Interaction Weekly
Mar. 20, 2013

Canadian Child Care Federation CEO Awarded the Queens' Diamond Jubilee Medal
Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant and sustained commitment to families in Canada. The medal was presented by David Northcott, Chair of the Vanier Institute for the Family at a ceremony held in Winnipeg at Winnipeg Harvest this February.More

Le PDG de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance reçoit la Médaille du jubilé de diamant
Don Giesbrecht, président-directeur général de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance, a reçu la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II pour son importante contribution soutenue à l'égard des familles du Canada. David Northcott, président de l'Institut Vanier de la famille lui a remis ce prix lors d'une cérémonie qui s'est tenue dans les locaux de l'organisme Winnipeg Harvest en février dernier.More

Call for Nominations for The Canadian Child Care Federation's Award for Excellence in Child Care
The Canadian Child Care Federation's biennial Award for Excellence in Child Care honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of child care. The award will recognize achievements in the following areas. More

Appel de mises en candidature de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance Le prix Excellence dans la garde à l'enfance
Le prix Excellence dans la garde à l'enfance de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l'enfance honore les personnes qui ont apporté une contribution exceptionnelle au domaine de la garde à l'enfance. Le prix récompense des personnes pour leurs réalisations dans les domains suivants de la garde à l'enfance. More

Let's rethink child care
Rethink Child Care
Too many families are struggling to find child care. Others worry about the quality of care they have. Most of us are left patching together child care we can afford.More

Repensons les services de garde
Repensons les services de garde
Beaucoup trop de familles ont du mal à trouver un service de garde. D'autres s'inquiètent de la qualité du service qu'elles reçoivent. Pour la plupart, elles sont contraintes de trouver des services qu'elles n'ont pas les moyens de payer. More

Quebec day care threatens to close over funding cuts
Global News
Quebec's day care operators are threatening to close their centres in a "day of protest" against $56 million in planned cutbacks announced, only months after Family Minister Nicole Léger pledged to expand the day care system.More

Ontario schools lack physical education teachers, mental health resources
Toronto Star
Less than half of elementary schools in Ontario have a specialist physical education teacher, according to a report released Monday by People for Education. Student health — mental, social, emotional, physical and sexual — needs to be considered as much as reading, writing and math by provincial education policies, says the report. More

Calgary parents face long lineups for day care
CBC News
Dozens of parents lined up overnight at the Rosscarrock Community Centre in order to be first in line to register their children for a local day care. "All night I was here," said Azita Afsha, who held her place in line with a lawn chair. "I just went to the car to get a bit warm and just came back. It was a very hard night."More

Premier says no to $10-a-day day care demands
CTV News
Premier Christy Clark said she would not bow to protesters who descended on her office, calling on British Columbia to subsidize a $10-a-day day care plan. More

Poll: Nova Scotians want province involved in child care
The Chronicle-Herald
A new poll shows most Nova Scotians want government to have a role in child care. The Environics Research Group poll that was released shows 87 per cent of Nova Scotians believe government should be involved in making sure families' child care needs are met.More

Day care operators fighting mad over $56 million in budget cuts
CTV Montreal
Day care operators say they feel betrayed by the Parti Quebecois over its decision to cut $56 million from day care budgets. Operators say they're unhappy because Premier Pauline Marois has often called herself the woman who created subsidized $7-a-day day care in Quebec, and she's often been critical of the previous government when they had planned to touch day care. More

Day care association criticizes new Quebec preschool plans
CBC News
The Quebec government's plan to offer preschool to children from disadvantaged backgrounds is being criticized by the CPE day cares. Education Minister Marie Malavoy announced the government would be introducing voluntary preschool classes for children from disadvantaged families. The program would be offered to 4-year-old children.More

Child care's not about funds, but about caring
The Province
The B.C. Coalition of Child Care Advocates has been campaigning hard for a publicly-funded, $10-a-day, child care system, similar to that in Quebec, suggesting the one we have is in crisis. Let's back up a bit here. We may be living in a youth culture, but it seems to be an increasingly unfeeling one. The anecdotal evidence is everywhere, from online bullying to gun violence, rioting...and the lack of respect shown older people.More

Concern over potential Manitoba day care closures
It seems there's never enough space in schools in Manitoba, and some are worried there will soon be less. The province is aiming to lower the number of students per classroom, which mean we'll need more classrooms.More

Trustees will not be able to move day care centres from schools
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba's school trustees have buried a bid to give themselves local authority to move day care centres from schools. River East Transcona trustees unsuccessfully lobbied for local autonomy — arguing that with the province mandating smaller class sizes, that schools may need the day care spaces as classrooms. The alternative would be converting other facilities to classroom use.More

Richards announces funding for day care playground
Canmore Leader
Children at Canmore's day care will soon have a new playground to enjoy thanks to a combination of long-term fundraising and recently announced funding from the federal government. It was announced that the daycare will receive $174,710 in funding that will allow the Canmore Community Daycare Society to acquire and install new playground equipment and upgrade the playground's play surface.More

Opinion: Solutions for parents who work
Peace Arch News
We recognize the challenges faced by parents struggling to balance raising a family with pursuing work and training opportunities. Our BC Early Years Strategy is designed to support choice and help those parents by improving the quality and availability of early years programs and services.More