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EDGE Career Program inspires
Canstar Community News
She arrived in Canada as a refugee from Sierra Leone in June of 2002, a single mother of five children ranging in age from two to 18 years. Today, Augustina Foley is site manager for the Morrow Avenue Childcare Program operating out of Hastings School in St. Vital, a position she has held since 2007. Foley had worked in her home country as a teacher in a pre-school program. When a friend told her about the EDGE Career Program, an employment preparation program for low-income individuals, she wasted no time securing her seat in the September session.
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Ontario day care early childhood educators may see $1/hour raise
CBC News
Early childhood educators working in licensed day cares could soon see a raise of one dollar an hour. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the wage increase in Kingston, ON, saying it would help close the wage gap between early childhood educators working in full-day kindergarten programs and those in licensed day cares.
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An education in art brings therapy to children
The Globe and Mail
School-based art therapy in Britain is helping troubled kids get back on track, a study suggests. The Art Room program, which was started in 2002, is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have been identified by their teachers as needing emotional and behavioural support. Currently, there are nine Art Rooms in schools in Britain. More than 10,000 children have been through the program since it started.
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Parenting: Kids must learn to control their own screen time
Hamilton Spectator
Some say the devil's greatest trick was convincing the world he doesn't exist. I say it was convincing parents that computers can be educational. I learned this the hard way over Christmas when my wife and I, stumped about what to get our middle school-aged son, decided to buy him a Kindle.
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TTC fare changes: 10-cent fare hike, but children under 12 ride free
CTV News
Teenagers and adults may soon have to pay an additional 10 cents to ride Toronto transit, but children under 12 will be allowed to ride for free, Mayor John Tory announced on Monday. Starting March 1, Tory said the TTC will be dropping its 60-cent children's tickets, letting kids aged 12 and under ride for free. Until March, children's tickets will continue to be sold in multiples of 10.
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Pizza lunches: Does the convenience come at a cost?
CTV News
Children and teens consume far more calories, fat and sodium on days that they eat pizza, according to a new study, and school lunches are the main culprit when it comes to consumption of the delicious but nutrient-deficient cheesy pie. Researchers from the University of Illinois analyzed diet information from youths between the ages of 2 and 19 who were part of the U.S. National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey conducted between 2003 and 2010.
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Single parents federation slams Couillard day care reform
Montreal Gazette
Life is rarely easy for a mom or dad trying to raise a kid alone, but it will become even tougher once the Couillard government hikes public day care fees this spring. That was one group representing single-parent and blended families’ warning for a committee studying the bill to replace the universal $7 daily fee in public day cares with one based on family income.
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N.S. reviews child-care programs, wages, access and funding in mix
CTV News
Nova Scotia is reviewing the quality of programs it provides through its regulated child-care centres. The review by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will also look at improving access to child-care centres and funding for them.

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EDGE Career Program inspires
Canstar Community News
She arrived in Canada as a refugee from Sierra Leone in June of 2002, a single mother of five children ranging in age from two to 18 years. Today, Augustina Foley is site manager for the Morrow Avenue Childcare Program operating out of Hastings School in St. Vital, a position she has held since 2007. Foley had worked in her home country as a teacher in a pre-school program. When a friend told her about the EDGE Career Program, an employment preparation program for low-income individuals, she wasted no time securing her seat in the September session.

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Nasty H3N2 flu season worsens as cases rise across Canada
Global News
The flu season kicked off to an early start last month, but latest numbers on H3N2 cases suggest that it's still on the rise.

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Tsleil-Waututh day care 90 per cent solar powered
NS News
They’ll be playing and having fun, thanks to the warm Tsleil-Waututh sun. The Tsleil-Waututh day care is almost entirely powered by sunshine following the installation of a massive solar tracker panel this week. Measuring approximately 18 by 12 metres, the German-built rotating panel is expected to take care of 90 per cent of the day care’s power needs over the next 25 years. “Part of the concept is to teach kids about alternatives as well as providing support for the day care,” explained Dale Komanchuk, director of public works for the Tsleil-Waututh.
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Wendy's drops soda from kids' menu in Canada, U.S.
Global News
With the pressure of catering to health-conscious parents, fast food chains are trying to cut the calories, fat and sugar. This week, Wendy’s said it would drop soda from its kids menus in the U.S., a measure that’s already been in place in Canada for several years. The fast food chain is following in the footsteps of its peers, such as McDonald’s, Subway, Arby’s and Chipotle, which have phased out sugary pop from their offerings to kids. The move comes after pressure from health advocacy groups that circulated petitions.
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Vernon father writes book to help kids get home when they're lost
Global News
Vernon father John Rogers searched for a children’s book about getting lost. When he was unable to find one, he decided to write one himself. The book called “Where Am I” took five years to make and now that it has finally been published, he is hoping parents will use it as a teaching tool for their children. “I hope it will make a different and be a fun way for kids to play a game to be able to know where they are,” says Rogers.
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