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What Ottawa parents will do for day care
CBC News
Parents in Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood camped out all day recently, into the night in order to get the coveted spots for an after-school program next school year. The CBC's Sandra Abma talked to some of the brave, determined folks. Watch above to hear why they spent the day, and night, in tents for day care.
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Opinion: Children suffer consequences
Winnipeg Free Press
Unlicensed, unmonitored, unregulated childcare is rampant across Canada and, sadly, children and families are suffering dire consequences. It's time Canada wakes up and recognizes the value of early childhood, the critical importance of childcare for modern Canadian families and their contributions to the economy and, most important of all, the safety and well-being of our youngest citizens.
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Dear Mr. Harper:

On May 27, 2013 in a Port Coquitlam, BC provincial courtroom, an unlicensed, unregulated daycare operator was sentenced to 18 months in prison after she plead guilty to criminal negligence causing death in relation to a one-year-old in her care. Sadly, this is not the first time in Canada that a child in an unregulated and unlicensed child care has suffered such a fate.
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Monsieur Harper:

Le 27 mai 2013, un tribunal provincial de Port Coquitlam, en Colombie-Britannique, a condamné à 18 mois de prison l’exploitante d’un service de garde non réglementé et sans permis d’exploitation qui a plaidé coupable à une accusation de négligence criminelle ayant causé la mort d’un enfant de 1 an. Malheureusement, ce n’est pas la première fois au Canada qu’un enfant dans un service de garde non réglementé ni contrôlé subit un tel sort.
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Case raises concerns over 'stranger care'
Winnipeg Free Press
One week ago, six young children were left alone at an unlicensed day care — in the same kind of "stranger care" an estimated 24,000 children are receiving in Manitoba. "We should be scared," said Pat Wege, executive director of the Manitoba Child Care Association, after an unnamed 33-year-old day care operator was arrested last week for leaving six kids between the ages of one and five. "There is no watchdog when it comes to unlicensed child care, other than parents," she said.
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Non-profit group hopes to raise $1 million for NorQuest day care
Edmonton Journal
Supporters of NorQuest College hope to raise $1 million to build a centre that will add much-needed child care spaces downtown, provide lower-cost child care for NorQuest students and help train students registered in NorQuest's day home provider program. Eighty per cent of NorQuest’s students are women, according to the school's website. The new centre will give NorQuest students access to quality child care that is convenient and affordable.
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Case raises concerns over 'stranger care'
Winnipeg Free Press
One week ago, six young children were left alone at an unlicensed day care — in the same kind of "stranger care" an estimated 24,000 children are receiving in Manitoba. "We should be scared," said Pat Wege, executive director of the Manitoba Child Care Association, after an unnamed 33-year-old day care operator was arrested last week for leaving six kids between the ages of one and five.

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Federal workplace day care loses government funding
Ottawa Citizen
Parents at a day care that largely looks after children of federal public servants are weighing their options after Public Works said it will stop paying the rent. The not-for-profit Tupper Tots Daycare has operated out of the Sir Charles Tupper building at 2720 Riverside Dr., near Heron Road, for almost two decades.

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Day care debate ignited
Global News
A case of child abandonment has forced a lot of parents to take a second look at who looks after their kids. Police say an unlicensed day care operator allegedly left six children alone in a home for more than an hour. It's ignited the debate over whether licensed or unlicensed day cares are better.

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Private day care leader denounces "stupid" negotiation session
CTV News
Attempts to get the PQ government to budge on $14.9 million in cuts to day care services have hit a wall. Representatives from 200 private day cares spent two hours negotiating with Families Minister Nicole Léger, but failed to make any headway. The private day cares will bear the brunt of the cuts, plus another $800,000 in fines laid on them as punishment for a strike it held on May 22.
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Innovative musical day care has opened doors
The Daily News
A innovative new day care has opened in Nanaimo. Happy Harmony Childcare is now accepting kids into its day care program, which includes the regular pre-school programs that typical day cares offer, but also offers exposure to music and lessons on a variety of instruments.
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For homeless moms, child care major hurdle to keeping a job
Athens Banner-Herald
Before Keyonia Donaldson and her infant daughter, Allison, found a temporary home in the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, they bedded down at friend's houses. Unable to afford day care, and without a support system to watch her daughter, Donaldson couldn't work, so she sold blood to pay for diapers, using meager child support to feed herself and her daughter.
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Opinion: Subsidized child care a worthy priority, gives back to economy
The Vancouver Sun
I'm glad to note Michael Edwards agrees with me and over a million other British Columbians that we need an affordable, publicly-funded, quality child care system to support women's equality and young families. He asks how we will afford it. The answer is that we make it a priority for government investment - the same way we commit funds to build bridges for long-term safety and the economic impact of reliable transportation routes, the same way the premier plans to invest in LNG extraction, the same way we invest in public schools, health care, libraries, and fire trucks.
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School's out: The cost of summers with kids
Yahoo!
Jennifer Ng admits she's not one to plan ahead. So even though her two kids will be finished school in a couple of weeks, she hasn't lined up a single summer activity for them. "I can't believe it's almost the end of June," says the Burnaby mom, whose children are nine and seven years old. "I'm not sure what we're going to get up to. I've probably missed the boat on camps, because they fill up so quickly."
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Northumberland child care cuts mean reduced home visits
Northumberland News
It's been three months since Kristen Ellison's son was diagnosed as severely autistic, and since then she's become dependent on childcare home visits. Now those weekly visits with a speech pathologist and occupational therapist are in jeopardy, due to funding cuts that will affect the Northumberland Child Development Centre in Port Hope.
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