Interaction Weekly
Jun. 18, 2014

YMCA reno could lessen need for motels used as shelters
Ottawa Citizen
The number of motel rooms used by the city to shelter homeless families could be lowered if the municipal government gives $400,000 to the YMCA to expand its shelter space, according to a city report on the issue. The need to use motels as overflow shelters peaked in mid-2012, when 150 homeless families in Ottawa were staying at motels. More

Child Care Services Act under review
VOCM
The Chair of the province's Association of Early Childhood Educators says the government's child care subsidy offered to parents in certain lower income brackets should be re-examined. A review of the province's Child Care Services Act is being finalized, and is expected to be released in the fall sitting of the House.More

Parents plead to continue municipal day care
Sault Star
Allison Dalton has a two-year-old and another child she's expecting very shortly. Her message to city hall is clear: don't cut municipal day care service. She'll continue to pay full rates for what she calls top-notch service. "When you're leaving your children you want to make sure they are safe and they're well taken care of," the tearful mother said at an open house held at city hall on the future of the municipally-run day care service.More

Burnaby parents cautioned against unlicensed, unregistered child care during walkout
Burnaby Now
As the labour battle between B.C. teachers and the province threatens to wipe out the rest of the school year, local parents are scrambling to make child care arrangements. Ads for teacher-strike child care are popping up on Craigslist and Kijiji, including posts by people saying they are education assistants in the Burnaby school district who will be available to take care of kids if teachers walk out next week. More

Sydney YMCA moves to full-time day care
Halifax Herald
Since many families now have two working parents and the province has lowered the age of enrolment for Grade Primary, the demand for full-time day care has grown, says Andre Gallant, CEO of the YMCA of Cape Breton. He said those are the main reasons the YMCA is closing its part-time preschool and after-school programs and moving to full-time day care, starting in the fall.More

Quebec Finance Minister tables 'serious' budget
The Gazette
Quebec's Liberal government presented its first budget since getting elected on April 7 and outlined several measures to cut spending across the board in the hopes of balancing the province's finances by 2015-2016.More

Should parents ever argue in front of their kids?
The Telegraph
It might start with a cross word; a dark look over the Cornflakes. Insults are muttered. Before you know it, you're having a full blown argument with your partner across the breakfast table, as the kids look on. OK, rowing in front of the family isn't what you planned. But it happens, right? As long as they know mummy and daddy love each other very much – then what's the harm? More

Day care price jump shocks parents
CBC News
Parents at a west-end daycare took home an unpleasant surprise last week — word of a big rate hike that has left many scrambling to find new facilities. Area mom Shannon Kohlmeier has been bringing her two small kids to Swallows Day Care, near Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue, since they were babies.More

Should parents ever argue in front of their kids?
The Telegraph
It might start with a cross word; a dark look over the Cornflakes. Insults are muttered. Before you know it, you're having a full blown argument with your partner across the breakfast table, as the kids look on. OK, rowing in front of the family isn't what you planned. But it happens, right? As long as they know mummy and daddy love each other very much – then what's the harm? More

How dads improve their kids' lives, according to science
Vox
When Paul Raeburn became a father for the first time, he had one piece of advice to go on. "The most important things to do," a colleague told him, are "to tell your kids you love them and to spend time with them." Several years later, he remarried, had a second set of kids, and was determined to learn more about fatherhood than the basic guidelines he'd followed the first time around. More

Alberta-based BrightPath rolls into Surrey day care market with new centre
Business Vancouver
Surrey's day care sector is about to welcome a new kid to the playground. BrightPath, a child care provider that offers services to children as young as six weeks old and up to 12 years, is opening a centre on 72nd Avenue close to Langley.More

Adoptive parents want to break down stigmas
Edmonton Sun
To peruse the names and faces on the province's public adoption website, one might think the process isn't much more involved than applying for a job or adopting a pet. But the world of public adoption in Alberta is a far more intricately woven than it looks on the surface. And few know that better than the Strikes.More

Childcare organizations want access to some more funding
Nanaimo Daily News
With a growing numbers of young, school-aged mothers in the area, more licensed child care spaces in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith district are being sought. Two organizations in Nanaimo dedicated to serving young parents who had quit school and want to go back and complete their educations are hoping to access some of the new funding recently announced by the Ministry of Children and Family Development for new child care spaces. More