Interaction Weekly
Jul. 17, 2013

Editorial: Ontario needs to review inadequate day care policies
Toronto Star
Four decades after huge numbers of women began to join the workforce, there is still no over-arching child care system in Ontario. That's a shame. Instead, an informal patchwork system exists, with 5,050 regulated daycare centres for kids fortunate enough to get a spot, and for the rest, a vast number of informal arrangements, some illegal, that place precious children at risk. More

Child's death raises private day care questions
CBC News
It will likely be days before it's known how the toddler died, but the death of a two-year-old at a home north of Toronto is raising new questions about conditions at private day cares. Paramedics responded to a home operating as a private day care near Dufferin Street and Highway 407 in Vaughan. Inside they found a child without vital signs who could not be revived.More

Top 10 signs you're an early childhood educator
From Richard Cohen's keynote address "Early Childhood Professionals: The Heroes of Our Time". Watch the entire inspiring 60 minute keynote address as Richard shares his story, interacts with his audience and gets a conference of teachers, caregivers and directors singing, laughing, reflecting and learning. More

Survey: Kids' summer fun costing parents $2,300
CTV News
Canadian parents will spend an average of $2,300 keeping their children busy this summer, according to a Bank of Montreal survey. The report on spending habits suggests the average parent will drop $54 per week on entertainment, $58 on eating out, and $65 on impulsive purchases this season — more than during any other time of the year. Parents in Ontario and Quebec had the highest average weekly expenditures at $200 and $193, respectively. Atlantic parents were the most thrifty, spending on average $113 every week.More

Top tips for summer holiday travel with kids
As any parent knows, travelling with young'uns presents a series of challenges, from airport maneuvering to time zone nap mechanics. So to make the journey a little easier, a group of wise experts has compiled lists of helpful tips on how to make your travels smoother and increase the amount of time that you, the procreator of miraculous life, gets to relax and enjoy the ride as well.More

Children and youth increasingly online
Net News Ledger
Children and youth are increasingly living out a large proportion of their daily lives online — whether using technology to communicate with friends, seek entertainment, or learn and broaden their knowledge about the world. However, just like the offline world, parents and teachers need to be fully aware of the risks children and youth may encounter while using the Internet. More

Making the Connection program
Keeping in Touch BC
Make the Connection (MTC), a Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) program developed in Toronto by Claire Watson and Barbara MacKay Ward, is based on current attachment research and designed to strengthen the parent-child relationship. In the program, parents practice the skills necessary to establish loving relationships, foster two-way communication and nurture the curiosity of their infant/child. More

NPD: Traditional toys still a big part of kids' play time
According to a new report by The NPD Group that examines the impact of digital devices on children's play time with traditional toys, parents are craving balance between virtual play and traditional play. The report found that 51 per cent of parents felt electronic devices had no impact at all on their child's play time, while 40 per cent felt their child was spending less time with traditional toys.More

How much hockey is too much for young children?
Edmonton Journal
All parents want what's best for their kids, not just in terms of athletics, but in terms of personal development, nevermind justifying the cost of thousands of dollars and spending endless hours at hockey rinks during the spring and summer months. Summer hockey has also been an issue for Hockey Canada, and provincially, with Hockey Alberta. Among Hockey Alberta's main concerns are player burnout, escalating costs, and health concerns from playing too much.More

Friendly robot helps kids brave needles
CBC News
Visiting the doctor's office can be a terrifying and painful experience for young children, especially when needles are involved. Some heath care providers use lollipops to stop tears or reward a brave face after the deed is done, but what if kids had something to enjoy during their appointment? MEDi is a friendly talking robot programmed to help children through painful medical procedures by giving them high fives, making small talk, and moving toys around.More

Nova Scotia to create 3 new children's centres
The Chronicle Herald
The province will create three centres designed to support young children and their parents with the help of $500,000 from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. The province will match the amount, said Premier Darrell Dexter. The foundation has committed $100,000 in each of five years to establish the facilities, called early learning centres. They could include a daycare, early learning programs, parent education, early intervention, and before- and after-school programs.More

Regular bedtime better for kids
The Province
Children who went to bed at different times on school nights when they were three, five, and seven did worse on tests of reading, math, and spatial ability when they reached age seven, researchers at University College London wrote in a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The findings were adjusted for factors such as socioeconomic status, and the effect didn't differ for children in families with one or two working parents.More

Families reject year-round school
Kamloops Daily News
School's out for summer — at least for the foreseeable future. Parents were unanimously opposed when asked about year-round schooling in Kamloops-North Thompson, so the school district won't be pursuing the idea. There was support for extending spring break, though.More

Psychologist to lead research on early childhood development of B.C. First Nations
Global News
The B.C. government has appointed a psychologist to lead university researchers studying early development among First Nations children in Kamloops. Dr. Rod McCormick will head research teams at Thompson Rivers University, where a search committee recruited him to partner with aboriginal groups in the area. His expertise as scholar of First Nations mental health will help improve culturally appropriate programs that strengthen the prospects for aboriginal children.More

Water safety essential for summer fun
680 News
Summer is upon us and backyard pools are open for everyone to cool off, but having fun also means being safe. The CSA Group has compiled a list of pool safety tips to help Canadian families enjoy a safer swimming season. "Before splashing away the summer heat, we encourage pool owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid any mishaps and advise parents, guardians, and swimmers to be aware of CSA Group's top ten tips for pool safety," said Anthony Toderin of the CSA Group.More

Tips for getting kids back to a bedtime routine before early school mornings resume
Ottawa Citizen
Parents, you can already picture those first mornings of the school year: the challenge of dragging cranky kids out of their beds at dawn after two months of mellow summer mornings. Each year, many of us swear we'll do it differently. We will listen to the experts. We will adjust our children's bedtimes back to a school-year schedule as soon as August arrives. We will remember the power of a good bedtime routine. It does sound wonderful.More