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ON: Ontario Strengthening Child Care Oversight - Modernizing the Child Care Sector for Ontario Families
Source: Government of Ontario, December 2, 2014

Excerpt: "December 2, Bill 10, the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014, passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The legislation will strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector and increase access to licensed child care options for families. In addition, it will allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is at risk."

ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Impacts Daycares
Source: Beach Metro, December 2, 2014

Excerpt: "Last week, Beach Metro News spoke with managers at six of the 33 licensed childcare centres in Ward 32. While their programs vary, many are struggling with the loss of 4- and 5-year-olds who now attend Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program. Nearly everyone agrees it is now more difficult to hire Early Childhood Educators and other childcare staff."

ON: NDP Leader Calls Sarnia Day Care Closure 'A Tragedy'
Source: Sarnia Observer, November 28, 2014

Excerpt: "As Sarnia's Coronation Park Day Nursery joined the ranks of other municipally-run day cares being shuttered across Ontario, NDP leader Andrea Horwath insisted to reporters Friday that public sector child-care centres still have a role to play in the province."

ON: Full-Day Kindergarten Forces Teachers Into 'Crowd Control' Role: Union
Source: CTV News, November 27, 2014

Excerpt: "The issue isn't the program, which Smith says teachers support, but he's concerned that because of classrooms sizes they can't focus on teaching the curriculum, and have been handcuffed into "crowd control" roles."

ON: Promoting Well-Being at School
Source: Office of the Premier, November 27, 2014

Excerpt: "Active At School will be working with Ontario and Ophea to help implement 60 minutes of physical activity for kids connected to the school day. Meeting this goal of 60 minutes of physical activity a day is part of the government's renewed focus on student well-being, including healthy eating, physical activity, a supportive school climate, and mental health investment in our schools."

AB: Funding Cut a Blow to Alberta’s Children
Source: Lethbridge Herald, December 3, 2014

Excerpt: "On Nov. 20, the “National Day of the Child,” we heard the very unfortunate news that the Alberta government is withdrawing their support for the Early Childhood Mapping (ECMap) Project: a $26-million program that ran over the course of five years."

Child Care Shouldn't Be For Profit
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, December 2, 2014

Excerpt: "The first good reason child care shouldn't be a private business is that profit-seeking has a negative effect on quality and access. For-profit child care tends to be poorer quality -- a fact repeatedly documented in Canadian, Quebec, New Zealand, U.K., U.S. and Australian research. Research shows ownership is one key factor determining higher or lower quality through its links to wages, working conditions, early-childhood education training, staff turnover and morale, staff harshness and sensitivity, staff-to-child ratios and group size."

QC: In Quebec, Daycare Remains a Sacred Cow
Source: The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Ottawa already allows parents accessing the Child Care Expense Deduction (now $7,000, boosted to $8,000 in 2015) to have their employers withhold less federal tax on their paycheques. That way, they don’t have to wait until year’s end to claim a tax refund. Quebec has a monthly rebate plan for parents using private daycare."

Mulcair Should Rethink This Plan
Source: The Record, December 1, 2014

Excerpt: "The NDP plan involves spending billions of dollars in new federal funding over the next eight years to maintain or create child care spaces at the ridiculously low cost to parents of just $15 a day. Mulcair's party plans to have 370,000 spaces subsidized by 2018, at an annual cost of $1.9 billion. By 2023, the federal share would be $5 billion to cover 60 per cent of the cost of new affordable spots created, with provinces kicking in for the rest."

BC: A Crisis in Child Care Continues
Source: Vernon Morning Star, November 30, 2014

Excerpt: "Those attending the library’s Idea Exchange, co-sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women, and presented by Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C., and Lynne Reside, North Okanagan Early Years co-ordinator, heard an eye-opening talk on the seriousness of the child care crisis."

NU: KRG Working to Keep Nunavik’s Childcare Fees Low
Source: Nunatsiaq Online, November 28, 2014

Excerpt: "The Kativik Regional Government says it’s working to keep childcare fees low in Nunavik, despite Quebec’s plan to hike those fees across the province in 2016."

PE: Province Expands Newborn Screening Program
Source: Government of Prince Edward Island, November 28, 2014

Excerpt: "“I am extremely pleased to expand our existing newborn screening program to ensure the early detection of even more conditions, including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia,” said the Minister. “It will also mean better support and follow-up service will be in place for the improved health of Island children.”"

MB: Private Not a Dirty Word in Child Care
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, November 28, 2014

Excerpt: "Once again Manitobans are being told by think-tanks and union-funded lobbies Manitoba is comparable to Quebec when it comes to the cost of child care. This argument, often made by well-educated people, however, compares apples to oranges. As it currently stands in Quebec, parents pay $7.30 per day, per child in actual costs to be used at a centre of their choice. This is not the case in Manitoba."

QC: Liberals Want to Penalize Parents Who Don't Use Daycare Every Day
Source: CTV News, November 27, 2014

Excerpt: "The Liberal government is on the defensive after tabling a bill that will penalize daycares and parents for if children don't attend daycare five days per week. If the bill passes, parents who sign up for daily daycare, but keep their children at home some days, would be fined $60 for each day missed."

Mulcair Outlines Child Care Plan in Burnaby
Source: Burnaby Newsleader, November 27, 2014

Excerpt: "He said his party would create 400,000 childcare spaces that would cost parents no more than $15 a day per child. Such a program would eventually cost $5 billion a year, 60 per cent of which would be funded by the federal government with the remaining 40 per cent coming from the provinces."

MB: Manitoba Government Creating New Child-Care Spaces at Harrow School
Source: Government of Manitoba, November 27, 2014

Excerpt: "Planning and design work for the new centre is now underway.  When complete, the new centre will accommodate up to 16 infant spaces and 48 pre-school spaces in addition to the existing 16 pre-school and 30 school-age spaces for a total of 110 spaces – an increase of 64 spaces from the current 46."

US: Three Important Questions about Publicly Funded Preschools
Source: American Institutes for Research, December 1, 2014

Excerpt: "Congress didn’t approve President Obama’s proposed $75 billion investment in quality preschool for all four-year-olds. But while the federal plan hasn’t happened, government-supported preschool is alive, recovering from the recession, and growing again at the state level. Preschool investment is increasing in large states, such as California and New York, and many more states are applying for $250 million in federal Preschool Development and Expansion Grants."

UK: Scottish Childcare Costs 'A Route to Poverty'
Source: BBC News, November 30, 2014

Excerpt: "Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) said the average cost of putting a child aged between two and five in nursery for 25 hours a week was £5,307 a year. This represented a rise of 8.2% in the past year, it said."

AU: City vs Country Growing Childcare Fee Divide
Source: The Daily Telegraph, November 30, 2014

Excerpt: "The country-city divide on childcare fees is one of the more significant policy challenges confronting the government if it moves towards a new system that sets an average base rate for childcare fees to develop a new rebate scheme."

US: Kids in Full-Day Preschool Programs Did Better than Kids in Part-Day Programs
Source: Time, November 26, 2014

Excerpt: "Researchers looked at 1,000 low-income and ethnic-minority 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in Chicago’s Child-Parent Center Education Program and noted improvement in four of six measures of school readiness. Children placed in full-day programs showed higher scores in social development, language, math and physical health than their part-day peers, according to the study."

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Research Reports & Resources

Request for Proposals: Early Years Centres' Evaluation
Source: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, December 4, 2014

In Nova Scotia, eight Early Years Centres are a first step to transforming the patchwork of child care, family support and early intervention programs into an effective, sustainable early childhood system that is aligned with public education. The evaluation that is supported by Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation in partnership with the Nova Scotia government and communities will track progress and inform emerging public policy. The Request for Proposals to evaluate the initiative is now posted. Deadline for applicants is December 29 2014.

Ontario Search Unlicensed Child Care Violations
Source: Government of Ontario, December 2, 2014

Description: "Look up violations for individuals who provide informal or private child care in their homes or at other locations. These providers are not licensed or inspected. The registry covers violations recorded and verified since January 2012."

The Mighty O!
Source: Atkinson Centre, December 2, 2014

The Mighty O! is now available for purchase! Authored by Dr. Emis Akbari and illustrated by Arzu Abbasova, 100% of the proceeds from the book support The Labatt Family Cardiac Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children and Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada. Owen received his wish of being a fireman from Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2012.

Early Development Instrument Results – Provincial Summary Reports: Primary Students in Nova Scotia, 2012/2013 School Year
Source: Government of Nova Scotia, November 27, 2014

Excerpt: "The EDI is designed to be a tool to increase the mobilization of communities and policy makers in order to bring a positive impact on children’s development in their local areas. Understanding the state of children’s development at the level of the population, that is for all children, is foundational to mobilizing stakeholders towards change."

Child Care: The Ramp that Provides Equal Access to the Workforce for Mothers
Source: Childcare Resource and Research Unit, November 25, 2014

Excerpt: "Although Canada is a wealthy country, its social support of women and children is less than robust. Forty-four years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women first identified the need for a national child care program in 1970, in 2012 there were only enough child care spaces for 22.5% of Canadian children 0-5—more in some provinces, less in others."

Turning Some Ideas on Their Head
Source: TEDxTalks, November 24, 2014

Description: "The power of Executive Function and its impact on student learning."

Small Children, Big Cities
Source: Bernard van Leer Foundation, November 2014

Description: "With the world rapidly urbanising, more and more childhoods are being lived in big cities. This edition of Early Childhood Matters brings together articles from India to the Netherlands and the United States, exploring issues ranging from playground design to the effects of noise and crowding, "public parenting" as the middle classes reclaim urban spaces, and ways to get children's voices heard in urban design decisions."

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