ON: Improving the Safety and Accessibility of Child Care
Source: Government of Ontario, Ministry of Education, December 3, 2013
Excerpt: "Ontario is taking steps to strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector while increasing access to licensed child care options for families. The Child Care Modernization Act, to be introduced today, would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk. If passed, the legislation would also: Give the province the authority to issue administrative penalties of up to $100,000 per infraction by a child care provider."
Full Day Kindergarten – Issues That Matter
Source: Atkinson Centre, December 4, 2013
Excerpt: "Margaret Wente contends the Education Minister fudged the numbers in her September announcement on the benefits of full day kindergarten for children. The true story she claims lies the ‘full report’ released by Queen’s University. (“Ontario's $1.5-billion kindergarten hoax”. Nov 30, Globe and Mail) Ms. Wente is referring to two different reports with two different purposes. Both were commissioned by the Ministry as part of the same evaluation."
Ontario is Finally Cracking Down on Rogue Unlicensed Daycare Operators: Editorial
Source: The Toronto Star, December 4, 2013
Excerpt: "Better, safer supervision for children in daycare. That’s what Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government is promising as it moves to correct an alarming regulatory imbalance that put the interests of unlicensed daycare operators ahead of vulnerable kids. The Child Care Modernization Act, introduced Tuesday, aims to crack down on bad operators by punishing them faster and harder. It would also make it less profitable to run an unregulated centre, while enhancing the benefit of being licensed. No wonder child-care advocates are cheering. "
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Two Studies of the First Two Years of Full-Day Kindergarten Show It’s Helping Pupils, Especially Those Most in Need, But Critics Still Question the Steep $1.5-Billion Price Tag
Source: The London Free Press, December 4, 2013
Excerpt: "Researchers studying the rollout of full day kindergarten have looked at the evidence and released their verdict: Though there were growing pains in the first two years of the program, overall, the kids who needed it most are benefitting from the program. "Whenever you roll something like this out, with all the changes that are embedded in it, you’ve got to expect growing pains," said Ray Peters, one of the study’s leading researchers from Queen’s University."
ON: Few Restrictions for Ontario's Unlicensed Home Daycares
Source: The Toronto Star, December 2, 2013
Excerpt: "Ontario has one of the most hands-off attitudes in the country when it comes to unregulated home child care. There is no hard cap on the number or ages of children allowed in unregulated Ontario homes because the maximum (five under age 10) doesn’t include the caregiver’s own kids. It means a home daycare provider with three young children of her own theoretically could be looking after as many as six babies, a toddler and a preschooler."
ON: Daycare Crisis: Scrambling for Care after Eva Ravikovich’s Death
Source: The Toronto Star, December 2, 2013
Excerpt: "Three days before Eva Ravikovich died, Alena Savitskaya’s dream came true. The young mother had been mired in the muck of a divorce, and felt forced to keep her infant daughter in the hands of an unlicensed daycare provider she didn’t trust. The care was cheap, convenient and Russian-speaking, but her concern had ballooned over the eight months that her child went there. Her daughter would come home with severe rashes and diarrhea, and started behaving aggressively, said Savitskaya."
ON: Unlicensed Home Daycares in Ontario Oppose Regulation
Source: The Toronto Star, December 1, 2013
Excerpt: "When Andrea Gibson’s daughter Mya was born three years ago, she and her husband Joey looked at their budget and began to explore daycare options. But Gibson’s 24-hour shifts as a child and youth worker and her relatively low wages meant daycare would be hard to find and even more difficult to afford. So Gibson quit her job, put an ad on Kijiji offering home child care, and before she knew it her bright, two-bedroom Beaches apartment was filled with the happy laughter of babies, toddlers and preschoolers."
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ON: Little Has Changed in Home Daycares
Source: The Toronto Star, Readers’ Letters, December 1, 2013
Excerpt: "My heart goes out to Ekaterina Evtropova and her family. I can’t imagine a worse nightmare. I am dismayed that nothing has changed in the daycare system in more than 25 years. I trained as an early childhood educator in the ’80s. We had high hopes of universal child care and greater oversight for the safety of children. I worked in licensed daycare centres for several years. When I had children of my own, I couldn’t afford the fees for child care on my child-care workers’ salary, so I opened a home child care."
ON: Ontario Private School and Storefront Daycares Operate in Legal Loophole
Source: The Toronto Star, November 30, 2013
Excerpt: "With its bright blue façade and prominent sign on Broadview Ave., Mini Bluebird Montessori looks like many of the licensed child-care centres in Toronto — with one major difference. Bluebird operates in a legal loophole, allowing it to avoid dozens of rules that limit staff-child ratios, mandate play space, govern food preparation and require annual inspections. In fact, it isn’t subject to any rules at all."
ON: How a Five-Year-Old Taught Her Mom to Read Every Night
Source: The Globe and Mail, November 28, 2013
Excerpt: "You don’t have to convince the parents of children attending the new Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy in north Toronto about the benefits of all-day kindergarten. Almost halfway through the school’s first year, reviews are positive. Parents say they are often surprised with how much their children have learned at Fraser Mustard, one of the largest all-day kindergarten schools in North America. The kids are bringing home books they want to read at night, and parents are interacting more with the school than they did when older siblings attended half-day kindergarten."
ON: Aboriginal Child Care Centres ‘Not Sustainable’ in City Under Current Rules
Source: Inside Toronto, October 18, 2013
Excerpt: "Child cares teaching aboriginal children their language and culture are "not sustainable" in Toronto under the current system of rules, says the executive director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In an interview, Kenn Richard said the non-profit agency embraced a mandate three years ago to run three child cares in the city which would reinforce the identity of aboriginal children and build their self esteem. Since then, two of the facilities have closed and the third, in Scarborough, is in danger of closing soon, Richard said, since by operating it NCFST "is subsidizing the province and city to the tune of $15,000 a month." The purpose-built childcare at the Native Child and Family Life Centre on Galloway Road has 56 spaces for children from infancy to age six, and staff there can speak to them in Cree and Ojibway."
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QC: Quebec Public Daycares Face $40M Perpetual Shortfall
Source: CBC News, December 4, 2013
Excerpt: "A promise made by the Parti Québécois to add 15,000 new spots in $7-a-day daycares by 2016 may be a pipe dream if a long-term solution to a perpetual shortfall of $40-million isn't found. Radio-Canada obtained a copy of a memo, which indicates that Quebec’s CPE system could be facing deeper cuts than previously anticipated."
BC: Child Poverty in B.C. Draws Attention
Source: The Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2013
Excerpt: "Ensuring workers can earn a wage decent enough to support their families is a good place to start, Column, Nov. 27 News about child deaths in provincial care in Alberta and Manitoba together with B.C.'s pitiful child poverty ranking stand as a warning. As poverty rates rise, so too does the risk of child neglect and maltreatment, associated as it is with various forms of family stress."
MB: Child-Care Advocate Wants Spotlight on Unlicensed Daycares
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, December 3, 2013
Excerpt: "A Manitoba child-care advocate group says it’s time more light is shone on the issue of unlicensed home daycares. The Manitoba Child Care Association praised the introduction of legislation in Ontario on Tuesday that would tighten rules governing unregulated daycares and impose severe fines on those who defy the law. The Ontario Child Care Modernization Act would give the province the power to close a daycare immediately if children are at risk. It would also remove financial incentives for remaining unlicensed, the Toronto Star reported."
AB: Concerns Raised About Day Home Safety
Source: Global News, November 29, 2013
Excerpt: "As if a daycare crunch hasn’t made it tough enough to find childcare, concerns about day homes have created a difficult situation for parents. On Friday, Global News shared the story of two parents who were furious, after learning their toddlers were left unattended in the basement of a day home in Tuscany."
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UK: Tax-Free Childcare 'Will Not Cut Childcare Costs'
Source: Nursery World, December 4, 2013
Excerpt: "An analysis of childcare costs by the IPPR claims that the Government’s plans for the scheme – more details of which are expected in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement tomorrow – will not make the cost of childcare more affordable for families. The think-tank says that a longterm solution is needed and that the scheme only offers a 'short-term fix'."
US: Early Education in Latino Community
Source: Chicago Tonight, December 3, 2013
Excerpt: "At 39 percent of the child population in Chicago, under age 5, Latino children are a rapidly growing part of the community. Experts say while those children present social, emotional and linguistic strengths, they fall behind other students when starting school. But, a focus on early education can give those young learners a boost before preschool."
US: Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb
Source: The New York Times, December 1, 2013
Excerpt: "Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a nonprofit research organization in Philadelphia, have found that babies born to mothers who eat a diverse and varied diet while pregnant and breast-feeding are more open to a wide range of flavors. They’ve also found that babies who follow that diet after weaning carry those preferences into childhood and adulthood. Researchers believe that the taste preferences that develop at crucial periods in infancy have lasting effects for life. In fact, changing food preferences beyond toddlerhood appears to be extremely difficult."
US: Head Start Narrows Academic Gap for Latino Kids
Source: Futurity, November 27, 2013
Excerpt: "Children who have lower English-language abilities than their peers benefit the most from programs like Head Start and public preschool—but researchers say they aren’t yet sure exactly how or why. New research involving young Latino and Spanish-speaking children confirms that widely available public programs help dual-language learners make important academic gains."
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US: The Power of Pre-K: Model Early Ed Program in Chicago Lifts Entire Family
Source: In Plain Sight, November 23, 2013
Excerpt: "Mesha Exum wonders how her life would have turned out without a stroke of good luck 11 years ago. She was 16 with an infant son and thought she would have to drop out of school after finding baby Adonis wet, screaming and unattended at the end of his first day of day care. But a few months later, thanks to a referral from a childbirth support program she’d participated in, Exum landed a coveted spot for her son at Educare, an extended-day, year-round preschool that accepts children as young as six weeks and keeps them until kindergarten. In retrospect, it was like winning the early childhood education lottery."
US: The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development
Source: Scientific America, November 11, 2013
Excerpt: "Many people often think of play in the form of images of young children at recess engaging in games of tag, ball, using slides, swings, and physically exploring their environments. But physical play is not the only kind of play. We often use the terms pretend play or make-believe play (the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions), that reflect a critical feature of the child’s cognitive and social development. Over the last seventy-five years a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of such imaginative play as a vital component to the normal development of a child."
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