Interaction Weekly
Jul. 29, 2015

Time to address need for child care
The StarPhoenix
Too many parents are struggling to find child care while they work or study, often relying on uncertain private arrangements as a last resort. As the assistant director at the Saskatoon Early Childhood Education Demonstration Centre, I speak to parents everyday who are trying to find child care in our community.More

Poverty's most insidious damage is to a child's brain
Science Daily
An alarming 22 per cent of U.S. children live in poverty, which can have long-lasting negative consequences on brain development, emotional health and academic achievement. Now, even more compelling evidence has been provided suggesting that growing up in poverty has detrimental effects on the brain.More

End of the line for Toronto child care centre
Beach Metro
Right to the end, Shelly Zorzit felt sure that Beaches Child Care Centre would stay open next fall. But looking back, the board president says the Upper Beach daycare might have run out of time even before she joined the effort to save it, a year and a half ago.More

A smart investment in our future
Early Child Development Funders Working Group
Investing in our children is investing in the future of our country — in the innovation, creative thinking, and human potential that Canada will need to thrive. There is no better way to do this than through high-quality Early Childhood Education (ECE).More

Agir pour le Canada et pour nos enfants
Early Child Development Funders Working Group
Investir dans nos enfants, c'est investir dans l'avenir de notre pays, c'est investir dans l'innovation, la créativité et le potentiel humain dont le Canada a besoin pour prospérer. La meilleure façon d'y parvenir passe par une éducation à la petite enfance de grande qualité. More

Parents try to save Francophone day care set to close in August
CBC News
Families in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood, many of them registering as low-income, are trying to save a Francophone child care centre that will soon close for building repairs. The City of Ottawa notified parents and staff recently that the Beausoleil Child Care Centre on York Street would close at the end of August for a full calendar year, according to a news release.More

Study: Canada's high vaccination rates still need improvement
The Globe and Mail
New numbers show close to 90 per cent of Canadian toddlers have been vaccinated against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella, but health experts say more needs to be done to raise immunization rates. The 2013 Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey reported immunization rates among two-year-old children in Canada. More

Toronto parents urged to save after getting new child care money
CBC News
Toronto parents are split on what to do with some new money after the federal government upped its child care benefits plan, but a financial advisor is advising them to save it. The federal government has increased its universal child tax benefit, or UCCB, to give parents more money — parents with kids under 5-years-old will now get near $2,000, while parents with children from ages 6-17 will get $720 each year per child. More