Interaction Weekly
Jan. 15, 2014

Survey: Kids around the world value education
Toronto Star
Adults are often asked what they think of their lawmakers, how they spend their free time and even whether they like cream and sugar in their coffee. But how often are kids asked what they think? "It's important to listen and to hear and respond to what the children say," said Cynthia Price, who works for ChildFund International, an organization that helps provide health care, education and other basic services for kids in need around the world.More

Toronto gets day care funding boost from Queen's Park
Toronto Star
Toronto's share of provincial child care funding is going up by almost $21 million this year, a windfall that will allow the city to add 668 new day care fee subsidies for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The new subsidies will boost the city's total to a record 24,932. The extra money is a result of Ontario's new child care funding formula and a three-year, $242 million increase announced in the 2012 provincial budget.More

Full-day kindergarten registration now underway
Ministry of Education
Ontario is encouraging parents to register their four- and five-year-old children for full-day kindergarten this September, completing the province-wide rollout of this important program that gives kids the best possible start. Registration is underway at many of the province's elementary schools. By this fall, full-day kindergarten will be available for all four- and five-year olds in Ontario, benefitting almost 265,000 students in approximately 3,600 publicly funded schools across the province.More

Day care inspection reports don't mention losing kids
CBC News
A Vancouver woman says she was shocked beyond belief to learn that day care staff failed to notice when her two-year-old daughter wandered off and ended up alone outside in a parking lot — and that a similar incident happened three months before. Rachel Garrick says young Henrietta had not been gone long when she wandered away from the Hastings Park Childcare Centre last November, but that fact is hardly comforting.More

Benefit application process simplified for parents of newborns
The Sackville Tribune Post
A new, integrated birth registration service will make it easier for New Brunswick parents to apply for federal and provincial benefits for their newborn children. The Bundled Birth Service will give parents the option to apply for Canada child benefits and a social insurance number at the same time they register their newborn's birth.More

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

Benefit application process simplified for parents of newborns
The Sackville Tribune Post
A new, integrated birth registration service will make it easier for New Brunswick parents to apply for federal and provincial benefits for their newborn children. The Bundled Birth Service will give parents the option to apply for Canada child benefits and a social insurance number at the same time they register their newborn's birth.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

Child care registrations drop at Thunder Bay centres
CBC News
Thunder Bay city council gets an update tonight on some crucial matters involving municipal child care centres. City staff report the number of children using daycare is dropping, along with funding for the day cares. Maryann Kleynendorst, the supervisor of community programs, said after the report is tabled, council can "explore options to react to these changes and to minimize as much as possible the impact."More

Child care model grew to meet demands of workers' lifestyles
Financial Post
Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi are excited. The co-founders of Kids & Company, a corporate child care business launched in 2002 in Toronto, are on track to open the 60th location this spring and just opened the first U.S. location in Chicago. The aim is to have 100 locations across Canada and the U.S. within the next three or four years. More

Promising news for child care in NB
Farm Focus
The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick has some promising news for those seeking child care support. In the spring of 2013 the NFU in NB began a dialogue with the government asking that the day care assistance program be expanded to include self-employed people, such as farmers. More

Opposition calling on province to report child care deaths
660News
The Wildrose and NDP are calling on the Redford government to confirm that another child has died in provincial care. Reports suggest a young girl with development disabilities died over the weekend in an Edmonton group home. In a release, NDP Human Services critic Rachel Notley says the province needs to confirm the death, and commit to reporting every death of a child in their care.More