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First Global Conference on Holistic Early Learning and Development
Lakehead University
We welcome you to join us at the First Global Conference on Holistic Early Learning and Development being held Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2 in beautiful Orillia, ON, at Lakehead University. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Pascal will be our opening keynote speaker. Please READ MORE for further information/registration details.
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Digital Literacy for Preschoolers
McGill University
Complete information is now available about our upcoming conference, Digital Literacy for Preschoolers: Maximizing the Benefits of eBooks in Emergent Literacy (June 26-27, 2015). This conference will be of interest to a wide audience including elementary school teachers, early childhood educators, school administrators, librarians, speech-language pathologists and other professionals that work with children and families, researchers and university students.

The full conference schedule is shown below (see also our website): http://digitalliteracyforpreschoolers.conference.mcgill.ca/#SCHEDULE.

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Liberal government invoking closure for sliding-scale daycare fees
CTV News
The Couillard government is set to invoke closure to pass Bill 28, legislation regarding a change in the fee structure for public daycares in Quebec. The bill introduces a sliding-scale daycare fee based on income. Parents will end up being charged a supplemental fee for daycare when they file their 2015 income taxes.
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Toronto looks at daycares, nursing homes for DineSafe
Toronto Star
Twenty months after a Ryerson University/Star investigation revealed serious gaps in the city's heralded DineSafe program, Toronto's medical officer of health is proposing reforms to fill them. Dr. David McKeown is recommending city council expand DineSafe to food-serving institutions including daycares, hospitals, nursing homes and school cafeterias. They would have to prominently display green (pass), yellow (cautionary pass) or red (fail) health inspection results.
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Hastings School Board announces child care partnership
Inside Belleville
With heavy equipment on site and construction under way, officials arrived at the Stirling Public School in Belleville, ON, recently to recognize a new partnership and the construction of the first licensed child care centre in the township. The $1 million project, recently announced and funded by the Ministry of Education with an additional $80,390 contributed by the county, is slated for completion before September of this year, offering spaces for up to 26 children ages 18 months to 3.8 years.
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New YMCA child care centre to celebrate grand opening later this month
Mississauga.com
The YMCA of Greater Toronto will be holding a grand opening ceremony at the Mississauga Valley YMCA Centre later this month to celebrate the expansion of its child care offerings in the region. The new centre will provide 80 new child care spots — 10 for infants, 30 for toddlers and and additional 40 for pre-schoolers.
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Autism Awareness Month: Why not be inclusive, instead of 'aware?'
Toronto Star
As the father of a 6-year-old boy on the spectrum, I have no issues with creating more awareness among the grizzled masses — of which I was formerly one — who associate this skyrocketing developmental disorder with the movie Rain Man and the nerd on The Big Bang Theory. But it takes more than being "aware" of something to spark cultural change.
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Guelph psychological service team notes rise in its child caseload
Guelph Mercury
For the past 10 years, the clinician team at Norfolk Psychological Services has been successfully treating patients with a wide variety of mental health issues however, there is still some misunderstanding about what exactly they do. "I think the general public doesn't understand that psychology has something different and sometimes equal to psychiatry," said Dr. Kathryn Greenaway.
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Time to fix the childcare problem
The Independent
In Canada there's approximately one million children under the age of five who have working parents, yet there are only 500,000 regulated child care spaces. Further, there are only enough regulated spaces for approximately 19 per cent of children aged 0-12. Where do the rest of the children go?
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Ottawa committee approves $11.5 million daycare plan, parents to get 'floating subsidies'
Metro News
Ottawa's community and protective services committee recently approved an $11.5 million childcare plan, as the chair called for more provincial funding.

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$1.1 million boost for Peterborough, ON, child care
Peterborough Examiner
Licensed day cares across Peterborough city and county are about to get a $1.1 million boost from the province. It's meant to raise childcare workers' pay by $1 an hour, as well as to help subsidize childcare costs for needy parents.

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How lack of affordable, accessible child care hurts the economy
Global News
Across Canada and across the income spectrum, these families feel kneecapped by the cost of child care and lack of spaces. It's keeping parents out of the workforce, in poverty or preventing them from saving money and planning for the future.

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Windsor, ON: Public school board shuffling elementary staff in face of declining enrolment projection
Windsor Star
Faced with a projected decline of about 500 elementary school students, the Greater Essex County District School Board is planning on eliminating 21 early childhood educator positions and re-assigning 40 elementary school teachers to cover long-term leaves in September. The bulk of the projected drop of 500 students comes in the full-day kindergarten program.
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