Interaction Weekly
Sep. 12, 2012

Advocates: Day care inspection reports good first step
CBC
Vancouver Coastal Health is now posting daycare inspection reports online, but those in the industry say the reports are just a small piece of the puzzle. Checklist-style annual reports for the region's 1,200 licensed child care facilities are now being posted on the health authority's website.More

How many kids waiting for affordable childcare in Hamilton is too many?
CBC
It's a very long wait for some children in Hamilton to find a spot in the city's subsidized child care system. Right now, there are 1,623 kids in that line. In 2012, the province allocated $36.9 million to overall child care costs in Hamilton, an increase of 89 per cent since 2003, according to the Ministry of Education.More

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

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

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

Everyone's struggling with all-day kindergarten juggernaut
The London Free Press
As angry teachers protested Premier Dalton McGuinty's bid to legislate pay-freezing contracts, the Liberal leader pointed out difficult trade-offs must be made. "We can't invest in teacher pay hikes and roll out full-day kindergarten," McGuinty told reporters. "We can't afford that."More

Nutritious foods to fuel kids' day
The Province
Kids are back at elementary school and parents must decide what to pack the little gaffers for lunch. What you choose is important because the foods chosen will fuel your child with the energy and nutrients needed to make it through a busy day in and out of the classroom. Here are some things to consider.More

Parents urged to limit kids' caffeine consumption
Winnipeg Free Press
Most parents wouldn't dream of giving their kids a mug of coffee, but might routinely serve soft drinks containing caffeine. Foods and drinks with caffeine are everywhere, but it's wise to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially in younger kids.More

Toys R Us lancera une tablette pour enfants
Radio Canada
Le détaillant de jouets Toys R Us envisage de lancer sa propre tablette numérique conçue pour les enfants, dénommée Tabeo. L'appareil à faible prix arrivera sur un marché des tablettes de plus en plus occupé.More

Financial literacy an essential life skill, even for kids
The Vancouver Sun via Calgary Herald
When Tricia Barry visits students' classrooms to teach them about financial literacy, the number one question she gets is, 'What happens to my money if the bank gets robbed?' Young kids think that when they put a $10 bill in the bank, the bank is keeping that $10 bill specifically for them, said Barry, executive director of Money Smart Canada, a company that gives financial literacy workshops to students in Grades 4 to 11.More

Taxes can be saved by claiming some back-to-school activities
The Chronicle Herald
Now that the kiddies, young and not so young, have returned to school, following the second busiest shopping period of the year, it's a good time to point out the tax savings that can be had as a result. Back-to-school often means a new enrollment in a sports or music activity. Many parents enjoy tax savings each spring as a result of the federal credits in each of these areas of up to $500. More

Poverty report raises red flags for Durham groups
DurhamRegion.com
Durham's social justice advocates are raising the alarm in the wake of a new report that says Ontario is leading Canada in poverty rates and dead last when it comes to spending on social programs. The Falling Behind report from Ontario Common Front — a coalition of about 100 community groups and unions — looks at how Ontario stacks up against other provinces on factors such as poverty, income inequality, out-of-pocket costs for social programs and wait lists for community services.More

Raising a business and a baby at work
The Globe and Mail
An enclosed space in the open-concept loft office of Saint John-based Acre Architects is known as 'Hugo's Bureau.' It has been designed specifically for the youngest member of the architecture firm — owners Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp’s nine-month-old son, Hugo.More

Les enfants insatisfaits sont plus sensibles à la pub
Le Figaro
Entre 8 et 11 ans, la publicité à la télévision peut augmenter le matérialisme de certains enfants, en leur montrant que les possessions sont un moyen d'accroître le bonheur. Qu'est-ce qui rend les enfants heureux? Le fait de posséder le dernier smartphone, la nouvelle Game Boy ou le jean dernier cri? Les enfants de 8 à 11 ans qui ne sont pas satisfaits de leur vie semblent être particulièrement vulnérables à la publicité et désirent posséder des objets dont ils pensent qu'ils les rendront heureux.More

Proposed day care closures on Region agenda
Mississauga.com
After five months of meetings, the Peel Task Force on Child Care is ready to present its final recommendations — including a proposal to close 12 day care centres. The report, sets out 21 recommendations for politicians to consider, including redirecting current funding from region-sponsored child care to licensed non-profit and commercial day cares.More