Interaction Weekly
Nov. 20, 2013

Child care: Why Canada needs to do better at helping all families
The Globe and Mail
Debating how governments should support families — tax breaks versus child care versus baby bonus-style handouts — always gets personal. Cherie Blair, wife of the former British prime minister Tony Blair and a vocal advocate for universal child care, recently offended many stay-at-home mothers by proposing they should be offered apprenticeships to get them working.More

The world's best 20 education systems rankings Q3 report
World Top 20 Education Systems
The World Top 20 Education Poll has released its Third Quarter Report. There has been no change from the 1st and 2nd quarters, with three countries from Asia holding the first, second and fourth spots in the top five places, but there's no discounting what 12 European Countries Education Systems have done by being ranked in the top 20 poll. This quarter's report highlight where the top 20 countries education systems strengthen lies and where there needs to be improvement to maintain, move-up, or drop out of the top 20.More

Little girl's first time walking on ice will melt your cold heart
As much as you might think you're ready to experience the cuteness contained in this deceptively short video, there is no way you're ready. And by that I mean you haven't even bothered to secure a buddy who can shock you back into coherence once your heart stops from an overload of cuteness. Do you even own a defibrillator?More

Baby dies at unregulated Markham day care, sparking police probe
Toronto Star
Police and the province's chief coroner are investigating the death of a 9-month-old baby in an unregulated home daycare in Markham — the third death of a child in such a facility this year. The baby girl was reportedly not breathing when emergency responders were called to the residence. She was rushed to nearby Markham Stouffville Hospital where efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, said Det. James Ward of York Regional Police’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. More

Licensed or unlicensed; what difference does it make?
The Mississauga News
While it remains true that good unlicensed child care services exist, there are numerous risks involved with selecting a child care service that is unregulated by Ministry guidelines and imposed standards. Namely, child to caregiver ratios, programming, nutrition options and general safety are all left unmonitored if the choice to use an unlicensed child care provider is made. More

Guelph professor designs program aimed at reducing the risk of toddlers falling
Guelph Mercury
A University of Guelph professor is trying to make the world a little safer for toddlers. Dr. Barbara Morrongiello says that falls in the home are the No. 1 reason children in Ontario under the age of five end up in the hospital emergency department. Hospitals in Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin area average 72 visits per month alone, she said. The director of the U of G's Child Development Research Unit has researched, tested and implemented a program called ALTER aimed at reducing that number. More

School bans kindergarteners from touching each other
Parent Dish
An elementary school in Aldergrove, B.C., has started a zero-tolerance policy for its kindergarteners, banning them from touching each other. Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School sent a letter home with its students informing parents of the ban. The handout read: "We have unfortunately had to ban all forms of hands-on play for the immediate future... we will have a zero-tolerance policy."More

Study estimates economic impact of childhood food allergies
Toronto News Fix
The overall cost of childhood food allergies was estimated at nearly $25 billion annually in a study of caregivers that quantified medical, out-of-pocket, lost work productivity and other expenses, according to a report published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. Food allergy is a growing public health issue in the United States that affects about eight per cent of children. The condition results in significant medical costs to the health care system but also inflicts substantial costs on families, including special diets and allergen-free foods, according to the study.More

Hundreds, if not thousands, of B.C. kids go to school hungry
The Vancouver Sun
Forty children come to Richmond's William Bridge elementary hungry every day and bring nothing for lunch. By cobbling together donations from people and businesses, the staff has so far been able to provide bagels, cream cheese, jam and yogurt. It's a similar story at 13 other Richmond elementary and high schools. Eight Richmond schools have lunch programs and six schools have both breakfast and lunch. Only a few of those food programs are daily.More

Unhealthy choice: Experts warn against making children pick 1 sport
Calgary Herald
It used to be that kids changed sports with the season. Spring baseball was followed by soccer, which flowed into hockey or skiing during the winter months. But that has changed. Today's kids are expected to choose one sport and compete year-round if they want to earn a spot on a competitive team. And during those rare weeks or months when kids aren't playing or practicing their sport, they're in the gym following a sport-specific training program.More

Grey County facing $1 million cut to childcare programs
Grey County's childcare programs are facing a $1 million provincial funding cut. The childcare funding cut came to light at a recent county council's regular meeting. Based on changing demographics, the province has changed the formula it uses to calculate how much the county receives for childcare programs. As a result, the county is seeing a significant cut to its budget. The cut, however, is not taking effect immediately. More

Majority of parents say online snooping of their kids is necessary
Parent Dish
In today's online world, it's hard to keep tabs on what your child is up to. But a recent study has found that 60 per cent of parents regularly read their kid's emails, texts and Facebook messages under the belief that snooping is 'necessary' for their children's internet safety. While the poll indicated that the majority of parents snoop, it also revealed that one in five parents were shocked by the content they found. Because of their concern, one in four parents eventually confessed their snooping to their children.More

Too much talk, too little action on aboriginal children's issues
Global News
The notion that aboriginal communities are like black holes when it comes to government funding was strengthened considerably with the release of the latest scathing report by B.C.'s Children and Youth Representative. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's investigation of government-funded services for aboriginal youth was highly critical but not particularly shocking. Her main finding was that almost $70 million was given to aboriginal organizations over a dozen years without a shred of evidence that any of it was actually spent on services for young people.More

Occupational therapy for school kids gets more money
Pique News Magazine
Nicole Pearson's two young sons, Jobey and Levi, have benefited immensely from Early Intervention occupational therapy in Squamish — but the boys hit a snag when they were old enough for school. Levi, the youngest, received it prior to starting Kindergarten this year, but now that he is in the school system he is no longer eligible.More

Children draw attention to boat safety
Cape Breton Post
Children across Nova Scotia have been drawing attention to the need for boat safety in a poster contest that included a winning entry from MacDonald Elementary School in Dominion. Stewart Franck, executive director of the Fisheries Safety Association, said the association held a boating safety poster contest with Grade 6 students in Nova Scotia and the six winners province-wide included Emma Duggan of MacDonald Elementary School.More