Interaction Weekly
Sep. 17, 2014

North End Winnipeg day care changing lives, one young reader at a time
CBC News
A day care in Winnipeg's Lord Selkirk neighbourhood is changing preschoolers' lives — and the lives of their families — with one-on-one language learning. The Abecedarian program was developed in the 1970s in the United States and is known around the world, but in Canada it's offered at only one place: the Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre. The program launched there in 2012, and both staff and parents say they're seeing early signs of success.More

NDP promises national Quebec-style child care program
Metro
Federal New Democrats are promising a Quebec-style child care program for the country as they begin to unwrap the campaign promises they will take into the 2015 election. In a keynote speech to NDP MPs, leader Thomas Mulcair said the party will reveal this fall its proposal to move “step-by-step” to the early learning and child care model based on Quebec’s $7-a-day system.More

National child care — the promise that's never kept
Toronto Star
Child care is back on the federal political agenda. It is the promise that never goes away. It is also the promise that is never kept. This time, the New Democrats are making the pledge. Party leader Tom Mulcair announced that his party will create a national child care program if it forms government after next year’s federal election.More

Minecraft: Why are kids, and educators, so crazy for it?
CTV News
In a mere three years, a simple little game called Minecraft has grown to become the third most popular computer game of all time (after Tetris and Wii Sports). And now software giant Microsoft has announced it's agreed to buy the game's owner, Mojang for a staggering $2.5 billion. With millions of copies already sold and the possibility for plenty of growth still, it seems Microsoft is tapping into something that thousands of school-age kids have known for a while: Minecraft is awesome. More

Federal cuts force child care, welfare groups to crowdfund
CBC News
How many infant day care spaces exist in Canada? How much do the country’s poorest receive in welfare income? Are freshwater fish harmed by cleaning products? For decades, the federal government paid to answer these questions. Now, non-profit groups are asking the public for donations in a desperate bid to save the data from extinction.More

Full-day kindergarten creating more inquisitive, better prepared students
Windsor Star
A new breed of students is emerging from Ontario's kindergarten programs, which has encouraged early grade school teachers to find unconventional ways to deliver traditional classroom curriculum. The impetus for the change is a new focus on inquiry-based learning, which has evolved in the province's full-day kindergarten program that is now in place everywhere after a five-year roll out. More

North End Winnipeg day care changing lives, one young reader at a time
CBC News
A day care in Winnipeg's Lord Selkirk neighbourhood is changing preschoolers' lives — and the lives of their families — with one-on-one language learning. The Abecedarian program was developed in the 1970s in the United States and is known around the world, but in Canada it's offered at only one place: the Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre. The program launched there in 2012, and both staff and parents say they're seeing early signs of success.More

Teaching kids that bad things happen
Times Colonist
Last year, we ordered a magazine subscription from a fundraiser our oldest child was doing for his school band. When the copies of Macleans started arriving at the house, something odd happened: We could never find them. The mystery was solved last month when one of my kids walked by as I brought in the mail. "Oh, is that Macleans?" he said, eyes alight. "Are you done with it, Mom?" He's been reading the magazine and all its serious news coverage for months. More

Daycare Assocation denounces report of sliding scale for $7/day child care
CTV News
Quebec's Public Daycare Association says it is shocked that it was never consulted about the possibility of drastically changing the payment system for universal day care. For the past decade parents have paid $7/day, per child, for a spot in day care facilities across the province. Gina Gasparini said her Association met many times with provincial Family Minister Francine Charbonneau over the summer and while many topics were discussed, there was never a hint that Quebec would alter from having one fixed price for all. More

Letting go — back to work, back to day care
Victoria News
As September rolls around and the kids start shuffling out of the summer nest back to university etc., I’m struck again by the enduring role that “letting go” plays in parenting. By the time our children actually leave home, we’ve spent years slowly relinquishing the ties – dropping them off at the first day of Kindergarten; lying awake, watching the clock tick, tick, tick towards curfew; sending them off on a plane to Thailand ... I'm surprised all parents aren’t in therapy. More

Mind the parental work gap
UBC Public Affairs
With women such as GM CEO Mary Barra and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm of major Fortune 500 corporations, it would be easy to conclude the gender wars have been waged and won. But as UBC economist Kevin Milligan notes, we still have not achieved gender parity in the workplace, including for mothers and fathers who return to work following parental leave.More

Ontario's full-day kindergarten splits classes — and raises concerns
The Globe and Mail
Ontario’s full-day kindergarten children are being squeezed into split-grades, prompting questions about whether the province’s youngest students are fully benefiting from the Liberal government’s much-touted play-based curriculum and leaving classroom teachers coping with the fallout. A ministry briefing note marked “confidential advice to minister,” obtained by The Globe and Mail through freedom-of-information legislation, showed that 261 classrooms in the past academic year housed both full-day kindergarten and Grade 1 students. More

Too many bumps in the road to all-day JK
Hamilton Spectator
It is a shame when a really good idea loses some of its shine through shaky execution. It is a greater shame when the impact is felt primarily by little children. Such seems to be the case with the rollout of full day kindergarten across Ontario. Even with the most careful planning, it's not unexpected that such an ambitious program would have a few wrinkles to be ironed out. But there are some fair-sized wrinkles in this one.More

Western centre celebrates a decade of care
Western News
The university’s child care centre, located on Western Road near Althouse College and operated by the YMCA of Western Ontario, is celebrating a decade of serving families in the campus community. To accommodate growing child care needs of Western faculty members, the university opened doors and 200 spaces to a brand new facility in September 2004. Though not much has changed within the centre over the past decade, the YMCA’s relationship with Western, as well as the relationships its staff continues to nurture with families, has flourished, said Jennifer Gilbert, director of University Child Care.More