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Manitoba promises more child care spaces
Global News
The Manitoba government is promising to create an additional 5,000 child care spaces over the next five years. The province is also providing a two per cent increase in operating grants this year to help boost employee wages, and says it will improve its online registry. The overall cost of the plan is unclear. Officials said $25 million will be spent building and and expanding 20 early learning and child care centres but there is no price tag yet for the rest of the initiative.
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The World Needs Kids: How to Mentor Kids Who Care and Contribute

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and gifted orator. Along with his brother Craig, Marc is co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. Marc is also the co-founder and co-CEO of Me to We.
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Study: Kids who play outdoors are more spiritual and creative
CTV News
Turn off the TV, hide the game consoles and send your kids to play in the great outdoors if you want to raise more thoughtful, fulfilled and spiritual children, suggest the findings of a small study. Children who spend significant amounts of time playing outside were found to have a stronger sense of purpose, peacefulness and spiritual connection to the earth.
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City of Ottawa has no plan to spend $3.6 million child care reserve
The Ottawa Citizen
The city has no plan to spend the $3.6 million it has collected through development charges to build new child care spaces, even though many Ottawa families wait for months to secure a spot in a licensed centre. The money has been accumulating since 2009 and can only be spent on child care centres owned or operated by the city. But because such a venture is not on the horizon, the city has decided to sit on the cash and is also proposing in its updated development charges bylaw to pause any further collection.
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Martial arts are a great learning tool for kids
The Register/Advertiser
"Martial arts is not self defence," says dad Jon Saklofske of Kentville. "It is an art, and is not about punching, kicking, hurting an opponent or winning a fight. It is about learning unique cultural traditions and becoming self-aware of your body."
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Residents, geese trying to co-exist near Brampton day care
Global News
From a distance the mother goose looks harmless – calm in fact. But step too close and her motherly instincts take flight. The pair have had close calls with staff and parents outside a Brampton daycare. Lee-Anne Arkell, the owner of the day care said the problem is "people don't know they're there."
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Ontario Liberals boost child care workers' wages
Toronto Sun
The Ontario Liberals' rollout of pre-budget goodies continued Tuesday with an additional $269 million to boost the wages of licensed child care workers over three years.

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Martial arts are a great learning tool for kids
The Register/Advertiser
"Martial arts is not self defence," says dad Jon Saklofske of Kentville. "It is an art, and is not about punching, kicking, hurting an opponent or winning a fight. It is about learning unique cultural traditions and becoming self-aware of your body."

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Wisdom begins with Wonder!

Welcome to MCCA's 37th annual early childhood education conference, 'Wisdom Begins With Wonder". Once again a group of 12 dedicated volunteers, led by Karen Houdayer, MCCA's Professional Development Manger, have put together a selection of professional learning opportunities designed to spark your imagination, share a bit of knowledge and open your mind to wonder.

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Critics question provincial child care funding
NEWS1130
The province has announced money will be made available to child care providers to build new spaces for kids. But an advocacy group says the move doesn't make child care any more affordable. Non-profit child care providers can apply for up to $500,000 to build and renovate facilities. For-profit organizations have $250,000 available to them.
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Study: Dentist visits too infrequent for Canadian preschoolers
CBC News
Less than one per cent of healthy children receive dental care as recommended by 12 months of age. That can have painful, costly and preventable repercussions later in childhood, a new Canadian study finds. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist within six months of their first baby tooth appearing or by age one, whichever comes first.
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Ottawa child care provider fighting shutdown
The Ottawa Citizen
A popular Ottawa child care provider is fighting the shutdown of her day care over government concerns about the number of children she looks after and alleged hazards in her home. Kathy Rowe, 53, said she’s been looking after kids for close to 20 years. Recently, Rowe has been looking after as many as nine children under 10 years old at her Blair Street house, although the children wouldn’t usually all be there at the same time, she said.
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French school marks opening of child care centre
South Shore News
Education advocates see the recent ceremonial opening of a new day care centre in Cookville's Centre Scolaire de la Rive-Sud as a chance for kids to get an early start learning French and for families to reacquaint with one of Canada's official languages. The child care centre opened in January on the south side of the school in an area that had, at one time years ago, been used for storage until construction of the school's gym had finished.
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