Interaction Weekly
Nov. 28, 2012

TD: Early childhood education pays for itself
CBC News
The benefits that society reaps from giving children high-quality education in their first years of life far outweigh the costs of providing it for them, a major Canadian bank said in a report. TD Bank said investing in early education programs will help Canada address the major economic threats its facing over the coming decades, including poverty, critical skills shortages and yawning productivity gaps that hold our economy back.More

CCCF launches new website/ la FCSGE lance son nouveau site Web

From CCCF to you/De CCCF pour vous.:

The CCCF is launching a new website! We can't wait to see what you think of it. We know you're going to love it.
See the attached news release and check out your new website at: www.cccf-fcsge.ca.

Le CCCF lance un nouveau site web! Nous ne pouvons pas attendre de voir ce que vous en pensez. Nous savons que vous allez adorer.
Voir le communiqué ci-joint et vérifiez votre nouveau site Web à l'adresse: www.cccf-fcsge.ca.More

Advocacy groups: Lack of cheap day care major cause of child poverty
The Globe and Mail
Jenny Zhen moved to Vancouver from China three years ago, three months pregnant and hopeful the relocation would mean a better life for her unborn baby boy than she and her husband had. "I felt like in China, too much pressure," said the slight, soft-spoken mother. "I said I would like my son to have a better environment, so that's why I came here." The struggles were immediate: Ms. Zhen's husband didn't receive his visa for nearly two more years, leaving the immigrant to care for herself and her newborn. She depended on scant savings and assistance from friends she met at church.More

Day care asks town to reverse decision
Banff Crag and Canyon
The Daycare Society of Banff is asking town council to reverse its 2011 decision to no longer cover the entire cost of the facility's cleaning services. "If this unfortunately doesn't fit into the plans, then could the town look at covering the actual per cent of the actual cost," chair of the day care board Adrienne Kennett said during budget presentations to town council.More

Day care takes 'one giant leap forward'
The Hants Journal
For some, the new Windsor Day Care Centre is nothing short of a dream come true. In the old building, day care director Pat Post says her greeting of newcomers often involved begging pardon. She used to feel compelled to assure parents that the Windsor Day Care Centre's programs and staff are second to none. That promise was shortly followed with a 'please ignore the condition of the building.' That's not the case now.More

YMCA expanding child-care services: Full-time day care to be available
The News
The YMCA of Pictou County is expanding its child care services. The new child care centre at the YMCA is ready to take in children on a full-time basis from infant to pre-school age, said Kim Perrin, child-care director for the YMCA of Pictou County. "We still have spots available in all programs," she said during a recent tour of the service, which is located in the Pictou County Wellness Centre.More

Taxpayers help Sault day care
Sault Star
Provincial tax dollars will help nearly double the number of spaces at a Sault Ste. Marie day care. Tiny Tots Day Care is getting $60,985 from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Improvements to the Second Line West business include a new playroom, storage area and washroom. When renovations are done, Tiny Tots will care for almost 50 youngsters. "This investment will help a greater number of busy Sault families gain access to licensced, professional child care," said Sault MPP David Orazietti in a release.More

Giving parents a break
Kenora Online
Kenora parents got a day off when the Caring for Community Free Daycare program had a free day of child care. When Kenora City Council announced they would close The Castle of learning Daycare earlier this year, many Kenora parents were concerned. Kelly Sipos, an organizer of the event says the goal was to give parents a chance to relax. "It can be a stressful time of the year and if we can give you one day where you can drop your kids off, go about your business. They're well looked after and it's a perfect day for parents and the kids, hopefully a perfect day," she said.More

Generous donation for a new day care centre at BC Children's Hospital
Global News
A Vancouver businessman and philanthropist has made a generous donation to help build a much-needed day care centre at BC Children's Hospital. Doctor Djavad Mowafaghian is giving four million dollars towards the project. The generous donation was announced at a recent ground-breaking ceremony. The new daycare centre will have space for 49 children and will provide child care for hospital staff and area residents.More

A plan to mitigate crisis in child care
Bowen Island Undercurrent
At a recent council meeting, a delegation was seeking council's support for the $10/day plan that addresses early childhood education. Sharon Gregson spoke on behalf of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC and referred to a community event a few weeks ago that made islanders aware of the crisis in child care. "We plan to address that crisis by providing government with a ready-made plan: the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning," Gregson said. She explained that child care expenses have steadily gone up in the Metro Vancouver area. "Vancouver is setting a trend with high fees and it costs as much as $1,900 a month for childcare on average. In a not for profit centre, the cost is approximately $1,200."More