Interaction Weekly
Mar. 26, 2014

Saskatchewan spending extra $2.2 million on licensed day care spaces
Global News
The province is now spending $52.7 million to create 500 new licensed day care spaces in Saskatchewan, a $2.2 million increase over last year. Finding daycares in Saskatchewan can often be very competitive and costly for parents. "As soon as we knew we were expecting we just put our names on the list right away," said Erin Poitras, whose family lives in Biggar.More

Experts: Day care is for learning, not babysitting
Milford Daily News
When choosing a day care centre for her son two years ago, Britney Frerotte looked for a place that emphasized child learning through various activities. Now nearly 4, her son Henry goes five days a week to Easton Learning Adventures, where Frerotte said he takes part in daily art projects, sings during story time and has some unstructured play time.More

Newfoundland and Labrador establishes child death review committee
The Prince George Citizen
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has appointed eight people to serve on its first child death review committee. The establishment of the committee follows a recommendation from a September 2006 review into the death of Zachary Turner, who was drowned by his mother in a murder-suicide. The review concluded the 13-month-old boy should not have been in her care at the time.More

How to raise happy kids: 10 steps backed by science
TIME
When you ask parents what they want for their kids, what's usually the most common reply? They want their children to be happy. Now there's tons of info on raising smart kids and successful kids, but how do you raise happy kids? Sometimes it's hard to balance what's best for children with what makes them happy — but the two don't have to be mutually exclusive. More

Safe and affordable day care starts with better policy
The Globe and Mail
The tragic death of a four-month old infant in an unlicensed daycare in northwest Toronto brings attention to a national emergency of limited access to safe, affordable child care. It is time that we reconcile these endemic deficiencies before another tragedy occurs. Access to adequate child care depends on province of residence.More

Saskatchewan spending extra $2.2 million on licensed day care spaces
Global News
The province is now spending $52.7 million to create 500 new licensed day care spaces in Saskatchewan, a $2.2 million increase over last year. Finding daycares in Saskatchewan can often be very competitive and costly for parents. "As soon as we knew we were expecting we just put our names on the list right away," said Erin Poitras, whose family lives in Biggar.More

A study seeks to determine what makes prekindergarten successful
The New York Times
The teacher held up a card with a number on it, then looked at the 4-year-olds waving their hands eagerly in front of her. "Anderson," she said, calling on a small boy in a blue button-up shirt and a sweater vest. "Five," Anderson said, correctly. "Good boy, Anderson," the teacher said. Then she turned to the rest of the class. "Are you ready?" she said, and then, "Go!" At that, the children jumped up and down five times as they counted: "One! Two! Three! Four! Five!" More

Don't help your kids with their homework
The Atlantic
One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children's education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, and doing a hundred other things that few working parents have time for. These obligations are so baked into American values that few parents stop to ask whether they're worth the effort.More

Council looking at $10 per day child care
Williams Lake Tribune
Williams Lake city council is advocating a provincial $10 a day child care program in B.C. "I can see this coming to the forefront of the political scene in the next two to five years," Coun. Sue Zacharias said. "If B.C. is going to keep on track with improving its business economy, improving more workers in the work force, and improving the tax generated by people working." The Quebec day care program has already seen a return on its $7 a day day care program, she added.More

Couillard warns Marois not to dish dirt in TV debate
The Montreal Gazette
Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard came close to threatening his main adversary, insisting that if Pauline Marois attacks him on ethical issues in the televised debate, he won't hesitate to retaliate. In interviews at several Quebec City radio stations and at a news conference, Couillard implied he has plenty of ammunition against Marois, although he refused to elaborate. More

Certified child care gains traction
The Telegram
Historically, child and youth care workers in Newfoundland and Labrador and the rest of Canada have been hired without necessarily having an identifiable background in the field, even if their skill set might be relevant. That's according to the director of a local company providing residential care for children and youth with complex and challenging needs.More