Interaction Weekly
Sep. 19, 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

Saving Brains program aims to help children reach full their potential
The Toronto Star
Through a program called Saving Brains, Karlee Silver, a 32-year-old dynamo from Winnipeg announced funding of almost $12 million for 11 projects to help the estimated 200 million children around the world who fail to meet their full cognitive potential because of the impact of child poverty. "Wasting the potential of these 200 million children is a pretty good way to keep poor countries poor," she told the Star. "You don't have the creativity, you don't have the smarts of your people to come up with new ways to approach the issues your society faces".More

Peel Region votes to close 12 daycare centres
CityTV
Officials in Peel Region have voted to close a dozen municipally-funded childcare centres. The move means approximately 800 subsidized child care spaces will be phased out over a two-year period. The vote passed 16 to 5. The decision affects 126 regular and 117 casual and contract staff and saves the region $12 million — money that would then be redirected to help families pay for spots in non-profit and private centres.More

Portage Daycare celebrating 40 years
Portage Daily Graphic
Portage Daycare is proud to be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Lisa Voth, the current executive director, is thrilled to see the organization celebrating its big anniversary. "It's really exciting," she said. "It's amazing all the changes that have happened in 40 years. When you think about it, we serve about 80 families per year. Those families sometimes change. That is a lot of families that have been through the centre in the last 40 years".More

Can you buy your children's love?
The Vancouver Sun
In an age in which both parents are likely working and children spend much of their time cared for by people other than their parents, many of us are at risk of buying our children's love — or being tempted to do so. Adding to the pressure to spend money in exchange for love is the ever-increasing impact that social media are having on today's youth. Peer pressure doesn't end when they come home from school anymore and TV commercials aren't the only influence on their perceived consumption needs.More

Childcare expenses and you
The StarPhoenix
If you employ a nanny to take care of your kids to enable you to work, attend school or conduct research, the cost can generally be deducted as a childcare expense for tax purposes. The total childcare expense deduction is generally limited to two thirds of the lower-income spouse or partner's 'earned income,' which includes employment or self-employment income, taxable bursaries or fellowships and research grants.More

Services for at-risk youth in B.C.: Moving from dysfunction to effective support
Rabble
Having worked with at-risk youth for 15 years and in three different countries, I have always been quite puzzled about the rudimentary and limited professional, community-based and preventive services available for children and youth in B.C. After all, investing in children, youth and family services is not only a hallmark of a caring and a just society, it also makes economic sense. As a social worker noted in a report by Pivot Legal Society: The public needs to recognize that it is either pay now (providing supports, resources and placements) or pay later (jails, youth detention, homelessness, school drop outs, gangs, mental health and addiction issues).More

For kids, it's better to give than receive
CNN
A growing body of research paints a compelling picture that may help us rethink some of our over-the-top spending on children. These studies confirm some age-old wisdom about happiness: If the goal really is to make our children happy, perhaps what we ought to be doing is not over-indulging them, but giving them the opportunity to give.More