Interaction Weekly
May. 6, 2015

Ontario creating 4,000 new child care spaces in schools
Government of Ontario
Ontario is creating approximately 4,000 new child care spaces for Ontario families as a result of a significant new investment announced in the 2015 Ontario Budget. Over the next three years, $120 million in new funding will be dedicated to building safe, high quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province where there is significant demand. More

Kindergarten 'staggered start' to end in Toronto
Toronto Star
So many kindergarten students have attended preschool programs or daycare that they no longer need a gentle introduction to school through "staggered" start dates, says the Toronto public board in ending the long-standing practice this fall. And with children enrolling in the before-and-after care that comes with full-day kindergarten — which is up and running the first day of school — the board believes it is time to break with tradition. More

Operators: Daycare cuts will hurt business owners and parents
CBC News
Some private daycare operators in the Fredericton area say the Liberal government's decision to cut their subsidies will hurt business owners and parents who need affordable daycare. As of June 1, for-profit daycare owner/operators who are trained in early childhood education will no longer receive a salary top-up through the Quality Improvement Funding (QIFS) program. More

Trio of fundraising events planned for The Scarborough Hospital
The Scarborough Hospital, serving one of Canada's most diverse communities, has friends. And this spring, with the hospital's needs growing fast, those friends are being asked to attend three different local events, each raising funds to make TSH's Maternal Newborn and Child Care Program better for patients. More

Windsor Day Care Centre's AGM postponed following parental concerns
The Hants Journal
The Windsor Day Care Centre's annual general meeting, originally scheduled for May 6, has been bumped to June 15 according to a notice given to parents. This change comes after several parents raised concerns about the day care's policies.More

Housing, child care increase 'living wage' to $20 an hour
Times Colonist
Greater Victoria's "living wage" rose to more than $20 an hour in 2015, as housing and child-care costs increased and employment options stagnated, says a report released today. The cost of raising a family of two parents with two children would require each parent to make no less than $20.05 an hour working full-time, or an after-tax combined income of $61,816 annually, according to the Community Social Planning Council report. More

Infant allergies linked to air pollution by new Canadian study
CBC News
A new study suggests that babies exposed to air pollution in their first year of life are more likely to develop allergies to food, mould, pets or pests. The Canadian study, which surveyed more than 2,700 children in four cities across Canada, is the first to link air pollution and allergies in infants, according to Michael Brauer, the study's senior author. More

Canada ranks 20th-best country in the world to be a mother
CTV News
With its relatively low rates of maternal and child deaths, high per capita income, and years of formal schooling, Canada is the 20th-best country in the world to be a mother, according to a new global ranking. The organization Save the Children says Canadian mothers fare better than their counterparts in most other countries, but still fall behind those in Australia, Singapore and many European countries. More

Thousands of parents keep kids home from school in sex-ed protest
Toronto Star
Incensed at a new sex education curriculum they say will be too graphic for young sensibilities, parents of thousands of GTA elementary students kept their children home from school Monday in protest, with a thousand taking placards and chants of "We Say No!" to Premier Kathleen Wynne's riding office. In Toronto, almost 35,000 students were absent, a leap of 144 per cent over the previous Monday.More

Parent traps: To nanny, or not
Vancouver Sun
After having been a stay-at-home mom for the past two years, I have made the decision to go back to work. As my husband continues to work full-time, he and I have agreed to hire a nanny to take care of our son. More

Ottawa plan includes new cash for childcare sector
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa wants to pump $11.5 million into the child care sector between now and 2020 to stabilize fees and slash wait times. The cash injection was outlined in a new child care services roadmap. More

New Brunswick cutting $1.9 million from daycare program
CBC News
Private daycare operators in New Brunswick are reeling following word the province will make cuts to a key program in June. The Quality Improvement Funding (QIFS) program will receive $1.9 million less in funding.More