Interaction Weekly
Feb. 4, 2015

College agrees to help parents save their day care
Toronto Star
George Brown College will accept private donations, after all, to help save its highly regarded non-profit day care at Scotia Plaza. Earlier in January, the college said it could not provide tax receipts for a $2.5 million parent-organized fundraiser aimed at keeping the centre open after its one-year rent-free lease extension expires in June.More

More funding available for child care providers
Burnaby Now
B.C.’s minister of children and family development was in Burnaby last week to announce that applications are once again being accepted for provincial funding and child care bursaries. This is the second intake of applications by the provincial government, which plans to provide 2,000 new child care spots in B.C. by next year. Last fall, the provincial government announced more than 1,000 spots were already in the works following the first round of approved applications, according to a media release from the ministry of children and family development.More

New rules create kid crunch at daycares in Simcoe County
Simcoe.com
Simcoe County families planning to have a baby in the near future may want to start looking for day care now. If your child is over age two, you’ll have plenty of choice. But infant care is hard to find. Barrie teacher Helena Broad has a four-year-old son in full-day kindergarten and is now planning to have her second child.More

Anonymous online chats the new help phone for kids
Global News
More teens than ever are turning to online resources for help instead of parents or friends. A quick search can generate answers for almost any topic, including legal advice. Teen Legal Helpline lets teens consult one of 10 lawyers about criminal, family and immigration law.More

CDC says many toddler foods contain too much salt and sugar
Hamilton Spectator
Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new U.S. government study. About seven in 10 toddler dinners studied contained too much salt, and most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks for infants and toddlers contained extra sugars, according to the study by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

How to prepare your kids for the dentist ... painlessly!
Hamilton Spectator
Early dental care is essential to ensuring children’s teeth have the best chance for the future, but a visit to the dentist can be an intimidating prospect for young children. Fortunately, no one understands that better than the staff at Fennell Gage Dental Centre, in Hamilton, Ontario, where they’ve worked hard to make sure a trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be a painful experience, for either parent or child.More

Vine gets more kid-friendly with new app
Canoe
Do you like watching Vine videos and want to let your kids watch them too but are worried they might stumble across some content that’s offensive? Well Vine has released a special app for kids, called rather unimaginatively, “Vine Kids.”More

How much access should your kids have to digital devices?
News1130
If you’re a parent, do you question how much technology your kids should have access to, and wonder how early is too early for them to get their hands on an iPad or video game? A local counsellor is aiming to help you answer those questions.More

College agrees to help parents save their daycare
Toronto Star
George Brown College will accept private donations, after all, to help save its highly regarded non-profit daycare at Scotia Plaza. Earlier in January, the college said it could not provide tax receipts for a $2.5-million parent-organized fundraiser aimed at keeping the centre open after its one-year rent-free lease extension expires in June.More

Rising rent imperils day cares
Winnipeg Free Press
For years, when things have been relatively quiet at the Sunny Mountain day care, Debra Page and Claire Ferrer jump in the car and take a real estate cruise. Page and her second-in-command have known for years their cramped location in a Main Street strip mall was far from ideal.More

Free TTC for kids a bad idea
Toronto Sun
Mayor John Tory was well-intentioned in proposing free rides for children 12 and under on public transit, but he should have thought it through. Both TTC CEO Andy Byford and TTC Union President Bob Kinnear have now commented on the obvious problem — bus and streetcar drivers and ticket collectors in subway stations getting into arguments with children about their age.More

Data crimes and misdemeanors: Why child care, too, needs the long-form census
Rabble.ca
In the first week of February 2015, the House of Commons will vote on Kingston MP Ted Hsu's private member's bill calling for restoration of Canada's long-form census. Although research methods and data analysis are not ordinarily popular or newsworthy topics, there has been considerable media and public attention to the details of how Canada has turned its data clock back to the year 1956, or 1871, or 1666, depending on how you look at it.More