Interaction Weekly
Oct. 23, 2013

Vote: Should Canada have a universal day care system?
The Globe and Mail
Canada is without a national day care program and critics say there should be one. Based on your experience, are you happy with the availability and cost of day care in Canada? Have your say in this interactive poll. More

The case for publicly funded child care in Canada
The Globe and Mail
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's agenda for the next two years included a passing reference to "the daily pressures ordinary Canadian families face" and pointed to the taxable Universal Child Care Benefit his government brought in seven years ago — money for the "real experts" to decide how to care for their kids. That is, "mom and dad."More

Video: Lessons the rest of Canada should learn from PEI's day care overhaul
The Globe and Mail
Erin Anderssen reports on the changes Prince Edward Island has made to their day care system, including subsidizing and regulating fees and standardizing curriculum. Should this be a model for day cares across Canada?More

The procreative class: How cities can help on the child care front
The Globe and Mail
As it happens, the creative class has babies, too. In 2004, when he published his bestselling The Rise of the Creative Class, University of Toronto urban scholar Richard Florida says that cities were neglecting talented young professionals — couples like Gillian and Chris Quigley, cosmopolitan twentysomethings who arrived a few years ago from London, keen to live in the heart of Vancouver.More

We want children, but can't afford day care
The Globe and Mail
No one seems to have noticed, but 2013 marks an important anniversary for Canada: It has been exactly 40 years since the national birth rate was above the rate of replacement of two children per woman. Forty is important because it means that the last of the women who were born into the era of bigger families are now saying goodbye to their child-bearing years and leaving that task to women who were born into the era of smaller families.More

10 ways to show your kids you love reading
Huffington Post Canada
We all want our kids to read, and we know we should lead by example. But when it comes to reading, that can be hard to do. After all, it's not very engaging for a child to stare at you while you're absorbed in The Hunger Games. So many of us resort to feeble comments along the lines of, "Why don't you read that great book Grandma got you for your birthday?" Kids can think of a million reasons "why not." What they need are reasons why. More

Peek-a-boo: A window on baby's brain
BBC News
A baby's first smile is an exciting moment. But what can it tell us about their understanding of the world? Boasting about the speed of childhood development is the sport of choice for many a doting parent. From the 12-week scan right through the early years, monitoring the physical and mental progress of their pride and joy is a source of both excitement and concern.More

Tighter child care rules to be introduced later this fall in Ontario
Newstalk 1010
The province hopes to table some changes this fall that would strengthen rules for home child care. Education Minister Liz Sandals says officials have been reviewing the Day Nurseries Act over the past few months. Sandals says she has the expectation Ministry of Education inspectors will alert other officials if they notice something which is outside of their authority — such as health violations. However, she admits communication could be improved.More

Peek-a-boo: A window on baby's brain
BBC News
A baby's first smile is an exciting moment. But what can it tell us about their understanding of the world? Boasting about the speed of childhood development is the sport of choice for many a doting parent. From the 12-week scan right through the early years, monitoring the physical and mental progress of their pride and joy is a source of both excitement and concern.More

Is federal child care benefit good use of tax dollars?
Toronto Star
By the end of this fiscal year, the Harper government will have spent about $17.5 billion on the Universal Child Care Benefit. But nobody knows how parents are actually spending the monthly $100 benefit that goes to every child under age 6, says a new research paper. Ottawa can' say if the money has eased the severe shortage of child care in Canada where more than three-quarters of mothers with young families work and where there are licensed spots for only 21 per cent of kids under age 12. More

Children 'should limit exposure to mobile phones'
Calgary Herald
Children and heavy users of mobile phones should limit their exposure to the devices, France's safety watchdog has advised, despite concluding that there was "no proven effect" on health. The National Agency for Health, Food and Environmental Safety said it would make a recommendation to limit exposure to the devices, with heavy use defined as 40 minutes of conversation a day.More

Interactive map pinpoints children's services throughout Durham
DurhamRegion.com
The Region of Durham has launched an interactive map that shows where child-related services can be found. The map pinpoints the location of childcare centres, home childcare agencies, schools, after-school programs, libraries, community services and Ontario Early Years Centres. Detailed location and contact information can be found by clicking on an icon. More

Corporate day care opens in Langford
Times Colonist
One of the largest corporate day care companies in Canada has opened a child care centre in Langford. Mayor Stew Young cut a ribbon to officially open the Kids & Company facility at 965 Langford Parkway. The 7,970-square-foot facility has space for 72 children, from infants through preschool, and early morning access for parents commuting from Langford into Victoria. It's the second Kids & Company location to open in the last year in Greater Victoria and the fifth facility in B.C. More

Private day care staff and workers demonstrate against cuts, charter
CTV News
Several hundred private day care owners and staffers demonstrated one recent afternoon, as they once again expressed their opposition to $15 million in cuts announced by the PQ government. The group wore blue squares and also denounced the proposed Charter of Quebec Values, which they say will directly affect many of their workers by forbidding an estimated 150 staffers who wear Islamic veils at work, according to Sylvain Levesque, President of the Quebec Private Daycare Association. More