Interaction Weekly
Feb. 27, 2013

Advocates question funding for child care
The Globe and Mail
Newly announced provincial funding to child care does nothing to make it more affordable and is merely a "misguided" attempt by the B.C. Liberal Party to reaffirm its families-first agenda on the eve of an election campaign, child care advocates say. The government pledged to increase spending on early-years services by $76 million in the first three years of an eight-year commitment. More

Appel de mises en candidature de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance Le prix Excellence dans la garde à l'enfance
Le prix Excellence dans la garde à l'enfance de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance honore les personnes qui ont apporté une contribution exceptionnelle au domaine de la garde à l'enfance. Le prix récompense des personnes pour leurs réalisations dans les domains suivants de la garde à l'enfance: More

Call for Nominations for The Canadian Child Care Federation's Award for Excellence in Child Care
The Canadian Child Care Federation's biennial Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of child care. The award will recognize achievements in the following areas. More

Who's watching the kids?
CBC News
Across Canada, only 20 per cent of kids who need looking after can get into a licensed day care that has rules for safety and training. Most children go to unlicensed or private day unregulated industry...where no one's checking up. Marketplace goes undercover to investigate unlicensed day cares and find there's no oversight.More

Premier unveils B.C. Early Years Strategy
Government of British Columbia
A provincial early years office, a provincewide network of local early years centres, a new child tax benefit and more child care spaces are all part of a provincial plan Premier Christy Clark unveiled today to offer B.C. families with young children more accessible, affordable and high-quality services. More

Child care strategy supports children and families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
The 10-Year Child Care Strategy, Caring For Our Future: Provincial Strategy for Quality, Sufficient and Affordable Child Care in Newfoundland and Labrador was officially released by the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services. Along with the strategy, Minister Johnson announced over $329,000 in child care investments during her visit to the Neighbourhood of Friends Family Resource Centre in Clarenville. More

Fernie Child Care Society receives provincial funding
The Free Press
The Fernie Child Care Society has received an $11,600 Community Gaming Grant from the B.C. government. "The Fernie Child Care Society is extremely thankful to be receiving the Community Gaming Grant," said Marie-Pierre Castonguay with the Fernie Child Care Society.More

School board looks to expand day care
Nanaimo Bulletin
Trustees want district staff to investigate the potential for putting child care facilities in secondary schools across the city. The issue came up at a committee meeting last month when Amy Collum from Little Ferns Early Learning Centre gave a presentation to the board on the program, which operates out of a building next to John Barsby Secondary School. The facility, built about six years ago using a $500,000 grant from the province, houses one of 39 young parent programs in B.C., which provides child care services, parenting education and support to young parents who want to complete secondary school.More

Survey: Parents in dark about unlicensed day care
CBC News
Many parents using unlicensed day care facilities are in the dark about their provider's qualifications, a CBC Marketplace survey suggests. As part of a larger investigation into unlicensed daycares, Marketplace gauged parents' knowledge of their unlicensed day care provider, including qualifications like first aid and criminal-background checks, as well as their knowledge of the industry as a whole.More

City begins consultations on child care subsidy delivery
Metro News
City staff have gotten the green light to gather feedback on the way Ottawa administers the provincial child care subsidy. The community and protective services committee approved staff direction to begin community consultations on how the $98.7 million subsidy program should be administered.More

New day care policy raises concerns for school board
Kamloops News
A special amendment to the School Act made the Kamloops-Thompson school board chairwoman a little nervous. The provincial amendment stipulates that school boards must now make district property available to licensed day cares when not in use for academic or extra curricular purposes.More

Quebec weighs moratorium on private daycare spaces
Montreal Gazette
Faced with the addition in January of 1,200 new spaces to an already underutilized network of private day cares, Family Minister Nicole Léger has suggested she might impose a moratorium on unsubsidized spaces. Léger's press attaché, Bruno-Guy Cyr, said that the minister was looking at a moratorium among "a number of scenarios." Cyr said the minister wants to resolve a situation where strong growth in private day care has led to thousands of vacant daycare spaces and complaints from private operators that they can't make a living. No date has been set for an announcement.More

L'audition devrait être mieux surveillée chez l'enfant
La Presse via Agence France-Presse
L'audition est moins surveillée chez l'enfant que la vue ou la dentition, selon un sondage Ipsos publié qui montre également que près de la moitié des parents méconnaissent les conséquences d'un déficit auditif. Alors que moins d'un tiers des enfants ont eu plus d'un examen auditif entre 0 et 11 ans, ils sont 47 pour cent à avoir vu un dentiste à plusieurs reprises et 39 pour cent à avoir fait contrôler leur vue à plusieurs reprises.More

Des classes pour les enfants de quatre ans
Journal de Montreal
La ministre de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Marie Malavoy, a indiqué qu'elle avait l'intention de mettre en place des classes de maternelle pour les enfants de quatre ans. Cette mesure sera mise en place dans le but de contrer le décrochage scolaire une fois que ces enfants auront atteint le secondaire. «Des enfants qui n'ont jamais vécu avec d'autres enfants ont beaucoup de mal à s'habituer à ce qu'est le milieu de l'école quand ils y arrivent», a mentionné la ministre lors d'un déjeuner-conférence de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain.More

Have your say on Ontario's child care system
Northern Life
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care is reaching out to Ontario parents to collect stories about their experiences with Ontario's child care system, as well as assess their level of satisfaction with the system and where there is room for improvement. "Many parents are facing challenges finding and affording child care," said Shelia Olan-MacLean, from Kawartha Child Care Services and President of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, in a press release. "Every day I meet families who are desperate for high-quality child care. There is a real lack of high-quality spaces for children and many families can't afford the high cost."More