Interaction Weekly
Mar. 27, 2013

Farewell to the CCHRSC
March 31, 2013 marks a significant and sad day for Canada's Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) sector as the Child Care Human Resource Sector Council (CCHRSC) ceases operations due to the federal government's decision to no longer fund sector councils.More

Adieu à CSSGE
Le 31 mars 2013 est une journée triste pour le secteur de l'apprentissage et de la garde des jeunes enfants du Canada puisque le Conseil sectoriel des ressources humaines des services de garde à l'enfance (CSRHSGE) sera dissous vu que le gouvernement fédéral a éliminé le financement des conseils sectoriels.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

Alberta ending grants for accredited day cares, programs
CBC News
Day care operators are losing grants that the province provided to accredited programs and centres across Alberta. On April 1, Alberta Human Services is ending the Quality Enhancement Grant which provided $7,500 for accredited child care centres and $4,000 for accredited before and after-school programs.More

Opération Enfant Soleil verse plus de 53 000$ à Rivière-du-Loup
Journal Info-Dimanche
De passage à Rivière-du-Loup, dans le cadre de sa tournée provinciale annuelle, Opération Enfant Soleil a fait remise de trois dons à autant d'organismes totalisant 53 001 $. Le Centre hospitalier régional du Grand-Portage a reçu 27 412 $, un montant qui servira à faire l'acquisition d'une table de réanimation néonatale, d'une isolette de transport et d'un moniteur multi-mesures. More

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.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

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

Dollard des Ormeaux approves subsidized day care project
West Island Gazette
Dollard-des-Ormeaux has plans to build a facility to house a subsidized day care at William Cosgrove-Centennial Park, a 48-hectare natural green space in the heart of town. Council approved an agreement with Garderie Les Bois Verts, setting the stage for a project to build a $2.4 million building just south of the park's main parking lot along Lake Ave. near Manuel Dr., Mayor Ed Janiszewski confirmed to The Gazette.More

Marois: Parti Québécois will work with daycare providers
CBC News
Premier Pauline Marois said that her party would work with the province's day care providers, who are facing $56 million in budget cuts. "I will defend, like I always have, day care services in Quebec," Marois said. The cuts come despite the 3.2 per cent increase promised to the family ministry in the provincial budget tabled last fall. More

Expert: Are your kids bored? That's a good thing
The Globe and Mail
If you're constantly worried about providing stimulation for your children, you may actually be doing them a disservice. That's according to education expert Teresa Belton, who told the BBC that it is good for children to be bored, as it encourages them to exercise their imaginations. While studying the effects of boredom, Belton, a senior researcher at the University of East Anglia in Britain, has interviewed numerous creative types, including authors, scientists and artists, such as British writer and actress Meera Syal, the BBC reports. More

Mom upset over preschool changes
Coquitlam Now
Since September, Jennifer Harris' daughter Kaitlyn has been going to preschool at Pinetree Community Centre three days a week — and loved it. The young family had intended to sign up their four year old for another year this fall, but that all changed when parents were notified the program would be changing. More

Schools leaving child care in limbo
Government plans to turn schools into the community hub for child care programs has current care providers not sure what to expect. In an effort to make a one-stop shop for child care programs, the Ministry of Education outlined its plans to bring the many child care programs together at schools that have all-day kindergarten. While extensive, the plans were also vague. One of the programs Minister of Education Lauren Broten suggested would be brought together at the schools is the Early Years program, currently offered in this area through Muskoka Family Focus. More

Study: Parents spend more learning time with young daughters than sons
Toronto Star
Canadian parents spend more time reading, telling stories, singing songs, drawing, and teaching new words and letters to their pre-kindergarten-age daughters than their sons, according to a working paper by two Canadian economics professors. That holds true even when the boy and girl are twins.More

Opinion: Child care should be a priority
Burnaby Now
I'm disappointed to see Burnaby city council is refusing to fund the child-care facility at the new development at the Value Village site in Edmonds. As city staff already noted, the community already has a strong need for additional child-care facilities, and the argument that we should consult the community to determine priorities falls flat. More