Interaction Weekly
Aug. 28, 2013

What's really needed to raise children: More time, higher incomes
The Globe and Mail
My hat goes off to all hard-working parents, past and present. They raise kids with love, joy, sacrifice and frustration. My parents did. Still, the facts show that families raising young kids today are squeezed for time, income and services to a degree that is more constraining than a generation ago. Surprisingly, the Fraser Institute alleged otherwise last week, claiming "It's never been easier, financially, to raise children in Canada."More

Is raising a child easier financially than ever before?
CBC News
The Fraser Institute says it's never been easier financially to raise a child in Canada, with the annual cost much lower than many believe, a finding criticized by some who argue the think-tank fails to account for the cost of day care. The conservative public policy institute, in a report released recently, says it is possible to raise a child on about $3,000 to $4,000 a year, and even less if parents only include necessary expenses and are careful with their dollars.More

Nova Scotia gets centres for young children
Global News via The Canadian Press
The Nova Scotia government is opening four centres across the province to provide families with easier access to services for young children. The so-called early years centres will be set up in Halifax, Sydney Mines, Monastery and Yarmouth. Education Minister Ramona Jennex says the centres will provide early intervention programs, before- and after-school programs, regulated child care, early learning programs and parent education.More

Green light given to St. John's Native Friendship Centre day care
CBC News
St. John's city councillors have approved a controversial daycare for the city's east end. St. John's Native Friendship Centre will open the new facility near the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Portugal Cove Road. The gallery at city hall was filled with supporters of the day care when councillors voted. Despite some concerns over traffic and parking, most councillors were satisfied with the plans for the centre on Elizabeth Avenue. More

9 ways to help ease the transition to daycare
Babble
Every baby and every day care situation will be different, but there are a few universal recommendations that have been handed down to us that may be useful for other families imparting upon the same journey. Notably, all these tips are for babies. More

Sudbury operator: License all home day cares
CBC News
A Sudbury day care operator says parents need more information about complaints about unlicensed day cares. Tracy Saarikoski, the executive director of the Teddy Bear Day Care in Sudbury and past president of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said the coalition has filed a request under Freedom of Information for the dates, operator, circumstances and amounts fined for anyone convicted under the Day Nurseries Act.More

AECE 2013 Conference information
AECE
Save the date! Get ready for the AECE 2013 Conference. Topics include: The hurried child, the power of play, building a good foundation and developing social competence in children. More

Building a better day care
Simcoe.com
A hot spot for Innisfil youngsters is getting a new building. Recently, a crowd gathered just south of Innisfil Beach Road on Saint Paul Road to celebrate the start of construction of a 7,700 square-foot, two-storey home for Simcoe Childcare Services (SCS). The business, started in 2002 by Kim Yeaman, has grown from its initial 17 boys and girls to a current enrolment of 182 kids year-round, ages from 12 months to 12 years. More

Non-profit day care struggling with after-school numbers
The Free Press
The manager of a day care in Sparwood is scratching her head about why the after school programs are not attracting parents. The Sparwood Treehouse day care at 421 Pine Avenue has been open for two years, and has enough children during the day to stay afloat, but the before and after school programs are not breaking even.More

Sudbury operator: License all home day cares
CBC News
A Sudbury day care operator says parents need more information about complaints about unlicensed day cares. Tracy Saarikoski, the executive director of the Teddy Bear Day Care in Sudbury and past president of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said the coalition has filed a request under Freedom of Information for the dates, operator, circumstances and amounts fined for anyone convicted under the Day Nurseries Act. More

Frustrated moms build their own day care
Global News
The lists are long and the frustrations can be endless when it comes to finding day care spots in Winnipeg. Two Winnipeg moms finally got fed up and have decided to open a new, licensed, non-government subsidized centre this fall. Making Roots Montessori Centre co-founder, Megan Turner, told Global News, in the time it took for her child to finally reach the top of the waitlist she was able to find $350,000, get an early childhood education degree and be one month from opening her own child care centre.More