Interaction Weekly
Sep. 11, 2013

Quebec moving to universal waitlist for $7 day care
CBC News
Parents languishing on a mishmash of waitlists to get their little ones into $7-a-day day care could soon find themselves using a one-stop shop option. Quebec's Family Minister Nicole Léger announced that the province is moving toward a universal wait list that will allow parents to register their children online for publicly-subsidized day care. The new system is still nearly a year away from launching, however.More

Catching up with France on day care
The New York Times
Pretty much from the moment I got pregnant, neighbours and friends began urging me to apply for a spot in one of France’s state-run day care centres. I'd just smile politely. I figured this was another of those foreign habits — like eating horse meat — that I'd observe from a respectful distance. I couldn't fathom government employees changing my baby's diapers. And I couldn't really fathom day care in general. Didn't it cause attachment issues, or worse? I planned to hire a nanny. More

The lessons of full-day kindergarten
Winnipeg Free Press
Thousands of parents, practitioners, experts and policy people contributed to the report, With Our Best Future in Mind, tabled four years ago, laying out how Ontario should move to full-day kindergarten. Even the most optimistic among us could not have anticipated the remarkable results of the McMaster and Queen's universities' research released a few days ago. Before full-day kindergarten was on offer, 27 per cent of Ontario children entering Grade 1 were vulnerable, at risk at failing before their first day in school begins. More

Opinion: Day care policy might not reflect Quebecers' preferences
The Gazette
For 16 years, the Quebec government has been providing highly subsidized day care. Canada-wide and indeed internationally, this $7-a-day system is praised as a leading example and the path to follow. The question is whether Quebecers actually feel that way. In short, a clear majority of Quebecers believe that the best place for children under 6 is with a parent — in spite of having a provincially funded system that gives preference to day care centres.More

Study: Full-day kindergarten working in Ottawa schools
Metro
Full-day kindergarten is having an impressive impact on young children's learning, said Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi, as he marked a new school year and the release of a study examining Ontario's program. Before full-day kindergarten in 2009, 27 per cent of children in Ontario were said to be less prepared to enter Grade 1 than their peers when it came to language and cognition, social competence, emotional maturity, and general knowledge.More

Province now considering regulation of unlicensed home day cares
CBC News
The Saskatchewan government says it will now consider changes to regulate unlicensed home day cares. "By looking at all of these different options available to us including legislation we're going to do that," said Education Minister Russ Marchuk. "Because in my mind, if that's what best for children, that's what we have to do." More

Opinion: Day care policy might not reflect Quebecers' preferences
The Gazette
For 16 years, the Quebec government has been providing highly subsidized day care. Canada-wide and indeed internationally, this $7-a-day system is praised as a leading example and the path to follow. The question is whether Quebecers actually feel that way. In short, a clear majority of Quebecers believe that the best place for children under 6 is with a parent — in spite of having a provincially funded system that gives preference to day care centres.More

21st Annual AECENL Provincial Conference
AECENL
Conference Information Join us at the Holiday Inn, St. John's, NL October 18th, 19th, 20th, 2013 *Note: Conference Info and Registration also posted on our website in the calendar section and the homepage — www.aecenl.ca. This year's conference promises to be the BEST one yet! Book early to avoid disappointment! More

Parents wait in long lines to register kids for city's rec programs
CTV News
Eager parents seeking to register their children in Toronto's upcoming recreational programs spent their weekend standing in line — some as early as 2 a.m. — in the hopes of securing a much-coveted spot. Registration for the fall and winter activities offered by the City of Toronto's Parks and Recreation opened at 7 a.m. in the Etobicoke and Scarborough districts, offering up for grabs a limited number of positions in popular programs such as swimming, skating and pre-school. More

Minister touts success, day care advocates question full-day kindergarten
Global News
As children across Ontario return to school, the provincial government is touting the success of its yet-to-be fully implemented full-day kindergarten policy. But day care advocates say the program is making it difficult for parents of younger kids to get daycare. "FDK is working," Education Minister Liz Sandals said during a press conference at Ogden Junior Public School in downtown Toronto.More

It's not cheap to raise children
Hamilton Spectator
Back in the days of yore, couples had children because they were an asset to the family: an automatic labour force for the farm or whatever business the parents were in. The more kids the better and no need to figure out the cost. Nowadays, it's more expensive to bring up offspring in this world and it seems that's standing in the way of lots of people making choices to do so. This isn't news. We hear regular updates on how low the birthrate is in North America for a variety of reasons, including how cost-prohibitive kids are. More

Grants that give foster kids dreams
Toronto Star
Rosanne Howell doesn't enjoy revisiting her past. "I'm so far away from it now," says the 35-year-old jazz singer and production coordinator at animation companies. "They aren't happy stories." But she does it, because she doesn't know where she'd be without the recorded music production diploma she got at Trebas Institute, the vocal jazz diploma from Humber College and the vocal jazz degree she received from Thompson Rivers University. More