Interaction Weekly
Sep. 30, 2015

The faces of Canada's child care workers in 7 photos
Toronto Star
They are the unsung heroes of the tiny tot brigade: the women (and some men) who cuddle, coach and care for our community's youngest children while parents work or study. In the lead up to Ontario's 15th annual child care worker and early childhood educator appreciation day on Oct. 8, Toronto photographer Joel Andrew Clifton has captured the essence of the craft in Portraits of Child Care.More

Childcare and Election 2015
This federal election, do you know what to ask your local candidates about childcare? What will they do to make high quality childcare affordable and accessible for families in Canada? Download the CCCF's election toolkit. More

Finding success with flexible daycare
Vancouver Sun
At Talia Erickson's daycare, parents can drop off their children on as little as an hour's notice. The entire place is designed for flexible, occasional use. Talk about a no-brainer for parents.More

Markham daycare to close after city help comes 'too late'
Toronto Star
A non-profit daycare facing eviction from its long-time home at the Markham Civic Centre has been offered a one-year lease extension. But the offer from city staff was "too little, too late," said Kristina Drosos, chair of TLC Daycare's parent board.More

Preventing colds when the kids are going back to school
Within weeks of the kids coming back to school there is almost always an outbreak of sore throats, colds and the like in the community. Why is that and is there anything we can do to stop it? More

Safety experts agree with courts that kids under 10 shouldn't stay home alone
The Province
A B.C. Supreme Court ruling that found an eight-year-old is too young to be left home alone is being supported by some safety experts who say kids aren't fully ready to stay solo at such an early age. The child in the case, known as A.K., was staying home unsupervised on weekdays after school between 3 and 5 p.m. while his mother, B.R., was at work. A social worker was made aware of the situation and told B.R. that kids under age 10 couldn't be left alone. More

Give us quality, affordable child care spaces, say parents
Vicki Nelson's due date was still six months away when she signed up on a child care wait-list in Regina, SK. When she finally sneaked her baby into a spot at the YMCA two months after her maternity leave ended, the cost — $900 per month — was the same as her mortgage payment. More

Manitoba to inject $375,000 into child care nutrition
Manitoba promises to invest a heap of dough into ensuring children are eating healthier. As part of its new Child Care Nutrition Strategy, the Manitoba government will invest $375,000 to promote healthy eating among young children by encouraging positive eating environments in child-care settings, Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Deanne Crothers and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced at the launch. More