ON: Ontario’s Full-Day Kindergarten Splits Classes – And Raises Concerns
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 14, 2014
Excerpt: "Ontario’s full-day kindergarten children are being squeezed into split-grades, prompting questions about whether the province’s youngest students are fully benefiting from the Liberal government’s much-touted play-based curriculum and leaving classroom teachers coping with the fallout."
ON: Third of Peel Kindergarten Classes Overflowing
Source: Brampton Guardian, September 11, 2014
Excerpt: "About a third of Peel public school kindergarten classrooms are expected to have more than the 26 kids Ontario’s education ministry would ideally like to see in its early years program. The Ministry of Education has set average class sizes for full-day kindergarten in Ontario school boards at 26 students. Projections contained in an administrative report, presented to the Peel District School Board this week, indicated about 36 per cent of kindergarten classes would have more than 26 students during the 2014/2015 school year."
ON: Effective October 29, 2014, Ontario Employees Entitled to Three Additional Unpaid Leaves from Work
Source: Mondaq, September 10, 2014
Excerpt: "Employees with at least six consecutive months' of service may qualify for up to 37 weeks of unpaid Critically Ill Child Care Leave. Upon request from the employer, an employee must provide a copy of a certificate from a "qualified health practitioner" (defined in the same way as under Family Caregiver Leave) that states: a) The child is critically ill and requires care or support of one or more parents and; b) The period during which the child requires care or support."
PE: School Board Defends Kindergarten Class Cut
Source: CBC News, September 17, 2014
Excerpt: "P.E.I.'s English Language School Board is defending a decision to transfer a kindergarten teacher from Souris Regional. The school started the year with three kindergarten classes but that's now been reduced to two."
NS: Online Prenatal and Parenting Program Launched
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, September 16, 2014
Excerpt: "Nova Scotia Welcome to Parenting was launched today, Sept. 16, to provide prenatal education and parenting support through baby's first year."
Federal Cuts Force Child-Care, Welfare Groups to Crowdfund
Source: CBC News, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "How many infant day-care spaces exist in Canada? How much do the country’s poorest receive in welfare income? Are freshwater fish harmed by cleaning products? For decades, the federal government paid to answer these questions. Now, non-profit groups are asking the public for donations in a desperate bid to save the data from extinction."
The Power of Unplugging Your Children
Source: Toronto Star, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "What happens when you take about 50 sixth-graders and send them to a nature camp with no access to computers, tablets and mobile phones? A new study suggests that after just five days their ability to understand non-verbal social cues improves. Non-verbal social cues are the emotional information we pick up from people around us that is not communicated through words. It includes facial expressions, eye contact, tone of voice and body posture."
MB: North End Winnipeg Daycare Changing Lives, One Young Reader at a Time
Source: CBC News, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "A daycare in Winnipeg's Lord Selkirk neighbourhood is changing preschoolers' lives — and the lives of their families — with one-on-one language learning. The Abecedarian program was developed in the 1970s in the United States and is known around the world, but in Canada it's offered at only one place: the Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre."
BC: Poor Kids Hit Hard By School Strike
Source: CBC News, September 14, 2014
Excerpt: "Nine-year old Vincent eats a plate of eggs and toast for breakfast at the Strathcona Community Centre. During the school year, he's signed up for the Vancouver School Board's hot lunch program. During the strike, that program has been put on hold, and his mother Nicole says providing the extra meal is putting a drain on her already tight budget."
BC: Kidsport BC Receives $400,000 B.C. Government Grant
Source: The Nelson Daily, September 14, 2014
Excerpt: "KidSport BC hit a home run as the provincial government gave a $400,000 B.C. government grant to ensure all children in British Columbia have the opportunity to participate in sport, announced Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee on behalf of Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Established in 1993, KidSport BC is a non-profit organization that helps kids 18 and under to participate in sport."
National Child Care — The Promise That’s Never Kept
Source: Toronto Star, September 12, 2014
Excerpt: "Child care is back on the federal political agenda. It is the promise that never goes away. It is also the promise that is never kept."
QC: Quebec's $7-A-Day Daycares Could Move to Sliding-Scale System
Source: CBC News, September 11, 2014
Excerpt: "Some parents across Quebec could be shelling out more money to send their children to publicly funded daycares in the province. The government is mum on possible plans to index daycare rates to a sliding scale according to income, but a source told Radio-Canada that it is a serious possibility."
New Democrats Launch Campaign for 2015 Vote
Source: Toronto Star, September 11, 2014
Excerpt: "Mulcair also said an NDP government would deliver a national child-care program and said the party will reveal this fall its proposal to move “step-by-step” to the early learning and child-care model based on Quebec’s $7-a-day model. Slamming both the Liberals and the Conservatives for failing to make good on their own pledges to create child-care spaces, Mulcair said the NDP plan will be good for the economy and families."
US: Why Child Care Is the Economy’s ‘Invisible’ Driver
Source: Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, September 17, 2014
Excerpt: "According to a study released last year by Child Care Aware America, a group of child care resources and referral agencies, the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states. In New York, for instance, day care costs nearly $15,000 a year; average in-state college tuition is $6,500."
US: House Passes Child Care Bill
Source: Politico, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "The House passed a bill to overhaul child care for low-income families Monday, and it will likely become law before the end of the year. Lobbyists and advocates say they didn’t expect the House and Senate, which passed its version of the bill earlier this year, to successfully broker the child care deal during this Congress. But with legislators on both sides of the aisle eager to score points during an election and high-profile education lawmakers retiring at the end of this Congress, legislators managed to strike a deal they announced Friday."
US: Child Care Reauthorization 20 Years in the Making Underway
Source: New America, Ed Central, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "Political commentators may have spoken too soon about the “do-nothing Congress.” There’s been a veritable torrent of education-related legislative activity this summer, and lawmakers wrapped up that work today with an easy ‘yes’ vote in the House on the carefully negotiated Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization bill."
US: DOE Plans to Unify LA’s Early Childhood Education System by 2015
Source: Fox 44, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "The Louisiana Department of Education and the Department of Children and Family Services today outlined proposed policies and strategies to complete the unification of Louisiana's early childhood system by the fall 2015 deadline required by Act 3 of the 2012 legislative session."
NZ: Policy Summary: Education
Source: 3 News, September 15, 2014
Excerpt: "A summary of each party's housing policy for the 2014 General Election."
ON: Kindergarten Students Enjoy Constant Learning at Fraser Mustard Academy
Source: Inside Toronto, September 10, 2014
Excerpt: "For 680 kindergarten kids in Toronto, school just got whole lot cooler. Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy (FMELA) located in the multicultural and densely populated neighbourhood of Thorncliffe Park is the largest full-day kindergarten (FDK) school in the country."
ON: Some Parents Worried About Kindergarten Class Sizes
Source: CTV News, September 5, 2014
Excerpt: "Inside a Toronto elementary school, almost every student spends their day playing, learning how to spell and count. The school, located in the densely populated Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood, is one of North America's largest all-day kindergarten facilities. The Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy opened its doors in 2013. This year, approximately 680 four- and five-year-old students fill the school’s 24 classrooms. They are all enrolled in full-day kindergarten."
ON: Child Poverty Rates in Canada, Ontario Remain High
Source: Inside Halton, September 3, 2014
Excerpt: "Almost a generation after Ottawa’s vow to eradicate child poverty by 2000, national and provincial report cards show very little sustained progress. One in seven Canadian children — or 967,000 — still lives in a low-income household, according to Campaign 2000 in its annual report being released Tuesday, the 24th anniversary of the historic federal pledge."
ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Creating More Inquisitive, Better Prepared Students
Source: The Windsor Star, September 3, 2014
Excerpt: "The results of this new early learning model indicate students entering Grades 1, 2 and 3 are much more confident because of their strong reading and writing skills, say teachers. Students are eager to ask questions and they have a new stamina to learn all day without losing steam in the afternoons."
I am a witness
Source: First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, September 8, 2014
Excerpt: "In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the Federal government, alleging that Canada’s failure to provide equitable and culturally based child welfare services to First Nations children on-reserve amounts to discrimination on the basis of race and ethnic origin. After several unsuccessful efforts by the Federal government to have the case dismissed on legal technicalities, a hearing on the complaint began on February 25, 2013 at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and will continue into 2014."
NL: Lack of Child Care an Ongoing Struggle in Western Labrador
Source: CBC News, September 6, 2014
Excerpt: "Parents in western Labrador continue to struggle to find affordable child care, and the region's largest employer has hit a snag with a potential solution. Jennifer Hiscock says her summer has been a stressful one while searching for a solution for her two children. Building Blocks Daycare in Labrador City has 60 spaces, but Hiscock said the waiting list to get a child into care has 120 names on it."
NB: New Brunswick NDP Promise to Balance the Books, Pay Down Debt in Platform
Source: The Prince George Citizen, September 4, 2014
Excerpt: "Liberal Leader Brian Gallant campaigned Thursday on a promise to create 6,000 new daycare spaces, a commitment he says would cost $120 million over five years. Gallant said more families would be eligible for financial help through the province's Daycare Assistance Program by raising the maximum net income allowed, which currently stands at $41,000. The party did not say how much it would raise that threshold by."
BC: B.C. Teachers' Strike: Day Care Workers Can Cross Picket Lines, Labour Relations Board Rules
Source: CBC News, September 3, 2014
Excerpt: "Five licensed day cares centre in Vancouver schools that were shut down at the start of the B.C. teachers' strike last June have reopened, following a Labour Relations Board ruling."
BC: B.C. Teachers' Strike: Day Camp Spaces Around Metro Vancouver
Source: CBC News, September 3, 2014
Excerpt: "The B.C. teachers' strike has many parents scrambling for day care for their children, but there are still spots at day camps at community centres across Metro Vancouver. Despite nearly doubling the number of day camps and special programs, the Vancouver Park Board says they're rapidly filling up and developing waiting lists."
NB: Closing the Gap Through Education
Source: Telegraph Journal, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "Saint John’s education achievement gap can be directly linked to our city’s history of multi-generational poverty. Children who come from poor neighbourhoods are consistently less prepared to start school and, as they carry on through the educational system, their learning issues can grow to such a magnitude that as many as half do not graduate from high school on time."
US: Progressive Caucus Demands Universal Early Childhood Care
Source: Chicago Sun Times, September 9, 2014
Excerpt: "The City Council’s Progressive Caucus on Tuesday joined forces with working parents and community groups to demand “truly universal” day care and pre-school for all Chicago children under the age of five."
AU: More Poor NSW Families Locked Out of Childcare
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, September 7, 2014
Excerpt: "Soaring childcare costs and long waiting lists are locking out the poorest NSW families at a far higher rate than the rest of Australia. Only 2 per cent of the poorest NSW families are using childcare to get mothers back into the workforce, compared to 22 per cent of the poorest households nationally, data has shown."
US: Parents Irate After Kindergarten Classroom Moved to Cafeteria to Make Room for NYC Pre-K Students
Source: NBC, September 6, 2014
Excerpt: "Parents of some Staten Island kindergartners were stunned on the first day of school to find their children's new classroom was moved to the school's cafeteria to make room for new pre-kindergarten students enrolled under the mayor's new early childhood program."
US: The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus
Source: The New York Times, September 6, 2014
Excerpt: "One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children. Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications. For men, meanwhile, having a child is good for their careers. They are more likely to be hired than childless men, and tend to be paid more after they have children."
IE: Creches to Focus on Early Learning, Not Child-Minding
Source: Independent, September 5, 2014
Excerpt: "The pre-school years are regarded as key in maximising a child's education potential, but the nature and quality of what is available in individual centres can vary widely. Early childhood education covers the period from birth to six years, but putting a focus on learning for little ones is not intended to take the fun out of their day - rather to use play as a foundation for learning."
NZ: Maori Party Will Extend Free Early Childhood Education Hours
Source: Voxy, September 3, 2014
Excerpt: ""We know there are enormous lifelong benefits for all children participating in pre-school education including kÅhanga reo and we want to support whÄnau and encourage them to access these services. We will also push for free after-school care for children at primary school level up to 10 hours per week to help working parents," says MÄori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell."
ON: Vote for the Top 10 Big Ideas for Toronto
Source: Toronto Star, September 2, 2014
Description: "We now unveil the Top 20 Big Ideas. Vote for your favourites from this new list and help us choose the Top 10, to be unveiled Sept. 20. Let’s try to make Toronto even better — submit your votes by clicking the buttons below. Please support affordable child care by voting: Toronto should lobby the province and local business to better support and help expand its child-care services."
ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Available Across Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "Ontario has fully rolled out its full-day kindergarten (FDK) program, making it available to 265,000 four- and five-year-olds in approximately 3,600 schools across the province. By the end of the 2014-15 school year, almost half a million kids will have benefitted from FDK since it was first introduced in 2010. With more than $1.5 billion in funding to date, FDK is one of the most significant investments Ontario has made in education in a generation."
ON: What Types of Day Care are Available for My Child?
Source: Inside Halton, September 1, 2014
Excerpt: "Every parent wants to be certain that the day care centre they choose for their child is welcoming, safe, clean and a happy place that their little one will want to attend. When you are looking for a day care centre, ask other parents for references, do research about local facilities and visit the prospective day care centres. Be sure to speak to staff and observe the activities provided for the children."
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ON: New and Renovated Schools for Ontario Students
Source: Government of Ontario, August 26, 2014
Excerpt: "Ontario is continuing to invest in building and renovating schools to provide children with the best possible learning environments. The following 10 new capital projects - including six new schools builds, three school renovations and one addition - will give students modern and improved places to learn while creating local construction jobs."
New School Year, New Childcare Needs
Source: Canadian HR Reporter, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "It’s the time of year where in most parts of Canada, vacations are over, kids are going back to school and parents have to juggle the schedules of their kids’ schools and extracurricular activities with their work schedules. So it’s probably a good time for employers to review family status as an emerging ground for accommodation."
BC: B.C. Teachers' Strike: Parents Search for Alternate Care
Source: CBC News, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "Parents throughout British Columbia began using a patchwork of childcare solutions on Tuesday, on what should have been the first day of public school in the province. Piper Jackson found a spot for his son in a day camp offered by the YMCA in Vancouver, one of 1,200 spots offered by the organization in locations from the Sunshine Coast to Chilliwack."
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Community Cafeterias Offer Students Healthier – And Tastier – Lunches
Source: The Globe and Mail, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "Other organizations, such as Farm to Cafeteria Canada, have stressed the importance of the role that schools can play in education around healthy food; programs that teach kids cooking skills early on can help reduce the risk of obesity and poor diet in adulthood. Statistics Canada reports that 12 per cent of Canadian school-aged kids are classified as obese."
QC: Que. Elementary School Bans Homework for the Year
Source: CP24, September 1, 2014
Excerpt: "Students at a Quebec elementary school may be some of the happiest in the country as they prepare for another year in the classroom. College de Saint-Ambroise, a school of 339 students in the province's Saguenay region, has introduced a near-complete ban on homework. Every class from Grade 1 to 6 will take part in the one-year pilot project."
‘Unschooling’ is a Luxury for the Wealthy
Source: The Globe and Mail, August 29, 2014
Excerpt: "What is unschooling? It’s exactly what it sounds like: home-based education that involves no schedule, no rules, no homework, no textbooks and no tests. It is education as pure experience – and, as such, the final and most extreme frontier in the broader cultural shift toward “child-centred” parenting."
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NS: Changes to Better Protect Children at Child-Care Centres
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, August 28, 2014
Excerpt: "Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey is taking steps to ensure the protection of children at regulated child-care centres across the province. Ms. Casey will introduce regulations that will give the minister the authority to ensure no child-care staff would be allowed to work with children at any time if they did not have their child abuse registry and criminal background checks in place."
BC: District Eyes Daycare Incentives
Source: The Squamish Chief, August 20, 2014
Excerpt: "Municipal officials are looking into ways to cut red tape for new daycares – businesses that are sorely needed in a community in which 340 babies were born last year, says councillor Susan Chapelle. There are 624 daycare spaces in Squamish, Chapelle told District of Squamish officials at a council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Of those, 24 are registered as license-not-required, meaning a care provider is watching her or his own children plus up to two more children or a sibling group."
US: Help Families from Day 1
Source: The New York Times, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "THE opening of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten program this week will give 53,000 children access to free, full-day pre-K in New York City, compared with 20,000 enrolled last year. This is well worth celebrating, and other cities and states should follow suit. But this investment in school preparation is not enough."
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US: Free All-Day Kindergarten Rolls Out Across Minnesota
Source: Star Tribune, September 2, 2014
Excerpt: "This year, for the first time, the state of Minnesota is picking up the $134 million tab for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic jump-start for the state’s youngest learners. Before now, about half of the state’s schools were offering free full-day programming. Others offered it, but at a cost to parents of $2,000 to $4,000 a year."
US: Early Childhood Education Boosts Economic, Social Mobility
Source: The Palm Beach Post, September 1, 2014
Excerpt: "One of the earliest indicators of a child’s future success is the number of words he or she hears prior to kindergarten. Language development begins with the interplay of words between the parent and child and helps nurture vocabulary, which is considered the building block of education. The frequency and richness of natural conversation in a child’s first years plays a key role in development."
KH: Cambodia Launches Action Plan for Early Childhood Care, Development
Source: Global Post, September 1, 2014
Excerpt: "Cambodia on Monday launched a five-year policy and action plan for early childhood care and development with an aim to increase enrollment and enhance protection for children aged less than six years old."
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US: In Virginia, Thousands of Day-Care Providers Receive No Oversight
Source: The Washington Post, August 30, 2014
Excerpt: "A Washington Post investigation found that Andy Ngo is one of at least 43 children who have died in unregulated child-care homes in Virginia since 2004, compared with 17 during that period in regulated settings. No state agency tracks how many children are in unregulated settings, but experts say that more children are in regulated care."
NG: 500,000 Children to be Enrolled in Early Childhood Education in Zamfara 2015
Source: The Sun, August 27, 2014
Excerpt: "The Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said it would enroll 500,000 under the Early Child Care Development Education (ECCDE) programme by 2015. The Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Murtala Jangebe, stated this on Wednesday in Gusau."
US: Science of Young Brains Has Put More Emphasis on Early Education
Source: Dallas News, August 25, 2014
Excerpt: "A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curriculums and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants."
US: Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught on in the U.S.
Source: NPR, August 12, 2014
Excerpt: "If there's one thing Tiger Mothers have in common with those bringing up Bébé, it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be. Argentine parents let their kids stay up until all hours; Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves; and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat."
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