Interaction Weekly
Nov. 5, 2014

Scarce day cares: The 'very difficult' task of finding a spot
Brandon Sun
At six months pregnant, Cathy Binda was looking to line up daycare for her children, only to be faced with a three-year waiting list. "It was very difficult and very, very stressful," she said. "It’s the last thing you need to worry about when you’re pregnant."More

Manitoba parents least likely to use child care: StatsCan
Global News
Manitoba parents were least likely to use child care in Canada in 2011, a new Statistics Canada report says. Only 34 per cent of Manitoba parents placed their kids in some form of child care in 2011, compared to the national average of 46 per cent, the study says. Almost 60 per cent of parents use child care in Quebec, where parents pay a subsidized rate of $7 per day per kid.More

Ottawa day care providers fight Bill 10
Ottawa East News
Ottawa's independent child care workers want parents in the city to know proposed changes to the Ontario Day Nurseries Act will affect families negatively. The Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario held 11 protests across Ontario to draw attention to the Liberal government's proposed child care modernization rules and what it could mean for independent daycare providers. More

Dad in-training: Child care policy that actually helps families
Canada.com
One of my biggest shocks as a parent was the realization of how much it would cost to send our kids to day care. When our oldest daughter turned a year old and my wife went back to work, we started paying around $1,500 each month to send her to the infant room of a nearby child care facility. And while that cost has gone down as she has gotten older, we’re paying more overall because we’re now paying for both her and our youngest daughter. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that raising children is expensive.More

Setting high expectations can help children
Guelph Mercury
I recently received a letter from a Guelph mom frustrated at the behaviour of her two-year-old son. She shared with me that at day care, her son will nap for two hours. But on weekends, she finds she must take him for a walk or drive to get him to nap. She also shared he has tantrums with her, but when she goes out and leaves him with his father or grandparents, he has none. More

Dad in-training: Child care policy that actually helps families
Canada.com
One of my biggest shocks as a parent was the realization of how much it would cost to send our kids to day care. When our oldest daughter turned a year old and my wife went back to work, we started paying around $1,500 each month to send her to the infant room of a nearby child care facility. And while that cost has gone down as she has gotten older, we’re paying more overall because we’re now paying for both her and our youngest daughter. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that raising children is expensive.More

Editorial: Protect our children with licensed day care spaces
Toronto Star
“What could be more pressing, more urgent, than protecting children?” That’s the question Ontario Ombudsman André Marin asked with the release last week of his highly anticipated report Careless About Child Care, which investigates unlicensed day care in the province. The answer to his question seems obvious: nothing.More

Study: 4 minutes of fun helps kids focus
CTV News
Primary school age children will behave better and stay more focused in school if they're allowed short intervals in which they are free to unleash excess energy, say researchers at Queen's University in Canada. They tested a program of what they call "FUNtervals" on a group of 50 students in grades 2 (ages 7 to 8) and 4 (ages 9 to 10) in the hopes of reducing the children's fidgeting, inattentiveness and other signs of distraction they refer to as "off task behavior." More

What sets apart a great day care from a good day care?
City Centre Mirror
For parents, selecting a day care for their child is one of the most important decisions they will make during early parenthood. It is often the foundation upon which children learn, explore and grow and sets the tone for their future development. When making a final decision on child care services, there are many factors to consider but often it’s just a feeling we get – so follow your gut – it will clearly help to set apart a good day care from the great day care. More

Chatham day care deal a possibility
BlackburnNews.com
Chatham-Kent officials have found a private operator for one of its two day cares. A total of five companies submitted proposals to operate the May Court Childcare Learning Centre in Chatham. Of the four that met the criteria, Growing Together Family Resource Centre got the thumbs up from administration.More

Editorial: Day care parents have responsibility, too
Toronto Star
Let me start by saying that I want to see fully licenced and fully funded day care in every province in Canada. I am still reeling from the death of Ekaterina Evtropova. Of course this should never have happened and my heart breaks for this little girl and the other children who have died or suffered from neglect. But what I cannot understand is: Why are the parents of this child suing the government for lack of oversight? Why aren’t they suing themselves? More

Harper expected to expand $2.5 billion universal child care benefit at campaign-style announcement
National Post
The Prime Minister is expected to unveil a bundle of measures aimed at benefiting families in a splashy, campaign-style announcement. The centrepiece is expected to be an enhancement to the $2.5-billion universal child care benefit, as the National Post revealed earlier this month. The government is said to be expanding the program, with the options being doubling the existing amount or making the $100 per child benefit available to parents with children older than six.More