Interaction Weekly
Oct. 1, 2014

Editorial: Change to Quebec's $7-a-day day care can't come soon enough
Maclean's
Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare system will soon need a name change. And not a moment too soon. Since its launch in 1997 — as a $5-a-day program with the twin goals of encouraging mothers to re-enter the work force and to better prepare youngsters for school — Quebec’s universal day care program has been praised by parents, child care advocates and ambitious politicians across the country as a thoroughly modern family policy. Yet providing those 223,000 spaces for children aged 0-4 at a bargain rate is also a massive drain on the public purse.More

Children get more benefit from a reward than a bribe
Guelph Mercury
Bribing your child is tempting at any age. As a parent of a toddler you might give out stickers or Smarties for every time your child uses the potty. You might offer a preschooler a bouncy ball out of the toy dispenser if he or she behaves while grocery shopping. Maybe you have struck a deal with your kindergartner that he or she gets a new toy if they are good all week at school. Maybe your older child gets a monetary reward for every good grade on a report card.More

Drop income splitting and hike the deduction for child care
The Globe and Mail
Gregory Thomas is Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. With a federal budget surplus now pegged at $6.8 billion – at least – the Harper Conservatives are hitting the fast-forward button on their timetable for tax relief. The challenge Stephen Harper faces, as the fall economic update rolls around, is the weakness of his 2011 election promise to introduce income-splitting for working-age couples – allowing the higher-earning spouse to transfer $50,000 of income to the lower-earning spouse, provided a child under the age of 18 is part of the household.More

Day care space for McGill limited, waiting list over 700 children long
McGill Tribune
The Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) is seeking to reapply to open a day care centre after having been denied twice by the provincial government. Currently, members of the McGill community face a shortage of day care spaces, with university waiting lists for day care spaces running over 700 children. According to PGSS Member Services Officer Brighita Lungu, 16 per cent of graduate students and 30 per cent of post-graduate students have children, accounting for approximately 1,000 PGSS members.More

How health care, day care and other costs have surged for middle-class families, at a glance
Daily Courier
The picture painted by a report from the Center for American Progress is a gloomy one. For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of health care, day care, housing and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 per cent from 2000 to 2012 — after adjusting for inflation. Average income barely rose in that time once you factor in inflation. The figures marked a sharp change from the preceding 12 years ending in 2000, when average income for a four-person family rose 20 per cent, after inflation, and college and health care costs rose more slowly.More

Is it raining or sprinkling? Kids' weather argument is the cutest ever
Yahoo
Kids fight over the darndest things. The little boy’s mother told him it was sprinkling. The little girl’s mother told her it was raining. And because moms are never wrong, the two just can’t agree to disagree. In the cutest “fight” video we’ve ever seen, the two youngsters at Room To Bloom Children’s Centre in Arkansas, refuse to back down from their positions.More

5 fun activities to boost children's literacy
Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Public Library librarian Andrea Brown knows that when it comes to raising readers and building strong literacy skills, opportunities are everywhere, especially for families with young children. "Research shows that experiences in infancy and early childhood make a big difference," says Brown, VPL assistant manager of early years programming. "It's never too early to start reading and sharing literacy skills with your child."More

Is it raining or sprinkling? Kids' weather argument is the cutest ever
Yahoo
Kids fight over the darndest things. The little boy’s mother told him it was sprinkling. The little girl’s mother told her it was raining. And because moms are never wrong, the two just can’t agree to disagree. In the cutest “fight” video we’ve ever seen, the two youngsters at Room To Bloom Children’s Centre in Arkansas, refuse to back down from their positions.More

Study: Parents moving kids out of booster seats too early
Global News
Most parents are moving kids out of booster seats into a seat belt, too early, according to a new study. According to a recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of groups working to prevent accidental childhood injuries, 9 in 10 parents are moving their children from booster seats to a seat belt before they reach the recommended height, weight or age. More

10 ways to make carpooling with kids easier
Toronto Star
Busy families rely on carpooling moms and dads to get their kids to and from school and extracurricular activities on time. Carpooling can be a real nightmare if you’re not organized. Here are 10 tips to help you keep your sanity and get the kids where they need to be on time.More

Why U.K. should follow Nordic lead on universal child care
The Conversation
Child care is likely to be a key battleground for the U.K.'s 2015 general election. The Labour party has committed to a universal quality child care service. It sees it as a strategic political, social and economic imperative. The Liberal Democrats are also trying to convince the electorate that they are serious about transforming child care, with a promise to provide 15 hours of free child care a week.More