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Show Your Support For the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play
Source: CHEO: Research institute - Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, June 17, 2015

Excerpt: "For the first time, the recently released 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth includes a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play."

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ON: More Than ‘Expensive Daycare’? Jury Still Out on Whether Ontario’s Full-Day Kindergarten Program has Paid Off
Source: The National Post, June 23, 2015

Excerpt: "And as Ontario’s $1.5 billion experiment with a full-day program hits the five-year mark — and Alberta’s new New Democratic Party government promises its own rollout — there’s still intense debate on whether the investment has paid off. Proponents insist they can see a boost in children’s engagement, vocabularies and social-emotional skills. Skeptics insist the new programs are no more than “expensive daycare.” The research, so far, is inconclusive."


ON: Government Increasing Ontario Child Benefit to Help 500,000 Families
Source: Ontario Government, June 18, 2015

Excerpt: "Ontario is increasing its maximum monthly Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) payment to help eligible families with the cost of raising children. The OCB supports about 500,000 families across Ontario. The OCB provides direct financial support to low- to moderate-income families with children under the age of 18. Starting July 1, 2015, the OCB, which supports about one million children in Ontario, will be increased to a maximum of $1,336 per child, per year."

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ON: McGivney Centre’s Child Care Program Finds New Life
Source: The Windsor Star, June 12, 2015

Excerpt: "A valued preschool day care program that caters to children with special needs has been saved. The John McGivney Children’s Centre Preschool Program was poised to shut down this summer after it appeared families could no longer tap into about the $360,000 from Ontario’s education ministry used to help subsidize their costs."


AB: Residents Protesting Keyano Plans to Suspend Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Program
Source: Fort McMurray Today, June 21, 2015

Excerpt: "A group of residents working to pressure Keyano administration fear a permanent cut to the school’s child care diploma would weaken care in Fort McMurray. Janet Huffman, coordinator of the Catholic School District’s after-school program, has authored a petition calling on Keyano to reinstate the diploma, which was suspended by administration in June."

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QC: Quebec Government to Cut $74M in Daycare Costs
Source: CBC News, June 19, 2015

Excerpt: "Daycare workers say they are concerned that the Couillard government's plans to slash $74 million from the daycare system this year will affect the quality of care children receive."


NB: Want to Help Women in Science? Provide Decent Child Care for Starters
Source: The Chronicle Herald, June 19, 2015

Excerpt: "Earlier this week, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women released a report on women in the skilled trades, science, technology, engineering and math occupations in Canada."

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BC: Lives of B. C.’s Most Vulnerable Children Not Improving, Says Children’s Rep
Source: CBC News, June 18, 2015

Excerpt: “Life for the most vulnerable children in B. C. has not improved significantly over the past five years, according to a new report. The joint report by the Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel -Lafond and by the Provincial Heal Officer Dr. Perry Kendall compared the status of child and youth across six measurable areas.”


SK: Sask. Child Care Group Calls on Government to Register Unlicensed Homes
Source: CBC News, June 18, 2015

Excerpt: "Doris Gutzer remembers hearing about an unlicensed daycare where the operator kept 26 children in her garage. That incident was several years ago, but she said she knows of other situations this past year where more than 20 children have been at day homes. Gutzer is co-chair of the Saskatchewan Association of Child Care Homes. She said she hears stories like these regularly, and she is advocating for someone to at least monitor unlicensed daycares."

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AB: Daycare For New Canadians Could be Shuttered Because of No Funding
Source: CBC News, June 18, 2015

Excerpt: "The Intercultural Child and Family Centre opened five years ago just north of downtown, at 9538 107th Ave. It's now home to 44 children spread over three rooms in the former McCauley School. The non-profit centre's focus is to support families from various cultures by hiring caregivers with the same cultural backgrounds as the children, and having visible objects from many cultures around the rooms."


MB: Privatize Daycare? Remember MTS
Source: The Winnipeg Free Press, June 16, 2015

Excerpt: "Social service schemes recently announced by the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives to encourage private child care and introduce "social impact" bonds soften the ground towards privatization. The assumption is that the private sector knows best how to fund and deliver public services. This is false -- publicly delivered services are more efficient, accountable and in the long-term public interest."

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BC: City of North Vancouver Tweaks its Daycare Rules
Source: North Shore News, June 10, 2015

Excerpt: "The City of North Vancouver has balked on loosening up the process for child-care providers setting up shop in residential neighbourhoods."


SG: Is Kindergarten Too Late?
Source: AsiaOne, June 23, 2015

Excerpt: "Governments around the world are right in paying more attention to early childhood education, but they may not be starting soon enough, says Nobel laureate James Heckman. They should do more for children aged 0 to five years old, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and not wait till they get to kindergarten or primary school."

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UK: The Observer View on Working Fathers and Childcare
Source: The Guardian, June 21, 2015

Excerpt: "In the UK, 10% of full-time carers of children are stay-at-home dads. In the 1950s, a man pushing a pram was a rarity, considered by many to challenge the masculinity of the father. As the first State of the World’s Fathers report published last week to mark Father’s Day reveals, the evolution of positive and involved fatherhood is accelerating apace."


US: Investments in Early Childhood Benefit Our Entire Community
Source: The Urban Child Institute, June 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Investments in high quality childcare, early education, and other programs do more than help children. They also benefit taxpayers and strengthen the economy. It may sound strange to make the argument for helping children in terms of economic returns—after all, shouldn’t we do it simply because it’s the right thing to do?"


US: Playdate
Source: The New Yorker, June 15, 2015

Excerpt: "Any parent of a four-to-x year old will likely understand this week’s cover. Most everyone else will be confused."

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US: Affordable Childcare Is A Distributive Problem
Source: Demos, June 12, 2015

Excerpt: "People often write about affordable child care like it is a complicated and elusive thing, sometimes even conflating the idea with strategies to reduce child care unit costs. But it's not complicated. The way you make child care affordable is the same way you made the child care/education we already have for children age 5-17 affordable: you extend public benefits for it."


Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations Supported by Majority in B.C. and Alberta: Poll
Source: CBC News, June 9, 2015

Excerpt: "A majority of people in B.C. and Alberta think childhood vaccinations should be mandatory, and not decided by parents, according to a new poll by Insights West. In British Columbia, 78 per cent of survey respondents supported mandatory vaccines for childhood diseases such as polio and measles in the online poll."

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US: What Its Like to be a Male Preschool Teacher
Source: The New Republic, October 31, 2014

Excerpt: "In an interview with NPR earlier this fall, pre-school teacher Glen Peters recounted, “They couldn't find the bathroom code for the men's bathroom, so I actually had to go to the women's room while someone stood guard outside the bathroom. I knew at that moment that I was a bit of a unicorn.”"


ON: 2015 Funding Opportunity - Active Outdoor Play: Request for Letters of Intent
Source: The Lawson Foundation
Submission Deadline: July 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Excerpt: “The Lawson Foundation is excited to announce a new funding opportunity in the area of Active Outdoor Play. The Foundation is inviting letters of intent from registered charities across Canada to increase children’s opportunities for self- directed play outdoor in all settings - at home, in school, in child care, the community and nature."

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US: US Health Secretary Proposes Expanding Head Start Program
Source: The New York Times, June 16, 2015

Excerpt: “President Barack Obama’s health secretary announced proposed regulations Tuesday for /Head Start that would expand the 50-year-old early-learning program to a full school day and a full school year to better prepare children for kindergarten.


US: Hillary Clinton Calls for Preschool for all Children
Source: Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2015

Excerpt: “Hillary Rodham Clinton put early childhood education at the front of her agenda Monday, pledging that as president she would work to make preschool available and affordable for every American child.”

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US: Red vs. Blue America on Marriage
Source: The New York Times, June 12, 2015

Excerpt: “Liberals encourage gender equality and later marriage, which helps explain why divorce is lower in blue states. The percentage of teenagers still living with both of their parents is also higher on average in blue states.”


US: Let Rich and Poor Learn Together
Source: The New York Times online, June 12, 2015

Excerpt: “The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, campaigned on a promise to prove free universal pre-K classes to more than 70, 000 4-year-olds. The city is now poised to meet this ambitious goal.”

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US: How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education
Source: Center for American Progress online, June 11, 2015

Excerpt: “For many American families, finding high-quality, affordable child care is an impossible task. But it is also a necessary one, given that most families cannot afford to have a full time, stay-at-home caregiver. Early childhood education and care programs give parents the poortunity to work, but they also have the capacity to offer important learning opportunities for children at a crucial stage of development.”


UK: Richard Branson Gives Employees a Year of Paid Leave So They Can Watch Their Newborns Grow Up
Source: Addicting Info, June 9, 2015

Excerpt: “Sir Richard Branson just announced an incredible new job perk for his company’s employees: New fathers can take a year off of work to go be dad while Virgin pays their salary in full. It’s the latest move by a major company to do something that almost seems unimaginable: Investing in the lives of the workers who make your business run. And don’t worry, mothers will get the same offer, too.”

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ON: Participaction Report Urges Parents to Get their Kids Outside
Source: The Toronto Star, June 9, 2015

Excerpt: “Canadian Kids are woefully inactive and should be encouraged to play in natural settings and take risks, according to an annual report released Tuesday. The Participaction Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth says parents who are overprotective of their child’s play, or keep them indoors because its perceived to be safer, are actually hurting their child’s long term health.”


ON: Federal Response to Residential School Study Disappointing, Wynne Says
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 6, 2015

Excerpt: “Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is calling the federal government’s response to recommendations from a six-year study of Canada’s residential schools legacy ‘disappointing’.”

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ON: Justice Murray Sinclair’s Challenge for Canada as it Seeks Reconciliation
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 6, 2015

Excerpt: “Justice Murray Sinclair is reaching the end of a very long journey, with his own personal share of pain, and with a challenge for all non-native Canadians. Reconcile with the First Nations among you, share sovereignty over the land - or watch as that sovereignty is taken from you.”


ON: Truth and Reconciliation is Canada’s Last Chance to Get it Right
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 5, 2015

Excerpt: “There are good and bad things in our society, successes and failures. But there is only one fundamental reality that remains unaddressed. That is the situation of indigenous people. This is the single most important issue before us, whether we are recently arrived in Canada or have been here for centuries. This is the prime issue on which we should be judging governments and potential governments.”

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BC: BC to Open Nearly 1,500 New Child Care Spots, Still Struggles to Make it Affordable
Source: News 1130, June 5, 2015

Excerpt: "Another 1,500 licensed child care spaces have been announced today by the province, this is in addition to the 1,000 spaces the government announced earlier this year. However, the province is still trying to come up with ways to make it affordable for parents."


US: Baltimore Schools Will Give Free Meals to All Kids
Source: Huffington Post online, June 10, 2015

Excerpt: “We know being able to eat at school is directly tied to better academic performance, better success and outcomes, and it lets students focus on getting through the day without have to be hungry,” [Haynes] said, “We believe this is going to be tremendously successful for all the schools.”

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AU: International Experts Criticize Australian Childcare Plan
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, June 8, 2015

Excerpt: "International childcare experts have criticized the Coalition's move to make parents work to get childcare funding, describing it as a "retrograde step" that will hurt vulnerable families who are most in need of early learning and care."


US: Fourteen Arrests at California Protest in Support of Childcare Reform
Source: The Guardian, June 4, 2015

Excerpt: "Fourteen women were arrested for blocking an intersection in front of California’s State Capitol building in Sacramento on Wednesday in an act of pre-planned civil disobedience supporting a proposed law that would examine standards for daycare in the state and allow workers to unionize."

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ON: Unlicensed Daycares Need More Oversight, Lack of Standards Dangerous
Source: CBC Radio, May 29, 2015

Excerpt: “An investigation found 29 children under the care of just one operator. The maximum number allowed in Ontario is five. They also found 14 dogs on site. And believe it or not the limit on the number of children to caregiver is generally the only restriction unlicensed daycares face in Canada.”


AB: Catholic School District’s Full-Day Kindergarten Program Still on Chopping Block
Source: Calgary Herald, May 30, 2015

Excerpt: "A full-day kindergarten program slated for the chopping block at Calgary Catholic schools this fall could be salvaged following the NDP government’s announcement to restore $103 million in funding to local districts and boards."

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NB: New Task Force to Conduct a Child Care Review
Source: Sackville Tribune-Post, May 30, 2015

Excerpt: "The task force’s mandate will be to provide a path for creating the right conditions for child care and to suggest ways to address the challenges parents face in obtaining access to quality and affordable child care services."


AB: New Education Minister Pressing Ahead with School- Lunch Program, Full Day- Kindergarten, School-Fee Reductions
Source: Edmonton Journal, May 28, 2015

Excerpt: “The NDP government announcement reversing unpopular education cuts is a a signal of what’d to come for education in Alberta, says the province’s new education minister.”

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US: Put Kids First: Why Adults in Olympia Must Come Together to Pass the Early Start Act
Source: Inlander Online, May 27, 2015

Excerpt: “In todays low- wage economy, the child care crisis hits middle and working class families the hardest. Families below the poverty line are forced to spend about 30 percent of their monthly income on childcare, compared with 8 percent for other families. This can mean literally not being able to afford work and being force onto public assistance for the sake of the family.”


US: International Children's Day: Yet Another Reminder of How We Are Failing the Next Generation
Source: Huffington Post, May 29, 2015

Excerpt: "Celebrating children, while internationally recognized almost a century ago, is something we continue to struggle with on a universal level. While globally we proclaim dedication to Education for All and the Universal Rights of the Child, many countries, as is the case in Cambodia, continue to fail the next generation of leaders in the basic rights of a quality education that will provide them with the necessary skills and opportunities for a more prosperous future than their reality today. The responsibility for providing children with the ability to capitalize on the possibilities of the future lie in the hands of those of us capable of making significant changes in the opportunities for growth and exposure to new and innovative ways of thinking."

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IE: Subsidized Fees for After-School Care Being Considered
Source: The Irish Times, May 29, 2015

Excerpt: “Coalition mulls childcare cost measure with lower income groups paying less.”


UK: How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Child?
Source: Lancaster Guardian, May 28, 2015

Excerpt: “New research shows parents across the UK are spending an average of 35 000 pounds on their children by the time they get to five years old- and thats not a small amount, by anyones calculations.”

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SE: Swedish Fathers to Get Third Month of Paid Paternity Leave
Source: The Guardian, May 28, 2015

Excerpt: "Sweden is planning to introduce a third month of paid parental leave reserved for fathers as of 2016, in a bid to further increase gender equality, the country’s government has announced. Sweden offers a generous 16-month parental leave which can be taken by either mothers or fathers, with two months of that set aside for dads."


AU: Comment: Short-Change Early Childhood Workers, and We Short-Change the Future
Source: SBS online, May 27, 2015

Excerpt:”Early Child Educators are instrumental to the success of the next generation - so it’s only fair that we value and support them.”

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US: How Play Enriches Our Creative Capacity
Source: TIME Online, May 27, 2015

Excerpt: “Play expands our minds in ways that allow us to explore: to germinate new ideas or see old ideas in a new light. It makes us more inquisitive, more attuned to novelty, more engaged.”


US: Five Ways to Understand Toddlers
Source:The Washington Post, May 26, 2015

Excerpt: “Klein believes that well-intentioned parents can get in the way of their toddlers’ development by overcorrecting, criticizing and trying to tame erratic behaviour. She explained that when children feel securely loved and adults step back a little, a child who is resilient, empathetic, and curious will authentically emerge on his own.”

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US: Effective, Affordable Preschool: Expanding Early Learning
Source: Impatient Optimists Online, May 20, 2015

Excerpt: “All parents want the best for their kids, and the research is clear that high-quality preschool leads to educational, social and economic success for all children.”


US: How Do You Make a Baby Smart? Word by Word, A Chicago Project Says
Source: The Hechinger Report, January 7, 2015

Excerpt: "In this intervention with newborns, mothers still in the hospital learn research-based parenting practices less commonly known in poor households. There will soon be follow-up lessons at pediatric checkups. This winter, Thirty Million Words is embarking on a major longitudinal study of a home visiting program that teaches communication skills to parents of slightly older babies. Children will be trailed from approximately 15 months old through at least kindergarten."

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Research Reports & Resources

Child Care Rules (Child Care and Early Years Act)
Source: Ontario Government, June 2015

Excerpt: "Child care rules will be changing on August 31, 2015, when the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, comes into effect. This document answers key questions about how these changes will affect licensed and unlicensed child care providers in Ontario."


Home Schooling in Canada: The Current Picture - 2015 Edition
Source: Fraser Institute, June 2015

Excerpt: "Modern-day home schooling in Canada is 40 years old. In this alternative method of education, parents are in charge and responsible for their children’s education and learning primarily takes place outside of an institutional setting. Although always legal, it has not always been understood."


Growing Up in B.C. – 2015
Source: Representative for Children and Youth, June 18, 2015

Excerpt: "This joint report between the Representative for Children and Youth and the Provincial Health Officer examines the question, “How are our children doing right now?” The report fins that while there have been some improvements, vulnerable children and youth, especially Aboriginal children and those in government care, continue to lag behind their peers."

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More Play, Please: The Perspective of Kindergarten Teachers on Play in the Classroom
American Journal Of Play, Spring 2015

Excerpt: "The past decade has seen an increase in research documenting the benefits of children learning through play. However, the amount of play in American kindergarten classes remains on a steady decline. This article compares the findings from a netnographic study of seventy-eight kindergarten teachers’ message board discussions about play in kindergarten with those of more traditional studies and finds the teachers’ discussions in broad agreement with past research."


Quality of Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns— The WHO Vision
Source: Wiley Online Library, July 2015

Excerpt: "In 2015, as we review progress towards Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), despite significant progress in reduction of mortality, we still have unacceptably high numbers of maternal and newborn deaths globally."

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Inequalities at the Starting Gate: Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills Gaps between 2010-2011 Kindergarten Classmates
Source: Economic Policy Institute, June 17, 2015

Excerpt: "Inequalities in education outcomes such as test scores of degree attainment have been at the center of education policy debates for decades. Indeed, the first seminal national report on the state of U.S. education - the 1966 Coleman Report- examined some of these inequalities 50 years ago."


Every Newborn Progress Report
Source: Every Woman. Every Child, June 11, 2015

Excerpt: "One year since the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was endorsed at the 67th World Health Assembly, 15 of 18 low- resource countries identified as having the highest newborn mortality rates have taken action to improve maternal and newborn care around the time of birth and to save lives."

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How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education
Source: Center for American Progress online, June 2015

Excerpt: "For many American families, finding high-quality, affordable child care is an impossible task. But it is also a necessary one, given that most families cannot afford to have a full-time, stay-at-home caregiver. Early Childhood Education and Care programs give parents the opportunity to work, but they also have the capacity to offer important learning opportunities for children at a crucial stage of development."


Early Childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons from Sesame Street
Source: the National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2015

Excerpt: "Sesame Street is one of the largest early childhood interventions ever to take place. It was introduced in 1969 as an educational, early childhood program with the explicit goal of preparing preschool age children for school entry. Millions of children watched a typical episode in its early years."

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Child Benefits in Canada: Politics versus Policy
Source: Caledon Institute of Social Policy, June 10, 2015

Excerpt: “To properly understand the current debate over federal child benefits, we first must explain what their core purposes are. In Canada, child benefits - meaning income payments on behalf of children, delivered either in the form of cheques or income tax reductions - have historically pursued two fundamental and related purposes: poverty reduction and parental recognition.”


Profiles: The State of Early Childhood Programs
Source: Centre for American Progress (CAP), April 10, 2015

Excerpt: "The social and economic benefits of high-quality early childhood programs have created substantial momentum for increased investment. As more and more states have acknowledged the importance of such programs, they have answered this call. Despite these efforts, states must make additional investments in early childhood programs in order to increase accessibility and improve or maintain quality. The following fact sheets provide insight into what states are doing to ensure that high-quality education is accessible to all children and how they can improve on that success."

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A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America
Source: US Department of Education, April 2015

Excerpt: "While both states and the federal government invest in early learning, these efforts have fallen short of what is needed to ensure that all children can access a high-quality early education that will prepare them for success. Significant new investments in high-quality early education are necessary to help states, local communities, and parents close the readiness gap that exists between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers."


Building Resiliency Through Family-Based Programming
Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Health Promotion Resource Centre & Parent Action on Drugs, March 2015

Excerpt: "This @ a Glance resource, written by CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre and Parent Action on Drugs, provides an overview of family-based programming and its effectiveness for building resiliency in children and youth, as well as strengthening parenting capacity. It profiles three different family-based programs and offers a number of real-world learnings from programs currently being implemented across Ontario."

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Role of Grandparenting in Post Menopausal Women’s Cognitive Health: Results from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project
Source: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, October 2014

Excerpt: “Preserving aging cognition improves quality of life and delays dementia onset. Previous studies have shown that social engagement can maintain cognition; however, noone has examined the effects of grandparenting, an important role amongst post menopausal women. This study aims to examine the role of grandparenting in cognition among postmenopausal women.”


The Role of Taxes and Transfers in Reducing Income Inequality
Source: The Institute for Research on Public Policy, June 10, 2015

Excerpt: "This chapter will be published in Income Inequality: The Canadian Story, edited by David A. Green, W. Craig Riddell and France St-Hilaire. The Institute for Research on Public Policy, in collaboration with the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network, has gathered some of the country’s leading experts to provide new evidence on the causes and effects of growing income inequality in Canada and the role of policy."

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The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Source: Participaction and Active Healthy Kids Canada, June 9, 2015

Excerpt: “The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Youth, which are based on a substantial body of evidence, recommend that 5- to 17-year-olds get at least 60 minutes of daily moderate- to vigorous -intensity physical activity (MVPA). Despite these recommendations, new data from Statistics Canada reveal that only 9% of 5- to 17-year-olds in Canada meet this target (2012-13 CHMS, Statistics 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, June 9, 2015

Excerpt: "The purpose of the following document is to look at the situation of children and youth in Canada through the lens that they, themselves, have crafted for us, the lens of identity, rights and belonging, and to spur everyone who can make a positive difference into action."

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Ontario’s Schools: The Gap Between Policy and Reality
Source: People for Education, June 8, 2015

Excerpt: “While local school boards and schools might recognize the importance of broader skills and quality learning environments, they continue to be held accountable to the public and the Ministry of Education based on narrow measures of success in reading, writing and mathematics. Until broader goals are concretely defined and broader measures of success are identified and implemented, boards and schools will continue to feel compelled to focus resource, time and support on ‘what counts’.”


NT: Feasibility Study of Universal, Affordable Daycare in the Northwest Territories
Source: Government of North West Territories online, June 6, 2015

Excerpt: “The study responds to Motion 26-17(4) of the Government of the Northwest Territories calling for a feasibility study on the concept of universal and affordable child care delivered by people training in early childhood development and education, similar to the systems in Quebec and Scandinavia.”

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Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Source: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, May 31, 2015

Excerpt: “To some people, reconciliation is the re-establishment of a conciliatory state. However this is a state that many Aboriginal people assert never has existed between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. To others, reconciliation, in the context of Indian residential schools , is similar to dealing with a situation of family violence. It’s about coming to terms with the events of the past in a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship among people, going forward.”


Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma: A History of British Columbia’s Social Policy
Source: University of British Columbia Press, May 6, 2015

Excerpt: "Charting the growth of the child care movement in this province, Lisa Pasolli examines the arrival of Vancouver’s first crèche in 1912, the teetering steps forward during the debates of the interwar years, the development of child care policy, the rebellious advancements of second-wave feminists in the 1960s and 1970s, and the maturation of provincial and national child care politics since the mid-70s. In addition to revealing much about historical attitudes toward women’s roles at home and in the workplace, Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma celebrates the efforts of mothers and advocates who, for decades, have lobbied for child care as a central part of women’s rights as workers, parents, and citizens."

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Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation
Source: Institute of Medicine & National Research Council of the National Academics, June 10, 2015

Excerpt: "Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 explores the science of child development, particularly looking at implications for the professionals who work with children. This report examines the current capacities and practices of the workforce, the settings in which they work, the policies and infrastructure that set qualifications and provide professional learning, and the government agencies and other funders who support and oversee these systems."


Editors’ Review of Research in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability: Internatinoal Perspectives and Provocations
Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015

Excerpt: “The overall purpose of the Transnational Dialogues and this text was to fill the research gap in ECEfS. Elsewhere, we have identified that research in this field has been very limited. Our belief is that early childhood practitioners - the main advocates for EfS - have had little research evidence to guide practices in this new pedagogical space.”

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YMCA Healthy Kids Report 2015
Source: YMCA Building Healthy Communities, June 2015

Excerpt: “The report reveals that 85 percent of Canadian parents are finding it difficult to set a healthy example for their children. Parents surveyed stated that they are an important influence on their young children; however, only a few identified themselves as ‘excellent’ healthy role models.”


Use Your Words! Children’s Oral Language in the Primary Years
Source: Northern Oral Language and Writing Through Play Project, May 2015

Excerpt: "In June 2014, the NOWPlay Project conducted focus group sessions to discuss issues relating to assessment, oral and written language development, and play. Here educators from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario talked about their experiences observing children's use of oral language in different settings, inside and outside of school and classroom contexts."

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Circles of Fatherhood: A Journey of Life
Source: Canadian Father Involvement Initiative, March 2015

Excerpt: "This document outlines a presentation from the National Fatherhood Conference that discusses the challenges facing Aboriginal fathers in Canada. Redefining fatherhood, examining fatherhood and identity in an Aboriginal context, examining influences on fatherhood and strategies for strengthening father-child bonds are briefly outlined."


Build a Scaffolding of Support: A Comprehensive Approach to Human Capital Development Pays Off
Source: The Heckman Equation: Heckman the Economics of Human Potential, May 28, 2015

Excerpt: “While inequality could be addressed with direct transfers of money to disadvantaged individuals and families, unconditional transfers are not as effective as programs that provide early resources for developing skills in children that increase productivity and earnings in the adult years.”

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Welfare System the Best Chance for Success
Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, May 19, 2015

Excerpt: "This KIDS COUNT policy report highlights state data that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to children in foster care. The report also highlights the promising ways that state and local government leaders as well as policymakers, judges and private providers can work together as they strive to help these 57,000 children who are living in group placements – and overall, the more than 400,000 children in the care of child welfare systems."


Father’s Language Input During Shared Book Activities: Links to Children’s Kindergarten Achievement
Source: The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, May 19, 2015

Excerpt: "The present study used data from the Family Life Project (FLP) to examine predictive relations between fathers' and mothers' language input during a wordless picture book task in the home just before kindergarten entry and children's letter–word identification, picture vocabulary, and applied problems scores at the end of kindergarten. Fathers' and mothers' language input was defined as the number of different words and mean length of utterance and was measured using Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT)."

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Multilingualism: Do You See What I See?
Source: The Economist, May 30, 2015

Excerpt: “This study joins a heap of others suggesting that there are cognitive advantages to being bilingual. Researchers have found that bilinguals have better executive function (control over attention and the planning of complex tasks). Those that suffer dementia begin to do so, on average, almost five years later than monolinguals.”


Can Center-Based Childcare Reduce the Odds of Early Chronic Absenteeism?
Source: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, April 16, 2015

Excerpt: “This study was the first to position itself in the intersection on research on center-based care and on chronic absenteeism. Given the growth in the utilization of center-based care and given the recent vocalized policy concerns of the detrimental effects of chronic absenteeism in early school years, this study inquired as to whether attending center-based care predicted differential odds of early absence patterns.”

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