Interaction Weekly
Jan. 7, 2015

Child care subsidies going up, but some fear the plan will backfire
News 1130
Starting this month, families with young children will be getting more help paying for child care from both the provincial and federal governments. But some experts say the extra payments could actually make things worse for parents already struggling to pay their child care bills. The federal Universal Child Care Benefit goes up for each child under six and a new benefit is starting for each child aged seven to 17. The province is also starting a new benefit for families with net incomes lower ithan $150,000 per year.More

Pets may improve social skills for autistic children: Study
Sault Star
Children with autism who live with pets have stronger social skills than those who don't, a new University of Missouri study suggests. Although the therapeutic benefits of dogs has been the focus of much attention, the researchers say other pets — such as cats and rabbits — can have a similar positive effect.More

'Small screens' prevent kids from sleeping, study finds
CTV News
Children who have access to tablets or smartphones in their bedrooms get less sleep than children who do not have the devices with them at night, a U.S. study said Monday. The findings in the January 5 edition of the journal Pediatrics show that having a so-called "small screen" within reach was slightly worse than a television set when it came to sleep deprivation in a group of 2,000 middle school kids. Overall, those with access to smartphones and tablets got nearly 21 fewer minutes of sleep per night than children whose rooms were free of such technology, and they were more likely to say they felt sleep deprived.More

Day care moves can be tough on kids
Epoch Times
A study of more than 1,300 young children finds that shifting from one day care setting to another can have a negative effect on a child’s ability to make social connections by the time they’re in kindergarten. However, the researchers found no evidence that a change in teachers has any lasting negative effects.More

Poll: Manitobans want more day care options, not cash from feds
CBC News
Results from a new Probe Research poll show more than half of Manitobans want more publicly-funded child care spaces at a subsidized cost rather than a direct top-up from Ottawa. The poll asked 1,002 Manitobans the following question: “What is the best way to help families get the child care they need?More

Rotavirus vaccine for children to be covered by province
CBC News
The province plans to start vaccinating young children against the most common form of severe gastroenteritis. Rotavirus causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever in babies and young children. It can lead to rapid dehydration and hospitalization. Alberta Health will soon add the vaccine, which is given orally, to its free course of childhood immunizations, officials said.More

When parents go to prison, their children often suffer: research
News 1130
New research out of the University of the Fraser Valley has found kids who have parents in the prison system don’t have enough support in Canada. UVF Criminology Professor Amanda McCormick says even if the children are able to stay with other family; it leaves them at risk in a variety of ways depending on their age.More

Report: Ontario's day care safety inspection system flawed
CBC News
Many parents dropping their children off at daycare may be wondering just how safe their children are after Ontario's auditor general found that the province's system for inspecting daycare facilities is flawed. In her annual audit of government spending, Bonnie Lysyk reported more than 29,000 "serious occurrences" at provincially licenced and private home services over about a four-year period. More

Children lie from the age of two, so here's how to get them to tell the truth
The Guardian
Lying is often seen as bad behaviour in children. Fairytales and folk stories, from Aesop’s Peter who cried wolf to Washington’s cherry tree tell children to be honest and never lie. But what can we do to encourage children to tell the truth? Children learn to lie from about the age of two. The first lies children learn to tell are denials of wrongdoing. More

More child care spaces coming to Burnaby
Burnaby Now
The SFU Childcare Society is planning to open a new "living-building" modular with more child-care spaces, thanks to $500,000 in funding from the provincial government. The SFU Childcare Society, which operates 15 child care programs on Burnaby Mountain, secured funding from the government's B.C. Early Years Strategy. The new spaces are part of the government's plan to provide 2,000 new spots in B.C. by 2016. There are roughly 107,000 government-supported child care spaces in B.C.More