and helping older children with their homework. The work can often be gruelling, with long hours and fussy kids to look after. And the wages of workers—who the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare says are 97 per cent women—seldom make up for the amount of time, energy, and dedication they put into the job."

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ON: Baby Box Ontario: Province Launches Biggest Program for Expectant Parents
Source: Huffington Post, May 16, 2016

Excerpt: "Expectant parents can start inquiring about Ontario baby boxes at their health care provider or community centre in July 2016. All Ontario residents who receive prenatal care and review the Ontario education syllabus created by their health care provider on Baby Box University are eligible to receive a box."

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ON: Vaccine Exemptions for Kids Would Require Ontario Parents to First Take Educational Class
Source: CBC New, May 13, 2016

Excerpt: "Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, children must have received certain vaccines before they can attend school in the province, or have a valid exemption. These vaccines include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough) and meningococcal disease. For children born in 2010 or later, the vaccine regimen includes varicella (chickenpox)."

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ON: School Gets New Childcare Spaces
Source: The Oshawa Express, May 11, 2016

Excerpt: "R.S. McLaughlin is set to receive an addition of two new classrooms, two new special education rooms and a youth hub. As part of the expansion, there will also be a four-room childcare centre."

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CA: Turning the Tide on Obesity in Childhood
Source: Toronto Star, May 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Childhood obesity is tragic. Doctors see kids suffering from what used to be considered “adult” diseases such as hypertension or Type 2 diabetes with all of its complications: blindness, amputations and kidney failure. And with a third of Canadian children either overweight or obese, these diseases were, sadly, not rare."

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CA: College Partners with Institutions in BC, Alberta for Outdoor Play Study
Source: Timmins Today, May 13, 2016

Excerpt: "“The benefits of outdoor play for health and wellness have already been well established. Our research will look at outdoor play from a different perspective, focusing instead on the early childhood education practitioners who facilitate that play. The goal is to help these practitioners develop essential skills that will improve outdoor play programming and, ultimately, outdoor play experiences.”"

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BC: $500,000 for Early Childhood Educator Training
Source: Government of British Columbia, May 12, 2016

Excerpt: "To help celebrate Child Care Month in May, the Province is providing $500,000 to the Early Childhood Educators of BC to continue a bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood education programs."

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NS: More Support for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, May 12, 2016

Excerpt: "The province has added an additional $3.6 million per year in Budget 2016-2017 to ensure that all preschool-aged children with autism spectrum disorder can receive Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment, or EIBI, before they start school at age six."

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NL: In Bonne Bay, Full-Day Kindergarten is No Novelty at All
Source: CBC News, May 16, 2016

Excerpt: "According to Payne, the five-year-olds do not get tired during the two extra hours of class time, and their reading and writing abilities are very advanced."

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US: America’s Childcare Problem
Source: Pacific Standard, May 18, 2016

Excerpt: "While campaigning in Kentucky last week, Hillary Clinton announced several policies aimed at improving the quality and affordability of childcare in America. Clinton’s proposals call for an expansion of home visiting programs, higher pay for childcare workers, and increased assistance for low-income and middle-income families struggling to pay for childcare. Under Clinton’s plan, childcare spending would be capped at 10 percent of a family’s income."

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US: Harvard Ed School Launches Major Early Childhood Education Initiative
Source: Harvard Graduate School of Education, May 17, 2016

Excerpt: "The Zaentz Initiative will pursue interlocking strategies for impact: conducting research to drive policy and practice, strengthening the field through high-quality professional learning, cultivating new leaders in the field, and bringing credible evidence to bear on public policy affecting young children. By building and strengthening partnerships with organizations in the field and internal collaborators such as the Center on the Developing Child, the Initiative is committed to improving and expanding early childhood education so that all children have the opportunity to learn and thrive."

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US: It Takes a Policy
Source: The New York Times, May 16, 2016

Excerpt: "For example, almost all advanced countries provide paid leave from work for new parents. We don’t. Our public expenditure on child care and early education, as a share of income, is near the bottom in international rankings (although if it makes you feel better, we do slightly edge out Estonia.)"

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AU: Funding Early Education Should Be as Easy as Child’s Play
Source: Daily Telegraph, May 12, 2016

Excerpt: "We spend less on early education and have the lowest enrolment rates of three year olds compared to other OECD countries. We have to follow in the footsteps of Sweden where 80 per cent of children aged one to six are in preschool; or Canada where graduation rates for students are closely related to their exposure to early learning from three to five years old."

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IE: New Childcare Centres Face Pre-Opening Inspections
Source: Irish Examiner, May 17, 2016

Excerpt: "Childcare providers have to ensure children get access to an outdoor play area every day and all staff have to undergo annual appraisals. There is a new emphasis on the administration of the creches, with ‘skilled’ boards of management or management structures required."

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NP: Early Childhood Development: Importance of Preschools
Source: The Himalayan Times, May 16, 2016

Excerpt: "Preschools/ECD centers are playing good roles in shaping children for pre-primary education. However, there are many challenges confronting the development of ECD in Nepal like setting goals and targets by government of Nepal for making ECD services available to children living in remote and rural areas, specially the marginalized groups."

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ON: Kathleen Wynne Promises to Ban Daycare Waitlist Fees
Source: Toronto Star, May 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Since there are licensed spots for fewer than 25 per cent of the province’s young children, parents are forced to put their names on multiple lists to secure a spot. The fees being charged by up to half of Toronto daycares, range from $10 to more than $200 and represent an added financial burden for cash-strapped parents, the petition says."

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ON: The Child Care and Early Years Act: Phase Two Regulations
Source: Government of Ontario, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "On May 9, 2016, the Ministry of Education filed new and revised regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 with the Ontario registrar. The new rules will take effect at varying effective dates, starting July 1, 2016."

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ON: Ontario Ditches Controversial Daycare Rule Changes
Source: Toronto Star, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "Patricia Chorney Rubin, director of early childhood education at George Brown College, which operates 10 child care centres in Toronto, said the pilot is aimed at reducing transitions for young children. Under the current regulations, children who enter daycare as babies move through three separate rooms before entering junior kindergarten. The new option would limit those transitions to two."

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ON: Ontario Helping More Schools Become Community Hubs
Source: Government of Ontario, May 6, 2016

Excerpt: "As part of today's $90 million investment to further enable the development of community hubs, the province will provide: $20 million to create space for new child care and child and family support programs through Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres in schools; $18 million to retrofit existing child care space within a school to open up more spaces for children under four years old."

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ON: Universal Child Care the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
Source: Toronto Star, May 6, 2016

Excerpt: "If Ontario legislators are searching for the perfect present for Ontario’s moms this Mother’s Day, here’s a great gift idea. A universal, quality child care program. With regulated child care spaces for less than a quarter of children and the highest fees in the country, it is the policy solution that could make a difference for Ontario’s moms (hint: it would make a great Father’s Day present too). And it’s the gift that keeps on giving: benefiting children, communities and the economy."

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CA: National Child Care Proposal Ready by Summer, Minister Says
Source: Global News, May 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Any federal child-care framework would have to invest in buildings, wage enhancements for early childhood educators, operating grants to day care centres and subsidies to either put fees on a sliding scale based on income, or eliminate them altogether, said Linda White, interim director of the school of public policy and governance at the University of Toronto."

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CA: Are Canadians Overmedicating Children with ADHD
Source: Toronto Star, May 6, 2016

Excerpt: "Today about 2 million of the more than 6 million children with ADHD were diagnosed at ages 2 to 5 — triggering debate about whether this represents a true rise in the condition or is a symptom of doctors under pressure dealing with unrealistic demands from schools or stressed-out parents."

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BC: Vancouver Hopes to Turn Downtown Parking Stalls into Daycare
Source: Vancouver Sun, May 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Many Vancouver families are not having their child care demands met in their neighbourhood, according to a presentation to councillors Tuesday. In the downtown core, just 17 per cent of the child care demand of school-age children is met locally, according to the data presented by Mary Clare Zak, the city’s managing director of social policy. The lack of space has staff considering repurposing the top floor of the city’s parkade at 142-150 Water St. for child care."

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AB: More Affordable Child Care Needed in Alberta, Advocates Say
Source: CBC News, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "She says the costs of quality child care are out of line. "A lot of families struggle with the immense costs of child care … families are paying hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars per child just for child care and we think that there should be a more affordable example," Longo said."

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SK: A Look at Mother's Finances
Source: Star Phoenix, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "When her first baby arrives, by birth or adoption, everything changes. While on maternity leave, Mom’s income is lower just when she needs money to buy things for her baby, who is her No. 1 priority."

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NS: Daycare Cash for Front-Line Workers, Says Minister
Source: CBC News, May 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia's education minister says money designated for increased wages for early childhood educators will not be allowed to be used for anything else. The Liberal government's budget, which passed last week, includes $6.6 million more for raises for front-line workers and more subsidized daycare spaces."

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PE: Increase to Early Childhood Educator Wages
Source: Government of Prince Edward Island, May 5, 2016

Excerpt: "“Prince Edward Island’s early learning and childcare system is among the best in Canada and early childhood educators are important partners in helping Island children fulfill their potential as they prepare for public education,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “We are providing a two per cent increase in wages for over 300 early years centre educators, starting this July. This wage increase will see $300,000 re-invested into front-line educators.”"

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US: When All Kids Eat for Free
Source: The Atlantic, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "In income-insecure households, the first item to be reduced is food, in both quantity and quality."

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ON: Ontario Investing $137 Million in New and Renovated School Infrastructure
Source: Government of Ontario, May 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Families in Toronto, Kingsville and Oshawa will also benefit through the construction of a total of 19 new custom-built child care rooms in local schools.  This will create 318 total new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers."

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ON: Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education
Source: Government of Ontario, May 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Parents, educators, and community partners collectively understand how true this statement is. Together, we understand that children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are best positioned to reach their full potential. And it is through expressions of happy and healthy childhood development and a positive sense of well-being that our learners are supported to become more resilient and better able to overcome challenges now and in the future."

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ON: Why I Opted Out of Full-Time Kindergarten
Source: Treehugger, April 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Four years ago, the province of Ontario introduced full-time junior kindergarten to all its schools. JK, as it’s known, starts the year a child turns four and is a precursor to senior kindergarten. Up until 2012, JK was only a part-time program offered at limited schools."

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CA: Justin Trudeau’s True Tests Are Still to Come
Source: Toronto Star, May 4, 2016

Excerpt: "National child care: As we have argued before, no single initiative would make such a big difference in the lives of Canadian families as universal, quality, affordable child care. Yet, despite the Liberal government’s promise to develop a “framework” within its first 100 days, no progress is evident some 180 days — and one budget — later."

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CA: 'Dads Don't Babysit' T-Shirt Combats Parenting Stereotype in Brilliant Way
Source: Huffington Post Canada, April 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Explaining the negative effects of this stereotype, one Reddit user said: “It's a mentality (whether intentional or not) that diminishes the role fathers play in the lives of their kids. They're not seen as an equal in parenting, they're the ‘babysitter’ who only steps in occasionally when mom needs a break or something.”"

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CA: Why We Should Be Investing in Disadvantaged Children
Source: Huffington Post Canada, April 26, 2016

Excerpt: "It is widely known that disadvantaged children perform dramatically lower on cognitive achievement tests than children from well-to-do families. In Toronto, for example, children from family homes earning less that $30,000 per year (disproportionately single moms), perform more than 30 points lower on test scores in reading, writing and mathematics, compared to children coming from homes with over $100,000 family income, on the EQAO provincial tests."

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CA: Finland’s Social Climbers: How They’re Fighting Inequality with Education, and Winning
Source: The Globe and Mail, April 23, 2016

Excerpt: "But some countries don’t just have perpetually high social mobility – they have improved it. Finland, for example, was a middle-ranking country, closer to France, a generation ago, but has soared up the ranks as a result of a major intervention in education and early-childhood policy. "

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BC: Vancouver Living Wage Improves, but Child Care Still a Huge Strain
Source: The Tyee, April 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The median child care costs clock in at $1,356 per month for two-child families, Ivanova says, but that can be somewhat offset by the new non-taxable income coming in when the federal benefit starts on Canada Day."

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SK: Saskatchewan’s Early Years Plan 2016 – 2020
Source: Government of Saskatchewan, May 2, 2016

Excerpt: "Through the Early Years Plan, parents can expect: Prenatal and early childhood support for mothers and children; Better access to high quality early learning and child care options; Support for families in their role as parents and caregivers; And programs that make sure children and families receiving support don’t “slip through the cracks.”"

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PE: P.E.I. to Review Childcare Subsidy
Source: CBC News, April 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The P.E.I. government won't commit to increasing the childcare subsidy until it has reviewed the program, says Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy."

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US: Bringing Brain Science to Early Childhood
Source: The Atlantic, May 4, 2016

Excerpt: "A group of scholars at Harvard University is spearheading a campaign to make sure the early-childhood programs policymakers put in place to disrupt intergenerational poverty are backed by the latest science."

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US: Studying How Poverty Keeps Hurting Young Minds, and What to Do About It
Source: The New York Times, May 3, 2016

Excerpt: "For some children, living in poverty is like playing football without a helmet; everyday life causes social concussions. The developing brain gets hammered not by linebackers, but by the stresses often present in homes where people are poor. Brute force is not required to cause physical changes in the brain, emerging science shows."

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IE: Childcare Tax Credit ‘Would Not Work’, Sector Warns
Source: The Irish Times, May 2, 2016

Excerpt: "She said direct subsidies to the childcare sector “work on two levels. First they drive quality, as the money depends on certain standards being reached, and then that subsidy is passed directly on to parents. There is a double dividend."

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NZ: Blind Investment in Early Education
Source: Bay of Plenty Times, May 3, 2016

Excerpt: "The Government is pouring $1.5 billion per year into early childhood education without pausing to measure whether the increase is helping improve children's development."

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NL: Daycare May Protect Children from Future Stomach Infections
Source: The Globe & Mail, April 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Dr. David Dunkin, pediatric gastroenterologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said the increased risk of stomach infections in the first year of daycare is likely a result of kids being exposed for the first time to the stomach infection-causing germs."

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JP: Child Care Seekers Exceed Spots in Tokyo
Source: The Japan News, April 27, 2016

Excerpt: "The number of children whose parents or guardians want to enroll them in certified nurseries, including municipal nursery facilities and “nintei kodomoen,” which integrate the functions of kindergartens and nursery schools, in Tokyo’s 23 wards for fiscal 2016 exceeded the admission capacity by about 22,000 children in the first round of applications, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The number of applicants is 1.52 times the capacity."

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Resources

Shameful Neglect - Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, May 17, 2016

Excerpt: "This report calculates child poverty rates in Canada, and includes the rates on reserves and in territories—something never before examined. The report also disaggregates the statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada, finding the worst poverty experienced by status First Nation children (51%, rising to 60% for children on reserve)."

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/shameful-neglect

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Babies Fed Cow’s Milk, Eggs, Peanuts Less Likely to Develop Sensitivities to Them: Study
Source: Toronto Star, May 18, 2016

Excerpt: "A study has found that babies fed cow’s milk, eggs and peanuts before their first birthday are less likely to develop sensitization to those foods. The study led by McMaster University in Hamilton showed that early introduction of eggs was especially beneficial, as it appeared to decrease the risk of sensitization to all three foods."

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2015 State of Preschool Yearbook
Source: NIEER, May 13, 2016

Excerpt: "The 2015 State of Preschool Yearbook is the newest edition of our annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2014-2015 school year as well as documenting more than a decade of change in state pre-K since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year. The 2015 Yearbook profiles 57 state-funded pre-K programs in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and also provides narrative information on early education efforts in the 8 states and the U.S. territories that do not provide state-funded pre-K."

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Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy
Source: Child Care and Early Education Research Connections, April 2016

Excerpt: "Research has found that children with disabilities in inclusive classrooms are more likely to engage in peer interactions compared to children with disabilities in segregated settings. This finding is important since interactions with peers reduce young children’s social isolation and provide opportunities to acquire social, language and academic skills."

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Childhood Obesity Rates Fall in Canada for the First Time in Years: Study
Source: Global News, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "Health officials often warn about a childhood obesity epidemic, but new research suggests that in Canada, for the first time in years, the numbers of overweight and obese kids have decreased. Between 1978 and 2004, the rate of Canadian kids who were overweight or obese climbed “significantly” from 23.3 per cent to 34.7 per cent. More than three in 10 children who were two to 17 years old fell into the overweight or obese categories."

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Genetic Links to Educational Attainment Identified
Source: Science Daily, May 11, 2016

Excerpt: "Researchers have identified 74 areas of the human genome associated with educational attainment. It is well known that social and other environmental factors influence education, but these findings suggest that large genetics analyses may be able to help discover biological pathways as well."

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From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts
Source: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, May 9, 2016

Excerpt: "This report is for anyone who shares our sense of constructive dissatisfaction with the status quo. Whether from the worlds of policy, practice, research, philanthropy, or civic leaders and parents who want to make their communities a better place for children, this is an invitation to join a journey of discovery. Leveraging what we are learning from science to generate and test new ideas is a critical, untapped key to unlocking these dramatic improvements."

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Infographic: Family Diversity in Canada 2016
Source: The Vanier Institute of the Family, May 2016

Excerpt: "As we reflect on Canada’s 9.9 million families, one thing that’s clear is that there’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter family. Families are as diverse and unique as the people who comprise them, and they are all an essential part of Canada’s family landscape."

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Two-Minute Warnings Make Kids’ ‘Screen Time’ Tantrums Worse
Source: University of Washington, May 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Giving young children a two-minute warning that “screen time” is about to end makes transitions away from tablets, phones, televisions and other technological devices more painful, a new University of Washington study has found."

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Moving Toward Reconciliation in Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools
Source: People for Education, April 2016

Excerpt: "Over the past few years, Ontario has taken significant steps toward improving education for Indigenous students and engaging all students in learning about the cultures, experiences, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples. But there is still much work to be done."

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Early Childhood Education and Care Reform in Canadian Provinces: Understanding The Role of Experts and Evidence in Policy Change
Source: Canadian Public Administration, March 23, 2016

Excerpt: "In over half of Canada’s provinces, a recent commission has recommended major reform of ECEC systems; in response, provincial governments in nearly all cases have chosen to implement full-day kindergarten funded by the province and delivered through public schools. We analyze the commission processes that led to changes to investigate the relationship between experts, policy makers, and policy outcomes. Our analysis of processes in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and PEI leads us to conclude that governments rarely fully implement the programs supported by the evidence base and recommended by their own experts. Instead, recent policy changes have been driven by a highly selective and path-dependent approach to the complex issue of early childhood care and education."

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A Promising Preschool Program for the Vitality of Francophone Communities
Source: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, May 4, 2016

Excerpt: "A research team from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) followed over 350 children and their Francophone parents living in linguistic minority communities for four years in order to study the impact of a new preschool program. The study was conducted using an experimental framework that facilitated the comparison of results obtained by the group of children participating in the program with those of the non-participating comparison groups."

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New Resource: Child Development Primer
Source: Science of Early Child Development, May 4, 2016

Excerpt: "The SECD – Child Development Primer (with versions in both English and French) provides an introduction to child development and a review of basic concepts for those working with young children. One of the eight key topics in the Child Development Primer is Observation. To be a keen and objective observer is to pay close attention to a child’s behavior, growth, skills and abilities and record the observation in a systematic way."

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Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures, 2013/2014
Source: Statistics Canada, May 3, 2016

Description: "Data for 2013/2014 are now available for elementary and secondary education expenditures by type and by direct source. The objective of this annual release is to disseminate financial information on elementary and secondary education in Canada. These financial statistics are collected for each province and territory and are converted to a standard classification of financial accounts and to a fiscal year. Elementary and secondary education expenditures are broken down by type, such as public, private, special education, administration and school boards. These expenses are also broken down by direct source of funds, such as federal, provincial and local governments, fees and private sources."

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Intergenerational Linkages in the Family: How Policies Shape the Organisation of Caring and Financial Supports for Family Members
Source: FamiliesAndSocieties, April 29, 2016

Excerpt: "This policy brief highlights recent research findings from the project FamiliesAndSocieties on the role of laws and policies in shaping gendered interdependencies in families; the way the “sandwich generation” (those who are likely to raise a child or a grandchild and care for parents at the same time) cares for older parents across countries; transfers in Europe from ageing parents to adult children and vice versa; and, the extent to which the financial crisis has affected intergenerational patterns of family support across households. The brief also presents suggestions for policy interventions that can be derived from the findings."

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ECD in the SDGs: A Briefing Note
Source: ARNEC, April 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The need is clear. In developing countries today, where 92% of the world’s children live, one in 20 children does not survive beyond the first five years. 200 million children around the world do not reach their developmental potential due to poverty, malnutrition and deprivation in their earliest years."

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Nurturing During Preschool Years Boosts Child's Brain Growth
Source: Science Daily, April 25, 2016

Excerpt: "Children whose mothers were nurturing during the preschool years, as opposed to later in childhood, have more robust growth in brain structures associated with learning, memory and stress response than children with less supportive moms."

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