Interaction Weekly
Dec. 11, 2013

Canadian Child Care Federation urges Ottawa to follow Ontario's lead in creating new licensed regulated child care
Open Source Magazine
Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation, commends the Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals for introducing new legislation to improve safety and create more licensed child care spaces in the province. The CCCF also joins Minister Sandals call out to Ottawa in her announcement that she wanted "to see the federal government come to the table across the country and help the provinces."More

Can empty classrooms help solve the day care crunch?
The Globe and Mail
When it comes to aligning family life with work life, school is behind the times, literally — starting after most parents are expected to be at the office, and ending hours before they can even think of leaving. To bridge the child-care gap, lucky families snag a spot at an after-school program, if their school even has one — and even then may still have shuttle a younger child to and from separate care. More

Family minister: 'There are no cuts in daycares'
CTV News
Quebec's family minister is denying reports that the provincial government is planning more cuts to the public daycare system. A senior staff member within the ministry recently said that the province must cut an another $40 million from the daycare budget, in addition to the $31 million cut earlier this year.More

Liberals seek to modernize Ontario's child-care laws
CBC News
The Ontario government wants to modernize decades-old legislation surrounding child care, so that it can extend its enforcement powers and better protect children being cared for in unlicensed facilities. Education Minister Liz Sandals said that she would be introducing legislation, which would replace the existing Day Nurseries Act that was first introduced in 1946 and last reviewed in 1983.More

Extended day program numbers low in low-income neighbourhoods
CBC News
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustees say many children from low-income families are being shut out of before-school and and after-school care, and they're asking the province to make changes. Extended care was introduced at the same time as full-day kindergarten three years ago. The program accepts children up to the age of 12 and it costs $20 per day, per child.More

New research provides crucial insight into lives of children in care
The findings from one of the most comprehensive long-term studies ever undertaken into children in care have been revealed at Queen's University Belfast. The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study is one of only a small number of studies worldwide that has taken a long-term comparative approach, providing vital information for practitioners. It followed a group of 374 children in care in Northern Ireland, over a 10 year period from 2000 to 2010. More

Child care spaces on the rise locally
Brantford Expositor
It's the reverse of what had been predicted when the new full-day kindergarten program was launched with much aplomb four years ago. The City of Brantford and County of Brant have seen an increase in the number of licensed child-care spaces from 2012-13. The information was presented to city council as part of the 2014 budget presentations earlier this month. It showed there were 2,333 spaces in 2012, rising to 2,608 spaces in 2013.More

Day care crisis: Ontario inspections reveal numerous violations
Toronto Star
Children sleep in an airless room that is so damp, the floor is wet and the bedding is soggy. A caregiver's husband drinks beer in the driveway while two preschoolers are alone in the house. His wife is out picking up eight more kids. An unattended toddler rides a toy car into a busy intersection and is rescued by an alarmed motorist.More

Quebec public daycares face $40 million perpetual shortfall
CBC News
A promise made by the Parti Québécois to add 15,000 new spots in $7-a-day daycares by 2016 may be a pipe dream if a long-term solution to a perpetual shortfall of $40 million isn't found. Radio-Canada obtained a copy of a memo, which indicates that Quebec's CPE system could be facing deeper cuts than previously anticipated.More

Ontario Montessori schools brace for child care changes
Metro News
Ontario Montessori schools are bracing for potential changes in the daycare business, which could force some to hire more staff or relocate to meet beefed-up rules proposed at Queen's Park. "To offer the highest quality Montessori education, and to deal with these changes — it's a big one," said Katherine Poyntz, executive director of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA), who oversees about 100 Montessori schools in Ontario.More

Research key to finding safe day care facility
Finding a daycare provider can be stressful, but you shouldn't settle because you're in a bind, says one expert. With some homework, you can find a safe spot for your child, Simcoe County early learning and child care manager Jan Janssen said. More

Next election, let's make childcare the issue and the legacy
Metro News
More than 150 Torontonians signed up to speak at a city hall budget meeting. That wasn't a surprise. Public engagement has been on the rise since Mayor Rob Ford took office. People feel they need to show up for fear that otherwise someone will point to a service they rely on and bellow, “GRAVY!”More