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ON: Parents Fight for Child Care
Source: The Record, September 30, 2015
Excerpt: "Each of the regional centres offers the coveted High Scope Curriculum and have been accredited as demonstration sites. Just four other programs in the province have achieved accreditation. Carter waited more than two years to land a spot at Edith MacIntosh after registering on waiting lists when she was about two months pregnant. "I knew I had to go back to work, I wanted to go back to work … I might be scrambling for some makeshift, grey-area child care and I didn't want to go that route," she said. Right now about 1,700 families are on a wait-list for immediate child care in the region, though the list totals about 3,100 because many families register before they need care to ensure they get a spot where they want."
ON: Markham Daycare to Close After City Help Comes “Too Late”
Source: Toronto Star, September 26, 2015
Excerpt: "The city notified the daycare in January of this year that there was no guarantee its lease and subsidized rent would be renewed. But city staff also promised to help the centre find a new space. This January, the city confirmed it needed the space to accommodate Markham’s growing municipal workforce and actively began to work with the daycare to find alternatives."
ON: Dynamic Playgrounds Make Outdoor Learning Magical
Source: Toronto Star, September 23, 2015
Excerpt: "The Dufferin-Peel Catholic school board — in part using funding from the provincial government which most boards used up renovating classrooms for the all-day learning program — wanted to create outdoor learning environments instead of just playgrounds. There, kindergarten kids spend at least two, 40-minute blocks outside each day, even in the winter. So far, the board has renovated 44 of 123 elementary schoolyards, spending $2.2 million."
CA: Does Daycare Harm Children? Who Can Say Without More Data
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2015
Excerpt: "That’s hardly an indictment of daycare, especially when you consider the key fact that the data do not distinguish between the “exposed” and “non-exposed” – between kids who attended daycare and those who did not. Nor does the study consider the socio-economic circumstances of the children or the child care environment in which they were cared for, which is what really matters."
CA: Universal Affordable Child Care: Don’t Scrap It, Improve It
Source: Behind the Numbers, September 28, 2015
Excerpt: "A child care fuelled increase in the employment rate could contribute to GDP in static and dynamic ways. More women would be earning an income in the work force. When that income is spent in the local economy, businesses gain more and/or repeat clients and sales, and they are able to employ more workers who, in turn, have and income to spend in the local economy."
CA: The Faces of Canada’s Child Care Workers in Seven Photos
Source: Toronto Star, September 28, 2015
Excerpt: "They are the unsung heroes of the tiny tot brigade: the women (and some men) who cuddle, coach and care for our community’s youngest children while parents work or study."
CA: Universal Daycare Debate Deserves More than a Brawl
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 26, 2015
Excerpt: "According to its advocates, the curative powers of universal, subsidized daycare are almost endless. It is the next step toward a fair and just society. National daycare, once a Liberal dream, is now a major plank in the platform of the NDP. High quality, regulated daycare is good for children, parents, the economy and society at large."
BC: Finding Success with Flexible Daycare
Source: The Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2015
Excerpt: "At Talia Erickson’s daycare, parents can drop off their children on as little as an hour’s notice. The entire place is designed for flexible, occasional use. Talk about a no-brainer for parents."
MB: New Child Care Nutrition Strategy an Investment in Children's Quality Of Life
Source: Government of Manitoba, September 24, 2015
Excerpt: "The Manitoba government will invest $375,000 to promote healthy eating for young children by encouraging positive eating environments in child-care settings, Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today at the launch of the province’s new Child Care Nutrition Strategy."
QC: A Study Linked Rising Crime to Quebec’s Child Care Program: Here’s Why it’s Wrong
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 30, 2015
Excerpt: "The study is only showing what happened in a province where families were “exposed” to a government-funded system of affordable, regulated child care – as if breathing the air could transfer its effects."
NT: Universal Childcare Would Cost N.W.T. $20 Million a Year
Source: CBC News, September 29, 2015
Excerpt: "The study was also critical of the lack of subsidies given out by the government. The report says government subsidies only made up 1 per cent of child care spending in the territory. In 2014-2015, only 51 people qualified for the N.W.T's child care subsidy. In Quebec, 85 per cent of the cost of child care comes from the government."
- To access the study, Feasibility Study of Universal Affordable Day Care in the Northwest Territories
US: Study Shows Economic Impact of Georgia’s Early Childcare and Education
Source: AJC, September 29, 2015
Excerpt: "The early childcare and education industry in Georgia generates $4.7 billion in economic activity annually while creating more than 67,000 jobs statewide, according to a new study."
US: Preschool Becoming Expected for Public Schools
Source: The Washington Times, September 26, 2015
Excerpt: "Nationwide, more than a quarter of 4-year-olds are now in state-funded preschool programs, according to a report released this spring by the U.S. Department of Education, tracking states’ voluntary shift. From 2003 to 2013, states increased their investment in preschool by more than 200 percent. The increase continued last year as 28 states put $1 billion more into early education."
US: For Working Mothers Flextime, Childcare, Paid Leave Are Key Issues
Source: Fox News, September 22, 2015
Excerpt: "Flextime, childcare options and paid maternity leave are the keys issues for working mothers in the United States and what set companies apart as the best places to work, employment experts said on Tuesday."
AU: Australia Should Follow the Research and Provide Free Universal Childcare
Source: The Guardian, September 29, 2015
Excerpt: "In the UK, perspectives have changed radically since 2004, driven by evidence on the value of early education. A Labour government introduced 15 hours of free nursery hours to all children from their third birthday. Fifteen hours was found to be most effective for improving child development for the general population, although children from disadvantaged families can benefit from more hours."
IE: Paternity Benefit to be Paid to Fathers from Next June
Source: Independent.ie, September 28, 2015
Excerpt: "Meanwhile, Children's Minister James Reilly said reducing the cost of pre-school and crèche facilities for families, especially those with children with special needs, will also be kicked started in 2016. However, he did not specify the form in which benefits will be paid to families."
Federal Liberals Release Child Care Policy
Source: Liberal.ca, September 23, 2015
Description: "The Federal Liberals released their plan for a "Greater Economic Security for Middle Class Families” this week. Included is a committed to create a “new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework. This plan will be administered as part of our new social infrastructure investment of nearly $20 billion over the next ten years, and achieved in collaboration with, and in respect of, provincial jurisdiction.” To access full details of their plan, please click the title link above."
ON: In lab Schools, Learning in Classrooms Benefits Students and Researchers
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2015
Excerpt: "The concept of a lab school comes from the work of educator and philosopher John Dewey, who set up the first lab school in Chicago in 1896. Prof. Dewey believed that the best way to train teachers was to have them teach and to accumulate new research and knowledge directly from the classroom."
ON: Early-Learning Schools Create an Environment to Address The Whole Person
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2015
Excerpt: "A handful of 2-year-olds this month began their school experience playing on an expansive wood deck nestled among the treetops of the Don River ravine. They are students at Bayview Glen School, one of the Toronto private schools catering to the under-3-year-old set."
ON: It’s a False Economy to Close Municipal Child-Care Centres
Source: The Record, September 22, 2015
Excerpt: "High-quality child care programs are like high-quality public health programs. They have a profound effect on the community's well-being. These five centres, with their 50 workers and 250 children, have influence that is felt far beyond their own front doors."
ON: Daycare at Markham Civic Centre Urged to Accept Temporary Extension
Source: Yorkregion.com, September 22, 2015
Excerpt: "After reaching out to parents affiliated with TLC, the daycare is not able to secure enough enrolment for the next 11 months to keep their doors open, she said through tears, as some parents have opted for other childcare arrangements in the face of the impending closure. The daycare employs close to 20 full- and part-time staff and offers close to 60 daycare spots. Along with not being able to secure enough enrolment for the coming year, there also is no other city property available for the daycare."
ON: Ontario Providing Over 2,200 Parents Reaching Out Grants
Source: Government of Ontario, September 22, 2015
Excerpt: "The grants help parents identify and respond to important issues in their school community, including bullying, student nutrition, literacy and math. The grants also support parents to overcome barriers they may face to participate in their children's education, such as language and transportation."
CA: Why Cheap Daycare is the Answer to Canada’s Stagnating Economy
Source: MacLean’s, September 21, 2015
Excerpt: "Only 60 per cent of women over 25 are members of Canada’s labour pool. That’s a lot of untapped economic output. And for some reason, the country’s leaders have been OK with that. Like the rest of the world, the percentage of Canadian women in the workforce is stuck roughly where it was a decade ago."
CA: Mulcair Pressed on Feasibility of Child-Care Plan
Source: CTV News, September 21, 2015
Excerpt: "Mulcair went on to say that the plan is “something we can’t afford not to do,” citing a study headed by economist Pierre Fortin that concluded low-cost child care in Quebec had been an economic boon. “Seventy thousand women in Quebec went back to work,” Mulcair said. “(There was) an increase of two per cent in the provincial GDP. More money went into government coffers than what it cost.”"
CA: Women in the Workforce: Is it on the Election Radar?
Source: CTV News, September 16, 2015
Excerpt: "TD Bank economist Brian DePratto wrote a report on the issue a year ago, pointing to three possible reasons: a drop in employment rates in traditionally female-dominated fields; increased immigration, with newcomers participating less in the labour force; and women having children later in life and not returning to the work force."
MB: University of Regina Childcare Spots Double (Video)
Source: Leader-Post, September 18, 2015
Excerpt: "The centre, created thanks to $1.34 million from the provincial government, helps to double the U of R’s child care spaces to 180."
MB: U of M to Apply for Provincial Child Care Grant
Source: The Manitoban, September 16, 2015
Excerpt: "The new day care centre would include 28 spaces for infants, according to Prentice. Since maternity leaves are one year long and the campus child care centres currently do not enrol children less than two years old, there is a one-year gap during which parents must make alternate arrangements for child care."
QC: Research Linking Quebec Daycares to Crime Rates Draws Criticism
Source: Montreal Gazette, September 22, 2015
Excerpt: "Nathalie Bigras, who has studied Quebec’s Centres de la petite enfance, said the authors didn’t take into account whether the Quebec students actually went to daycare, just that they were eligible for the program as youngsters. “Only 70 per cent of Quebec children go to daycare and there are all different kinds of daycares,” Bigras said. “They lumped all the kids together because they were from Quebec. They didn’t take into account the different qualities of daycares.”"
- Also see CBC News article, Experts Question Contentious Study on Outcomes in Quebec's Daycare Program
NS: Halifax School Board Calls for More Early Years Centres
Source: Metro News, September 23, 2015
Excerpt: "Rockingstone was one of four HRM schools that got provincial funding to support children before they head to school and provide services in one place, March said, which is especially important in the Greystone public housing community, where she said many struggle with poverty and limited access to recreation, mental health and medical services."
NS: School Boards – Expand Early Childhood Education
Source: The Chronicle Herald, September 22, 2015
Excerpt: "School boards across the province have shown their support for early learning initiatives and integrated service delivery for students for many years. Through resolutions presented at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, members have acknowledged the importance of early learning. Board-based initiatives have also had some success in meeting the needs of their families and communities. However, a provincial strategy to address early learning was needed."
NS: Representatives from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Visit the Early Years Centre at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy
Source: Strait Regional School Board, September 2015
Excerpt: "The Early Years Centres are located in or near schools, which make them accessible, convenient and familiar places for families. Each Centre is designed to meet the needs of its community by partnering with local organizations to offer programs and services such as play-based early learning programs for four-year-olds, early intervention, before- and after-school child care, health and parent education."
NB: Moncton Daycare Closure by Province Shocks Parents
Source: CBC News, September 17, 2015
Excerpt: "Parents of children who attended EduCare daycare in Moncton say they want the Department of Early Childhood Development to explain the sudden closure of the daycare."
NT: N.W.T. Gov't Announces 3 Early Childhood Development Pilot Projects
Source: CBC News, September 23, 2015
Excerpt: "The Northwest Territories government is implementing pilot projects across the territory, aiming to help address gaps in early childhood development in small communities."
US: The New Kindergarten: Preschool Becoming Expected for Public Schools
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, September 20, 2015
Excerpt: "Nationwide, more than a quarter of 4-year-olds are now in state-funded preschool programs, according to a report released this spring by the U.S. Department of Education, tracking states' voluntary shift. From 2003 to 2013, states increased their investment in preschool by more than 200 percent. The increase continued last year as 28 states put $1 billion more into early education."
US: U.S. Education Department Releases Guidance to Ensure Disabled Children High-Quality Early Childhood Education
Source: iSchoolGuide, September 18, 2015
Excerpt: "The Departments of Education, and Health and Human Services have issued a new guidance calling for early learning programs to accommodate children with disabilities. The guidance urges states, districts, schools, and private and public early childhood programs to implement measures that support inclusion, and strengthen professional development and infrastructure to provide high-quality education for all children."
ON: Report Suggests Closing All Five Regional Child Care Centres
Source: The Record, September 14, 2015
Excerpt: "Public child care centres in Waterloo Region could be shuttered in the next five years as part of a regional service review. In a report released Friday, Consultant KPMG recommends that politicians close the five child centres the region runs and instead spend the savings of up to $2.5 million on 200 new subsidized child care spaces."
- To read the KPMG report
ON: Ontario Opening New and Improved Schools This Fall
Source: Government of Ontario, September 11, 2015
Excerpt: "Over the next few months, at least 21 new schools along with nine major additions and renovations will open their doors thanks to a nearly $360 million investment from the Ontario government and extensive planning by local school boards. These new projects will provide improved facilities and enhanced learning opportunities for thousands of students while supporting the needs of communities throughout the province."
CA: This is the Childcare Election, Advocates Say - Including for Lagging Hamilton
Source: CBC News, September 16, 2015
Excerpt: "Parties talk about childcare every election. But in this one, the forum experts said, it's higher profile than it's been in years."
CA: On Oct. 19, Canadians Need to Vote for a Universal Childcare Program
Source: The Link, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "In 2005, the then-Liberal government came close to establishing a national childcare program, but the Conservatives scrapped those plans after coming to power the following year. They chose instead to launch the Universal Child Care Benefit, which provides parents of kids aged five and under with $160 per child per month. That barely makes a dent in childcare costs; for a single infant spot, Canadian families pay average monthly fees of $1,152 in Ontario, $1,047 in British Columbia and $825 in Nova Scotia."
CA: Daycare Rules Vary From Province To Province
Source: Saskatoonhomepage.ca, September 14, 2015
Excerpt: "In the prairie provinces, 43 per cent of parents rely on private care arrangements for their children, the highest rate in all of Canada. Statistics Canada says 31 per cent use home daycare and 23 per cent use a daycare centre. The average across Canada for private care is 28 per cent."
CA: Promises for Parents: What are the Parties Offering Families?
Source: CTV News, September 10, 2015
Excerpt: "Each of the three main political parties are promising to help families in this election, taking starkly different positions on how best to help parents manage their child care needs. CTV’s Canada AM sat down with candidates from three federal parties to hear why they think their approaches are best for families."
CA: Child Care and Election 2015
Source: The Canadian Child Care Federation, September 9, 2015
Description: "A snapshot of what each of the parties is promising for Child Care in Canada."
BC: Early Years Centre Nourishes Healthier Kids
Source: News Kamloops, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "A new B.C. Early Years Centre at John Tod Centre Y provides families with preschoolers a convenient early learning and health amenity. The centre, one of 14 developed across the province, was given an official christening Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting that culminated with a group of children who raced across the refurbished school gym to try out the new hardware, active play toys."
MB: Manitoba Builds on Commitment to Families with Plans for New Child-Care Spaces
Source: Government of Manitoba, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "The Manitoba government will build a new child-care facility at the King Edward Community School, resulting in 40 new high-quality, licensed spaces for families living and working in northwest Winnipeg, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum announced today."
MB: Manitobans Urged to 'Vote Child Care' in Federal Election
Source: CBC News, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "Thelma Randall, who runs West Broadway's Cornish Child Care Centre, said her organization is licensed for 37 preschoolers and eight infants, but more than 500 children are on the centre's waiting list."
PE: Mobile Classrooms for Kindergarten Being Installed at Sherwood School
Source: CBC, September 10, 2015
Excerpt: "Sherwood School has plenty of students, but not quite enough space. That's why construction crews are at work on a pair of mobile classrooms at the rear of the building to house two of the school's six kindergarten classes."
NS: Four New Early Years Centres Officially Open
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "Four communities now have access to increased supports for young children with the official opening of four new early years centres. The expansion means there is now an early years centre in every school board in the province."
- Also see Digby County Courier article, Early Years Centre Opened in Cornwallis
US: Universal Pre-K is the Next Great Public Policy Crusade
Source: Aljazeera America, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "Around the world, early childhood education has long been understood as a necessary feature of modern economies. Japan provides publicly funded kindergartens for children ages 3-6. Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Demark, Estonia, Malta and Slovenia all guarantee children as young as 1 the legal right to a preschool seat, with programs often beginning around the end of parental leave. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Hungary, among others, subsidized childcare begins at age 3. According to the European Commission, children in these countries are typically entitled to early childhood education and care free of charge."
US: Boosting Federal Support for Child Care
Source: The Washington Post, September 12, 2015
Excerpt: "For many Americans, finding someone to take care of small children during the working day is an expensive hassle; for many low-income workers, it’s plain unaffordable. Reducing this particular cost of holding a job could benefit the national economy by enabling more men and women to pursue their full productive potential. For the children, appropriate early care could contribute to their future productivity, too. To the extent a reliable supply of affordable child care encourages people to have more children, it also could help the U.S. economy avoid the demographic decline that plagues Japan and much of Europe."
US: How Child Care Is Becoming a Crisis in America
Source: Think Progress, September 11, 2015
Excerpt: "Child care is both an economic necessity and barrier to employment for most families:
65 percent of children under six have either both parents or a single parent in the workforce. At the same time, most working parents encounter significant barriers to finding affordable, high-quality child care."
US: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s Maternity Leave Backlash Reveals Bias
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 11, 2015
Excerpt: "Now, three years later, Ms. Mayer, still CEO, announced that she’s having twins. Rather than applauding her decision to have children while maintaining her high-profile role, the backlash has focused on her decision to take just two weeks maternity leave. The only way a CEO could take less maternity leave, according to a Washington Post blog, would be to deliver triplets while on mute on a conference call. Her short maternity leave seems like a red herring considering that paid maternity leave hardly exists in the United States, unless you work for a company that voluntarily offers it. (Yahoo itself offers 16 weeks.)"
US: First Day of Kindergarten: A Key Transition
Source: CNN, September 8, 2015
Excerpt: "Today there is a false assumption that by age 5, children leave early childhood behind. That leads educators to make misguided attempts to make kindergarten and early grade classrooms resemble those for older students. But research on children's development shows the benefits of guided play, exploration, read-alouds and socializations continue at least through age 8. Kids need to be taught in small groups and through hands-on activities."
US: Why Playing Tag Is as Important to Your Kid’s Future as Reading
Source: Time, August 26, 2015
Excerpt: "There’s actual cognitive science about how open play shapes neural pathways. When you take away open play, where kids experiment and learn through trial and error and really focus on a goal and an outcome, the brain develops in certain ways. There was an experiment with rats, where one group played naturally and the other group was kept from playing. The rats that didn’t play were so frightened [by social situations], they wouldn’t come out of their holes and in some cases died. That’s the life-and-death version, but what we’re sacrificing with our kids is, ironically, the kind of learning that actually helps us function in the 21st Century: communication, collaboration, creativity."
UK: Future Perfect: Investing in a Child's Wellbeing Brings a Big Payoff
Source: The Guardian, September 16, 2015
Excerpt: "As well as these obvious costs to families, there are hidden costs associated with early child development initiatives. In rural China, parental time is a huge hidden cost: with annual incomes as low 6,223 yuan ($975) in some areas, parents seek work elsewhere, leaving their children in the care of elderly grandparents who do not necessarily have the time or resources to cater for all their grandchildren’s developmental needs."
JM: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Now Underway
Source: Jamaica Observer, September 13, 2015
Excerpt: "“One of the aims of training in the early childhood sector is to be able to develop teachers who are very knowledgeable, who are proficient in what they do and who are able to really teach young children in ways that they are able to learn effectively. To do this, the teachers need to develop the methodologies, styles of teaching and learning and have the kind of knowledge base that will make this possible,” she notes."
KR: Child Care Subsidy Row
Source: The Korea Herald, September 14, 2015
Excerpt: "At the root of the universal child care issue is money. This year’s budget for child care subsidy for children 0-2 years of age stood at approximately 2.97 trillion won. Instituting the new program is expected to result in about 36.5 billion won in savings."
ON: Markham Daycare Pleads With City Officials for Time
Source: Toronto Star, September 9, 2015
Excerpt: "Since January 2014, the daycare has been told by the city that there was no guarantee that the lease and its highly subsidized rent would be renewed. But the city also promised to help the centre find a new space. This January, the city said it needed more room for the growing city staff and actively began to work with the daycare to find alternatives."
ON: Thunder Bay District Social Services Announces Changes to Child Care Special Needs Model
Source: NetNewsledger.com, September 4, 2015
Excerpt: "The special needs resource program for child care is intended to support children with unique needs within licensed child care programs. This enhanced program will employ a team of Resource Teachers trained in recommended inclusive practices in early childhood education to provide information, resources, and supports to children, families and staff."
CA: Over-Use of IPads, IPhones and Smart Screens Hurting Kids
Source: CBC News, September 9, 2015
Excerpt: "Too much time tapping away on an iPad, iPhone or similar screen — particularly around bedtime — can have a big impact on a child's mental well-being, says psychologist and parenting columnist Kim Knull."
CA: Mulcair Ready to Deal with Provinces on Daycare Plan
Source: Toronto Star, September 9, 2015
Excerpt: "On Wednesday, Mulcair insisted he was up to the challenging task, noting he was in the Quebec National Assembly when the Parti Québécois brought in a universal daycare program in the 1990s and that just because other federal parties had not accomplished the same goal does not mean the NDP cannot."
CA: Secret Status of Women Report Paints Grim Picture for Canada
Source: CBC News, September 7, 2015
Excerpt: "According to the report, this country is in the bottom ranks in terms of the pay gap between men and women; support for child care and parental leave is well below average; the country registers 57th for gender equality in Parliament's elected members; and it lacks a national strategy to halt violence against women."
CA: Making Inequality an Issue in the Election Campaign: Editorial
Source: Toronto Star, September 6, 2015
Excerpt: "Good social programs, it points out, help all Canadians become contributing members of society. That would include an affordable housing strategy, a $10-a-day child care program, a national pharmacare program, dental care for all children under 15, investing in First Nations infrastructure and schools, and creating a national action plan to address violence against women."
CA: Child Care Affects All of Us. It's Time Our Politicians Took Notice
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 3, 2015
Excerpt: "In Canada (as in Britain), I was shocked to find little or no access to affordable child care during my son’s first years of life. Like most families, we shouldered the heavy financial burden of full-time child care all on our own with no help from the government or extended family (everyone lives out of town). It was either that or one of us quit working. Not a pretty choice, or a realistic one for most parents, either."
BC: Half of Records Checked for Vancouver Native Child-Care Agency Inadequate
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 8, 2015
Excerpt: "The audit looked at 56 randomly selected child service files. While it found lower than 50-per-cent compliance to several standards – including development of a comprehensive plan of care – it found over 50-per-cent compliance in other standards, including deciding where to place the child. There are 23 standards in the child service audit."
US: New York City Mayor Goes All-In On Free Preschool
Source: New England Public Radio, September 8, 2015
Excerpt: "In New York City, some 65,000 children have enrolled in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new, universal preschool program. To put that number in context, that’s more than all the public school students — in all grades — in either Washington, D.C. or Boston. Free pre-K for all 4-year-olds was a key de Blasio campaign promise."
US: Unequal from Birth: How Inequality Starts Early and What We Can Do About It
Source: Co.Exist, September 8, 2015
Excerpt: "Recent research on early childhood certainly backs the case for something like free, government-funded universal pre-K. In particular, Nobel Laureate James Heckman, a professor at the University of Chicago, has consistently argued that investing as early as possible in disadvantaged children brings the highest social returns ($7 or $8 for every $1). "Starting at age three or four is too late, as it fails to recognize that skills beget skills in a complementary and dynamic way," he says."
US: Parental Leave is an Education Issue
Source: U.S. News & World Report, September 3, 2015
Excerpt: "Parental leave is often viewed as a "women's issue," because women are the ones who carry children, give birth to them and, if breastfeeding, bear the lion's share of responsibility for caring for them during their first weeks and months of life. But it also has real implications for young children's and their families' economic well-being. As such, parental leave should be a key element of an education reform agenda that seeks to narrow achievement gaps and improve learning outcomes for all children."
US: Accreditation Validates CCRI Early Childhood Education Program
Source: Warwick Beacon, September 3, 2015
Excerpt: "There was a point in time where people could work in early childhood education facilities right out of high school, but in part due to the grant, and the realization that teacher education directly correlates to early education success, Rhode Island’s teaching requirements have shifted and educators are expected to have higher and higher levels of education."
US: Groups Seek More Funds, Revamp of Early Childhood Education Program
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, September 3, 2015
Excerpt: "The group, called PEOPLE for the Kids, were joined by American Federation of Teachers national president Randi Weingarten and state Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, in announcing the plan that calls for an increase in state funding for pre-school programs, including a substitute teacher pool, a shared sick-leave program for teachers and a professional development program."
US: Still Sizable Kindergarten Population Unvaccinated, Poses Threat: CDC
Source: Ledger Gazette, September 3, 2015
Excerpt: "The issue has come under sharp focus following alarming outbreaks of measles – a highly infectious disease that can cause blindness, brain swelling and severe respiratory disease, even death, in severe cases – in the U.S. and parts of Canada."
ZW: Media Specialist Emphasises Need for Early Childhood Education
Source: Zambia Daily Mail, September 9, 2015
Excerpt: "Mr. Kabwe said that a lot of children are deprived from early childhood education which is vital for children to attain their full education potential. He noted that a lot of children were dropping out at lower primary school education reducing the number of pupils who progress to secondary school due to poor childhood education systems. Mr. Kabwe said strengthened early childhood education systems can also help reduce the number of pupils that drop out of education due to pregnancy and other factors."
It’s Time to Rethink Child Care; It’s Time for Preschool
Source: Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy, August 31, 2015
Excerpt: "No doubt Quebec’s example is behind the federal NDP’s call for $15-a-day child care. Taking a different route, the Conservatives have upped their taxable child care benefit. The parties have each committed $5-billion for their respective versions of helping families pay for care. But snappy election slogans don’t necessarily make for good public policy.”
ON: New Ontario Child Care Rules Come Into Effect Today
Source: CBC News, August 31, 2015
Excerpt: "The Ministry of Education said the new law gives families access to safe, high-quality care, and that it's working with child care providers during the transition."
- To access the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years Act
ON: Parents Urge Province to Deliver All Promised Daycare Reforms
Source: Toronto Star, August 30, 2015
Excerpt: "Harried parents are clamouring for Ontario to begin requiring school boards to provide before- and after-school care for students ages 6 to 12, where there is sufficient demand. The initiative is already part of a package of child care reforms passed last December, much of which comes into force Monday. But with provincial consultations on that particular provision still months away, parents are wondering when Ontario will make good on its promise."
ON: Parents, Provincial Childcare Advocates Want Answers on Beausoleil Daycare Closure
Source: Ottawa Citizen, August 30, 2015
Excerpt: "Beausoleil, one of two French-language preschool daycares run by the city, normally offers care to 49 children in Lowertown and Sandy Hill, with 45 of the spots dedicated to low-income families."
ON: Last-Ditch Bid to Save Markham Daycare Fails
Source: Toronto Star, August 28, 2015
Excerpt: "Patterson, whose responsibilities included oversight of Toronto’s 64,000-space child care system before she retired last year, says daycares are crucial pieces of municipal infrastructure that cities should nurture and support. In Toronto, for example, daycares get free rent in municipal buildings and the city covers their rent in schools, she notes. In Markham, however, the city is evicting the daycare and converting the space to offices for municipal staff."
ON: Some Parents Call on City for Transparency on Municipal Daycare Plans
Source: CBC News, August 27, 2015
Excerpt: "As city staff conduct a review of Ottawa's municipal daycare system, some parents are calling for more transparency from the city about its plans for the child care centres. In April the city's community and protective services committee directed city staff to review the 12 daycares and whether they're still serving their communities as originally intended."
CA: Mulcair Repeats Party’s Daycare, Balanced Budget Pledges
Source: The Chronicle Herald, August 31, 2015
Excerpt: "“Every step of the way, whether it’s $15-a-day child care or any plan we put forward, we’ve always explained exactly how much it was going to cost,” he told reporters. By eliminating measures like the Conservatives’ income-splitting plan and ensuring Canada’s largest corporations pay their fair share of taxes, an NDP government would be able to fully implement its platform without running a deficit, Mulcair said."
CA: CMA Calls for Proof of Vaccinations Before Children Can Be Enrolled in School
Source: National Post, August 26, 2015
Excerpt: "Every elementary and high school in the country should require parents to provide proof their child has received up-to-date immunizations for school entry, Canada’s doctors say."
NL: Enhancing Child Care Services for Families and Communities - Provincial Government Launches Early Learning and Child Care Directory
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, September 2, 2015
Excerpt: "The new Early Learning and Child Care Directory is a searchable online database and interactive map that helps parents identify regulated child care centres, family child care as well as family resource centres in their area. Regulated child care service providers may also publicly post any vacancies in their service using the directory's Child Care Availability page."
- To access the Early Learning and Child Care Directory
NS: Order of Nova Scotia Recipient Hopes to Bring Attention to Important Issue
Source: Cape Breton Post, August 31, 2015
Excerpt: "A resident of Sydney, Hope Irwin has devoted 40 years to ensuring that child care is inclusive, affordable, accessible and comprehensive."
QC: Some Quebec Schools to Start a ‘No Exemptions’ Sex-Ed Pilot Project
Source: Toronto Star, August 30, 2015
Excerpt: "The province is rolling out a new pilot project in which sex education, like French and mathematics, will soon become mandatory for all students from kindergarten to the last year of high school, regardless of the religious or personal convictions of parents across different cultural communities. No exceptions will be made."
MB: Manitoba Universities Need More Early Learning, Child-Care Options
Source: CBC News, August 27, 2015
Excerpt: "Current trends in post-secondary education are leading to a higher number of students needing early learning and child care (ELCC). There are more newcomer and indigenous students with children, and more people with families facing work-force changes are pursuing studies for new careers. A lack of child care is a huge barrier to overcome, involving short and long-term costs that impact career-entry and duration."
US: A New Vision for Child Care in the United States
Source: Center for American Progress, September 2, 2015
Excerpt: "More than 12 million children in the United States under age 5 attend child care each week. Across the country, millions of working families struggle to find affordable, high-quality child care. For most of those families, child care is an economic necessity, as 65 percent of children under 6 years old have all of their available parents in the labor force."
US: The Decline of Play in Preschoolers — And the Rise in Sensory Issues
Source: The Washington Post, September 1, 2015
Excerpt: "Preschool years are not only optimal for children to learn through play, but also a critical developmental period. If children are not given enough natural movement and play experiences, they start their academic careers with a disadvantage. They are more likely to be clumsy, have difficulty paying attention, trouble controlling their emotions, utilize poor problem-solving methods, and demonstrate difficulties with social interactions."
US: D.C. is One of The Most Expensive Places in the U.S. for Child Care. But Why?
Source: WAMU 88.5, August 28, 2015
Excerpt: "Elected officials usually celebrate being first, but a new first for the District this week probably isn't much to be happy about. In this case, it's child care costs. According to an updated family budget calculator created by the Economic Policy Institute, the District leads the nation in how much parents pay for child care. For a family of four — two parents and two children — child care costs in the city average $2,597 per month, or $31,158 per year."
US: The Real War on Families: Why the U.S. Needs Paid Leave Now
Source: In These Times, August 18, 2015
Excerpt: "Investigation reveals the devastating effects of the lack of paid family leave: Our data show nearly 1 in 4 employed mothers return to work within two weeks of childbirth."
IN: Protect Rights of Kids Below 6: Law Panel
Source: The Times of India, August 28, 2015
Excerpt: "While the government has a policy on early childhood care and education in 2013, it is not enforceable under law. The commission said that early childhood is the phase of "maximum vulnerability" and deprivation can seriously impact a child's health and learning potential."
Have a Ball Together!
Source: Best Start Resource Centre, September 29, 2015
Description: "The Best Start Resource Centre is updating the Have a ball together! website and to prepare for new content in the spring, we would like to offer free copies of the existing Have a ball together! brochure (not including shipping and handling). This brochure is designed to provide parents with key information about the promotion of physical activity and activity ideas for children aged 2-5 years. Limited time."
Increasing Vulnerability in the Early Years: A Closer Look at Five North Shore Neighbourhoods
Source: United Way Lower Mainland, September 4, 2015
Excerpt: "The importance of play for all areas of children’s development appears to be inadequately understood and increasingly seen as less valuable than structured learning settings. As a result, some children are struggling to develop essential motor, social, emotional and communication skills that are best learned through unstructured play."
- Also see Vancouver Sun article, North Shore Children at Risk from Too Little Play, Too Much Screen Time
Tuned In – NSCECE Fall 2015 Newsletter
Source: Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, September 2015
Excerpt: "Continuing education, professional learning opportunities, consulting, information, and curriculum supports for early childhood educators and early years professionals."
Not Golden Yet: Building a Stronger Workforce for Young Children in California
Source: New America, September 29, 2015
Excerpt: "This paper looks at how, and whether, the state of California is preparing its early childhood educators for the demands of a growing, more diverse population. The focus in these pages is on professionals and those who aspire to the profession of early education."
The Raising of America
Source: The Raising of America, September 24, 2015
Description: "The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary series that explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children? The Signature Hour covers all three of these issues. The four subsequent episodes each dive in for a closer look."
ARNEC’s Country of the Month Feature – New Zealand
Source: ARNEC, September 2015
Description: "Every month ARNEC highlights the ECD work of a country in close collaboration with the respective Country Coordinator – for September 2015 this is: NEW ZEALAND. Please see the Country of the month feature with information on home based and hospital based ECCE Services."
Childcare and Work: The Parents Missing from the Labour Market
Source: Family and Childcare Trust, September 10, 2015
Excerpt: "A number of factors affect parental employment rates. These include parents’ own skills and qualifications and the work that is available in a particular area. Caring responsibilities also impact on parents’ ability to work. Although many parents share caring responsibilities, or use informal childcare from family and friends, nearly 60 per cent of UK families with dependent children pay for formal childcare, most frequently a nursery, after-school club or registered childminder."
- To read the Press Release
Excerpt: "It is early childhood that determines the capacity of the brain, its structure and its function. In the first year of life the brain grows at a pace of 700-1000 new neural connections per second, a rate that is never again achieved, and at the age of 3 a child’s brain is twice as active of an adult. This continuous rapid development means that early interventions have a great impact on children in some of the most formative years of their lives."
Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Source: Atkinson Centre, September 17, 2015
Description: "Craig Alexander, C.D. Howe Economist and former TD Bank Economist describes the economic benefits of investing in the next generation of workers."
Updated Topic: Parenting Skills
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, September 23, 2015
Excerpt: "Parenting programs can improve parent-child interactions by helping parents to better anticipate their children’s developmental changes, carry out child-rearing responsibilities and provide early learning experiences."
Maternal Abuse History, Postpartum Depression, and Parenting: Links with Preschoolers’ Internalizing Problems (purchase required)
Source: Wiley Online Library, Infant Mental Health Journal, March/April 2015
Excerpt: "The current study examined a temporal cascade linking mothers’ history of abuse with their children's internalizing difficulties through proximal processes such as maternal postnatal depressive symptoms and responsive parenting. Participants consisted of 490 mother–child dyads assessed at three time points when children were, on average, 2 months old at Time 1 (T1), 18 months at Time 2 (T2), and 36 months at Time 3 (T3). Maternal abuse history and depressive symptoms were assessed via questionnaires at T1. Observations of responsive parenting were collected at T2 and were coded using a validated coding scheme. Children's internalizing difficulties were assessed in the preschool period using averaged parental reports."
Ipad-Wielding Toddlers 'Are Watching More TV in Bed'
Source: The Independent, September 18, 2015
Excerpt: "The findings are concerning child health experts, who say that round-the-clock access to smart devices could be harming toddlers’ life prospects."
- Also see International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity study, Revising on the Run or Studying on the Sofa: Prospective Associations between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Exam Results in British Adolescents
- To access the Childwise report (purchase required)
Students, Computers and Learning
Source: OECD, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences."
- Also see Globe and Mail article, Computers in Classroom Have ‘Mixed’ Impact on Learning: OECD Report
360 Degrees - Turn It Around for Women
Source: National Women’s Council of Ireland, September 14, 2015
Excerpt: "A greater priority must be addressing the urgent task of repairing the damage done over the course of the recession, reversing unsustainable cutbacks and investing in the solid groundwork needed for a more equal and sustainable future, including an affordable, accessible childcare system and investment in quality public services."
Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game (Interactive Game)
Source: Center on the Developing Child, September 2015
Description: "In this interactive feature, you will learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any moment, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives."
Strategic Framing in Early Childhood Development
Source: The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, September 2015
Excerpt: "Uniting the science of early childhood with the science of communication has changed our communications practice. In 2013, the Centre for Community Child Health engaged the Frame Works Institute to undertake communications research to provide us with a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers to engaging the public in productive discussions about early childhood development. With the research complete, we now have tools and resources that enhance the visibility and impact of our communications. We have a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that we face in communicating the critical importance of the early years, can translate research into practice more effectively and have an integrated approach to tackling early childhood development issues."
Why Walking to School is Better than Driving for Your Kids
Source: University of Toronto, September 11, 2015
Excerpt: "Children who walk to school have been found to have higher academic performance in terms of attention/alertness, verbal, numeric, and reasoning abilities; higher degree of pleasantness and lower levels of stress during the school day; and higher levels of happiness, excitement and relaxation on the journey to school. Walking to school can further foster personal growth by developing a sense of independent decision making, emotional bonds with peers and the natural environment, and road and traffic safety skills."
- To access the report, “Putting School Travel on the Map”: Facilitators and Barriers to Implementing School Travel Planning in Canada (purchase required)
Are Early Childhood Educators Undervalued?
Source: EurekAlert, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "With the federal election around the corner, child care has become a major ballot issue. While every party has its own idea of how best to offset the costs of raising children, no one is looking at how we perceive and value those who provide the education and care."
- To access the paper, Coraline's Split Mothers: The Maternal Abject and the Childcare Educator (purchase required)
Work around the Clock: A Snapshot of Non-Standard Hours Child Care in Canada
Source: Childcare Resource and Research Unit, September 15, 2015
Excerpt: "This report is intended to be a useful tool for policy makers striving to strengthen child care policy and programs, researchers studying child care, family and workplace policy issues, advocates working for accessible high quality child care for all Canadian families and employers of non-standard hours workers. Its main purpose is to provide an up-to-date report on the state of child care for families working non-standard hours in Canada."
- Also see Toronto Star article, Few Child-Care Options for Parents Who Don’t Work 9-to-5 Weekday Hours
Regional Wage Scales for RECEs Working in Regulated Childcare in Ontario
Source: AECEO, September 10, 2015
Description: "Regional Wage Scales for RECEs Working in Regulated Childcare in Ontario: A Discussion Paper provides a platform for discussing regional wage scales as a solution to address the on-going issues around compensation in the regulated childcare sector."
When It Comes To Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal? (Audio & Video)
Source: Ted Radio Hour, September 11, 2015
Description: "Pediatrician Dimitri Christakis explains how different forms of screen time affects kids and their ability to learn and develop."
What We've Learned about Kids and Sleep in 2015
Source: Huffington Post, September 9, 2015
Excerpt: "Kids’ sleep is truly precious. For parents, hardly anything beats the sight of their little one wrapped in a blanket, curls strewn over the pillow, breathing softly and looking happy and serene. But what if your child is tossing and turning, snoring or moaning in her sleep? How will the quality of her nighttime rest affect how she fares socially, emotionally and academically?"
Determinants of Subsidy Stability and Child Care Continuity: Final Report for the Illinois–New York Child Care Research Partnership
Source: Urban Institute, August 2015
Excerpt: "Child care assistance is a critical support for low-income families. Approximately 1.5 million children receive child care subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund each month. With support paying for child care, parents are better able to participate in the labor market and secure developmentally appropriate, high-quality child care programs for their children. Yet recent studies have found many enrolled families receive a subsidy for only brief periods, or cycle off and then back on the subsidy program, frequently returning with a new child care provider."
What is the Relationship between Risky Outdoor Play and Health in Children? A Systematic Review
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, June 8, 2015
Excerpt: "Risky outdoor play has been associated with promoting children’s health and development, but also with injury and death. Risky outdoor play has diminished over time, concurrent with increasing concerns regarding child safety and emphasis on injury prevention. We sought to conduct a systematic review to examine the relationship between risky outdoor play and health in children, in order to inform the debate regarding its benefits and harms."
SECD’s e-Message: Broad Support for ECD in Canada
Source: Science of Early Childhood Development, September 9, 2015
Description: "A group of eight Canadian charitable foundations joined the voices of advocacy and issued a statement of unequivocal support for early childhood education. Dr. Mary Young, Senior Advisor at Harvard Center of the Developing Child and Director of the China Development Research Foundation, explains the economic returns of investing in early childhood. And Dr. Susan Prentice, University of Manitoba, discusses the value of universal child care for Canada."
A Canada Fit for Children 2015: Identity, Rights and Belonging
Source: Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, September 2015
Excerpt: "A Canada Fit for Children 2015 attempts to respect this new way of seeing the situation while retaining, for the sake of comparison, the 2004 consensus on key priorities within the four central themes of supporting families and strengthening communities; promoting healthy lives; protecting from harm; and promoting education and learning."
Our Schools/Our Selves: Summer 2015 - Moving Beyond Baby Steps: Building a Child Care Plan for Today's Families (for purchase)
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, September 1, 2015
Description: "This issue of Our Schools / Our Selves takes stock of where we are and where we need to be in the child care debates, in the lead-up to a national election that is very much about how we care for our children and how we support families in that task. It brings together researchers, activists and analysts to provide a thoughtful, nuanced, accessible overview of the key issues in the effort to build a national child care program that responds to and meets the needs of kids from coast to coast to coast; one that is stable, adequately-funded, and helps to build vibrant, equitable, empowered, compassionate, cohesive communities."
Changing Families in the European Union: Trends and Policy Implications
Source: Families and Societies, September 7, 2015
Abstract: "In this paper we discuss changes in family patterns in the European Union over the past fifty years and the policy implications of these trends. First, we address regional developments in family formation, with respect to childbearing- and partnership patterns, and how these changes affect household structures in different European countries. Thereafter, we turn our attention to socio-economic trends, focusing especially on changes in women’s labour force participation. We address the linkages between these trends and the new family patterns, followed by a discussion on policies, mainly at the EU-level. In the brief conclusion we summarize the main policy challenges ahead. Throughout, we rely on data from the Eurostat Database, Eurobarometer, OECD Labour Force Statistics and the OECD Family Database."
Screentime is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy
Source: Psychology Today, August 18, 2015
Excerpt: "Children’s brains are much more sensitive to electronics use than most of us realize. In fact, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take much electronic stimulation to throw a sensitive and still-developing brain off track. Also, many parents mistakenly believe that interactive screen-time—Internet or social media use, texting, emailing, and gaming—isn’t harmful, especially compared to passive screen time like watching TV. In fact, interactive screen time is more likely to cause sleep, mood, and cognitive issues, because it’s more likely to cause hyperarousal and compulsive use."
- Also see Herald.ie article, Is it Healthy to Let Children Play on Electronic Gadgets?
Evaluation Report 2015 - Early Years Centres (EYC)
Source: Human Early Learning Partnership, August 2015
Excerpt: "In the Fall of 2015, the Human Early Learning Partnership was engaged by the provincial Early Years Office to complete an early stage evaluation of the lessons learned from the first twelve Early Years Centres (EYCs) funded under the government’s Early Years Strategy. This report documents the findings from this evaluation."
Sharing Their Stories: Narratives of Young Métis Parents and Elders about Parenting
Source: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, August 2015
Excerpt: "Participants were asked to discuss their thoughts and concerns about education. Through this discussion two main themes emerged. The first related to formal education and the second related to the broader concept of learning."
Engaging, Supporting and Working with Children and Families in Tasmania’s Child and Family Centres
Source: Telethon Kids Institute, August 2015
Excerpt: "The Child and Family Centres’ vision is that all Tasmanian children have the best possible start in life, are healthy, safe and curious learners, nurtured by confident, capable families living in strong, supportive communities."
Thriving Through Nature: Fostering Children’s Executive Function Skills
Source: Children & Nature Network, August 30, 2015
Excerpt: "Infancy and toddlerhood are stages in which secure interpersonal attachment sets a strong foundation for the ability to create meaningful connections during future developmental stages. From this secure foundation, early childhood (3‐6), middle childhood (7‐12), and adolescence (13‐18) can be particularly formative for children’s connection with nature. According to Sobel (2008), early childhood activities that foster a connection with the natural world should center on enhancing the developmental tendency toward empathy with nature, in middle childhood exploration should take precedence, and in adolescence social action should assume a more central role."
Young Brains Can Take on New Functions
Source: MIT, August 27, 2015
Excerpt: "The study, appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that the brains of young children are highly plastic, meaning that regions usually specialized for one task can adapt to new and very different roles. The findings also help to define the extent to which this type of remodeling is possible."
- To read the study, “Visual” Cortex Responds to Spoken Language in Blind Children (subscription required)
Contrary to Popular Belief, Daycare Does Not Stoke Aggressive Behavior in Children
Source: Medical Daily, August 21, 2015
Excerpt: "Many working parents worry about sending their kids to daycare: What will the supervision be like? Will my child get along with the other kids? Is it bad for my child? At least one of these stressors is unnecessary, according to a new study on the effects of daycare on child behavior. Research that tracked almost 1,000 Norwegian children through daycare found that the amount of time children spent in daycare had little effect on aggressive behavior."
- To read the study, Age of Entry into Early Childhood Education and Care as a Predictor of Aggression: Faint and Fading Associations for Young Norwegian Children (subscription required)
Training for Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia
Source: Australian Skills Quality Authority, August 20, 2015
Excerpt: "The future projections for the early childhood education and care sector indicate that there will be a continuing national shortage of child care workers, especially those with a diploma level qualification. In 2013, the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council also indicated that in order to meet the new requirements and increased demand for services the number of child carers employed in Australia needed to increase by 15,500 (13%) between 2012 and 2017. Projections by the Department of Employment (2014) indicate that this figure may be higher, and that employment in child care services is projected to grow by 21,600 (or 21.8%) between 2013 and 2018."
Early Childcare, Maternal Education and Family Origins: Differences in Cognitive and Linguistic Outcomes Throughout Childhood
Source: Families and Society, August 11, 2015
Abstract: "Centre-based care in early childhood has been associated with better scores on linguistic and cognitive tests at later times. Nevertheless, there is a lack of consensus about the stability of these effects across the preschool and primary school stages. Furthermore, no data about the effects of early care have been reported from the Italian context. Using a cross-sectional design, our study analysed the effects of early childcare, maternal education and parental origin (native versus foreign) on the cognitive and linguistic outcomes of 175 three- to ten-year-old children, from a Northern Italian city. Analysis of the single effects of type of care, maternal education and parental origin on children’s outcomes, showed no differences. When the interactions among these variables were explored, centre-based care appeared to play a protective role with respect to maternal education, whereas home-based care appeared to play a protective role with respect to parental origin. The importance of educational intervention and training for professionals to better support children’s development will be discussed."