Interaction Weekly
Jun. 26, 2013

Winnipeg day care moves outdoors to encourage active kids
CBC News
Children and staff at a Winnipeg daycare are spending more time outdoors — in fact, for two weeks, the only time they'll be heading indoors is to use the washroom. The Lord Roberts Children's Program is one of several day cares in the city that have moved outdoors as part of a challenge to encourage kids to become more active.More

Support Aboriginal early childhood development and care in your community.
Seed To Cedar
With the right conditions the smallest seeds can become the tallest cedars. And like seeds, our children hold incredible potential. Aboriginal ECDC programs play a central role in creating the conditions that nurture the potential of our children and unlock the spirit of our communities.More

License more day cares, Winnipeg parents urge province
CBC News
The sudden closure of a Winnipeg day care centre has parents racing to find new child care arrangements and calling on the Manitoba government to license more operators. The province has been cracking down on unlicensed day cares since May, when six young children were found unattended at a St. Vital facility that was not licensed.More

Alberta government expanding child care
Improving children's critical health care in the province. That's the goal of the provincial government as they're digging deep into their pockets to expand children's health care in the province for years to come. The Stollery is considered among the top health science centres in the world and in the coming years will have 48 new critical care beds for patients. More

PQ refuses to budge on day care cuts
CTV News
Private day care operators continue to express intense exasperation with the Marois government, which has ordered $15 million in day care cuts while adding 28,000 new spaces. The privately-run $7-a-day-day cares say that the cuts will cost a typical large day care operator about $28,000 per year. More

Dieppe parents upset over unlicensed day care closures
CBC News
The provincial government is cracking down on some private daycares in Dieppe, a move that is creating anger among many parents who are now stuck finding new places to send their children. The provincial government is telling the unlicensed centres they are breaking regulations by caring for too many children and has ordered them to reduce the number of children in their care.More

Why Canadian babies should sleep in cardboard boxes like Finnish babies do
The Globe and Mail
Recently, the BBC News Magazine ran an astonishing story entitled: "Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes." It was the tale of the "maternity package," a simple cardboard box loaded with goodies that every expectant mother receives in Finland. More

Group-based child care
Windsor Star
Group-based child care is linked to fewer emotional problems and social withdrawal symptoms in children whose mothers are depressed, according to a new study involving nearly 2,000 children. Researchers from Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre, Universite du Quebec a Montreal and University of Montreal found that children who were exposed to maternal depression during preschool years were almost twice as likely to have emotional problems and separation anxiety symptoms. More

Child care work recognized
Cape Breton Post
Childcare Awareness Days runs throughout the month of June. The provincial initiative recognizes the importance of quality child care and the contribution of early childhood educators to children, families and Nova Scotia's communities.More

Opinion: Editorial off-base on public child care system
The Prince George Citizen
In response to your diatribe against the $10/day child care plan... of course parents take care of their own kids and child care services support families. Do you see it as the job of government to invest in schools, libraries, fire halls, LNG development and hospitals but not child care spaces? Clearly you must not be aware of the economic benefits that come from the $10/day child care plan.More

Good Shepherd School offers out-of-school care program
Fort McMurray Today
With the availability of affordable child care options regularly presenting problems for parents and guardians, new programs — like the recently launched Good Shepherd School Out-of-School Care program — are a welcome addition in Fort McMurray. The sixth program of this sort in Fort McMurray, the Good Shepherd program officially held its grand opening with staff, students and stakeholders recently.More

Lil' Troopers South Day Care Centre opening soon
Daily Observer
Fifty-four more children in Petawawa will have a place to learn and play soon, now that the Lil' Troopers South Day Care Centre is only one step away from officially being able to start its programming. All that remains is for the centre's licence to be issued and sent to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC), something that PMFRC executive director Kim Hetherington expects to happen in a matter of weeks. More

Local woman awarded for child care
Vermilion Standard
Not many people can have a fulfilling career while being able to stay at home and care for their children, but for Sara Johnston of Vermilion it's a reality. Johnston was recently awarded by the Alberta government for Excellence for early learning and child care professionals. She started caring for children with her private day care in Lloydminster, but since moving to Vermilion in 2009 she started up her government licensed family day home and has been enjoying every minute of the experience. More