Interaction Weekly
Oct. 8, 2014

Vancouver city council approves $30 million day care initiative
The Globe and Mail
There have been stroller rallies and complaints of a child care crisis in British Columbia for years. Now the City of Vancouver is responding by getting into the day care business in a big way. A four-year capital plan adopted unanimously by city council calls for $3 million to establish 1,000 new child care spaces between 2015 and 2018.More

Google announces project to get Canadian kids coding
CBC News
Google has announced a $1.5 million grant on Wednesday to help introduce 100,000 Canadian kids to coding and working with cutting-edge technologies The program, called Codemakers, is part of Actua, an educational charity with a three-year plan to run summer camps and school workshops across the country. More

Manitoba expanding child care options through new fund
ChrisD.ca
A strategy by the Manitoba government to provide families with more affordable child care options was introduced. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said the Family Choices Building Fund is part of the government’s five-year plan to address the need for increased child care services throughout the province.More

Group urges government to 'close the tap' on unused day care spots
The Gazette
The head of a group representing day care administrations is urging the Quebec government to “close the tap” on the estimated $15 million in subsidies given to day cares for vacant spots. About one in 10 day care bill the government for unused places, Francine Lessard, the director of the Conseil québécois des services de garde éducatifs à l'enfance, told reporters. More

Business leaders asking Ottawa for study on national child care plan
NEWS1130
Business leaders across the country are urging the federal government to conduct a study on a national child care plan. Anita Huberman with the Surrey Board of Trade brought forward a resolution to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Convention in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island urging Ottawa to look into the impact child care has on the economy. “We are asking the Federal government to research a reformed child care plan for Canada from a productivity and competitive perspective for our economy in Canada.”More

For kids, the meal is the message
The Tyee
In her new book Getting to Yum, child-feeding guru Karen Le Billon details funny-yet-depressing statistics about children's food knowledge all over the world. She cites a British study of 1,000 primary school students: only one in four knew that beef comes from cows. Another study of Australian children revealed that one-quarter thought yogurt grew on trees. One in five thought pasta came from animals.More

5 fun activities to boost children's literacy
Vancouver Sun
Introducing literacy skills to young children can be as easy as child’s play 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. More

Group urges government to 'close the tap' on unused day care spots
The Gazette
The head of a group representing day care administrations is urging the Quebec government to “close the tap” on the estimated $15 million in subsidies given to day cares for vacant spots. About one in 10 day care bill the government for unused places, Francine Lessard, the director of the Conseil québécois des services de garde éducatifs à l'enfance, told reporters. 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

What children need most when their parents divorce
The Huffington Post
When parents go through a divorce, children’s psychological needs greatly increase as they live in the middle of an emotional (and perhaps economic) roller coaster filled with guilt, fear and confusion. In Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family, Dr. Phil explains the most profound needs of children during this challenging time.More

Making 3-D printed ears for disfigured children
BBC
Five years ago, few people had heard of 3-D printing, but now computer generated images are being used to create body parts. Scientists at University College London are using 3-D printing to create ears to be implanted onto children with severe disfigurements in the first clinical trial of its kind. The scientific team has been testing the process by implanting a 3-D ear on a rat. The operation filmed by BBC Inside Out is a major medical breakthrough and could radically change organ transplants. More

YouTube also wants its own kids shows
Re/Code
YouTube is once again writing checks to people who will make stuff for the world’s largest video site. And it wants to spend some of that money on videos aimed at kids. Reports about YouTube’s interest in kids’ programming have percolated for a while. Now here’s another indicator of its direction: A job posting for a “Head of Family Entertainment and Learning, YouTube Originals.”More