Interaction Weekly
Oct. 2, 2013

National website to help parents choose quality day care
Toronto Star
New parents across Canada are "wandering around in a child care wasteland," says the co-producer of a new national website aimed at helping families find quality options for their kids. "Confusion reigns about which child care is regulated, what's legal and what isn't and what kind of oversight regulations actually provide," said Martha Friendly, of the Toronto-based Child Care Resource and Research Unit.More

Private day care association flooded by threats for charter stance
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The President of the Quebec association of subsidized private day care centres called the police after being flooded with hate mail for its recent denunciation of the proposed Charter of Values. Sylvain Lévesque says the last straw came when he received one of the caustic e-mails in his personal e-mail account. More

French division ahead of the class
Winnipeg Free Press
As the Winnipeg School Division ponders full-time kindergarten for students, it only needs to look at the province's French school division to see it working. While WSD trustees will debate a motion next month to start full-time nursery and kindergarten a year from now and have it fully in place by 2018, Division scolaire franco-manitobaine superintendent Denis Ferré said his division phased in full-time kindergarten in 1999, and had it in all schools by 2003. More

Full day kindergarten reflects responsible concern for young children
Hamilton Spectator
The recent opinion piece on full day kindergarten (Lovric, Too much, too soon) reflects an all-too often refrain from the voice of privilege in this country who remain largely unaware and unconcerned about the challenges among the increasing numbers of two-parent working families (and more importantly, the working poor) who are challenged to find adequate support for their young children. More

Edmonton military day care becomes first to unionize
Canadian HR Reporter
A military day care in Edmonton has become the first of its kind to unionize in the country. Workers at the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Society voted to join the ranks of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) union, effectively becoming the first military day care to organize. Concerns over wage parity with other jobs in a similar field prompted the move, according to CUPE Alberta's president, Marle Roberts. More

Bridgeland condo dwellers oppose plans for day care
CBC News
Residents of the Bridgeland housing development McPherson Place are speaking out against plans for an infants-only day care on the ground level of their building. Condo dwellers have taken to a Facebook page for the building to express concerns about parking, safety and garbage management.More

Day care decision a balance of finances and emotion
Toronto Star
When Carlos and Stephanie Gavilanes had their son Santiago two years ago, child care was a no-brainer. She was going to take a year off work, since she kind of had an in with the boss anyway: her husband Carlos, owner of the Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill on King St. W. and Duncan St., where she is the marketing manager. That plan lasted all of six months.More

Church location is perfect fit for day care operator
Delta Optimist
Leanne Parneta has owned and operated a preschool in Tsawwassen for the last decade, but she always had a vision for her perfect day care. She said it started when her own daughter was in daycare and, while she was happy with the care, she always felt like there was something missing — an area where children could enjoy some real quiet time. "I find that the day cares have become really, really big," she said. Today, Parneta's dream has become a reality as she opens Wee Watch More

Researcher: Parents often overestimate child care quality
Toronto Star
Numerous Canadian and international studies show that when it comes to judging child care quality, parents are largely in the dark. In the wake of two Toronto-area deaths of toddlers in unregulated home day care this past summer, the perils for parents are clear, says a University of Toronto economist who specializes in child care research.More

Orleans day care under review after kids wander away into forest
The Ontario ministry that oversees day cares has begun an investigation into how five kids aged three to five escaped from an Orleans child care centre unnoticed. Found by a good Samaritan, reportedly in a nearby forest, the children were returned to a day care called La Coccinelle, attached to École élémentaire catholique Reine-des-Bois, unharmed. More

Coalition urges licences for safer home day care
Guelph Mercury
Ontario's "toothless" powers over unlicensed home daycare, combined with a failure to follow up complaints, are putting children at risk, legislature critics charge. A public health report, made public through a freedom of information request, revealed that potentially deadly listeria bacteria was found in chicken stew, deli meat and cooked grains at an illegal Vaughan home day care where a toddler died last summer. More