Interaction Weekly
Feb. 18, 2015

The Canadian Child Care Federation's Award for Excellence in Child Care
Canadian Child Care Federation
The Canadian Child Care Federation's Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of early learning and child care. The award is presented biennially. The recipient will be awarded a medallion for excellence. More

Affordable child care: The $7-a-day question
Winnipeg Free Press
Affordable child care has allowed more people to return to work and increased tax revenue. So why is it only available in Quebec? More

Measles scare prompts push to monitor Toronto daycares
The Globe and Mail
The City of Toronto has moved toward closing a gap in monitoring immunization among its youngest residents. As public-health officials scramble to contain a recent outbreak of measles — including at least six confirmed cases in Toronto — Medical Officer of Health David McKeown revealed that, despite a provincial requirement to monitor immunization in daycares, Toronto Public Health has not complied for the past 17 years due to a lack of funding.More

Most popular baby names in a population boom
The StarPhoenix
When it came time to name her second child, Ashley Boehm already knew it was going to be Ariel. She had thought of the name long before she became a wife and mother, and hadn't considered anything else. "My husband and I didn't look at any baby name books, or into what the popular names were at the time," Boehm said.More

Report: Full-day kindergarten funding falls short for Toronto board
Toronto Star
The provincial government shortchanges the Toronto public school board by almost $15 million a year for full-day kindergarten, says a report released by economist Hugh Mackenzie that argues underfunding in several areas has led to many of the board's recent troubles. The report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at a number of budget items where funding levels are low and notes that while the Liberal government is spending more money on education, it is not providing enough to the Toronto District School Board for its signature program for the province's youngest learners. More

Aboriginal children receive poorer health care, suffer delays
The Globe and Mail
A study suggests aboriginal children often get poorer health care than other kids while governments argue over who pays the bill. Co-author Vandna Sinha, a professor at McGill University, says the problem persists despite the federal government's position that there are no violations of the so-called Jordan's principle. More

Off-Island families with disabled children struggle with lack of services
Montreal Gazette
For seven years, Ann Gagnon has fought for eight more hours. Gagnon was living in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, when her first son, Bradley, was born with an alarmingly small head and clubbed feet. She knew something was wrong, and it was confirmed when doctors told her he had a heart the size of a strawberry, with a hole in it the size of a diamond ring. More

The keys to raising well-rounded children
Global News
Raising a responsible, well-behaved and compassionate child is every parents goal — but it's not always easy. That's where international best-selling author and parenting expert Barbara Coloroso comes in. More

Poll: Solid support for vaccinations in Canada
Canada Journal
Two-thirds of Canadians believe that children should not be allowed to attend daycare or school unless they have received all their recommended childhood vaccinations, a new poll shows. More

Ontario day care early childhood educators may see $1/hour raise
CBC News
Early childhood educators working in licensed daycares could soon see a raise of one dollar an hour. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the wage increase today in Kingston, ON, saying it would help close the wage gap between early childhood educators working in full-day kindergarten programs and those in licensed daycares. More

Day care fees in cities across Canada
Winnipeg Free Press
Here's a map showing median day care fees in major Canadian cities, along with the proportion of a woman's income the day care fees represent. Cities with larger circles show day care fees eating up a larger proportion of income. More

A social and healthy start for Niagara kids
St. Catharines Standard
School kids can skip a full breakfast for many reasons. The young ones may not have touched their scrambled eggs and toast at the kitchen table. Other kids might have come to school early for team sports. Despite having eaten breakfast, they find themselves famished again by the morning bell. More

Family with 4 autistic children excited for sensory-friendly movie screenings
Global News
A Halifax family said they are ecstatic about sensory friendly screenings starting this month at Cineplex. Felecia Mae and Michael Outhouse have four children. All four have autism and one also has Down's Syndrome. They said the make-up of their family makes it challenging to go out to social events in the city.More