Interaction Weekly
Apr. 3, 2013

Nervous parents as day cares eye kicking out four-year-olds due to $56 million in cuts
CTV News
Only months after campaigning to boost the province's day care system, many Quebec parents are outraged by the Parti Quebecois' plan to cut $56 million from public and private day cares. The cuts are forcing some working parents to make tough choices. With day care operators saying the cuts equal $8-a-week per child, some plan to cease providing services for four-year-olds.More

Child care operators left 'scrambling'
Lethbridge Herald
Parents may soon be spending more — or receiving less — to send their kids to day care, due to a provincial announcement that its Quality Enhancement Grant will be eliminated beginning April 1. The grant, in place since 2003, was worth $7,500 for all accredited child care centres and day home agencies, and $4,000 for all accredited before and after school programs.More

Editorial: Ontario's most vulnerable children need a watchdog
Toronto Star
Roughly 25,000 children in Ontario are cared for by children's aid societies. Most are poor. Many are scarred by domestic violence, neglect, substance abuse, family strife or the death of their parents. For the most part, Ontario's 53 children's aid societies (CAS) do a good job as substitute guardians. More

Early learning programs need more funding
The Chronicle Herald
About two dozen people protested one recent morning outside Province House, calling on the government to provide funding for early learning. Kathleen Couture, chairwoman of the Nova Scotia Child Care Association, said members "are protesting something that's been protested since 1968." "Nova Scotia needs an early learning and care system," she said. "They need a system where every child in Nova Scotia has access to quality care. Early learning ... is the most important for brain development."More

Farewell to the CCHRSC
March 31, 2013 marks a significant and sad day for Canada’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) sector as the Child Care Human Resource Sector Council (CCHRSC) ceases operations due to the federal government’s decision to no longer fund sector councils.More

Alberta ending grants for accredited day cares, programs
CBC News
Day care operators are losing grants that the province provided to accredited programs and centres across Alberta. Alberta Human Services is ending the Quality Enhancement Grant which provided $7,500 for accredited child care centres and $4,000 for accredited before and after-school programs.More

Mom upset over preschool changes
Coquitlam Now
Since September, Jennifer Harris' daughter Kaitlyn has been going to preschool at Pinetree Community Centre three days a week — and loved it. The young family had intended to sign up their four year old for another year this fall, but that all changed when parents were notified the program would be changing. More

Children vulnerable to smartphone, tablet addictions
CBC News
Some toddlers today are choosing their parents' smartphones or tablets over dolls or Lego blocks, but some experts say too much screen time at a young age can lead to problems. Winnipegger Jared Mcketiak's two-year-old son can already download applications, play games and take a picture on his dad's smartphone.More

Apps help parents monitor Internet use
With smartphone and tablet users getting younger, new apps can help parents of 2-to-13-year-olds monitor and control use of the Internet. A Pew Research Center study shows that more than one-third of American teenagers own a smartphone, up from more than a fifth in 2011. For nearly half of these users, the phone is their main way of getting online, making it difficult for parents to supervise their behaviour.More

Family law: New act puts children first during divorces
The Times Colonist
When Victoria lawyer Mary Mouat was called to the bar in 1988, she thought the best place for divorcing couples was in a courtroom, duking it out before a judge. "I truly believed that was the best thing for families, and I was not alone — that's how we practised," Mouat said. At the time, she rejected the notion of mandatory mediation because she felt women and children would lose out.More

Upopolis creates social network for kids in hospital
London Community News
Being in hospital alone, removed from friends and family and not fully understanding all the doctor-speak can be a rather unnerving experience for a child. Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Telus Health, Kids' Health Links Foundation (KHLF) and Children's Health Foundation have joined forces for the launch of Upopolis — a social networking site designed for kids in hospital.More