Interaction Weekly
Aug. 29, 2012

Simon says don't use flashcards
The New York Times
Parents who want to stimulate their children's brain development often focus on things like early reading, flashcards and language tapes. But a growing body of research suggests that playing certain kinds of childhood games may be the best way to increase a child's ability to do well in school. Variations on games like Freeze Tag and Simon Says require relatively high levels of executive function, testing a child's ability to pay attention, remember rules and exhibit self-control — qualities that also predict academic success.More

Labrador day care closes doors because of staff shortage
CBC
The booming economy in western Labrador has caused an unexpected casualty: the preschool that looks after working parents' children. After more than 30 years of operation, the Wee College in Labrador West will not reopen this fall. The school, which is run by the Pentecostal church, says it's lost too many workers in the past month to continue functioning. More

Les garderies privées non subventionnées réclament l'équité
L'Express
Les annonces pour la création de milliers de places en garderie faites par les chefs de partis depuis le début de la campagne électorale exaspèrent la Coalition des garderies privées non subventionnées du Québec. Réclamant l'équité entre les types de services de garde, le regroupement déplore le fait que ses 60 000 parents sont une fois de plus mis à l'écart. More

Debate continues on when children born in latter half of year should start school
680 News
The debate on what age your child should start school is continuing to rage on. For some parents whose children were born in the latter half of the year, the choice of when to start school can be difficult. So while some parents are taking action to give their child a 'head start', some research suggests it may not be the right move. The technique is called 'red-shirting', after a common football practice. More

Windsor's child care wait list grows
The Windsor Star
Windsor's already dwindling supply of child care centres will shrink even further unless the province commits to substantially increasing the number of daycare spots it helps subsidize, city council has heard. Operating daycare centres now costs more because it's a lot more expensive providing spots for younger children, council was told. To help adapt, the province announced a $90 million program, but only $40 million of that amount has been allocated, and Windsor's share was $684,000. More

How can Ontario afford child care costs?
The Windsor Star
As part of a new public consultation, the Ontario government has a lot of questions for parents and people who work in the licensed child care sector. Too bad it didn't ask any of the big ones. The first would be what is the rationale for spending millions of dollars on a government-regulated child care sector that is only accessible to the well-to-do and those receiving substantial government subsidies? More

Experts: Canadian families growing
The Toronto Star
Census figures from Statistics Canada released earlier this year show the number of Canadian children aged four and under jumped 11 per cent between 2006 and 2011. Although highest in the Prairies — particularly Alberta, with a 20 per cent spike — it marked the first time in 50 years that an increase was recorded in every province and territory. More

300 waiting for child care in Niagara
The St. Catharines Standard
Casey Wanser sits at her kitchen table staring down at a thin sheaf of papers. She's been receiving unemployment insurance benefits since she lost her job nearly five months ago because of company cutbacks. Those papers represent a chance to work again. To help support her three children and pay her family's mounting bills. The papers contain an offer for full-time employment with benefits. But Wanser has about 300 reasons why she'll likely have to say no. More