Interaction Weekly
Jun. 5, 2013

Day care debate ignited
Global News
A case of child abandonment has forced a lot of parents to take a second look at who looks after their kids. Police say an unlicensed day care operator allegedly left six children alone in a home for more than an hour recently. It's ignited the debate over whether licensed or unlicensed daycares are better.More

Case raises concerns over 'stranger care'
Winnipeg Free Press
One week ago, six young children were left alone at an unlicensed day care — in the same kind of "stranger care" an estimated 24,000 children are receiving in Manitoba. "We should be scared," said Pat Wege, executive director of the Manitoba Child Care Association, after an unnamed 33-year-old day care operator was arrested last week for leaving six kids between the ages of one and five.More

Federal workplace day care loses government funding
Ottawa Citizen
Parents at a day care that largely looks after children of federal public servants are weighing their options after Public Works said it will stop paying the rent. The not-for-profit Tupper Tots Daycare has operated out of the Sir Charles Tupper building at 2720 Riverside Dr., near Heron Road, for almost two decades.More

Wait lists force Winnipeg parents to seek unlicensed day care
CBC News
Long wait lists for child care are forcing many Manitoba parents to turn to unlicensed centres — facilities that aren't monitored or regulated by the government. Winnipeg parent Amanda Kipe is one of them. More than 10,000 children are waiting for licensed care in the province, part of millions across Canada with no access to licensed child care.More

Manitoba adds ECE training, opens more day care spots
Up to 70 more students will benefit every year from a program that helps them earn a full-time wage at a day care while they get the training they need to become full Early Childhood Educators. The Province announced additional funding for the Early Childhood Educator Workplace program, which will now see more spaces funded at Assiniboine Community College and a new french-language diploma program at l'Université de Saint-Boniface.More

Manitoba government increases access to training for child care professionals
Government of Manitoba
A new partnership with l'Université de Saint-Boniface and an expanded partnership with Assiniboine Community College will give 70 more child-care professionals access to the province's popular workplace-based early childhood education diploma program. The new partnerships mean the program will begin training a total of 135 early childhood educators this year, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today. More

Parenting in a nutshell: Choose child care wisely
The Tribune-Review
A day care centre or preschool can be a great first place for your children to meet new friends, join in groups of play and learn what it means to wait their turn on the slide. Consider these factors when deciding on the right child care for your family — here's some questions to ask. More

Quebec private day care owners hold 1-day walkout
CBC News
Thousands of day care owners, along with their supporters, marched in Montreal during a recent noon hour to denounce Quebec's plans to cut $15 million from their budgets. Their day-long walkout affects about 25,000 kids who attend the province's private, subsidized day cares.More

A child care must-do list
Digital Journal
According to a recent article, child care costs have increased over 255 per cent since 1985. This increase is 2 1/2 times more than the inflation rate. Additionally, states that an infant in full-time child care centre can cost from $4,600 to $20,200. Older children aged 4 and over can cost $3,900 to $15,450. It is a bit less for private homes, but it is still a large expense. More

Cornwall day care shut down by the province
Cornwall Seaway News
A Cornwall day care has had its license suspended by the province. Heart of the Family Childcare Centre, located on Eighth Street in Cornwall, was shuttered after failing to meet a slew of standards spelled out in the Day Nurseries Act. Despite the closure, many parents have posted messages of support for the city via social media.More

Opinion: Child care in B.C. is not working
Comox Valley Record
May is Childcare Month. The reality is that child care in our province is not working! The Early Childhood Educators of B.C. and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. offer up a solution to the crisis in child care and have presented a plan that will see fees capped at $10 a day for full-time care and $7 a day for part-time programs such as pre-schools. More

Brockton's day care relocating
Blackburn News
The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board has received clearance to move Brockton's municipal day care program into one of its schools. Director of Education Catherine Montreuil says the Ministry of Education has given the go-ahead to start planning an expansion at Mother Teresa School in Walkerton, with hopes of relocating the day care program by the fall of 2014.More

Study: Home the place for young kids
The Catholic Register
Parents overwhelmingly believe it is better for young children to be at home with a parent rather than in day care or all-day kindergarten, according to a new poll commissioned by an Ottawa think tank. The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada found that 76 per cent of Canadians (77 per cent of men and 75 per cent of women) believe it is best for children under six to be kept at home, cared for by a parent. More