Interaction Weekly
Jul. 22, 2015

Developer builds Canada's 'largest privately-funded daycare' in Calgary
Global News
A local developer is building a 36,000-square-foot daycare centre in southeast Calgary that's set to be ready in just under a year, but some are concerned as to the level of care it will provide. "It's the largest privately-funded childcare in Canada, and it's something that we saw was a good amenity to add to Quarry Park and the surrounding communities of southeast Calgary," said Remington Development's Cody Clayton.More

New Calgary kindergarten lets kids explore the great outdoors
Calgary Herald
Starting in September, Calgary parents will have a new way to ensure their kids are getting time to play outdoors. The Children's Commons Ecological Society is launching a nature kindergarten. This full-day kindergarten program, which has been approved by Alberta Education, has kids spending most of their day exploring outside in Lloyd Park.More

Report: Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo worst place in Canada to be a woman
Global News
Victoria and Quebec are two of the best places to be a woman in Canada, according to a new report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Out of 25 cities across the country, the one that ranks lowest is Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, followed by Edmonton and Calgary. The two Alberta cities landed at the bottom last year as well. More

$10-a-day child care: Smart public policy whose time has come
The call for public investment in a national child-care program is not new and is supported by a diverse group of organizations, from child-care advocates to physicians organizations, early childhood development experts, business groups and economists. Two and a half years ago, TD Bank's chief economist argued child care should be a top spending priority for governments after deficits are eliminated. More

Chicken pox vaccine program 'clearly working' among Ontario children
CBC News
Ontario's publicly funded chickenpox vaccination program appears to have dramatically reduced the number of children who get infected with the virus, researchers say. In a study that looked at 20 years of data, Public Health Ontario found the number of children who visited a doctor or an emergency room due to chickenpox dropped 71 per cent after the public immunization program began in 2004, compared to two earlier periods. More

University of Manitoba report: Campus child care inaccessible, unaffordable
The Manitoban
Day care is largely unavailable and unaffordable for University of Manitoba student parents, and more child care spaces are desperately needed on campus. That is the conclusion of the most recent in a series of reports issued as part of the University of Manitoba child care working group, commissioned by the university to study options for improvement of campus child care services. More

A smarter way to invest in children
Toronto Star
The federal government has a problem. Federal Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre recently said in a CBC interview that around 200,000 families are not registered for the Universal Child Care Benefit even though they're eligible. It seems many people simply don't know about a program that gives a family with two children under six about $4,000 a year to offset child care costs. More

Graduate is her own boss at child-care business
The Western Star
In 2011, Ashley Hynes graduated with a diploma in early childhood education from the College of the North Atlantic. She has since gained experience by working with the YMCA for the past four years, but has taken a change in work environment when she recently decided to open the doors of her home and start her own child-care business called Ashley's Family Childcare. More