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Archived News & Resources from the e-Newsletter - December 2017

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ON: New Child Care Spaces Coming to Nearly 200 Schools Across Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario, December 11, 2017

Excerpt: " Ontario is providing more than $1 million to create two new child care rooms at Santa Maria Catholic School, with space for 39 children, as part of a total investment of $231 million across the province in 2017–18.  It is part of a five-year commitment to help 100,000 more children up to the age of four access child care, Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in capital projects alone. This will add an estimated 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools and other community settings. Additionally, the province is increasing operating funding and subsidies to help more children aged 0-4 years access quality child care."

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BC: B.C. to roll out child-care plan next year, even without extra federal money
Source: Vancouver Sun, December 13, 2017

Excerpt: Premier John Horgan says his government will push forward with the first phase of its universal child care program next year, even if it can’t squeeze more money out of Ottawa. “I think the fact I said I welcomed federal participation led people to the conclusion that if we didn’t get it we weren’t proceeding,” Horgan said Tuesday in a year-end interview with Postmedia News. “We’re proceeding. We’ll have a better program. It will be more comprehensive if we have federal participation.”"

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BC: Qualicum First Nation child-care centre gets funding boost
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News, December 6, 2017

Excerpt: "With a half-million dollars of funding under its belt, the Qualicum First Nation will be expanding its child-care program. The Qualicum First Nation After School Care Centre in Qualicum Beach received $500,000 in funding from the provincial government as part of a $33-million investment through the province’s Child Care Major Capital Funding program."

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NB: Province puts $12.2M into improving early childhood learning
Source: CBC News, December 7, 2017

Excerpt: "The Liberal government has revealed how it plans to spend one chunk of a new federal-provincial child care fund announced earlier this year. The province will devote $12.2 million to improving the quality of early childhood learning in more than 300 daycare centres around the province. Non-profit and for-profit daycares will be able to seek designation as early learning centres, which will make them eligible for the funding."

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QC: Is your child’s school an obesity risk?
Source: The Conversation, December 12, 2017

Excerpt: "We also found children between the ages of 10 and 12 who attended schools with lower-quality food environments had higher amounts of central body fat (or “central adiposity” in technical terms) after two years than children attending healthier schools."

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NL: Good news for child-care costs in St. John's? Not so fast, say daycare owner, parent
Source: CBC News, December 13, 2017

Excerpt: ""We are pleased to see improvements with the province's ranking associated with the cost of child-care fees and continue to work to make further improvements," Kirby said in the release. But Gail Sullivan, owner and operator of Happy Times preschool, said those numbers reflect government missteps and a struggling industry — not an improvement at all."

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AU: No more nappy valley but childcare still an issue for working women
Source: The Guardian, December 11, 2017

Excerpt: "New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that childcare remains then biggest barrier to women either entering the workforce or taking on more hours. The data show that women, whether they are employed or not, will always rate the issue of caring for children more highly than do men, when it comes to thinking about their working life."

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AU: Weatherill calls on Commonwealth Government to lower preschool age
Source: Barossa Herald, December 8, 2017

Excerpt: "The region’s children could be appearing on pre-school doorsteps a year earlier if SA premier Jay Weatherill’s request to Commonwealth Government is listened to. He calls on support from Council of Australian Governments to fund the drop in pre-school age of four-years to three-years. The move is expected to “improve the educational outcomes and future career success of children across the state and nation”."

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ON: Greater Sudbury eyeing 200 early child-care spaces to help vulnerable kids
Source: CBC News, December 5, 2017

Excerpt: "Greater Sudbury city staff are hoping that more than 200 new child-care spaces will be opened in the city, helping kids from low-income families make the adjustment into elementary school. Monique Poirier, the city's manager of children's services, presented a report to council Monday night outlining her department's plans to bring subsidized child-care back to pre-2013 levels."

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ON: Subsidy issues 'not acceptable' says head of Ottawa child-care agency
Source: Ottawa Citizen, December 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Because the eligibility of those who were receiving subsidized care went without review for more than two years, an audit of the city’s children services department found the city may have paid out $1.5 million per year in subsidies to families no longer eligible before ultimately turning off the subsidy tap in 2016. Those who needed — and were eligible for — subsidized care didn’t receive it, and that may have fouled up their career or school plans, or forced them to find more precarious child-care arrangements, said Kim Hiscott, executive director of Andrew Fleck Children’s Services."

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CA: Canada: Federal and provincial governments underfund indigenous childcare
Source: World Socialist Web Site, December 4, 2017

Excerpt: "In the 2016 census data, Canada had 1,673,785 indigenous people, representing 4.9 percent of the population, up from 3.8 percent in 2006 and 2.8 percent in 1996. Less than 8 percent of all Canadian children aged 4 and under are First Nation, Métis or Inuit, but indigenous children accounted for 51.2 percent of preschoolers in foster care in 2016. That was up by more than two percentage points from 2011."

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CA: Parental leave rules set to undergo major shift as provinces adjust to EI changes
Source: Benefits Canada, December 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Under the federal changes, Canadian employees with a newborn or newly adopted child will be able to choose between the existing employment insurance rate of 55 per cent of average weekly earnings across 35 weeks or 33 per cent across 61 weeks."

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BC: Province announces $33M to create 3,800 new child-care spaces
Source: CBC News, December 4, 2017

Excerpt: "The government says the 3,806 spaces will focus on areas of greatest need: infant and toddler spaces, spaces on school grounds or in community hubs, "inclusive spaces in child-development centres," Indigenous child care and employer-based spaces"

 

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AB: Edmonton daycare aims to teach cultural acceptance to children
Source: CBC News, December 1, 2017

Excerpt: "Hennigar sends her daughter to the 1,000 Women Child Care Centre at NorQuest College that aims to teach children cultural competence and understanding. Although the program has been open to the children of NorQuest students for three weeks, it's now opening its doors to the general public for the first time."

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MB: Government uses scissors on red tape covering daycare centres
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, November 29, 2017

Excerpt: "Centres with a good track record would face licence renewal every three years instead of annually; there would be no more duplication among regulations; and the province could step in to take over a centre for up to 90 days if a parent board runs into problems. Manitoba is close to a signing a new child-care deal with the federal government that will see more centres open, so the new act will help streamline the process, Fielding said."

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NS: Looking at the infant care gap
Source: The Chronicle Herald, December 4, 2017

Excerpt: "So, let’s see. Maternity leave ends after 12 months, but not all of licensed child care centres in Nova Scotia accept children younger than 18 months. That leaves parents who are returning to work scrambling. While it is not impossible to find quality infant care, it can be challenging and stressful for parents. Some parents start looking for child care when they discover they are pregnant. Although extreme and probably a tad early, it demonstrates the desperation and worry associated with returning to work."

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UK: Government amends 'misleading' claims for 30 hours free childcare scheme
Source: The Guardian, December 3, 2017

Excerpt: "The complaint centred on the government’s marketing of the scheme as 30 hours of free childcare a week, implying it is available all year round. In fact the 30-hours entitlement is available for just 38 weeks of the year, a point the government only clarified on its childcarechoices.gov.uk website after the Advertising Standards Authority flagged concerns over the man’s three-year-old son."

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Resources

Ecology of Childhood
Source: Science of Early Child Development, December 4, 2017

Excerpt: "Children grow up surrounded by people, places and events that shape their daily lives and future prospects – and everyone’s experience is unique. Consider the various geographical, cultural, sociopolitical and economic conditions that exist around the world. Though their contexts may be very different, children can survive and thrive in widely different circumstances. In fact, humans are the only creatures that can adapt to almost any environment."

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Labour Force Participation Rate of Women with Young Children
Source: University of Calgary, November 30, 2017

Excerpt: "The rapidly rising labour participation rate for women in Quebec coincides with the introduction of a program of low-cost daycare in 1997."

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Position Paper - Early Childhood Education and Nova Scotia’s Pre-primary Program
Source: CUPE Nova Scotia, November 30, 2017

Excerpt: "Research demonstrates there that there is not one singular factor that guarantees school readiness for preschoolers. Ratios, classroom size, classroom organization, staffing structure and remuneration can all play a significant role in providing environments that can benefit young children cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. The converse is thus also true: poor ratios and poor pedagogical preparation are key structural barriers to quality early childhood education and care."

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Report Reveals Early Childhood Education & Care Shortage
Source: Big Island Now, December 5, 2017

Excerpt: "The University of Hawai‘i Center on the Family published a new report that finds the state lacks sufficient childcare and preschool seats to meet the community’s needs. The report provides a statewide assessment of the early learning system for children from birth through age 5 and focuses on childcare and preschool centers, family childcare homes and family-child interaction learning programs."

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Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2017
Source: Statistics Canada, December 12, 2017

Excerpt: "In 2016, 91% of Canadians aged 25 to 64 had at least a high school diploma or postsecondary credential, well above the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 78%. Only the Czech Republic (94%) and Poland (92%), posted higher proportions. The United States was comparable with Canada at 90%. The proportion of Canadians aged 25 to 64 who had completed at least a high school diploma was also higher than the OECD average in every province and territory except Nunavut (61%). The proportion ranged from 83% in the Northwest Territories to 93% in British Columbia."

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Time Out: Child care fees in Canada 2017
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, December 12, 2017

Excerpt: "This study, the fourth in a series beginning in 2014, reveals the most and least expensive cities for child care in Canada. The study provides an annual snapshot of median parental child care fees in Canada’s 28 biggest cities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. For the first time ever, the study also includes child care fees in selected rural areas. The study finds that child care fees have risen faster than inflation in 71% of the cities since last year, and in 82% of cities since 2014."

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B.C. not meeting women's rights as established by UN: report card
Source: Vancouver Sun, December 6, 2017

Excerpt: "The report also says the lack of affordable, high-quality child care has consequences on women’s empowerment. It acknowledges the new appointment of B.C.’s minister of state for child care, which suggests the government will prioritize the issue, but says it’s too soon to predict the results. The report also points to the fact the new government did not include $10-a-day child care in its September budget update, which John Horgan’s New Democrats campaigned on during the May election."

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