Interaction Weekly
Jan. 8, 2014

Child care provider honoured
Vernon Morning Star
After 23 years of service, Maria Hutter is hanging up her crayons, glue sticks and healthy snacks to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Hutter was recognized recently by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club's Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) program for completing 23 years of service as a Registered-License-Not-Required care provider in the community.More

How to teach kids to be grateful: Give them less
The Atlantic
Kids who understand gratitude have better grades and are less likely to get depressed. This was the conclusion of a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that struck a chord with both my husband and me. Both of us hail from immigrant families who arrived to the U.S. in the 1970s. Both of us grew up poor. When I was a kid, everything we owned was either a hand-me-down or picked up from the curb.More

Caring for two sick twins is one tough job
Toronto Star
I open the front door to welcome my wife and son as a wall of winter air greets me. "The difference is night and day," Natasha says, carrying in a few shopping bags while guiding Popcorn up the step. "Night. And. Day," she barks at Sweet Pea and me. My wife is returning from a shopping expedition with Popcorn after five days of being housebound by the ice storm and an avalanche of illness that crashed through our home.More

Tom Walters reflects on mental health services for kids
CBC News
After 25 years of mental health work in Thunder Bay, the head of the Children's Centre has just retired. Tom Walters' leadership of the organization officially ended Dec. 31. Walters said, over the years, he's seen how financial limitations have forced staff to be creative in how they provide services. "We do more group work...we opened a walk-in counselling clinic which has been a super success," he said.More

Ontario Montessori schools brace for child care changes
Toronto Star
Ontario Montessori schools are bracing for potential changes in the day care business, which could force some to hire more staff or relocate to meet beefed-up rules proposed at Queen's Park. The Child Care Modernization Act, amounts to the first substantive change to daycare legislation in the province since 1983. Part of the suggested update is to close a longstanding regulatory loophole.More

Caring for two sick twins is one tough job
Toronto Star
I open the front door to welcome my wife and son as a wall of winter air greets me. "The difference is night and day," Natasha says, carrying in a few shopping bags while guiding Popcorn up the step. "Night. And. Day," she barks at Sweet Pea and me. My wife is returning from a shopping expedition with Popcorn after five days of being housebound by the ice storm and an avalanche of illness that crashed through our home.More

There's no need to fear a national child care program
The Globe and Mail
Parents desperate for a child care space; sky-high fees; sometimes dangerous unlicensed arrangements; limited accountability — The Globe and Mail's comprehensive Daycare Project sketched a bleak picture for families across Canada. It highlighted initiatives making a difference in two provinces; Quebec's ambitious but still uneven work-in-progress and PEI's more modest steps towards public management.More

Programmed to learn
The Link
With an ever-growing number of eyes glued to screens and a seemingly ubiquitous Internet connection, no one can deny the impact computer technology is having on our daily lives. But that reality doesn’t necessarily doom a child to a life of endless scrolling. Kids Code Jeunesse, a Montreal-based non-profit, is going into classrooms in two English Montreal School Board elementary schools, teaching students in Grades 3 to 6 the basis of computation and web design.More

Pre-school learning at day care
Oakville Beaver
Most children who go to day care centres, whether the pre-schoolers who attend during the day or older children who drop in for part of the day, love the fun activities and friends that they make at this special place. But as well as providing fun, the games and other activities participated in by pre-schoolers should help prepare them for their entry into school. More

DreamWorks planning kids' tablet launch
Canoe
The film studio co-founded by Steven Spielberg is developing the DreamTab — an 8-inch Android tablet for children. There are already plenty of Android tablets on the market aimed at smaller users, but what will set the DreamTab apart is its pre-loaded content and stylus support. That pre-loaded content will come in the shape of special DreamWorks apps and the company intends to push out regular updates, be they new characters or new educational tasks based around its existing animated films and programs.More

New day care opening at Cheakamus Crossing
Pique
Parents with newborns know day care spaces in Whistler are difficult to find. Things just got a little easier with the opening of Mountain Minis Childcare at Cheakamus Crossing. Kate McCormick has opened the new facility tomorrow in the space that was used as an athlete's lounge during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. McCormick has set up the large space on Legacy Way to care for more than 30 kids between the ages of six months and five years.More