Interaction Weekly
Sep. 26, 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

School for special-needs children struggles to meet rising demand
Canada.com
There's little room left for the increasing number of students waiting to attend the Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization. Jannine Grant, a parent at the learning centre for children with neurological disorders, said the NUKO centre on Gilfillan Road is reaching its maximum capacity of approximately 20 students and now is looking to move to a new and larger location. More

Delivering literacy to children's doors
The Prince Edward Island Guardian
Three-year-old Serenity Bernard has been getting a special treat in the mail each month since July. The young Scotchfort girl views her brand new books that arrive monthly, addressed to her, as a gift. "She's excited to get her presents in the mail," says mom Sheena Bernard. Serenity is one of 43 aboriginal children in P.E.I. receiving a book a month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. More

Kids who wear glasses feel worse about themselves, studies find
The Globe and Mail
While the nasty term 'four-eyes' may be a relic of the past, negative stereotypes around wearing eyeglasses are very much alive in the minds of children. A new meta-analysis of 20 years of child psychology studies has found not only that kids link glasses with negative traits, they might also fear being bullied because of wearing them. More

Severe allergies at school force parents to not pack dairy and eggs in lunches
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Four-year-old Carter Oliveira's lunch bag usually contains cheese and crackers, a yogurt tube, apple slices and a turkey and cheese sandwich. But starting next week, all of that is banned except for the fruit. Dairy and egg products are off-limits in the kindergarten classrooms at St. Timothy Catholic School in Kitchener. More

PLASP kindergarten care increasing
The Brampton Guardian
PLASP Child Care Services reports a growing number of before and after-school programs in Peel region and into Toronto as more schools implement full-day kindergarten. This school year the not-for-profit, community-based childcare provider is opening new before and after-school programs at 31 schools for full-day kindergarten children, in addition to 15 schools for students aged six to 12. More

Centre is a hub of family help
Canada.com via Daily News
Health services, child care and nutritional support are some of the services now available from one location to Vancouver Island parents. Family Place, a $7.1-million government-funded facility has officially opened. The two-storey 40,000-squarefoot building combines health and education services that were once scattered throughout the Oceanside area. More

Alternative models can be the right fit for some students
The Globe and Mail
By the time her son Andrew entered the third grade last year, Susan Ward was already on the hunt for a new school. She narrowed her search to private schools around Toronto, despite the prospect of paying expensive tuition fees. "My son's grades were phenomenal, but he seemed to be getting lost in the public school system," says Ms. Ward. More

Foster children counted in Canadian census for first time
CBC News
There were 29,590 foster children aged 14 and under living in private Canadian households in 2011, the latest census shows — a long-awaited new benchmark that child-welfare advocates hope is the first step on a long road towards improving the plight of marginalized kids. The number is as significant for its mere existence — children in foster care have never before been counted in the national census — as for what it may be able to tell social workers about the foster-child landscape in Canada, experts say. More

Toronto study finds 'satellite babies' common across immigrant communities
The Toronto Star
The phenomenon of 'satellite babies' — children separated from parents and in care of relatives abroad — is more common across immigrant communities than once thought, says a Toronto study. The custom of temporarily boarding young children with overseas relatives — a strategy that helps newcomers cope with the stress of migration — is not limited to the Chinese, but is also common among South Asian, African and Caribbean immigrants. More