Interaction Weekly
Jun. 4, 2014

Experts: Kids need outdoor play, not just sports
CTV News
As children gear up to participate in sports leagues and camps this summer, experts say it's important to ensure time is also devoted for youngsters to enjoy less structured outdoor, active play. Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada, has previously described active play as the "overlooked sibling" of the physical activity equation.More

Quebec Liberals consider indexing day care fees to income
Global News
"We're asking the commission on tax reform to look at it." For the first time, Premier Philippe Couillard is talking about indexing daycare fees: the wealthy would pay more, the poor would pay less. Reaction was swift; political parties, day care and social groups all slammed the idea.More

7 ways to keep your kids' brains from turning to mush this summer
Yahoo!
As a great educational theorist once observed, when released each summer from the rigorous oversight of academic professionals, children often abandon such fundamentals as the use of writing implements and reading of scholarly tomes. Numerous studies show that when school's out for summer, kids' brains start to drain. When the next academic year starts, they often spend a month or more catching up to where they were when vacation began.More

Toronto education program offers free day care for student moms
CBC News
A Toronto education program is offering busy mothers the opportunity to attain a GED while providing their children with free day care. Role Model Moms is run out of a church basement, and relies entirely upon private donations from various organizations. "What we found is that there is nothing that offers babysitting tied to school, especially for high school," said Shelby Hall, a teacher with the program.More

British study examines mobile phone effects on children
CTV News
British scientists launched a major government-commissioned study into the effects of mobile phone usage on the developing brains of children. About 2,500 children from London will be tested at the age of 11 and 12, and then again two years later, to assess how their cognitive abilities develop in relation to their changing use of phones and other wireless technologies. More

Toronto education program offers free day care for student moms
CBC News
A Toronto education program is offering busy mothers the opportunity to attain a GED while providing their children with free day care. Role Model Moms is run out of a church basement, and relies entirely upon private donations from various organizations. "What we found is that there is nothing that offers babysitting tied to school, especially for high school," said Shelby Hall, a teacher with the program.More

Congratulations to the Association of Early Childhood Educators — Newfoundland Labrador as they celebrate "Week of the Early Childhood Educator", May 25 to May 31
AECENL
This presentation will provide participants with a look back at how far the profession of early childhood education has come in Newfoundland and Labrador over the past few decades while, at the same time, looking at the many facets of the role of the early childhood educator in today's world.More

Do autistic kids fare better in integrated or specialized schools?
NPR
The federal law that governs special education lays out the goals pretty clearly: Students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. But some parents of children with autism feel their local public schools aren't meeting their kids' needs. And with autism diagnoses rising, new schools are emerging specifically for autistic children.More

Mom in the Laurentians waiting 4 years for $7 day care
CJAD
A mother in the Laurentians has been waiting close to four years to send her kids to $7-a-day day care, while waiting she's seen two newly constructed day cares go up without a child stepping foot inside. In the town of St-Joseph-du-Lac, Pépin et Pommette day care was built, sat vacant for months and then was put up for sale.More

Ramsay: Affordable housing, day care and meeting space under one roof?
Metro
Bingo nights and Saturday shindigs were all the rage when the newer half of the Ramsay community hall was built some four decades ago. But the daubers and dancers have dwindled — and the bills are piling up at the inner-city facility for repairs to a leaky roof, plumbing problems and asbestos.More

Nunavik child care centres create jobs, independence, school success
Nunavik Online
More than 15 years after it was first launched, Quebec's universal child care program has seen a number of positive spin-offs in Nunavik communities, the Kativik Regional Government says. Offering $7-a-day child care to Nunavimmiut parents and caregivers has allowed more parents to go back to work and school, and it's also cut back on the number of single mothers on welfare and created hundreds of permanent jobs in the region.More

Lack of provincial funding isn't at root of possible closure of Coronation Park Day Nursery
Sarnia Observer
Liberal candidate Anne Marie Gillis took aim at Lambton County administrators over the possible closure of Coronation Park Day Nursery. While senior county staff have pointed to the loss of $1.3 million in annual provincial funding as part of the rationale behind the recommended closure, Gillis, who is also a city/county councillor, told a crowd of voters that the current situation hasn't been caused by a lack of provincial funding. More