Interaction Weekly
Oct. 17, 2012

B.C. advocates $10 child care
Vernon Morning Star
Expanding families' access to child care is garnering support from some Vernon politicians. The Early Childhood Educators of B.C. is urging the provincial government to initiate a system for early care, including child care that costs $10 a day. The ECEBC says child care costs are a significant stumbling block for many families, and the government should take action so it's $10 a day for a full-time program, $7 a day for part-time and free for families with annual incomes under $40,000.More

Child care centre expands in former firehall
CBC News
People in Winnipeg's Weston area have more daycare spaces available to them thanks to new life being give to an old firehall. The province spent $270,000 in funding to help renovate the firehall at William Avenue and Cecil Street, enabling the Explorer's Children's Centre to expand from 50 spaces to 66.More

Choosing a day care centre for your child
Tulsa World
I received a daycare note with a little graduation cap the other day: 'Congratulations, your child is moving up to the next class.' My now-seven-month-old daughter is no longer an 'infant.' She is a 'tiny tot.'More

Quebec Education Minister Marie Malavoy defends history course proposal
The Montreal Gazette
Education Minister Marie Malavoy angrily rejected accusations that she is politicizing the province's education system with her proposals to abolish obligatory English classes in Grades 1 and 2, hold off on intensive English classes in Grade 6 and make sure the independence question is highlighted in the province's high-school history courses. More

Ontario to spend $1 million on new resource centres aimed at parents, tots
More schools will get drop-in resource centres as part of the Ontario government's response to last summer's killings on Danzig St. in Scarborough, the worst mass shooting in Toronto’s history. Another 17 parenting and family literacy centres for children age six and under will be set up this fall across the province at a cost of $1 million to help kids do better in school, Education Minister Laurel Broten said.More

Onsite day care still a scarce commodity
The Globe and Mail
For working parents, the joys of having a new baby can swiftly diminish when faced with finding safe, loving child care once maternity leave ends. The Top 100 Employers list includes a dozen employers offering this family-friendly perk. Some also offer attractive advantages not always available at regular licensed daycares, including environmental programs, highly trained instructors and unique environments.More

Montrealers march in support of privatized daycares
CBC News
The Parti Québécois' promise to expand government-subsidized daycare centres faced some opposition from people who say they are invested in the privatized system. About 80 people marched recently on McGill College Avenue and Sainte-Catherine West calling for more funding for private daycares rather than have new centres open.More

Dialogue needed over child care
Vernon Morning Star
It's often said that children are our future, but society isn't putting its money where its mouth is. The Early Childhood Educators of B.C. are expressing concern about the number of pre-kindergarten children who are not developing adequately because their parents can't afford to place them in child care.More

New day care fills niche in Kansas
A mother has created a new child care option in Lawrence that caters to parents who favor a holistic environment and need the option of a flexible day care schedule. OmSprout Creative Play and Drop-in Care, 1341 Mass., opened Sept. 3 and provides child care for children ages 6 months to 5 years. Schedules are based on individual families' needs, and the methods and environment of the center are inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education. More