Interaction Weekly
Jul. 3, 2013

What to do with the kids now that school's out
The Telegram
Put them to work in the kitchen, of course. Kids are less stressed in the kitchen because they don't worry so much about the end result, and accept whatever happens with good grace. They hang onto their great expectations that you will love it right up until that first bite, so it behooves you to smile brightly and say, "Mmmmm." Give them some basic skills, appropriate supervision, and let them loose with the pots and pans.More

Mothercraft announces recipient of Inaugural Bill Bosworth Memorial Award
Mothercraft celebrates the selection of Laurel Rothman as the inaugural recipient of the Bill Bosworth Memorial Award. Established to recognize outstanding contributions made to the lives of children and families in Toronto, Ms. Rothman's long and distinguished career as a social justice and child poverty advocate, policy and social planning expert and child care activist made her a natural choice for this award.More

Tots to teens
CTV News
Terri Apostle covers everything you need to know about child care and growth, from babies all the way up to teenagers.More

Child care centres open up free slots for flood victims
Medicine Hat News
Free drop-in child care is being organized to help evacuees during flood recovery. "We thought this might be a way to help out in the flood efforts," said Jennifer Usher, co-ordinator of the Medicine Hat & District Child Care Association, which has worked with local licensed and approved centres to open up spaces for those impacted by the flood. Apple Blossom Day Homes at various locations have three to four spaces available for those ages zero to 12.More

Project aims to get kids outdoors
Salmon Arm Observer
Early childhood educators are hoping to bring children back to the roots of play in nature through a $10,000 project in a city park. The idea is in the process of becoming a reality with the help of the City of Salmon Arm and a grant from the Early Childhood Educators Association and the Vancity Community Fund. The project is to encourage more open-ended play activities outdoors, more family connection, and less disconnect.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

Winnipeg day care moves outdoors to encourage active kids
CBC News
Children and staff at a Winnipeg day care 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

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. More

Children's safety village
Northumberland Today
Northumberland OPP, Port Hope Police, and Cobourg Police are working together on a new program called Northumberland's Portable Children's Safety Village. Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu said the program is still in its infancy, but they've received two miniature police cruisers and several jeeps that will be used. "We are working with the motto 'Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand,'" said Chief Liu.More

Annual summer reading program kicks off at local libraries
Halifax News Net
The TD Summer Reading Club has launched nationwide, and public libraries are hosting a variety of activities that include author visits, story-telling sessions, reading games, book discussions, and related crafts. Children aged five to 12 can register online or at their local library. They will receive a free reading kit that includes a program poster, stickers, and an activity booklet to track progress. The site also features stories, jokes, a scavenger hunt, and suggestions for books based on themes and age categories.More

After-school program gets financial boost
Nanaimo Bulletin
An after-school drop-in program for kids will have a bigger influence in their lives, thanks to a cheque for $20,000 from Royal Bank of Canada. Kids 4 Kids, a Georgia Avenue Community School drop-in program, was started in 2011 to make a positive impact on grades six and seven students facing challenges from poverty, family difficulties, and other issues that could send them down wrong paths in life.More

Calm in the classroom: Yoga geared to schoolchildren
The StarPhoenix
Imagine getting 24 six and seven year-olds to remain still and quiet all at once. Now, imagine doing this while keeping them active and stimulating their brains. The task sounds virtually impossible, but Shelly McGrath managed to find a way. McGrath teaches half-hour yoga classes to elementary school students through a program called Yoga 4 Classrooms. It uses a combination of yoga postures, breathing exercises, classroom building, and brain boosting activities that work together to create a calm and productive atmosphere.More

New leadership at Children First
Northern News Services
The new head of the Children First Society is a veteran of local children's issues. Patricia Davison, a resident of Inuvik for 15 years, is the new face of the organization and its multimillion-dollar centre slated to open in August. "I think the reason that attracted me the most is the potential of this building and this centre," she said. "There's so much potential here for programming for children and families and the services it can provide to the community. To me, that's really exciting." More

Brightening children's futures for two decades
Inside Toronto
Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition has worked for 20 years on service and program planning, development and delivery to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable young children in Etobicoke. Its vision — to work toward the creation of a seamless network of integrated services for all young children ages zero to six and their families through its 26 member agencies.More