Interaction Weekly
Oct. 9, 2013

Why early childhood education matters
The Huffington Post
Childhood focuses on dreams and imagination, always with an eye to the future. But if we don't provide children the basics, the tools to be successful, the future for them will not be so wonderful. In order to see children achieve their dreams and goals, investing in them from a young age is key to their ultimate life path. When we don't invest in children, they simply cannot flourish.More

It takes a village to raise a child
Operation Maple
The first action taken by Prime Minister Harper in office was to axe the National Daycare Program. This video showcases the important of day care.More

Million-dollar babies
Elisa and Dave Santiago bought a two-bedroom condo with a den in a trendy neighbourhood in uptown Toronto in 2009 with plans to eventually start a family. Then they found out they were pregnant — with twins. When daughters Micah and Yuna arrived eight weeks ago, the joy of becoming new parents clashed with the new reality of what it meant to raise a family in a high-cost city.More

Halton day care complaints sent to the province expose gaps
Mississauga News
Public health complaints to five unregulated home daycares in Halton Region over the past two-and-a-half years highlight gaps in oversight of health and safety for children in unlicensed care. Records of the complaints obtained by the Star show children in three Oakville and Burlington homes may have been exposed to a host of health and safety hazards, including a backyard pool, a rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions. 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

Opinion: Most Canadian parents prefer at-home child care
Sun News
If politicians think plowing tax dollars into "professional" child care is what Canadians want, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) says they're wrong. "The majority of educated Canadians still believe the best place for a child under six is at home with a parent," said IMFC executive director Andrea Mrozek, after releasing child care polling data exclusively to QMI Agency.More

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.More

Manitoba needs a public child care system
Manitoba launched an online consultation on the province's next multi-year plan for child care. Since 2002, Manitoba has had two five-year plans, each of which made incremental changes. A major redesign of child care is long overdue. In 1890, the province began building public education, moving past one-room schoolhouses to create a public school system. The same transformation needs to happen today for child care.More

Canada's first kids-only ER at a general hospital
A British Columbia hospital's new emergency room includes a separate, kids-only department to make visits less chaotic for young patients and their families. "With adult patients, you can have people with significant wounds waiting to be seen; they can be confused and agitated or coming in with police, so for us it was a priority to keep kids from witnessing that sort of stuff," says Dr. Craig Murray, clinical director of emergency at Surrey Memorial Hospital.More

Advocate: Special needs need funding
Prince George Citizen
More funding to help agencies dealing with special needs children could save the provincial government money down the road, according to B.C. Association for Child Development and Intervention provincial advocate Jason Gordon. Rather than freeze budgets and put the squeeze on the agencies which deliver service, Gordon would like to see more money flow to allow deal with issues when children are still young.More

Opinion: Kids' books are the stuff of magic
Edmonton Journal
At the beginning of this school year I made my daughters get rid of almost all their stuffed toys. I felt like an ogre — a mean, horrible monster ripping away the dolls and bears and beanbag beings that had populated their childhoods. I may as well have gnawed on those soft, cuddly bodies and spat out their tiny heads. Some were favourites because they were soft or old or they'd arrived at a memorable event. More

Program brings graduate students and kids together
CBC News
A University of Saskatchewan toxicologist is reaching out to grade eight students in Saskatoon. Lalita Bharadwaj is planning another round of Citizen Science: Go Green Youth. The program brings graduate students together with young people to investigate local issues. The first group of students to take part last winter focused on regional water systems.More

Study: Support for stay-at-home parenting drops among those with higher levels of education
National Post
Although three-quarters of Canadians believe stay-at-home parenting is best for children under six, a national study released shows support for such an arrangement drops among people with higher levels of education. The 2,022-person survey for the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) reveals that 62 per cent of Canadians with a post-graduate degree, and 68 per cent of those with a university degree, prefer parental care over a day care, day home or relative, compared to the national average of 76 per cent.More