Interaction Weekly
Sep. 5, 2012

Win an iPad! Take the You Bet We Still Care survey
CCCF
Calling all early childhood educators, directors, administrators, owners, employers and program staff working in centre-based, full-day, licensed child care in Canada. This is your chance to be heard while helping to raise the profile of the ECEC profession and workforce. Tell us about your work in the early childhood education and care sector by taking the survey, here.More

Gagnez un iPad! Participez à l'enquête Oui, ça nous touche encore!
CCCF
Un appel à toutes les éducatrices à la petite enfance, les directrices, les gestionnaires, les propriétaires, les employeurs et les membres du personnel éducateur travaillant dans une garderie réglementée ou un centre de la petite enfance dont les services sont offerts à temps plein. Voici une belle occasion de faire connaître votre point de vue tout en augmentant la visibilité de la profession et des personnes œuvrant dans le secteur des services de garde à l'enfance au Canada. Parlez-nous de votre travail en répondant à l'enquête, ici.More

Celebrate the Essence of the Child and Champion a Better Future
CCCF
ECEBC is very pleased to present its 42nd annual conference, 'Celebrate the Essence of the Child and Champion a Better Future' from May 2 to 4, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, B.C. Please join us for this opportunity for professional development and networking. More

7th Annual ECE Faculty Forum

Oct. 18-20, 2012
Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax, N.S.

The 7th Annual ECE Faculty Forum is quickly approaching! The Forum provides ECE faculty with the opportunity to meet and discuss current topics related to ECE post-secondary education and programs in Canada.

This year's Forum will feature:
• Keynote speakers Elaine Ferguson, Executive Director of Child Care Connections Nova Scotia; Don Bureaux, President of Nova Scotia Community College; and Pam Whitty & Sherry Rose, Faculty at the University of New Brunswick.
• A panel discussion on 'New Directions in Atlantic Canada' featuring a representative of the Government of Nova Scotia and ECEC experts from Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.
• Workshops on topics including co-constructing local curriculum; creating equitable and effective teaching teams in full-day kindergarten; applications of the CCHRSC's HR Toolkit for post-secondary faculty; and much more.
Workshops will be available in both English and French, and translation services will also be provided. Registration for the Forum, including fees and accommodation information, is available on the ACCC website. More

Windsor protests province's day care decision
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 heard recently. The CAW recently announced its Windsor child care centre will close at the end of next month because of funding shortages, and "some others are going down that same path," operator Leah Hills told council.More

Preschoolers' dietary habits unhealthy
The St. Albert Gazette
Preschool-aged children are grabbing for more sugary juices and sodas while neglecting their fruits and vegetables, according to a pair of University of Alberta studies. Less than 30 per cent of the 1,800 four- and five-year-olds studied consumed the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, however, nearly 80 per cent consumed at least one serving of junk food a week. More

Parents know best on kindergarten
The Calgary Herald
When it comes to enrolling your wee one into kindergarten, full-day versus half-day options may depend entirely on geography or choosing a private school which offers it. But before you decide, consider whether your child has the capacity to handle more than the 2.5 hours spent in kindergarten each day, experts suggest. "Parents know their child the best and now what their child can handle," says Debbie Polischuk, diverse learning supervisor for Calgary Catholic School Division More

Eco day care opens doors to Japanese heritage
24 Hours Vancouver
The cultural centre's board director recalled how architects, construction crews and inspectors were baffled about how to integrate green innovations with a full heritage restoration at the 106-year-old facility. "We had no idea how to set up the child-care centre and do a green/heritage renovation, which is a totally new concept. Even the city didn't really know how to respond to that." More

Rockland daycare operator, clients fired up about new neighbour
The Ottawa Citizen
A daycare centre in Rockland is about to get a new neighbour, and parents aren't happy about it. Pro Nature, an outdoor activity store that is expected to sell guns and ammunition, is set to open in September in the commercial plaza at 2768 Laurier St., two doors down from the Tiny Hoppers daycare centre. More

Kids, the school bus — and you
The Globe and Mail
And just like that, summer is over. The kids will head back to school in a few short days, and they'll be getting there on foot, by bus, in cars and on bikes. They will skateboard, run, dawdle and cluster. Many will have in ear buds and many will be peering down at cellphones. More

How to deal with your child's back-to-school anxiety
The Globe and Mail
When Jill Amery's son Ford started kindergarten last year, he spent weeks in tears. After the Vancouver mother tried every parenting trick in the book to help fix the situation, Hudson himself finally blurted out the truth. "One day, he clung to me and said, 'I don't want to get lost!'" says Ms. Amery, the founder of the website Urbanmommies.com. Thinking on her feet, she found a company that made cool Velcro wristbands that conceal a slip of identification information and added ID tags to his backpack. More

Litterless lunch policies at schools making kids' lunches eco-friendly
The Toronto Star
Do your kids really eat all the veggies you stay up late chopping and preparing, or are they only gobbling down the goodies in their lunch box? What about the fruit or other healthy snacks you pack? It's getting easier for parents to figure out what their children actually like, thanks to eco-initiatives like litterless or 'boomerang' lunches that have not only drastically cut the amount of garbage at school, but also have the added benefit of giving mom and dad a glimpse into what their kids consume. More

Children lose most with kindergarten cuts
The Star-Phoenix
It's the beginning of a new school year and, with few exceptions, the end of full-time kindergarten classes in Saskatchewan. As part of budget-cutting measures, the Saskatoon Catholic and public school division trustees were forced in June to eliminate full-time kindergarten in 28 schools and dozens of classrooms, starting this fall. More

Eco-friendly tips to save the planet and some money when heading back to school
The Tyee
Turn over a new leaf and green your back-to-school routine this fall by introducing some environmentally friendly practices to your children. "There's kind of a starting point that's built into the launch of the school year. I think it's a good time to think about how you want to run your household or what kind of choices you want to make with the family," said Gillian Deacon, author of "There's Lead in Your Lipstick" (2011) and "Green For Life" (2008). More