Interaction Weekly
Oct. 10, 2012

Central child-care database proposed for Brantford and Brant
Brantford Expositor
Brantford and Brant are working on a joint plan to set up a centralized child-care information and wait list system that includes all private and public services in the two municipalities. The social services committee, made up of city and county councillors, has endorsed a staff report calling for the acquisition of an Internet database to contain information on all facilities, and the awarding of a contract to RBB Innovations Ltd. to put it into effect.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

France: Plus de 50 enfants fréquentent la garderie municipale
Ouest-France
Voilà plus de 30 ans que la garderie fonctionne et ses effectifs ne cessent de croître. Ils sont plus de 50 enfants actuellement. La structure accepte les élèves du public comme ceux du privé. Elle fonctionne de 7 h 15 à 9 h et de 16 h 30 à 19 h dans deux endroits: l'ancien dispensaire, rue des écoles, et au restaurant scolaire, rue du 19 mars. Le personnel compétent assure l'aide aux devoirs bénévolement. More

Pauline Marois: Plus ça change, plus c'est pareil
Les News
Pauline Marois, comme d'habitude, improvise et n'a pas évalué les conséquences de son geste. Comme l'a déclaré Françoise Bertrand, la présidente de la Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, «le gouvernement ne comprend pas l'impact économique de ses décisions.» More

Day cares need to improve access for disabled
CBC News
New Brunswick's Association for Community Living says the province needs to improve its day care and early learning program for children with disabilities. A recent report has 14 recommendations to improve access to day cares. Researchers heard from 150 daycare staff, and 75 families. More

Parents plead for status quo at Jean Hamlyn Day Care Centre
Orangeville Citizen
Dufferin County's Community Services committee has issued a request for expressions of interest for a third-party administration of the Jean Hamlyn Day Care Centre, to be followed by a request for proposals. The requests were outlined by Community Services Director Keith Palmer and CAO Sonja Pritchard as a regular committee agenda item following the appearance of more than two dozen Jean Hamlyn parents who pleaded, through spokeswoman Andrea Papavasiliou, for maintenance of the status quo at the centre. More

Schools, social services to offer daycare
KenoraOnline
Parents using daycare in Kenora can breathe easier. The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board announced an agreement with Firefly related to child care spaces. Earlier this year, the City of Kenora made the decision to cease the operation of all municipally-run daycares, along with programs at the end of the calendar year. The school board responded by assuring families that they were committed to the continuation of existing services in their buildings. More

Children's dental program changes scrapped
CBC News
The P.E.I. government is backtracking on changes it planned to make for children's dental benefits announced last spring. The province had planned to implement an income threshold that would see families who earn above $35,000 forced to pay more for their children's dental work. The plan was set to go into effect Oct. 1 but after numerous complaints the government has now decided to stick primarily with the original system.More

Essex gives rent break to day care
Windsor Star
Essex Council has voted to give the Harrow Day Care a 50 per cent rent reduction for a year. While the vote was in public, the presentation by daycare officials to councillors asking for the discount was done behind closed doors. The daycare is in the Harrow Arena. Councilor Bill Baker said the daycare has lost a lot of business since area schools implemented full-day kindergarten. More

New types of Canadian families need new types of homes
Toronto Star
Family data from the 2011 census was released last month, and while married couples still reign supreme — making up 67 per cent of all families — slowly but surely new types of living arrangements are shaping home life in Canada. The number of single-parent families jumped 8 per cent in the last decade, currently making up 16 per cent of the total. In addition, one-person households (not counted as families) represent 27.6 per cent of all homes. More