Interaction Weekly
Apr. 17, 2013

Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Nomination deadline extended until April 19, 2013
Do you know an outstanding educator? You now have three more weeks to nominate them for Canada's most prestigious teaching award.
Guidelines and nomination forms for the 2013 Prime Minister's Awards are now available.
Download your nomination form today!
Early Childhood Educators
Kindergarten to Grade 12 Teachers
Awards are worth up to $5,000! Winners honoured by the Prime Minister.
Please spread the word, and help ensure that more outstanding Canadian educators receive the recognition they deserve!
For more information visit or call 613-946-0651More

Prix du Premier ministre pour l'excellence en éducation de la petite enfance
Prolongation des mises en candidature jusqu'au 19 avril 2013
Connaissez-vous un enseignant ou un éducateur exceptionnel?
Vous avez maintenant trois semaines de plus pour présenter leur candidature pour le prix le plus prestigieux de l'enseignement au Canada.
Les lignes directrices et le formulaire de mise en candidature pour les Prix du Premier ministre 2013 sont maintenant disponibles.
Téléchargez dès aujourd'hui le formulaire de mise en candidature!
Éducateurs de la petite enfance
Enseignants de la maternelle à la 12e année
Des prix pouvant atteindre jusqu'à 5 000 $ sont décernés! Le Premier ministre rendra hommage aux lauréats. N'hésitez pas à passer le mot afin que des enseignants ou éducateurs canadiens exceptionnels puissent être reconnus à leur juste valeur! Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le site Web ou composez le 613-946-0651. More

University of Winnipeg day care steamed over bus loops plans
CBC News
The University of Winnipeg is trying to find a new location for its bus loop. It used to loop from Young to Spence street but was closed last year to make way for the university's new recreation centre. University officials are looking at a number of options, including placing it along Sherbrook Street, Vaughan Street, Memorial Boulevard or St. Mary Avenue.More

Parents in St. Andrews feeling the child care crunch
Global News
Lack of child care isn't a new problem for parents in the RM of St. Andrews, but as of now, it's one with no viable solution. "We have over 120 something kids on our wait list," said local child care provider Terry Vanoutrive. The community is crying out for additional before and after school programs to help families with kids aged six and over. More

Day care, tuition debated by candidates at Terrace, B.C. college
Terrace Standard
Northwest Community College students and instructors received a taste of NDP electoral financial caution during an all candidates meeting held at the college's Terrace campus. Robin Austin, the NDP candidate seeking re-election in Skeena in the provincial election, told students there isn't enough money to do everything students may want his party to do if it's elected. More

Opinion: Subsidized day care a win-win situation
Burnaby News Leader
I totally agree with Sharon Elizabeth Gregson's comments saying subsidized day care would be a worthwhile investment in our economy. More

Raising kids tough when dad's home just 1 week out of 3
They met on a baseball field in Edmonton. Niki Petersen was playing outfield for her dad's company team when she spotted a handsome guy on first base. More

Parents in Niagara struggle to afford child care
St. Catharines Standard
Nine months after having her first child, Melanie Moreau had a tough decision to make. Was resuming her career worth the cost of having her daughter Bethany in day care? Ultimately the decision was yes, but for many parents in Niagara, it's not an option they can afford.More

Toronto day cares in schools fear eviction it they refuse to run before- and after-school programs for full-day kindergarten
Toronto Star
Toronto day cares in schools say they are being told if they refuse to run before- and after-school programs for full-day kindergarten students, they risk being replaced by another operator. Day cares are balking because they say it is hard to hire staff for split shifts. They add that they don’t have enough money to refurbish kindergarten rooms to meet strict day care standards and they can't raise fees to cover costs if children drop out. More

Prenatal Gathering helps women prepare for motherhood
The Prince Albert Daily Herald
Designed to help expectant mothers learn about resources available to them, the event combines crafts and presentations with educational displays on pregnancy, the birth process and parenting. "It's basically an adjunct to our regular, more traditional prenatal classes," public health nurse Janelle Amyotte explained. More

Stark choice for day care
Kids don't come cheap. From outgrowing clothes as fast as parents can buy them to braces and the voracious appetite of teenagers, raising a child is a costly thing. A new report commissioned by Brock University's Niagara Community Observatory has shone a spotlight on one of the most expensive things about raising young children: day care. More

Opinion: Change subsidy program instead of chasing universal child care
The Delta Optimist
I have operated a licenced family childcare for 17 years in South Delta and I agree there is a problem with parents receiving low wages and their ability to find childcare. Child caregivers and parents all know the subsidy program is outdated and the amount parents receive does not cover the full cost of the care they need. More

Professionals preach importance of math for North Ward career day
The Paris Star
Math got a much-needed boost as a future career tool at North Ward School on Thursday as professionals of numerous stripes shared insights into why numbers and how to use them are important to their careers. Dubbed "Math/Career Day," students in grades 5 to 8 went from classroom to classroom for half hour sessions listening to people like paramedic duty manager Randy Papple and paramedic Shayna Wright of Brant County Ambulance talk about how their profession has come to involve a lot more math and science. More

After flirting with indexing $7-a-day day care, partial PQ backtrack on cuts
CTV News
Could $7-a-day day care be a thing of the past? Worried by reports that the Parti Quebecois was looking to index the cost of day cares, Quebec's association of day care operations has reached an agreement with the province. Family Minister Nicole Leger has confirmed with CTV Montreal that the cost of day cares will not change during the PQ's current mandate. More