Interaction Weekly
May. 15, 2013

NDP vows to cut child care fees by 20 per cent
Times Colonist
NDP leader Adrian Dix used a campaign stop in Sidney to highlight his party's promise to reduce child care fees, while also asking voters who might be flirting with the Greens to stick by his party. Dix gathered South Island NDP candidates in a park in Sidney, where he reaffirmed the "critical importance" of affordable child care. The NDP's $100 million child care plan will cut fees in family and group day cares by 20 per cent, affecting 12,000 children, Dix said.More

Crisis Nursery celebrates 30 years caring for children
The StarPhoenix
A family crisis or emergency means that children don't always have a safe place to stay. Many parents need support, whether it's for a few hours or a few days. Saskatoon's Crisis Nursery offers emergency childcare (free of charge) and a home-away-from home for children up to age 12. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the nursery has room for 10 children at one time. Last year, staff was able to help 1,278 kids from 741 families in the city. More

Long-term closure of Guelph day care due to asbestos concerns
CTV News
A Guelph day care that was supposed to reopen after asbestos cleanup will instead close its doors for a much longer period. The Willowdale Child Care Centre on Willow Road was shut down after insulation containing traces of asbestos was discovered behind a baseboard. More

Day care association decries early kindergarten
The Gazette
The Parti Québécois government wants to offer kindergarten classes, starting at age 4, for disadvantaged children needing extra preparation to succeed in school. More

Child care missing from Ontario budget
CNW Newswire
Child care advocates are frustrated and angry at the lack of child care funding in the 2013 provincial budget. According to TD Economics, investments in child care return $1.5 to $3 per dollar invested. More

Niagara College child care facility now in private hands
Niagara Falls Review
It was a bitter sweet day for staff at the Niagara College Child Care Centre. Several parents and their children waved goodbye to its early childhood education workers as doors were closed for the last time.More

Parents unhappy with changes to child care
The Hamilton Spectator
Local families are concerned with sweeping changes to child care in Hamilton's public schools. Several parents say they're upset they weren't consulted before Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board staff awarded child care for the city's youngest students to Umbrella Family and Child Centres. More

About 5,000 hit the street against day care cuts
Global News
About 5,000 protesters took to the streets recently in protest of cuts announced by the provincial government to subsidies received by private subsidized day care. The cuts amount to "$15 million, or $28,000 for each day care," said Sylvain Levesque, the president of the Private Daycare Association of Quebec. "We cannot absorb it." More

Empowering more effective than yelling at kids
The Vancouver Sun
As inept as it sounds — I'm completely at my limit with my two children (ages five and seven) who seem to only respond to yelling, make that screaming, when it comes to any request. Getting out the door, to the dinner table, homework is almost always a struggle. I've used incentives, taken almost everything of any value away, and even spanked on a couple of occasions: nothing works. Even visits to a child therapist haven't made much of a difference. What am I missing? More

New day care to help work life balance
New Westminster News Leader
Finding the delicate balance between work and life can be a challenge. Especially for working parents of young children. But an expansive new day care in the Brewery District will make it easier for parents who work in the new complex as well as neighbouring Royal Columbian Hospital.More

Parents worried by day care's closing
Ottawa Citizen
The City of Ottawa is shutting down one of its day cares and turning over four others as full-day school programs are rolled out for younger children, a move that doesn't sit well with some parents. Like private day care operators, the city is adapting as provincially mandated full-day kindergarten is implemented at schools, along with before-and after-school programs where there is sufficient demand. More