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Prosperity depends on public commitment to child health, conference hears
The Globe and Mail
Canada's future prosperity could be at stake if policies related to young children fail to catch up to the scientific evidence. That was a key takeaway from a special symposium held in Toronto recently that brought together world experts in the biology of child and brain development with those who specialize in the health and success of entire societies.
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Day care joins Efficiency Nova Scotia's growing Green Schools movement
The Burnside News
Efficiency Nova Scotia's Green Schools Nova Scotia recently welcomed its newest and youngest member, Wee Care Developmental Centre, a non-profit daycare in Halifax. It's the first day care to join the program, which is dedicated to smart energy use and environmental sustainability. Green Schools Nova Scotia is an extra-curricular program offered to all Nova Scotia schools and students through Efficiency Nova Scotia that teaches basic principles of energy efficiency and other environmentally sustainable behaviours. The number of schools involved in the program has nearly doubled since last year, increasing from 55 to 101 schools.
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In B.C., a hellish hunt for child care
The Tyee
"Sorry, we don't have any available spaces for your son." It was a message Kristina Kernohan and Alexis Morgan heard over and over. They knew it wouldn't be easy to find child care for their son, Bevyn, but they hadn't imagined what a nightmare it would turn out to be. When Kernohan started searching in November 2012, Bevyn was five months old and she had 10 months left before she had to return to her job as an on-call teacher.
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Sign the petition for quality affordable child care in Canada
National Union of Public and General Employees
Canadian families struggling to find quality child care are all too aware of the lack of available spaces. This coupled with the high cost of child care, often as much as a mortgage payment, have many parents facing difficult choices between working and staying home. This is why New Democrat Member of Parliament Jinny Sims has launched a petition calling for federal leadership on child care. The petition calls on the government of Canada to work with the provinces and territories to increase the number of good quality and affordable child care spaces in Canada.
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The Childcare Modernization Act of Ontario threatens choice in child care
The London Free Press
There have been several news outlets throughout Ontario that have taken the time to interview professionals in the Home Day Care industry with regards to the Modernization Act, Bill 143. However, much of what has been reported has been inconsistent and factually incorrect.

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Study: Caffeine very common for kids, youths
CBC News
Nearly three out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.

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Pediatrician: Why kids should play outside, even in extreme cold
CBC News
Frozen parks? Fear not. A pediatrician is calling for school boards and parents to send kids outdoors despite the frigid cold. Dan Flanders, a pediatrician based in Toronto, calls some school boards' decisions to cancel outdoor recess "a terrible idea" for kids and also urges parents to find ways to get their kids outside on even the coldest days.

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Study: Caffeine very common for kids, youths
CBC News
Nearly three out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds. Although even most preschoolers consume some caffeine-containing products, their average was the amount found in half a can of soda, and overall caffeine intake declined in children up to age 11 during the decade.
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Report: Kids know their way around a tablet before riding a bike
CTV News
A global study of how young kids are using the Internet found Canadians were spending less time online and were less likely to have their own email address or social media account. Still, more of the three- to five-year-old Canadian children involved in the study knew how to use a mouse and play computer games than ride a bike or write their name.
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Day care service cuts trouble Thunder Bay dad on wait list
CBC News
A Thunder Bay man told city council cutting day care spaces in the city would be a mistake. Justin Frape wants the city to hold off on any cuts to the city's four day care operations — which it deems a money-losing service — until the province makes changes to regulations. Frape said his child has been on the waiting list at the Grace Remus Daycare for more than two years. But city staff say that long wait list doesn't necessarily indicate a shortage.
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Region's day care task force set to wrap up
Brampton Guardian
A task forced formed to oversee Peel's transition out of direct delivery of day care is set for dissolution. The nine-member group formally met for the last time Jan. 30 after more than a year in existence. Before voting to dissolve the task force, politicians reviewed Peel's progress on its transition to service manager.
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City wants policy for aboriginal child care subsidies
Scarborough Mirror
City managers and departments are being asked to help an aboriginal child care program in Scarborough survive. The Native Child and Family Life Centre on Galloway Road was built with a care centre for 56 children from infancy to age six, and its staff can speak to them in Cree and Ojibway. But in an interview in October, Kenn Richard, executive director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto warned the program was in "extreme jeopardy."
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Child development services to continue in Colborne
Cramahe Now
There will be changes in how the needs of children in Northumberland County are met due to a contract approved by Northumberland County Council on January 29. But the good news is that programs being offered to kids at Colborne Public School will continue at least until the end of the year. Clare Paterson, Executive Director of Northumberland Child Development Centre (NCDC) revealed the information in a letter distributed to parents. The NCDC programs include early screening, Colborne Playgroup, Colborne Chefs, Girl Power, Dads Count and Keys to Kindergarten.
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