Interaction Weekly
Apr. 23, 2014

Experts still divided over benefits of full-day kindergarten
St. Catharines Standard
When Ontario gambled on full-day kindergarten in 2010, critics called it costly babysitting the deficit-plagued province couldn't afford. Advocates — and many parents, freed of day care costs — cheered. With the final phase of FDK's $1.5 billion, five-year roll-out to 265,000 kids coming this fall, the province now has four years under its belt to judge whether early all-day schooling is making a difference. The evidence isn't clear-cut. More

CHOM: Call for presentations

Children the Heart of the Matter Conference Committee is seeking proposals for their upcoming 2015 conference. The 2014 conference drew over 600 participants and was an overwhelming success. Consideration will be given to those presenters whose proposals reflect diversity, inclusive practice, programming and curriculum for any or all of the following: infant/toddler, preschool-age and school-age children as well as children with special needs.More

Craig Kielburger: How to Mentor Kids Who Care and Contribute

Based on the national bestseller The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this address delves into everything you need to know about mentoring kids, lending a hand and changing the world. Craig is the Co-Founder of Free The Children and the Co-Founder of Me to We. Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist.More

Wisdom begins with Wonder!

Welcome to MCCA's 37th annual early childhood education conference, 'Wisdom Begins With Wonder". Once again a group of 12 dedicated volunteers, led by Karen Houdayer, MCCA's Professional Development Manger, have put together a selection of professional learning opportunities designed to spark your imagination, share a bit of knowledge and open your mind to wonder.More

Movie theatre for autistic children a hit in Calgary
CBC News
A monthly movie event in Calgary has proven popular for families with autistic children. At Canyon Meadows Cinema, the lights are turned up, the sound is turned down and audience members are allowed to roam freely and make noise. For many, those changes make a big difference. More

New day care spaces helping teen moms in Regina
CKOM
The Mackenzie Infant Care Centre at Balfour Collegiate has opened up 12 new spaces for infants, making for some very happy mothers. The program has been in place since 1972 and started as a way to help young mothers finish their high school while still providing for their children. The program has grown incrementally from the nine spaces it had then, with new renovations in the high school now offering enough space for 36 babies and 15 toddlers. More

Parents, staff shocked after N.S. day care closes without warning
CTV News
Dozens of families and employees are scrambling to find answers and child care arrangements after a day care in Lower Sackville, N.S. suddenly closed its doors. Parents and staff arrived at the Cobequid Children's Centre to find the doors to the facility had been locked. Employees say about 45 children were supposed to spend the day at the day care and more than 70 families are affected by the sudden closure. More

Experts still divided over benefits of full-day kindergarten
St. Catharines Standard
When Ontario gambled on full-day kindergarten in 2010, critics called it costly babysitting the deficit-plagued province couldn't afford. Advocates — and many parents, freed of day care costs — cheered. With the final phase of FDK's $1.5 billion, five-year roll-out to 265,000 kids coming this fall, the province now has four years under its belt to judge whether early all-day schooling is making a difference. The evidence isn't clear-cut.More

Why are more moms staying at home?
CBS News
In the so-called mommy wars, the rhetoric often pits two sides against each other: wealthy women who opt to stay at home with their children versus middle-class moms forced to balance work and child duties. But while there are certainly members of the "opt-out" generation staying at home — more affluent, educated female high-achievers — the recent jump in the number of stay-at-home moms is much more complicated than those generalizations. It's also much more depressing. More

Montreal hospital day care plan fails to get approval
The Canadian Jewish News
Unions and management at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) in Montreal are demanding an answer from the Quebec government as to why the JGH can't get on-site subsidized day care for employees' children. Management gave its backing to a lunch-hour demonstration in front of the hospital by representatives of the three unions to which the JGH's more than 5,000 employees belong. The rally was held to raise awareness of the longstanding issue. More

USC students create video game to help children with autism
Gamespot
A team of students at the University of Southern California has developed a game called Social Clues, but not for profit, at least not right away. The 35 USC students, who have backgrounds in fields like engineering and design, have made the game to help autistic children. Specifically, the game aims to teach children to make eye contact, listen to others, and recognize others' emotions. In Social Clues, children play as one of two characters: ParticiPETE or communiKATE.More

3 more vaccines now mandatory for Ontario children
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is making three more vaccines mandatory for schoolchildren, a move that cements the province's hard line against parents who decline to immunize their children. As of this September, Ontario students will need to be vaccinated against whooping cough, meningococcal disease and, if they were born after 2010, chickenpox. All three are already publicly funded and part of the province's immunization schedule.More

Balfour Collegiate's on-site school day care centre expands
The Regina Leader-Post
Rozay Genaile is one of Balfour Collegiate's youngest students. She wears a white and pink striped onesie, has hamster cheeks and big brown eyes that soak in her new — and hectic — surroundings. She doesn't have a favourite class yet; she’s mostly focused on controlling her drooling. Her mother, however, loves writing.More

High gas prices puts bus program for children with disabilities in jeopardy
Global News
A charitable program that can be a godsend for children with disabilities and their families is in trouble. The "Care Cruiser" program, run by The Shriners, transports children with disabilities to Vancouver health care facilities from cities and towns across B.C. But now the program is under threat from high gas prices. The program consists of four large buses, a shuttle service and a smaller van and all these are specifically modified to handle wheelchairs, stretchers and anything else a young family might need.More

Teaching kids the value of our planet
Metro
This April, thousands of kids across Canada are choosing to Act for the Planet in several interesting and planet-friendly ways. By participating in this campaign, kids can post a photo or drawing of their environmentally friendly activity on Ecokids.ca.More