Interaction Weekly
Mar. 18, 2015

Parents are paying more than they can afford for daycare
CBC News
For most families, debt is part of life. But many are going into the red for more than mortgages and car loans. Many are going into to debt to pay for daycare. CBC News spoke with dozens of parents about the state of child care in Newfoundland and Labrador. If parents are lucky enough to find spots, they're paying thousands of dollars a month. More

Scholar's Club for Daycares
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The Canadian Child Care Federation's Award for Excellence in Child Care
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

Just baby and me
This Magazine
Today, more than 75 per cent of Canadian women with children under the age of six participate in the workforce — making child care an essential part of the labour puzzle. And yet, as Mlieczko says, Canada's child care system is in crisis — and has been for the past four decades. More

Spring Conference 2015 registration opens
The ECDA is pleased to announce the 2015 Spring Conference! The provincial annual PD day will take place Friday, May 1 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. More

Child-care costs can save you tax, now more than ever
The Globe and Mail
Let's start with who can claim child-care expenses (CCEs). If you're someone who has incurred CCEs to allow you to earn income from your employment or self-employment, obtain certain occupational training, carry on grant-funded research, or attend school under certain conditions, then you can deduct CCEs. More

Kuujjuaq gets 60 new childcare spaces
Nunatsiaq News
The Quebec government will fund 60 new childcare spaces in Kuujjuaq this year, the MNA for Ungava announced. That means a third childcare centre in Nunavik's largest community, where the waiting list for childcare spaces has risen to as high as 90 families this year.More

Maker of children's Tylenol pleads guilty over metal particles
CTV News
A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medicine containing metal particles. 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. More

Child care subsidies going up, but some fear the plan will backfire
News 1130
Starting this month, families with young children will be getting more help paying for child care from both the provincial and federal governments. More

Daycare overpayment turns into March Break windfall
Toronto Star
Toronto parents Jenia O'Connor and Mark Moore have an extra $2,529 in their pockets to lavish on their 5-year-old daughter Isla this March Break, thanks to an accounting error at her city-run daycare. O'Connor and Moore are among 44 parents with children in Toronto's municipally run daycare centres who are getting rebates of up to $3,500 per child because the city charged for a half-day of care when their kids were attending full-day kindergarten. More

Majority of British Columbians prefers universal child care to tax credits for parents
National Union of Public and General Employees
"Politicians should recognize that working families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who began her career as an Early Childhood Educator. "This polling shows that it's time for political leaders to commit to a universal, accessible and publicly funded child care system." More

Free tuition, child care for single parents on welfare
Vancouver Sun
Single parents on welfare can get free tuition and child care as they train and start a new job, the government announced. The province unveiled a new $24.5 million plan that will cover school fees, daycare, medical costs and transportation for single parents as they try to move off income or disability supports and into the workforce. More

Public health to catch up on shot records
Ottawa Sun
With or without extra funding, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will chip away at its backlog of student immunization records by the time the 2015-16 school year starts — even if it means causing "temporary service disruptions" in other areas of OPH. In a compliance report sent to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, OPH made a case for $520,000 to help with the cleanup. More

Ottawa Public Health launches parenting portal
Ottawa Public Health is touting its new interactive web portal service as a one-stop shop where parents can go to get all of the information they need to know. Parenting in Ottawa consists of a website and a Facebook page where parents of infants and children can seek answers to a range of questions.More

Too much added sugar in children's menus
The Varsity
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto found that, of 3,178 meals sourced from 10 fast-food and seven sit-down restaurants, 50 per cent are found to exceed the WHO's proposed daily recommendation for sugar intake. The WHO recommends that added sugar not make up more than five per cent of daily dietary consumption — a 50 per cent drop from the older guideline published in the early 2000s, which recommended that it make up less than 10 per cent. More

Vaccination debate divides rural Canada
Getting her baby that first measles vaccine was one of the toughest decisions Tasha Forget has ever had to make. The new mother was scared to the pit of her stomach — scared of what might happen after The Jab, and scared of what might happen without one. More