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ON: Ontario’s imperfect move in the right direction on child care
Source: Toronto Star, June 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Still, this province has a long way to go, even with this plan, before it can compare itself to Quebec, which has had a universal, affordable, subsidized child care program in place for the last 20 years. Despite all the recent investment in Ontario, only one in five children under 4 has access to a licensed spot here, and the costs are astronomical."

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ON: Dear Ontario: Licensing daycares won’t fix the real problems
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "Licensed centres are inspected regularly, which is good, as is the fact that big centres are where you find subsidized spaces. Staff members undergo police checks and there are more than one of them, which hopefully means that workers get sick days: My daycare provider, Kelly, has tagged out just once in the past 2-1/2 years. But the fact that it’s almost impossible to land a spot in one makes licensed centres unimportant to most parents in my circle."

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ON: Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Nipissing Area Families
Source: Government of Ontario, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "In 2017, Ontario is increasing operating funding for child care in the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board by 10.2 per cent over 2016. This additional funding will provide more‎ subsidies, making child care more accessible and affordable for 140 more children aged 0-4 in the Nipissing region."

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ON: Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families
Source: Government of Ontario, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "The government is committed to ensuring families are supported through a smooth and seamless transition as they enter the new OAP. Transition planning within the new program will be individualized, planned in advance and will be achieved in partnership with each child's family, OAP professionals and service providers. Children and youth with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder from a qualified professional will be eligible for the OAP up until the age of 18."

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CA: Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework
Source: Government of Canada, June 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Early learning and child care needs across the country are vast and diverse. Investments in early learning and child care benefit all children, particularly those who are vulnerable. In support of this Framework, the Government of Canada commits that the annual allocation until 2027 and 2028 will be no less than the allocation of 2017 and 2018. In keeping with the guiding principles of this Framework, provinces and territories will use investments allocated by the Government of Canada to further build early learning and child care systems by addressing local, regional and system priorities that have an impact on families more in need, such as lower-income families; Indigenous families; lone-parent families; families in underserved communities; those working non-standard hours; and/or families with children with varying abilities. The Government of Canada will work with provinces and territories over time to build long-term capacity in the early learning and child care sector."

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CA: National child-care plan targets families in need
Source: Toronto Star, June 11, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario and other provinces will be able to spend $7 billion in new federal child-care dollars on programs that are high quality, accessible, affordable, flexible and inclusive, according to a 10-year funding framework to be signed by Ottawa and the provinces Monday."

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CA: Health Canada considers sweeping ban on junk food ads aimed at children and teens
Source: CBC News, June 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Health Canada is considering a widespread ban on the marketing of unhealthy food to kids under the age of 17. It could cover everything from TV, online and print advertising to product labelling, in-store displays and even end some sponsorships for sports teams."

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CA: Coming deal on national child care will compel provinces to expand services
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "Provinces won’t be able to use federal child-care funding to subsidize their own programs under the terms of a national framework set to be unveiled in the coming days. Instead, the Trudeau government wants provinces and territories to use the money for regulated operations geared specifically for families in need — low income, indigenous, single-parent, or in under-served areas — and children under six."

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CA: No summer vacation? Research says school would be better without it
Source: Cantech Letter, June 7, 2017

Excerpt: "New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Korea are just a few of the countries that use a more spread out, year-round school year, the aim being to give students shorter one- or two-week-long breaks throughout the year, enough for them to recharge their batteries but not so long that they cause a significant dip in academic progress. “That time in-between blocks of learning is crucial,” says Pascal. “There’s a problem if they’re too long.”"

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CA: Screens 'not a toy:' Canadian pediatricians promote limits for kids 5 and under
Source: CBC News, June 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Parents and caregivers of children aged five and younger should not only minimize screen time at home but use it mindfully themselves, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society."

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AB: Alberta child care panel enters final weeks of consultation
Source: CBC News, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "An all-party panel on Alberta's child-intervention system has seven weeks left to complete its recommendations for the province. "I'm not cautiously optimistic, I am optimistic," said NDP MLA Nicole Goehring after a panel meeting Wednesday. The 15-member Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention drafted its first set of suggestions in April, focusing on the child-in-care death review process."

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MB: Manitoba to receive $15M from feds for child care
Source: CBC News, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "If the $15-million agreement is reached between the feds and Manitoba, it will mark the first time since 2007-08 that federal dollars were given to the province specifically for child-care services. Beginning in 2008-09, child-care service funding was rolled into the social transfer payments given to the provinces each year."

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QC: Règles budgétaires 2017-2018 - Agir tôt pour la réussite éducative : 40 M$ supplémentaires dans les services de garde éducatifs à l'enfance
Source: Government of Quebec, June 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Pour favoriser le développement et la réussite éducative des tout-petits du Québec, une bonification de 40 M$ sera allouée aux services de garde éducatifs à l'enfance."

Also see Government of Quebec Press Releases:

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ON: Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Families
Source: Government of Ontario, June 6, 2017

Excerpt: "The province also released its Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework and Expansion Plan. This blueprint for transforming child care in Ontario will guide the province's historic commitment to help 100,000 more children aged 0-4 access quality licensed child care over the next five years."

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ON: Teaching kids to think critically is crucial for their future
Source: Toronto Star, June 4, 2017

Excerpt: "Schools have traditionally been “knowledge factories,” with information pumped in to students and an expected answer coming out when tested, explains Gini-Newman, who’s also an associate professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. But in recent years, there’s been a shift away from that model to one in which kids problem solve with others — in large part, because of technology."

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ON: Why a $15 minimum wage is good for business
Source: Maclean’s, June 2, 2017

Excerpt: "It may only be one tool to help low-wage earners—others include reforms introduced this week by the Province of Ontario, more affordable housing and child care, and more ways to pursue collective action—but it’s a big one."

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ON: Schools must become ‘hub’ of mental health support, says OISE’s Dr. Katreena Scott
Source: University of Toronto, June 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Statistics on youth mental health problems demonstrate the importance of addressing them – 70 per cent of mental health challenges begin in childhood or adolescence, and in Canada, 1.2 million – or one in five – youth experience mental health issues."

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CA: Online engagement on Indigenous early learning and child care launched
Source: Government of Canada, May 31, 2017

Excerpt: "The Government of Canada is working to increase the affordability, quality, flexibility and inclusivity of early learning and child care. For Indigenous children and their families, this includes supporting community-led early learning and child care that creates a foundation for pride and confidence in cultural identity. In support of this commitment, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today launched an online engagement process to collect stories, views and ideas from Indigenous communities and people across Canada on early learning and child care."

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CA: How on-site child care is relieving overworked parents
Source: Globe & Mail, May 31, 2017

Excerpt: "Even after work-hour child care is sorted out – thanks to school, professional daycare or a stay-at-home parent – someone still has to mind the little hurricanes while their attendant adults do errands or squeeze in a workout, let alone attend the occasional performance or party."

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AB: Getting kids to play outside is a 21st century challenge
Source: Calgary Herald, June 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Over the past few years, study after study has shown that Canadian children are falling behind compared to those in other industrialized countries when it comes to daily exercise, with only nine per cent age five and up getting an hour of exercise a day, a number that falls far short of the recommended 180 minutes of physical activity daily."

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QC: Child abuse in Quebec 'affects thousands' under 5, says new report
Source: CBC News, May 31, 2017

Excerpt: "Substantiated reports of mistreatment of children aged five years or younger have increased by 27 per cent in the past decade, says a new study produced for the Montreal-based Early Childhood Observatory in collaboration with the Institut de la statistique du Québec."

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NL: More N.L. families to qualify for child care subsidy
Source: CBC News, June 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Starting June 1, a family with an annual income of $32,000 or less will qualify for a full or partial subsidy. That compares with the previous threshold of $27,500 which has been unchanged since 2007."

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US: Early childhood education important to Nebraskans whether or not they have children
Source: Journal Star, June 6, 2017

Excerpt: "In addition to wanting the state to invest more in early childhood care, 72 percent of Nebraskans without children agreed or strongly agreed that the state should make early childhood care and education programs available to all 4-year-olds whose families want them, the report found."

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US: How families with 2 dads raise their kids
Source: The Conversation, May 30, 2017

Excerpt: "Maybe these officials, judges and lawmakers should check out the research on how gay parents differ from straight parents. So far, most of this scholarship has focused on the social, emotional and cognitive outcomes of children they raise. (Spoiler alert: These kids turn out fine.) "

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Resources

Canada ranked 25th on children’s well-being amongst rich countries: UNICEF
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 rich countries for children having access to enough nutritious food, and higher-than-average rates of child homicide and teen suicide also point to a need for action, a UNICEF report says."

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Violence et maltraitance - Les tout-petits québécois sont-ils à l’abri ?
Source: L’Observatoire des tout-petits, June 14, 2017

Excerpt: "Les tout-petits pourraient être plus vulnérables à la maltraitance que les enfants plus vieux puisqu’ils sont moins exposés au regard extérieur. En effet, ils se retrouvent parfois isolés à la maison contrairement aux enfants plus âgés qui fréquentent une école."

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Early childhood services that work for children, families and islanders
Source: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, June 12, 2017

Excerpt: "Affordable preschool education has a positive impact on a family’s decision to have children and to remain on the island. By reducing the cost of combining work and motherhood, early education supports both fertility and population stability (OECD, 2011). Good, affordable preschool education signals to women that work and having children are compatible. This is good for women, good for productivity and good for PEI’s future."

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Canadian children are consuming five times more sugar than they should
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 5, 2017

Excerpt: "According to data from the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey, kids consume 33 teaspoons of sugar a day, far above the World Health Organization's recommendation that sugars ideally make up 5 per cent but no more than 10 per cent of a person's daily calories."

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Children whose parents spend time on mobile devices have more behavior issues
Source: The Washington Post, June 10, 2017

Excerpt: "Scanning text messages or checking news or sports alerts on a cellphone is common in today’s world. If parents do this while interacting with their children, might it affect the children’s behavior?"

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Does Poverty Change the Way We Think? (video)
Source: BBC World Service, May 28, 2017

Excerpt: "Does the experience of poverty actually take a physical toll on your brain? The Inquiry investigates the scientific claims that being poor affects how our brains work. It's well known that children from poorer backgrounds do worse at school. And adults who are poor are often criticised for making bad life decisions - ones that don't help them in the long-term."

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National Child Data Strategy: Results of a Feasibility Study
Source: Caledon Institute of Social Policy, June 8, 2017

Excerpt: "Gaps were identified with respect to early childhood education programs and child care services. In fact, an entire report highlighted the many problems in this area alone [Cleveland et al. 2003]. While the report was released in 2003, many of the concerns regarding data collection (discussed below) have still not been resolved 14 years later."

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Social determinants of health (video)
Source: Science of Early Child Development, June 7, 2017

Excerpt: "Social determinants of health is the concept that our health can be affected by social factors, such as the contexts into which we are born and in which we live. Social determinants may be positive, that is they may contribute to and support health, or they may be negative, ultimately undermining health."

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Competing Priorities: The 2017 report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools
Source: People for Education, June 5, 2017

Excerpt: "People for Education's 2017 Report on Ontario's Publicly Funded Schools reveals ongoing challenges in a number of areas, including demands created by competing and overlapping provincial initiatives, ongoing regional inequities, and growing gaps in schools’ fundraising."

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In utero tobacco exposure can lead to executive function issues in adolescents
Source: Boston University Medical Center, June 1, 2017

Excerpt: "The results showed that exposure to as few as 10 cigarettes was associated with negative impacts on the executive function of adolescents who were exposed prenatally."

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