Interaction Weekly
Feb. 11, 2015

Provincial commission to look at universal early child care
Winnipeg Free Press
The Manitoba government is establishing a commission to recommend ways to achieve its goal of making early learning and child care universally accessible. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said a consultant will be hired by April 1 to take on the role of commissioner. A 12-person advisory committee has been named to assist the commissioner, who is expected to report his or her findings within a year. The province’s early learning and child care program, established four decades ago, is now challenged by growing demands for what has become an essential service for modern families, advocates say.More

Day cares, schools should refuse unvaccinated children: Poll
Toronto Sun
A majority of Ontarians (77 per cent) think child care facilities should refuse to admit unvaccinated children, a new poll by Mainstreet Technologies has found. And more than half of those surveyed (5 per cent) said schools should also turn away unvaccinated kids. The debate over whether or not to vaccinate has resurfaced in the wake of recent measles outbreaks in North America. More

Day care promising 'vaccine-free environment' irks Ottawa Public Health
CTV News
Ottawa Public Health is criticizing a local daycare that says it offers a “vaccine-free environment,” calling the approach a public health risk. The owners of the unlicensed daycare in the suburb of Orleans say their facility is for parents like them who are worried about vaccines and choosing not to vaccinate their kids. The daycare owners are no longer doing interviews, but have told several local media outlets that they believe recently-vaccinated children carry around live viruses that can then infect others. More

Ministry of Education gives French day care centre 100 per cent
Northern News
The French Daycare centre located at Assomption School has received top marks from the Ministry of Education. Being a licenced day care centre, the Garderie Francofleur Et Miel must meet all requirements set by the provincial government. One of the ways the province tries to ensure the quality of licenced day cares in Ontario is having the Ministry of Education conduct inspections without any prior notice given to the day care.More

Manitoba exploring new child care options
Flin Flon Reminder
The provincial government is forming a commission that will develop options to create universally accessible early learning and child care for all Manitobans who need it. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross made the announcement in Winnipeg. “We must ensure that every parent has an equal opportunity to participate in the workplace and we must provide every child with the best start to succeed,” she said. “Manitobans have told us very clearly that high-quality early learning and child care services are essential for helping many families and children achieve those goals.” More

Day care space threatened by possible closure of Toronto school
Global News
The status of two Toronto day cares being housed inside Old Orchard Junior Public School may be threatened if the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) votes to sell the building as part of its plan to close underutilized schools to raise funds for repairs elsewhere. Old Orchard is one of four “non-operating” schools the board recommended selling during a recent meeting. More

French immersion surge could force changes at Winnipeg schools
CBC News
More children enrolling in French immersion in Winnipeg's Louis Riel School Division could mean a change in schools for some families. About 100 people attended a meeting Monday night at Ecole Provencher in the St. Boniface neighbourhood. The division's assistant superintendent Christian Michalik said some changes to the grade configurations are being considered at two elementary schools —​ Ecole Provencher and Ecole Henri-Bergeron — to address capacity issues at Collège Béliveau, a Grade 7 to 12 French immersion school.More

Provincial commission to look at universal early child care
Winnipeg Free Press
The Manitoba government is establishing a commission to recommend ways to achieve its goal of making early learning and child care universally accessible. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said a consultant will be hired by April 1 to take on the role of commissioner. 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

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

A downtown day care's plight leaves parents worried
The Globe and Mail
Rosa Villacorta and her 18-month-old daughter get off the subway every morning and the two head to Ms. Villacorta’s Yonge Street office building. Just before 8 a.m., she will take her daughter across the street to her day care centre. Ms. Villacorta, a corporate assistant for Blackwood Partners, is one of many people in Toronto who relies on a municipal subsidy to send her child to day care. But there are plans to close the not-for-profit centre her daughter attends, and replace it with a for-profit centre – which means Ms. Villacorta must scramble to find another option.More

Wearable technology for babies and kids: It's coming
Calgary Herald
The long reach of wearable technology is set to reach out this year and tap into the well-being of young children, and even babies, with trackers and sensors that will assess their health and wellness. While still in its relative infancy (no pun intended) for its ultimate potential, wearable tech has thus far been geared toward health and fitness for adults, and to a lesser degree, teenagers. More

Safer Internet Day: How parents can help kids stay safe online
Global News
The conversation surrounding online safety for kids and teens is becoming increasingly important – especially as cyberbullying continues to plague young users in Canada. Ninety countries worldwide, including Canada, are taking part in the 12th annual Safer Internet Day (SID) in order to raise awareness and support for issues that young people face online.More