Interaction Weekly
Dec. 18, 2013

There's no need to fear a national child care program
The Globe and Mail
Parents desperate for a child care space; sky-high fees; sometimes dangerous unlicensed arrangements; limited accountability – The Globe and Mail's comprehensive Daycare Project sketched a bleak picture for families across Canada. It highlighted initiatives making a difference in two provinces; Quebec's ambitious but still uneven work-in-progress and PEI's more modest steps towards public management.More

Ontario Montessori schools brace for child care changes
Toronto Star
Ontario Montessori schools are bracing for potential changes in the day care business, which could force some to hire more staff or relocate to meet beefed-up rules proposed at Queen's Park. The Child Care Modernization Act, amounts to the first substantive change to daycare legislation in the province since 1983. Part of the suggested update is to close a longstanding regulatory loophole, where private schools that have been operating since before 1993 are exempt from provincial child care rules.More

Quebec moves one step closer to centralized day care waiting list
The Marois government says that by the end of 2015, the process of getting your child on day care waiting lists will be easier. It's creating a centralized province-wide and the government has announced who'll be managing it. The new centralized database will allow parents to sign up to one large list encompassing the entire province, instead of several smaller, regional lists, and will force all the province's day cares to sign onto the new list.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

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

Historic child-welfare deal inked
Fort Frances Times
Kenora-Rainy River Child and Family Services and Weechi-it-te-win Family Services signed an agreement and transfer of jurisdiction to allow WFS to provide child-welfare services to all band members living off-reserve within the Rainy River and Kenora districts. Despite the government not changing the legal jurisdiction, but not wanting to lose any more children, the two agencies embarked on creating their own service agreement.More

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. More

Day care goes corporate
Kamloops Daily News
Corporate-model day care doesn't mean four-year-olds in three-piece suits hurriedly checking their BlackBerrys. What it does mean is a service orientation tailored to the needs of corporate clients and their employees, explained entrepreneur Victoria Sopik, CEO of Kids & Company. Sopik — who co-founded the child care company in 2002 in Toronto and has since built a 52-centre franchise caring for 10,000 children in Canada and the U.S. — was in Kamloops to open her first B.C. operation.More

Province pitches in a surprise $2.63 million for regional child services
The Waterloo Region Record
The region unexpectedly received an extra $2.63 million from the province for child services, which will allow the department to avoid proposed budget cuts and decrease waiting lists for the child care subsidy. Because of pressures to decrease the 2014 budget, child services was facing about $243,000 in cuts. With the increased funding, those cuts have been taken off the table. More

Tips for avoiding toxic chemicals in holiday decorations and gifts
Global News
Do you know what’s in the holiday products you buy? While federal regulations are in place for some products that are likely to end up in your kid's mouth (such as jewellery, baby bottles and sippy cups), toxic substances can still end up in your home during the holiday season via toys or holiday decorations.More

Struggle to find day care made worse by closure
The Packet
One of two child care centres in Clarenville will shut its doors permanently on Christmas Eve, forcing parents on a search for child care in a town that's already critically short on spaces. And help isn't coming anytime soon, because the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services rejected a proposal to create a public child care centre in Clarenville.More

Council backs child care proposal
The Whistler Question
Whistler Council was unanimous in their support last for a proposal that would shift day care into the Ministry of Education and reduce costs to parents to $10 a day or less. The proposal is called the "Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning," and it's being championed by the Coalition of Child Care Adovocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC. Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden attended their presentation during the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in September, and immediately proposed inviting the group to present the plan to Whistler Council.More

The benefits of structured child care for 10-to-12 year-olds
The Mississauga News
Each stage of childhood brings new growth and steps toward independence. This is especially evident as 10-to-12 year-olds hover on the cusp of being teenagers in the "tween" stage. Tweens often suggest to their parents that they are now old enough to be without day care, making an appeal to be permitted to stay home on their own before and after school. This suggestion may seem tempting to some families for any number of reasons.More