Interaction Weekly
Jan. 2, 2013

10. Parents cry foul over day care crackdown
YorkRegion.com
From Oct. 3, 2012: Several families from across York Region say they've been left in the lurch because of a government approach to child care they say is misdirected and out of date. The parents, who have lost their places at a cherished Thornhill day care, say the Ministry of Education focuses on the wrong issues and is tearing apart a safe and caring child care arrangement.More

9. The day care dilemma
The Packet
From Oct. 31, 2012: When Brenda Eddy of Clarenville welcomes you into her home, it's immediately noticeable you're entering a kid-friendly environment. Soft mats line the floor as a barricade with rounded edges locks off the stairwell of her and her husband's split-entry home.More

8. Should you stay at home or pay for child care?
The Globe and Mail
From Aug. 8, 2012: After the birth of her first son in 2002, Shawnessy Johnson was able to juggle parenthood and working. 'I remember when there was a crisis, I would take the baby into the office and set up a playpen.'More

7. Parent resources for professionals
Reaching In, Reaching Out
From Oct. 31, 2012: When Bounce Back and Thrive! (BBT) resiliency skills training program for parents was being developed, we were fortunate to work directly with parents to create and pilot a variety of resources that professionals can now use in their work with families. More

6. Nutritious foods to fuel kids' day
The Province
From Sept. 12, 2012: Kids are back at elementary school and parents must decide what to pack the little gaffers for lunch. What you choose is important because the foods chosen will fuel your child with the energy and nutrients needed to make it through a busy day in and out of the classroom. Here are some things to consider. More

5. TD: Early childhood education pays for itself
CBC News
From Nov. 28, 2012: The benefits that society reaps from giving children high-quality education in their first years of life far outweigh the costs of providing it for them, a major Canadian bank said in a new report. TD Bank said investing in early education programs will help Canada address the major economic threats its facing over the coming decades, including poverty, critical skills shortages and yawning productivity gaps that hold our economy back.More

4. Vancouver childcare operator scraps wait list fee
CBC News
From Aug. 1, 2012: The largest operator of licensed daycare facilities in Vancouver is ending the practice of forcing parents to pay a $50-fee for a spot on the wait list. The Vancouver Society of Children's Centres operates 11 daycares, including Dorothy Lam and Library Square.More

3. Quality child care good for all
The Chilliwack Times
From Oct. 24, 2012: You'd think by 2012 we'd have this one figured out: quality child care should not be something that only a fortunate few are able to access. These days, you either need a lot of extra money to pay for high-end care or a big dose of plain old good luck to come across an open spot when you need it.More

2. Simon says don't use flashcards
The New York Times
From Aug. 29, 2012: Parents who want to stimulate their children's brain development often focus on things like early reading, flashcards and language tapes. But a growing body of research suggests that playing certain kinds of childhood games may be the best way to increase a child's ability to do well in school. Variations on games like Freeze Tag and Simon Says require relatively high levels of executive function, testing a child’s ability to pay attention, remember rules and exhibit self-control — qualities that also predict academic success.More

1. Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Government of Canada
From Oct. 24, 2012: Please find below the 2012 Recipients List for the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.More