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ON: Child care jobs, grants open in Ontario
Source: The Sudbury Star, June 23, 2017

Excerpt: "Opportunities are opening up for future registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and those seeking to upgrade their credentials with a diploma so that they may become registered with the College of early childhood educators in order to fill new positions or start their own businesses as providers of licensed early learning and child care services."

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ON: New child care spaces good news, but small numbers
Source: Parry Sound Beacon Star, June 23, 2017

Excerpt: "Childcare is a difficult thing. There’s so much to consider: family finances, if there is a licensed care provider near where you work or live, or if you or your partner have the desire to become a stay-at-home parent or want to keep working. Sometimes the decision is made for you – say, a waiting list and no one else to care for your child – or is set after months of fraught debate on career versus staying-at-home. The thing is, the shortfall of a provincially regulated system shouldn’t be what the decision is based on."

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CA: Canada and Ontario’s new child care plans: Are they enough?
Source: Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, June 27, 2017

Excerpt: "When child care fees are unaffordable, families have to make compromises. These can include one parent (more often the female) opting-out of the labour market, looking for other child care options, including placing children into unlicensed child care facilities, or even ensuring that income is kept low enough so as to not become ineligible for subsidies. These are not ideal solutions and have adverse economic impacts especially if one parent leaves the workforce."

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CA: Taking care of the kids
Source: Money Sense, June 27, 2017

Excerpt: "However, this new plan probably won’t help most middle-income families, including new immigrants with decent jobs that can pay the bills. The primary aim of this new initiative is to help low-income families, single parents and under-served communities or families with children that have disabilities. But there are tactics to help take the sting out of expensive daycare costs."

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CA: Time for Canada to revisit the tax deduction for child-care expenses
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Many families with young children struggle to afford good-quality childcare. The current tax deduction for child-care expenses helps to alleviate the cost for some, but many families, particularly at the lower end of the income scale, end up with practically no tax break from the current system. We can do better."

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BC: Out of the chaos, B.C. may finally get affordable child care
Source: Vancouver Sun, June 27, 2017

Excerpt: "But children would be the biggest beneficiaries in both the short and long term. Studies have found that those who had access to early childhood education are healthier. They are better educated as adults, less likely to be involved in crime, and more likely to have higher incomes, which — put crassly — translates into more and better taxpayers."

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AB: Why Alberta child-care centres are talking mental health with preschoolers (video)
Source: Global News, June 22, 2017

Excerpt: "The province’s Early Child Development Mapping Project collected data on more than 70,000 kindergarteners and found one in four were having trouble in social and emotional maturity. “There’s lots of research to say social and emotional development is early childhood mental health and it does lead to lifelong success,” Armstrong said."

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MB: Hold on child care support money for kids with special needs will cost family, says Winnipeg mom
Source: CBC News, June 25, 2017

Excerpt: "A Winnipeg mother of a child with autism says she's at a loss after learning the province has put a hold on new funding for a child care support program for kids with special needs. Rebecca Chambers 4½-year-old son Henry was set to start daycare this summer after four years on the provincial wait list."

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NS: Province says more pre-primary programs for 4-year-olds still on track for fall
Source: CBC News, June 22, 2017

Excerpt: "The plan calls for pre-primary to be offered at 30 sites across Nova Scotia this fall. Within four years, the program would be available everywhere in the province at a cost projected at just shy of $50 million per year."

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NT: N.W.T.'s South Slave schools not ready for junior kindergarten, warns school board
Source: CBC News, June 27, 2017

Excerpt: "The South Slave Divisional Education Council says it doesn't think schools will be ready for when junior kindergarten rolls out across the N.W.T. for the 2017/2018 school year."

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US: Why a Baby’s Connection with a Parent Matters
Source: The New York Times, June 26, 2017

Excerpt: "Attachment, said Susan Berger, a developmental psychologist who is associate professor of pediatrics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, is about “being sensitive to your child in times of stress so they know if they’re upset, hurt, bothered, somebody will come make them feel better so they can move away and be back in their world again.”"

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AU: Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education
Source: The Conversation, June 22, 2017

Excerpt: "Universal or quasi-universal access to at least one year of ECEC is now a reality in most of the OECD. In most countries, more than 90% of children are already enrolled in preschool (or in primary education in some countries) at age five."

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ON: Child care crunch doesn’t end when school begins
Source: Toronto Star, June 20, 2017

Excerpt: "“The introduction of before- and after-school programs for kindergarten and up has not been implemented with adequate funding,” she says. “Parents work full-time throughout the year. They need and want good quality for their children outside of school hours and that means before, lunch and after school, all holidays and summer break. This has not been looked at holistically.”"

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ON: Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province
Source: Government of Ontario, June 19, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities over the next five years."

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CA: The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario Concludes the First Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreement
Source: Government of Ontario, June 16, 2017

Excerpt: "The Governments of Canada and Ontario are making significant investments in early learning and child care systems so that each and every child has the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.; With confidence and a sense of optimism, federal investments will create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country and improve the lives of Canadian children and their families."

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ON: Daycare gets $435 million boost
Source: Toronto Star, June 16, 2017

Excerpt: "Ontario will receive $435 million in federal funding over three years to create 11,200 new child-care spaces, support early years programs and provide training for staff."

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CA: For Trudeau’s Liberals, universal daycare is a distant dream
Source: The Globe and Mail, June 16, 2017

Excerpt: "That raised the prospect that at some point, if affordability keeps getting worse and worse, the multiplier effect from each parent struggling to make ends meet will be enough to compel a more comprehensive response."

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NS: Nova Scotia to begin pre-primary for some four-year-olds this fall, premier says
Source: Metro News, June 16, 2017

Excerpt: "Nova Scotia parents will see the initial rollout of a pre-primary program for four-year-olds this fall, Premier Stephen McNeil says, even though he won't recall the legislature until sometime in mid-September to pass the budget."

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US: Men Get Raises For Being Dads While Women Suffer Wage Penalties For Being Mothers
Source: Good, May 15, 2017

Excerpt: "This bias plays out in an even scarier way than you’d think: Moms were six times less likely to be recommended for hire and offered a salary that was 8 percent lower than that of nonmothers. For men, it was the inverse; their salaries were even higher when they had kids. Researchers didn’t stop there."

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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

New psychology study finds adverse childhood experiences transfer from one generation to the next
Source: University of Calgary, June 26, 2017

Excerpt: " The study, finds that pregnant mothers who report having experienced early childhood adversity are two times more likely to suffer pregnancy problems, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension. These mothers are also five times more likely to endure postnatal psychological challenges, such as postpartum depression and marital conflict."

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Newly Updated Papers from the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
Source: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, June 26, 2017

Excerpt: "These last few months, the Encyclopedia has been working on updating some of its oldest topics. Take advantage of the summer to read the newly updated papers; Learning Disabilities, Prematurity, Crying Behaviour, Low Income and Pregnancy, Second Language, School Readiness, Head Start Policy, Breastfeeding."

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A review of neighborhood effects and early child development: How, where, and for whom, do neighborhoods matter?
Source: Health & Place, July 2017 edition

Excerpt: "The last few decades have seen an increase in quantitative evidence to show that children's residential environments are related to their early developmental health. Using research from 2009, we attempted to show not only the importance of residential environments, but also what the evidence says about how, where, and for whom neighborhoods matter."

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Parent-child associations for physical activity and weight and projected body mass index
Source: Statistics Canada, June 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Parents can influence how active their children are and their likelihood of being overweight or obese. For the first time in Canada, this influence has been directly measured. New evidence shows that a child's level of physical activity rises by 5 to 10 minutes for every 20 minute increase in the physical activity of a parent. Children with an obese parent were more than twice as likely to be overweight or obese compared with children whose parent was not."

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Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care
Source: OECD, June 21, 2017

Excerpt: "Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can help lay the foundations for future skills development, well-being and learning. Having timely, reliable and comparable international information is essential to help countries improve their ECEC services and systems. For over 15 years, the OECD has been conducting policy analysis and gathering new data on ECEC. For the first time, this report brings together all the key ECEC indicators in one volume."

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Starting Strong V: Transitions from Early Childhood Education and Care to Primary Education
Source: OECD, June 21, 2017

Excerpt: "This report takes stock of and compares the situation across 30 OECD and partner countries, drawing on in-depth country reports and a questionnaire on transition policies and practices. It focuses on the organisation and governance of transitions; and the policies and strategies to ensure professional, pedagogical and developmental continuity between early childhood education and care settings and schools. The report describes the main policy challenges highlighted by participating countries, along with a wealth of practical strategies for tackling them. The publication concludes with six “cross-cutting” pointers to guide future policy development."

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Towards universal child care in Canada: A tale of two policies
Source: Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, June 15, 2017

Excerpt: "Some critics of Ontario’s plan rightly point out that none of these action points alone will necessarily result in a high quality, accessible, inclusive and universal early childhood education and child care system. But one thing we have learned from Quebec and from other countries is that a real system can’t be built in a piecemeal way; attention must be given to all at the same time, as Ontario has set out to do."

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The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada
Source: McKinsey & Company, June 2017

Excerpt: "Gender equality in work is linked with gender equality in society—the former is not possible without the latter. To progress on the latter, all stakeholders, including government, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, media, and individuals, could undertake a portfolio of initiatives in five priority areas for action in Canada: removing barriers against women entering STEM fields, enabling more women to be entrepreneurs, reducing gender inequalities in child care and unpaid care work, amplifying women’s voice in politics, and reducing gender bias and reshaping social norms."

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The best and worst places to be a working woman
Source: The Economist, March 8, 2017

Excerpt: "To provide a benchmark for progress on gender equality in the labour market, The Economist has published its fifth annual “glass-ceiling index”. It combines data on higher education, workforce participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs into a single measure of where women have the best—and worst—chances of equal treatment in the workplace. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on ten indicators."

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New Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for RECEs
Source: College of ECE, June 2017

Excerpt: "The Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice communicate to RECEs and the public the scope and nature of the profession. The Code of Ethics sets out the ethical values that guide the professional practice of RECEs."

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Nearly two-thirds of new mothers are 'mommy shamed' - and in-laws and their own parents are the worst offenders
Source: Daily Mail, June 19, 2017

Excerpt: "Nearly two-thirds of women claim they are 'mommy shamed' by others, with their in-laws being some of the worst offenders, a report found. New mothers said they increasingly feel like they are being criticized for their parenting choices. A new study found these women reported they felt the scrutiny most harshly from their own parents, then their partner and finally by their in-laws."

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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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