Interaction Weekly
Jun. 25, 2014

Why sick kids should be allowed at day care
The Huffington Post
I see it all the time at our practice. Parents come with kids who really don't need to go to the doctor; they are only mildly ill, or already getting better. When I ask them why they came, the answer is simple: day care. They need a note saying the child is better in order for the child to go back. They need a note saying that a rash isn't contagious.More

Petition: To reinstate the Early Learning & Child Care Diploma Program, for the September 2014 school year
Change.org
As a concerned ELCC Alumni and Early Childhood Educator I am writing in regards to the proposed suspension of the Early Learning and Child Care diploma program at Red Deer College. The Red Deer College, Early Learning and Child Care program, offers multiple delivery options, on campus, blended delivery, and distance. This allows traditional students to attend on campus and allows mature students to continue to work full-time and support their family, while obtaining a higher level of education. More

Durham day cares close as public sector workers go on strike
Global News
Many of the 1,600 public sector workers in Durham Region east of Toronto are now on strike. Workers represented by the union include paramedics, court staff, income support, child caregivers, health inspectors and others. There are contingency plans in place to keep some services running to avoid major disruptions to the public.More

Child care bank now available
Sherwood Park News
Strathcona County residents now have access to a child care information bank, the first of its kind in Alberta. "We created this because parents are asking about child care — where they can get child care (and) who's available to give child care," said Lori Prediger, manager of Family Resource Services for Strathcona County.More

Editorial: Canadian families desperately need a national child care program
Toronto Star
Canadian families are doing their share for a prosperous future – they're having more babies – but governments are letting them down. Public spending on licensed child care remains grossly inadequate, and so is the supply of space. Meanwhile hard-pressed parents face crushing costs as a "baby boomlet" puts new strain on Canada's over-stretched child care resources.More

Baby boom meets day care bust in Canada
Toronto Star
In the wake of Canada's largest baby boom in 50 years, public spending on licensed child care has barely budged, parent fees are soaring and growth in new spaces has slowed to a trickle, according to a new analysis. "Policy-makers need a reality check," said Carolyn Ferns of the Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit, which is working with researchers at the University of Guelph and the University of Manitoba on a series of briefs on the topic.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

Why sick kids should be allowed at day care
The Huffington Post
I see it all the time at our practice. Parents come with kids who really don't need to go to the doctor; they are only mildly ill, or already getting better. When I ask them why they came, the answer is simple: day care. They need a note saying the child is better in order for the child to go back. They need a note saying that a rash isn't contagious.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

The importance of early child care
Truro Daily News
The month of June is a special one for numerous daycares, including Near To Me on Willow Street. The province of Nova Scotia celebrates Child Care Awareness Days, something that Near To Me's director says is extremely important for everyone to recognize.More

Report: After-school care more likely in Ontario's affluent neighbourhoods
The Waterloo Region Record
Schools with full-day kindergarten are no more likely to offer before- and after-school child care than those that don't have it, despite it being a key part of the original plan for Ontario's youngest students, says a new report by People for Education. And schools that do have after-hours care are more likely to be in affluent neighbourhoods, the advocacy group found in its annual survey.More

Burlington day care closing after 20 years as IKEA needs office space
Burlington Post
When Nicole Goodman dropped her son off at the IKEA YMCA Child Care Centre last Thursday, she was notified by staff the facility would be closing at the end of August. The Burlington mom says she was shocked and disappointed by the news.More

U.K.: Child care costs huge stumbling block for women re-entering workforce
The Guardian
Addressing the soaring cost of child care would be a more effective way of boosting female workforce participation than the paid parental leave scheme, according to a study which found low-income mothers face major barriers to re-entering the workplace. Women on a $16.37 hourly wage will keep just $5.10 of this once returning to work part-time, and just $4.55 if she returns to a full-time job.More