Jump to Main Content
Decrease font size Reset font size Increase font size
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto Home| OISE| U of T| Portal| Site Map | Contact Us
INSPIRING EDUCATION | oise.utoronto.ca
Atkinson Centre

Resources > News

News

Jump: to News | Resources

to access Archived News & Resources from the e-Newsletter

Sign up! To sign up for the Atkinson Centre e-Newsletter, please email atkinson.centre@utoronto.ca.
The Atkinson Centre weekly e-Newsletter is issued every Thursday afternoon.
In addition, time-sensitive special messages are sent out occasionally.

 

News

ON: Same-sex parents don't have to adopt own kids under new Ontario law
Source: CBC News, November 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Same-sex parents in Ontario and others who use assisted reproduction to conceive no longer have to adopt their own children. The All Families Are Equal Act ensures that couples who use sperm donors or a surrogate are legally recognized as parents."

back to top>


ON: Ontario creating 3,400 new child care spaces in schools this year
Source: Inside Toronto, November 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The province is creating approximately 3,400 new child care spaces in Ontario’s schools this year, announced Indira Naidoo-Harris, associate minister of Education and Early Years and Child Care."

back to top>


ON: Cost of poverty in Toronto pegged at $5.5 billion a year
Source: Toronto Star, November 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The city has made a start by committing more than $6.8 million in the 2016 budget to new initiatives in the anti-poverty plan. But $75 million in new funding was needed last year to make real headway on child care, affordable housing, and access to transit, anti-poverty activists said."

back to top>


ON: Ontario Lacks a Child Care System. Families feel the burden. Licensed Providers are Stretched (Video)
Source: Peter Tabuns Videos (YouTube), November 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Child Care consultations are coming. Investments are essential. Parents and children desire a system not the present patchwork."

back to top>


NS: N.S. parents struggle to pay for basics as child poverty continues to climb
Source: CTV News, November 24, 2016

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia’s youngest children were found to be disproportionately impacted, with a poverty rate of 27 per cent among kids six and under. Unsurprisingly, single-parent households were also found to be at a greater risk due to weaker earning potential and greater difficulty caring for children while parents work. Slightly more than half fell below the relative poverty threshold."

back to top>


AB: Province set to invest $10 million
Source: Spruce Grove Examiner, November 25, 2016

Excerpt: "The province is seeking applicants to create 18 new childcare centres in Alberta, and Stony Plain’s Alberta Parenting for the Future (APFA) chapter is considering applying for it. The province will invest $10 million to create Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCC) with a maximum fee of $25 per day."

back to top>


BC: Let them be bored: The value of free play for kids
Source: CBC News, November 23, 2016

Excerpt: "She says making time for kids to play without interference from their parents or the distractions of digital technology can be beneficial for their development. "The idea of free play that is scripted only by the child's focus and interest is a beautiful thing," she told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's BC Almanac."

back to top>


US: Early childhood educators rely on families to prop up low income, research finds
Source: The Conversation, November 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Early childhood educators struggling in low-paid jobs often have to prop up their income through family members and/or partners, new research shows. Wages for qualified early childhood teachers have improved over time. However, incomes of those with vocational qualifications, including diplomas and certificates, remain low and do not reflect the responsibilities that characterise the role."

back to top>


US: Confront Sexism in Child Care
Source: U.S. News & World Report, November 17, 2016

Excerpt: "More fundamentally, the fact that women have historically done the work of caring for children is one of the reasons that pay in the field is so low to begin with. Caring for young children is labor-intensive, demanding work. But for most of human history the true cost of this labor has been invisible, because it was part of the home and family work that society expected women, excluded from broader economic life, to do for free. And when families or institutions did hire women to care for children for pay, a lack of job options for women enabled them to pay very low wages."

back to top>


NZ: Parents forced to put babies in childcare for more than 42 hours a week
Source: stuff.co.nz, November 27, 2016

Excerpt: "Education Minister Hekia Parata said families needed to find their own balance with regard to parental and non-parental care. "There is no one best way. The important consideration is that the ECE service needs to provide quality care and education that complements the care provided by the child's family. ECE for under-twos is regulated to ensure that ratios are appropriate and enable the personalised care that supports young children's development and learning. We have one of the best adult to child ratios in the world," Parata added. There are no regulated limits on the hours a child can spend in ECE. However, the government subsidy is capped at 6 hours per day."

back to top>


PK: Pakistan’s early childhood education crisis
Source: The News International, November 29, 2016

Excerpt: "Pakistan Economic Survey reveals Punjab has the highest enrolment (53 percent) in pre-primary age group too. As per the State of the World’s Children 2016, there are some 24 million under age of five children in Pakistan. However, there is no separate early childhood (pre-primary) institution in public sector of the country, including Punjab. Also, there is no separate Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy at the national level."

back to top>


ON: Fostering Calm in the Classroom
Source: Inside Halton, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "Richard Messina, the principal of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, says environment has a huge impact on the way students learn. "There's actually a significant amount of research that says everything from the amount of daylight that comes into the windows, to the workspace and flexibility, has incredible impact on children," he said. "If children feel psychologically secure — and if the environment helps them to feel secure — the research tends to show that they're more able to build their potential. They feel safe, so they take more risks.""

back to top>


CA: Scotiabank Announces $1 Million Gift Supporting Research Aimed at Improving Children's Health
Source: Yahoo!, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "The gift will support the work of Dr. Stephen Lye, a Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of Sinai Health System. Dr. Lye's research focus is to better understand both the genetic and environmental factors that shape the health of infants and children, from the time of conception."

back to top>


CA: National Child Day: OISE experts call attention to key concerns
Source: University of Toronto, OISE, November 17, 2016

Excerpt: "November 20th is National Child Day, which recognizes the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is the perfect time for young Canadians to express themselves and shape their own future. It’s also a good time for our education experts, particularly those working in early child development, to pause and connect their work to children’s rights in Canada. We’ve asked five OISE professors: Based on your own work, what is the most important issue that requires serious public and/or government understanding and action?"

back to top>


AB: Subsidized Daycare Will Improve Albertans' Lives
Source: Calgary Herald, November 19, 2016

Excerpt: "This research has also showed that there are about 70,000 more women with children in the workforce since the program’s inception. Affordable, quality child care for all allows women of all economic backgrounds to work outside and contribute to the paid economy if they choose to do so. This choice is a critical one for women in terms of working toward gender equality."

back to top>


US: Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better and Worse
Source: npr, November 19, 2016

Excerpt: "Then studies began to suggest that children who spent too much time watching TV or playing video games were more likely to develop ADHD. So scientists began studying rats and mice to see whether intense audio-visual stimulation early in life really can change brain circuits."

back to top>


US: A Lesson for Preschools: When It's Done Right, The Benefits Last
Source: npr, November 17, 2016

Excerpt: "Having a high-quality program is key, says Dodge. "The long-term impact," he says, "depends entirely on quality and how well elementary schools build on the foundations set in pre-K.""

back to top>


US: What Trump’s Election Could Mean for Women: Fewer Reproductive Rights, New Help for Working Families?
Source: The Conversation, November 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Trump’s stances on child care and family leave could break new ground. With tax reform at the top of House Speaker Ryan’s agenda, Trump may be able to push through his proposals to make child care tax deductible, create dependent care savings accounts and incentivize employers to provide child care services."

back to top>


AU: Indigenous Overrepresented in Every Category of Child or Infant Death in NT
Source: The Guardian, November 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Thirty-eight Northern Territory children died in 2015. Just over half were male, and more than 76% were Indigenous, despite only about 33% of the NT’s population being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Twenty-three of the deaths were infants, and most died at less than one month old. About 40% of the additional 38 stillbirths were Indigenous."

back to top>


AU: Childcare Workers are Underpaid Because We’re Women. We are the Working Poor.
Source: The Guardian, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "This position of being unable to afford the very thing you work to provide for others is the ironic situation of early childhood educators to this day – hardly surprising when the average wage of qualified educators is just $614 per week. We can’t afford childcare, we can’t afford to buy a house, let alone negatively bloody gear our second one and we will never have enough superannuation to be able to retire."

back to top>


CN: A Better Start for China's Rural Children
Source: China.org.cn, November 19, 2016

Excerpt: "Half of China's 16 million newborns each year are born in rural areas, says Zhao Qi, education officer at UNICEF China. "Early childhood development encompasses physical, social, emotional, cognitive thinking and language progression. "An old Chinese saying goes 'childhood predicts future'. From a scientific point of view, the brain develops rapidly in the first few years. Good nutrition, early stimulation, vaccination, and a secure and caring environment can facilitate the development of a child's brain and help reach their full potential." Zhao says."

back to top>


IN: Type 2 Diabetes Prevalent Among Kids
Source: Deccan Chronicle, November 11, 2016

Excerpt: "With children refraining from stepping outdoors or indulging in any form of physical activity, developing lifestyle diseases like diabetes and obesity is seen as a common factor. “At a time when lifestyle diseases are at an all-time high, it becomes absolutely critical to maintain a diet, which is well-balanced and nutritious. We try to be particular about eating healthy meals but more often than not, forget to take into consideration what we snack on, between those meals."

back to top>


CU: How Cuba Came of Age on Early Childhood Development
Source: The Guardian, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "In Cuba, programmes for early childhood development [ECD] have been a priority for over 60 years. Early childhood is a key period for brain development. During the early years of life, and especially in the first thousand days, a child’s brain is characterised by its plasticity. This means that positive experiences such as good nutrition and a stable and safe family environment benefit the development and formation of a child’s brain, whereas negative experiences such as prenatal alcohol exposure, violence and nutritional deficiencies can cause abnormal, neural and behavioural development, hindering the child’s potential."

back to top>


ON: Ontario Picked Sudbury to Announce 100K New Daycare Spaces, But Report Says We're Not Getting Any
Source: Sudbury.com, November 10, 2016

Excerpt: "The Liberal government's plan is to add 100,000 child care spaces over the next five years, focusing on kids ages 0-4. It will cost between $1 billion and $3 billion to create the new spaces, and operating costs will be between $600 million and $750 million a year."

back to top>


ON: City Needs More Child-Care Spaces: Minister
Source: tbnewswatch, November 9, 2016

Excerpt: "The Associate Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris said there's a need for more child care spaces in the city."

back to top>


ON: Region’s Child-Care Subsidies Program on Hold and Overbudget
Source: The Record, November 8, 2016

Excerpt: "The region is over budget on child-care subsidies and has put the program on hold. Region of Waterloo council voted in October 2015 not to go ahead with a recommendation from consultants KPMG to close five regionally operated child-care centres for $2.5 million in savings. KPMG recommended that money be put to use creating 200 new, permanent subsidized spaces, but parents with children in the centres pushed back loudly. Those centres offered 250 child-care spaces, while another 8,775 children under the age of 12 received care in 137 private and nonprofit centres."

back to top>


QC: Premier Couillard Accused of Privatizing Child Care
Source: Life in Quebec, November 13, 2016

Excerpt: "The basic rate for subsidized child care is $7.55 per day per child. Families with incomes of $50,545 or less do not have an additional contribution to make. The rate increases to $8.25 per day for salaries greater than $50,545. Starting at $75,820, the incremental contribution increases gradually to finally reach $20.70 for a family income of about $158,820."

back to top>


SK: Sask. Government Launches Review of K-12 School System
Source: CBC News, November 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Education Minister Don Morgan says everything is still on the table, as he has said since the government began talking about "transformational change" earlier this spring. That includes fewer school boards and appointed, rather than elected, trustees."

back to top>


BC: Our Kids' Success Relies on Supporting Emotional Development
Source: Bowen Island Undercurrent, November 12, 2016

Excerpt: "According to the EDI, “vulnerable children are those who, without additional support and care, are more likely to experience challenges in their school years and beyond.” The questionnaire is completed by kindergarten teachers and assesses five broad domains of child development, including: physical health and well-being; social competence; emotional maturity; language and cognitive development and communication and general knowledge."

back to top>


AB: Improving Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care
Source: Government of Alberta, November 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Each new child-care centre will receive up to $500,000 in operating funding in the first year, with the opportunity to receive two more years of funding. The locations of new child-care centres, targeted to where demand is greatest, will be announced early in 2017."

back to top>


UK: Childcare 'Key to Reducing Inequality'
Source: BBC, November 14, 2016

Excerpt: "Childcare was found to have the biggest impact of any single policy because it would enable parents to work or to work longer hours. That is apart from the impact that quality childcare can have on helping children develop."

back to top>


CA: Child Benefit Not to be Used for Childcare
Source: Toronto Star, Opinion Readers’ Letters, November 9, 2016

Excerpt: "Indeed, nearly 1 in 3 low income children had at least one parent who worked the equivalent of full time. For these families, the Canada Child Benefit is essential support which helps to reduce hunger and balance the monthly income and expenses. It’s a mistake, however, to expect families to use the Canada Child Benefit to pay for childcare services. To begin with, far too few parents can find suitable, convenient childcare services. Today’s parents face high childcare fees while also paying down student loans and high housing costs."

back to top>


CA: Why Canada Needs a Universal Child Care Program
Source: Huffington Post, November 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Two-parent Canadian families spend nearly a quarter of their income on child care, according to a 2016 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report. That puts Canada among the most expensive countries for child care within this group of 35 wealthy countries. Single parents in Canada face an even tougher situation, spending nearly a third of their income on child care."

back to top>


CA: Employers, Labour Groups Push Liberals to Rethink Parental Leave Changes
Source: CBC News, November 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Instead, 25 groups — child care, poverty advocates and labour organizations — in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ask the Liberals to increase benefit payments to new parents over 12 months, add eight weeks of dedicated time off for non-birthing parents regardless of gender and lower the benchmark for new mothers to qualify for maternity leave to either $2,000 of earnings, or 300 hours of work to receive benefits, instead of the current 600-hour requirement."

back to top>


CA: Why Isn’t Child Care Affordable for All Canadians Yet?
Source: This Magazine, November 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Through the 1990s child care was off the national political agenda. It returned in 2003 when a national child care program came closest to reality under Paul Martin’s federal Liberal Party government. In 2004, Martin said he would make good on a pledge for national child care program worth $5 billion over five years and by late 2005, Social Development Minister Ken Dryden had finessed bilateral agreements with 10 provinces based on quality, universality, and accessibility, all through a developmental focus."

back to top>


AB: Alberta NDP Bill Aims to Boost Vaccination Rates to Counter Outbreaks
Source: Edmonton Sun, November 8, 2016

Excerpt: "Parents who don't provide records or complete their children's vaccinations will be asked to provide a doctor's letter granting medical exemption for cases such as cancer treatment. Parents who choose not to immunize their child will be asked to sign a form indicating so."

back to top>


QC: Quebec's Sex-Ed Pilot Project Expanded to Kindergarten Classroom
Source: CBC News, November 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Kindergarten students at an elementary school near Quebec City will be among the first in the province to be taught sex education under a provincial pilot project. The trial program, which is in its second year, outlines a number of subjects that must be taught including the proper name for male and female sexual anatomy, the stages of conception all the way through until birth, how to describe feelings and the different types of family structures that exist in modern society."

back to top>


NB: Throne Speech Another 'Promise to Promise' on Child Care Assistance, Says Mom
Source: CBC News, November 4, 2016

Excerpt: "Marjolaine St-Pierre, the executive director of Early Childhood Care & Education New Brunswick (ECCENB-SEPENB), the provincial association representing the early learning child care sector, welcomes the fact the government wants to lower the cost of early leaning and child care fees. She also values the throne speech promise to better train child care workers so they can meet new training standards."

back to top>


NL: Building a Strong and Responsive Education System
Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, November 8, 2016

Excerpt: "The purpose of the Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes is to examine the Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system and make recommendations to improve student outcomes including measurable goals and milestones. "

back to top>


US: Take the Screens, Send Them to the Swings
Source: dailyRX News, November 6, 2016

Excerpt: "For infants and toddlers, the AAP recommends parents prioritize creative unplugged playtime by avoiding the use of screen media unless they’re video chatting.."

back to top>


ZM: Poverty Among Children a Threat to Zambia’s Future
Source: lusakatimes.com, November 5, 2016

Excerpt: "Mr Bwaluka said child poverty is greatly affecting the next generation and there is need for government working closely with Civil Society Organisations to intervene and help improve the wellbeing of households in rural parts of Zambia. He has stated that most children are unable to access health and education services owing to the poverty levels being experienced in their respective homes."

back to top>


SG: Limit Gadgets for Kids
Source: The Strait Times, November 6, 2016

Excerpt: "The data was collected by researchers including those from the Centre of Research and Best Practices at Singapore's Seed Institute, a pioneer in early childhood education training. The study indicated that excessive use of such devices can hamper a child's development and lead to poor eyesight, among other problems."

back to top>


$22.6 Million for New School and 3 School Expansions in Waterloo Region
Source: CBC News, October 30, 2016

Excerpt: "The Ontario provincial government says it plans to spend $22.6 million on a brand new school for Waterloo region as well as on additions to three existing schools to help mitigate overcrowding."

back to top>


ON: Gretzky Calls on Wynne To Ensure Child-Care Workers Earn More Money
Source: Windsor Star, October 26, 2016

Excerpt: “Parents who couldn’t afford child care before this government’s throne speech are no better off today,” Gretzky said during Question Period in the legislature. “Working conditions in the child-care sector are reaching a tipping point where over a quarter of our dedicated professionals are looking for another job. “Nearly 25 per cent of early childhood educators make under $15 an hour despite their tremendous role and responsibility in caring for our children, the future of this province.”

back to top>


CA: Kids Need to Get Dirty to Ward Off Disease, Says Microbiologist (video)
Source: CBC News, November 1, 2016

Excerpt: "Finlay says scientific research is increasingly linking a lack of microbial diversity in children's guts to the rise in these Western diseases, though the causes and effects have yet to be fully understood. But he advises parents let their need for cleanliness drop a little — within the bounds of common sense."

back to top>


NS: New Law Offers Children Support from Extended Family
Source: The Chronicle Herald, October 27, 2016

Excerpt: "The new law will allow grandparents — or other people who’ve been substantially involved in a child’s life — to ask the court for time with the child, or to be allowed to talk on the phone, send gifts and attend family parties. Under the current law, the court can order those things only for a parent or guardian."

back to top>


BC: Minister Vows to Investigate Daycare Wait-List Fees
Source: CBC News, October 28, 2016

Excerpt: "B.C.'s minister of children and family development says her office will look into the practice of childcare operators charging parents to put their children on a wait-list for a daycare spot."

back to top>


NB: St. Mary's First Nation Aims to Make Children Kindergarten-Ready
Source: CBC News, October 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The 1:5 ratio of teachers to students is also a dream, for both teachers and parents. Ten instructors help out, including two women from the community. The children already know a handful of words in Maliseet and start their day singing to a traditional drum song."

back to top>


SK: Some Progress, But Helping Kids Has Stalled: Former Saskatchewan Child Advocate
Source: Global News, November 1, 2016

Excerpt: "“We’re in a situation where four out of 10 children are not kindergarten ready,” he said. “So if we’re concerned about the future … when almost half of your children are not kindergarten ready and you’re not putting resources there, that’s a concern because where does that lead, right?”"

back to top>


BC: A Third of B.C.’S Kindergarten Students Are ‘Vulnerable’, Says Report
Source: Global News, October 26, 2016

Excerpt: "A third of the provinces 43,000 5-year-olds are entering school vulnerable in at least one area. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) data collection by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) has found 32 per cent have one or more vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities include physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, communication skills and general knowledge."

back to top>


US: New Report Finds That Child Care in America Doesn’t Work
Source: Huffington Post, October 28, 2016

Excerpt: "The typical cost of full-time care in child care centers for all children ages 0-4 in the United States is $9,589 a year, higher than the average cost of in-state college tuition ($9,410). To cover the cost of full time in-center care for one child, a family earning at the median household income would need to spend one-fifth (18 percent) of its income. For an individual earning at the minimum wage, full time in-center care is even less affordable: Child care costs two-thirds (64 percent) of their earnings."

back to top>


US: 3 TVs and No Food: Growing Up Poor in America
Source: The New York Times, October 28, 2016

Excerpt: "What many Americans don’t understand about poverty is that it’s perhaps less about a lack of money than about not seeing any path out. More than 80 percent of American households living below the poverty line have air-conditioning, so in material terms they’re incomparably better off than poor families in India or Congo. In other ways their lives can be worse."

back to top>


US Fathers Play a Pivotal Role in Their Children’s Early Education
Source: Washington Monthly, October 25, 2016

Excerpt: "Fathers and father figures play a key role in the healthy development of their children and have important and unique contributions to make to their Head Start communities. Yet, fathers aren’t always included as they should be, a problem which extends more broadly into policy areas such as childcare and the work-life balance debate.   Early education programs must continue to work to break down the barriers to father engagement, such as prescribed gender roles of men that Jones mentioned above, and help to re-evaluate and improve programs to engage fathers in their child’s early development."

back to top>


AU: New Evidence Shows How Important Preschool Really Is
Source: stuff.co.nz, November 1, 2016

Excerpt: ""A child needs a great parent, and a great teacher. Many do not know that a preschool program, whether it's in a dedicated preschool or a through long day care, provides the foundation for your children's future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievements at school and in life," explains Williams. The campaign aims to give parents more insight into how their child's brain is developing and show that early education such as preschool and day care is much more than playing."

back to top>
 

Resources

Technology in early childhood education
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, November 2016

Excerpt: "Screen media are increasingly common in young children's life. It is therefore essential to understand the impact of specific technologies such as tablets or e-books for literacy and the best ways to include these technologies in children's routine at home, in childcare or in the classroom. Emerging practices and their implications for parents, teachers and policy makers are reviewed in this topic."

back to top>


Balancing family and work: Transition to self-employment among new mothers, 2006 to 2011
Source: Statistics Canada, November 25, 2016

Excerpt: "A new study shows that new mothers have a higher probability of making the transition from paid employment to self-employment than other women. Using individuals' responses to both the 2006 Census of Population and the 2011 National Household Survey, the study examined transitions from wage and salary employment to self-employment among new mothers. These new mothers were women who did not have children under the age of six in 2006, but did so in 2011."

back to top>


The impact of two years of preschool
Source: Mitchell Institute, November 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Preschool programs improve children's development and long-term achievement and wellbeing only when they are high quality. UK research shows that children who attended at least two years of high quality preschool had a nearly 8 month developmental advantage, compared to a 3 month advantage of one year of low quality preschool."

back to top>


The 'Sesame Street' Effect: 47 Years of Smarter, Stronger and Kinder
Source: The Creators Project, November 23, 2016

Excerpt: "Helping young children develop self-regulation and executive function skills and strategies, as well as pro-social behavior, can help them prepare for school and life. These skills have important consequences across a child’s lifespan. Children can learn that kindness means responding to the needs of others and that being kind not only makes others feel good, it can make you feel good too."

back to top>


Here’s why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby
Source: The Conversation, November 10, 2016

Excerpt: "Babies first start learning language by listening not to individual words, but to the rhythm and intonation of the speech stream – that is, the changes between high and low pitch, and the rhythm and loudness of syllables in speech. Parents often exaggerate these features of the language when talking with their infants, and this is important for early language learning."

back to top>


Campaign 2000 Releases 2016 Report Card
Source: Campaign 2000, November 24, 2016

Excerpt: "Although a national childcare program to serve all families has been recommended since the 1970s, Canada is one of only a few wealthy countries that still lacks a plan. As a result, Canadian families continue to rely on a patchwork market funded mostly by parent fees. In 2016 Canadian ECEC not only fails to meet the needs of the majority of children and families, but is inequitably organized, unevenly distributed and underfunded everywhere across Canada."

back to top>


How Are Canadians Really Doing? The 2016 CIW National Report
Source: University of Waterloo, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "The percentage of children with access to regulated centre-based child care space has more than doubled since 1994, but this increase still only provides one in four children with access — and then only if a family can afford the fees."

back to top>


Regular Milk May Beat Low Fat for Kids
Source: The New York Times, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "Low-fat milk may not be the best option for kids, though many experts recommend it to fight obesity for children over 2."

back to top>


Men's Attitude to Fatherhood Influences Child Behaviour, Says Study
Source: The Guardian, November 22, 2016

Excerpt: "Looking at the results for more than 6,300 children who lived with both parents at least until eight months old, the researchers found that children whose fathers were more confident about being a parent, and who were more emotionally positive about the role, were less likely to show behavioural difficulties by the ages of nine and 11. By contrast, the degree to which a father engaged with chores around the home or activities with their child apparently had no such influence."

back to top>


Benefits of Early Care and Education for Children in the Child Welfare System
Source: OPRE, November 28, 2016

Excerpt: "This brief explores emerging evidence from social science research on the contribution of early care and education (ECE) to the child welfare system’s goals of child safety, permanency, and well-being. The examination of that evidence points to the potential value of early care and education for young children in the child welfare system, but the best available data suggests that the child welfare population tends to under-utilize ECE."

back to top>


Early Child Births Can Lead to Babies with Developmental Delays, Study Finds
Source: ABC News, November 7, 2016

Excerpt: "Prolonging pregnancy could be good for the brain. Research showed prolonging pregnancy, even at term — 37 to 38 weeks — could benefit brain maturity at birth and potentially improve long-term health and cognitive outcomes. Health experts said the decision to have a planned birth was predicated on the belief that it is safer for the baby or mother to deliver early."

back to top>


Vaccine Coverage for Kindergarteners: Factors Associated with School and Area Variation in Vancouver, British Columbia
Source: Science Direct, November 15, 2016

Excerpt: "Our findings identify lower coverage among some types of private schools and in affluent and disadvantaged communities—and corroborate documented US coverage patterns. Future studies need to investigate school and community factors that may contribute to such patterns, in order to identify potential mechanisms and design appropriate interventions to increase vaccine coverage."

back to top>


Divided City: Life in Canada’s Child Poverty Capital
Source: Campaign 2000, November 14, 2016

Excerpt: "A key determinant of child development and well-being – and a central component of the city’s poverty reduction strategy – is good access to high quality early learning and recreational opportunities. Much research now shows that access to child care and early learning programs supports early child development, prepares children for school success, and provides an essential support for many working parents."

back to top>


Cost-effectiveness of Wait Time Reduction for Intensive Behavioral Intervention Services in Ontario, Canada
Source: The Jama Network, November 14, 2016

Excerpt: "Earlier access to intensive behavioral intervention (IBI) is associated with improved outcomes for children with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD); however, there are long waiting times for this program. No analyses have been performed modeling the cost-effectiveness of wait time reduction for IBI."

back to top>


Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2016
Source: Ofcom, November 16, 2016

Description: "This report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4."

back to top>


Early Childcare, Maternal Education and Family Origins: Differences in Cognitive and Linguistic Outcomes throughout Childhood
Source: RCIS, October 10, 2016

Excerpt: "Centre-based care in early childhood has been associated with better scores on linguistic and cognitive tests at later times. Nevertheless, there is no consensus about the stability of these effects across the preschool and primary school stages. Furthermore, no data about the effects of early care have been reported from the Italian context. Our study analysed the effects of early childcare, maternal education and parental origin (native versus foreign) on the cognitive and linguistic outcomes of pre-schoolers and pupils."

back to top>


Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education – Discussion Document
Source: Government of Ontario, November 3, 2016

Excerpt: "Ontario’s vision for the early years is to ensure that Ontario’s children and families are well supported by a system of responsive, high-quality, accessible and increasingly integrated early years programs and services. A system that contributes to healthy child development today will help to ensure a strong future tomorrow."

back to top>


Nurturing Relationships Buffer Stress
Source: SECD, November 8, 2016

Excerpt: "For young children, the support and presence of a caring adult helps to regulate their stress response and therefore reduce the negative impact on the brain and body. This in turn, helps set the foundation for a healthy stress response system. On the other hand, experiencing stress in the early years without the support of a caring adult, negatively impacts the developing brain and may lead to a stress response system that is activated too easily or for too long, damaging long term health and wellbeing."

back to top>


Researchers Developed a Facial Photo-Matching Game That Reverses Racial Bias in Children
Source: Quartz, November 3, 2016

Excerpt: "When asked to identify which race a face represented, the children in China described those with angry expressions as African or white (depending on the test), and the happier ones as Chinese. In Cameroon, the children showed the same implicit bias against the races of outgroups, both whites and Chinese. “For years we used to think parents socialized kids to have implicit bias, but these kids had no experience with other races, and neither did their parents,” says co-author of the research, Kang Lee, a University of Toronto professor of applied psychology and human development."

back to top>


Landmark Study Finds Children’s Eyesight Worsening Sooner Than Previous Generations
Source: CNIB, October 27, 2016

Excerpt: "“Historically, myopia started at age 12 or 13, but now it is showing up more often in kids six or seven years old,” said Dr. Mike Yang, lead investigator and clinical scientist with the Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR), Waterloo. “Our eyesight as a population is deteriorating and at a much younger age.”"

back to top>


Words that Change Minds
Source: FrameWorks Institute, September 2016

Excerpt: "Susan Nall Bales, the institute’s founder, has worked on children’s issues since the early 1980s. Today, she says, scientists are called to testify in state legislatures about early-childhood development when budget issues that affect kids are on the line."

back to top>


Early Childhood Education Commission – Consultation Document
Source: Institut du Nouveau Mond, October 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Commission Goals: Build awareness among, mobilize and listen to a large number of stakeholders from all sectors; Underscore the crucial stakes for Quebec of early childhood education; Make recommendations, select public policy strategies and identify opportunities for initiatives within Quebec society; Propose a path forward for Quebec."

back to top>


Clear the Air for Children
Source: UNICEF, October 31, 2016

Excerpt: "Furthermore, children’s immune systems are still developing, especially at young ages. During early childhood, children are highly susceptible to viruses, bacteria and other infections. This both increases the risks of respiratory infection and reduces the ability of children to combat it."

back to top>


Child Care Deserts
Source: Center for American Progress, October 27, 2016

Excerpt: "For working parents with young children, the task of finding child care can be daunting. Across the country, parents report frustration when trying to find affordable, high-quality child care. While the cost of child care is certainly a barrier to child care access, less understood are the roles of supply and location. This report examines the location of child care centers across eight states, comprising 20 percent of the U.S. population younger than the age of 5, and uncovers another cause driving the child care crisis: 42 percent of children under 5 years of age live in child care deserts."

back to top>
 

OISEcms v.1.0 | Site last updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 Disclaimer | Webmaster

© OISE University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 CANADA