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25 years since Canada vowed to end child poverty, where are we now?
Global News
A new report finds a lack of progress in reducing child poverty in Canada, despite a commitment from members of Parliament more than two decades ago to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. Released this week, the Campaign 2000 annual report release also marks five years after the entire House of Commons voted to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.
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Alberta child care centres seeing waiting lists hundreds-long
Global News
If you have a baby — or are planning for one — you'd better get in line. For child care, that is. Critics say child care provision in Alberta has reached a crisis point. Day care spaces at the Oliver Centre Early Learning Program in Edmonton are at a premium.
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Editorial: Quebec's broken promise on daycare fees was inevitable
The Globe and Mail
As broken promises go, this is a doozy. After vowing not to raise Quebec's $7 daily subsidized daycare fee during the general election this year, Premier Philippe Couillard has now almost tripled it for the province's wealthiest citizens and raised it on a sliding scale for everyone else whose annual family income is over $55,000.
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Childcare receives huge grant
Terrace Standard
A local childcare centre is looking forward to opening more much-needed childcare spots with grant money it will soon be receiving for a couple of projects. Willow Creek Childcare, open for 10 years now at manager and co-owner Jennifer Maillet's residence and in its new location since May 1 of this year at the former church on the corner of Park Ave. and Sparks St., will be getting about $450,000 in money from the provincial government to help provide more childcare spaces.
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Lending a hand to student parents
The Concordian
Back in 2010 a study commissioned by the Concordia University Dean of Students Office and Student Parents Centre outlined a lack of support for student parents at the University. Four years later, the situation has not improved—something the Concordia Student Union (CSU) is trying to change.

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New bill will cut 1,200 daycare spaces in Sudbury, say protesters
Northern Life
A group of parents and independent child care providers held a demonstration along the Kingsway Sunday afternoon out of fear a new provincial bill could eliminate up to 1,200 child care spaces in Sudbury, and 140,000 across Ontario.

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Daycare issue off to OMB
The Intelligencer
A city child care centre is appealing its failed bid to place a day nursery on Maitlaind Drive. Officials with Belleville’s First Adventure Child Development Centre confirmed the not-for-profit agency will be filing an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board shortly. The appeal stems from city council shooting down the development, in a 5-4 vote last week, after the city’s planning advisory committee recommended council not endorse the project.

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YWCA faces deficit in child care programs
The Record
The impact of junior kindergarten and extended day programs at local schools is being felt in the core of Kitchener, after YWCA City Kids Daycare announced its infant program will close Dec. 24. A Kitchener mother made little headway this week as she appealed to regional councillors for a one-time grant of about $43,000 to keep the YWCA program on Duke Street open for one year.
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Eczema cases rising among U.S. children
Winnipeg Free Press
A growing number of children are being diagnosed with the allergic skin condition eczema — but it can usually be eased with topical treatments, according to a new report. Eczema is a chronic condition that usually starts in childhood, and causes patches of skin to become dry, inflamed and often intensely itchy.
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New York day care centres now required to serve low-fat milk, water or pure juice
CTV News via The Associated Press
New York authorities issued new rules governing licensed day care centres to require they serve low-fat milk, water or 100 per cent juice to help prevent obesity. The rules from the Office of Children and Family Services, mainly updating health and safety standards, take effect in June for most of the state.
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    Reports: Canadian child care gap a pressing problem (Toronto Star)
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Full-day kindergarten causing a mess in Ontario day cares (Toronto Sun)
French day care says 'Au revoir' (Lloydminster Meridian Booster)
Number of affordable day care spots shrinking as fees in GTA tops Canada (CTV News)
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