Interaction Weekly
May. 1, 2013

Child care policies differ
Vernon Morning Star
Child care policies offer a clear choice between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP in the provincial election. Premier Christy Clark wants to take a provincially-funded savings account set up for each child born since 2007, and hand out $1,200 to parents who open a Registered Education Savings Plan to begin saving for post-secondary training.More

Victoria County moving closer to home-based day care system
Cape Breton Post
The program that sees child care provided in a private home recently emerged as a viable option in the midst of a long search to find a system to help keep young families living in the county. The Department of Community Services, who inspect and license such programs, suggested the home-based option to the county after an inspection of another larger proposed site for the area.More

Editorial: Platforms ignore low-cost child care
Victoria News
The B.C. Liberals and the NDP have laid out their platforms on how they would help mould and support the youngest minds in the province. The Liberals are offering more of what they've been doing, which on the whole has been a boon to young kids and their parents — at least for the past few years.More

Vancouver dedicates $5 million budget surplus to child care reserve
THe Vancouver Sun
The City of Vancouver has announced it will dedicate the 2012 budget surplus of $5 million to the city's Childcare Reserve for the purpose of creating new child care spaces. This is the largest ever increase in child care funding from the city. The money will support the initiatives of the Joint Childcare Council, which co-ordinates efforts between the city, park board and school board as well as private partners to create new child care spaces. More

Day care subsidy requests spike in Hamilton
CHCH Hamilton
An unprecedented number of families are looking for help to pay for child care in Hamilton. Lisa Hepfner spoke to one single mother of three who may have to quit her full time job because she can't afford the cost of going to work. More

Opinion: Picking up the pieces on child care
Toronto Star
The Star has it right: the provincial government needs to step in with clear direction and funding to fix the extended day/child-care mess it has created. It's quite obvious that community-based child-care centres cannot sustain before- and after-school programs using the current funding model. This has been an issue in school-age child care for decades, and is the reason that I couldn’t find a school-age space for my daughter for love nor money.More

Victoria County moving closer to home-based day care system
Cape Breton Post
A family home daycare program appears to be the right fit for the needs of the people of Victoria County. The program that sees child care provided in a private home recently emerged as a viable option in the midst of a long search to find a system to help keep young families living in the county.More

Babies and books are a natural mix
The Times-Colonist
When public-health nurse Rhonda Wylie visits parents and newborns in the days after they return home from hospital, she likes to save the best for last. After going through the home-visit routine of weighing the baby, checking feeding habits and discussing immunization plans, she hands over the little green bag.More

Mixing blue with green for healthy child development
Napanee Guide
Jackson's mom hands her son an empty, washed yogurt container. "Put this in the blue box." Jackson likes to help and, at two-and-a-half, he is already familiar with his family's practice of recycling. To Jackson recycling is fun. He loves watching the big recycling truck stop in front of house, and listening for the sound of clinking jars and tins as the driver swings out of the truck and tips his blue box into the truck.More

How dogs help kids use their words
The Ottawa Citizen
Ten-year-old Golden Retriever Lia is a good listener with a seeming infinite capacity for cuddles and colourful picture books with short words. This makes Lia an ideal READ dog — as in Reading Education Assistance Dog. Eight-year-old Nathanael Schoenhals is in French immersion at Agincourt Road Public School and his mom Kristen was concerned that he was losing his ability to read English. More

Whiz kids: All it takes is creativity, ingenuity — and a little Dumpster diving
Winnipeg Free Press
Allow Jackson Pankratz some time to scour back alleys, yard sales and his grandfather's garage, and the 12-year-old will have a go-kart maxing out at 50 km/h ready for you in about six weeks. The Grade 7 Linden Christian School student could be found scooting around in one of his first prototypes behind the Max Bell Centre at the University of Manitoba one recent afternoon, basking in a bronze-medal finish at this year's Manitoba Schools Science Symposium.More