Interaction Weekly
Apr. 8, 2015

University of Saskatchewan begins construction of new child care centre
CBC News
On a week when CBC is highlighting the challenge that parents face in trying to find licensed child care, the University of Saskatchewan is getting ready to expand the childcare centre on campus. The new expansion will have room for 90 children, bringing the number of licensed child care spaces at the University of Saskatchewan to 200.More

Daycare spots elusive for single mom
The StarPhoenix
The plight of a Saskatoon single mother who struggled to find daycare spots for her young daughters highlights the need for government investment in childcare spaces, the provincial Opposition NDP says. Tara Hobbins, 28, has two five-year-old girls, including one in Queen Elizabeth School's half-day kindergarten program. More

Study: Encouraging paternity leave leads men to take on more child care
Toronto Star
Newly released research shows that a small change in policy — making it "normal" and expected for fathers to take parental leave — led men not only to spend more time with their new babies but also to do more housework and pick up more child-care responsibilities down the road. The study "Daddy's Home!" conducted by the U.S. Council on Contemporary Families examined what happened to families when Quebec introduced a paid, five-week "daddy-only" leave in 2006 and increased the province's parental-leave pay. More

Expert: Tame playgrounds aren't moving children
Vancouver Sun
Overly safe playgrounds aren't challenging enough for children's bodies or minds, says a pediatrics professor at the University of B.C. — and they're no fun, either. Developmental psychologist Mariana Brussoni says hovering parents and nervous school administrators have created a generation of boring playgrounds. The result: anxious, unfit young adults.More

Sheridan College program set to give single moms a boost
The Sheridan Sun
It's considered the new face of Canadian families — the single mother household. As the number of single mothers increases, Homeward Bound Halton program is helping single moms break the cycle of poverty and bring them out of homelessness by providing them with a post-secondary education. Sheridan College launched the program to provide single mothers not only the opportunity to get a post-secondary education, but also free childcare and affordable housing. More

Parliamentary Budget Officer: Family tax breaks to benefit parents with no childcare expenses
The Globe and Mail
This year's expansion of the Universal Child Care Benefit will deliver billions of dollars to parents with no child-care expenses at all, according to an analysis from the Parliamentary Budget Officer that has reignited debate over Ottawa's approach to child care. Even though the program is called a child-care benefit, the PBO found that only 49 per cent of the money will go to families with children under 13 and child-care expenses. More

Experts call for reliable statistics on vaccination rates in Canada
Toronto Sun
If you're looking for reliable statistics on vaccination rates across Canada, you're out of luck, according to some experts. "I know that some studies have tried to calculate (the vaccination rate)... The provinces are collecting some information, but they're not all doing it in the same way," said Colin Busby, a senior policy analyst at the C.D. Howe Institute, which recently published a report on vaccination policy in Canada. More

Daycare reports in New Brunswick made available online
CBC News
Inspection reports on licensed daycares in New Brunswick are now available online. Reports from January 2014 to March 31 2015 will be posted on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's website at 1 p.m. Future inspection reports will also be posted online. illl More

Quebec: Daycares that cut lunch will face sanctions
Montreal Gazette
Rates in public daycares will remain $7.30 a day until Quebec adopts the bill introducing a sliding-scale fee based on family income. For each month the government has to wait to adopt the omnibus bill, the treasury loses $35 million in revenue, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão said recently. More

University of Saskatchewan begins construction of new child care centre
CBC News
On a week when CBC is highlighting the challenge that parents face in trying to find licensed child care, the University of Saskatchewan is getting ready to expand the childcare centre on campus. More

$1.1 million boost for Peterborough, ON, child care
Peterborough Examiner
Licensed day cares across Peterborough city and county are about to get a $1.1 million boost from the province. It's meant to raise childcare workers' pay by $1 an hour, as well as to help subsidize childcare costs for needy parents.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