Interaction Weekly
Jan. 9, 2013

The promise of the early years: How long should children wait?
The Canadian Paediatric Society
What if instead of finding the fountain of youth, we found a way to build a foundation for lifelong health? One that could close much of the health inequity gap in a generation, so that poor children fared as well as kids in higher-income groups.More

Prince Edward Island early learning framework
The Curriculum Framework of the Preschool Excellence Initiative
Prince Edward Island's Early Learning Framework is a curriculum framework focused on children from infancy to school entry. The curriculum framework will be implemented in all Early Years Centres in Prince Edward Island.More

How Real Food for Real Kids handled a growth crunch
The Financial Post
Faced with processed, canned and frozen foods at her son's daycare, Lulu Cohen-Farnell opted instead to pack him lunch every day. The daycare director noticed Max's meals — fresh fruits and vegetables with fish, quinoa or bean stew — and asked Ms. Cohen-Farnell for help feeding the other children. Inspired by this demand, she and her husband, David Farnell, started Real Food for Real Kids in 2004.More

Hamilton child-care providers optimistic about provincial changes
Hamilton Spectator
Local child-care workers are hopeful changes to provincial funding will help stabilize services in Hamilton, but that doesn't necessarily mean more spots will open up.More

I'm a busy mom. Should I be volunteering at my kid's school?
The Globe and Mail
The question: Before the holidays, my child's school held a series of fundraisers,  book sales, bake sales, pizza lunches and so on, and they asked for parent volunteers for each activity. I felt overwhelmed by the requests as my partner and I both work, and it was difficult to participate. I expect to have a bit more time in the new year, however, and would like to do something to help my child’s school. How do I decide which volunteer activities I should sign up for?More

Polaroid launches a 7-inch children's tablet
Canada.com
Polaroid is launching a very durable looking $150 7-inch child-focused tablet. It looks rugged and very child-like. If its intended audience consists entirely of kids, this is probably a good thing. It runs on Android's Ice Cream Sandwich, but the OS has been modified so much that it barely resembles Google's stock operating system.More

Turner enjoys her 'Adventures' in childcare
The Burnside News
In the infant room, an eight-month-old squeezes her fingers together in a cute wave. Another child screws up her face and starts to cry. Elsewhere, toddlers sit attentively to hear a story. Pre-schoolers get ready for an outdoor "adventure" — a visit to a playground.More

In B.C. tough flu bug means more sick kids as schools reopen
Global News
Parents bringing their children back to school should be prepared for their kids to bring home something extra: the flu. The influenza season is in full swing and provincial medical officer of health Dr. Perry Kendall warns that the return to class could prompt a surge in infections. More

Kids will eat healthy snacks, if available
The Vancouver Sun
If you're like many people, you probably resolved to eat a healthier diet in 2013. And if you're like many parents, you probably resolved to encourage your entire family, and in particular, your children, to eat healthier meals. But that, of course, is easier said than done. Many people find it hard enough to stick to their own diet resolutions; regulating their children's diets seems an impossible mission. Indeed, research has shown that children whose diets are carefully restricted at home are more likely to eat unhealthy snacks when in unregulated or less regulated environments, such as schools. More

Study: Parents clued out about daycare
The Montreal Gazette
Despite placing their children in daycare seven, eight or even nine hours a day, five days a week, many parents know little about the people who look after their children. They tend to base their choice of a centre on its location and "reputation." "Whatever 'reputation' means," said Nina Howe, professor in Concordia University's department of education and author of a new study on how much, or little, Canadian parents know about their children's care. More

Nursery school settles into new home
Inside Halton
The Milton Community Nursery School (MCNS) has a place to call home. Since October, the school has been settling into its new location at 50 Steeles Ave. MCNS board member Meredith Rumford said staff and parents are breathing a big sigh with relief that they have a place to call their own after a whirlwind year of uncertainty.More