Interaction Weekly
Dec. 25, 2013

20. Unlicensed day care complaints kept secret in Ontario
Toronto Star
July 24, 2013: Ontario's Ministry of Education keeps the complaint history of unlicensed home day cares secret from the public unless they file a Freedom of Information request, the Star has learned. Parents can't know whether there have been complaints, the nature of the complaints, or whether any action was taken.More

19. Winnipeg day care moves outdoors to encourage active kids
CBC News
Children and staff at a Winnipeg day care are spending more time outdoors — in fact, for two weeks, the only time they'll be heading indoors is to use the washroom. The Lord Roberts Children's Program is one of several daycares in the city that have moved outdoors as part of a challenge to encourage kids to become more active. More

18. National website to help parents choose quality day care
Toronto Star
Oct. 2, 2013: 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. Child care advocates have been calling for more licensed care in the wake of two Toronto-area deaths of toddlers in unregulated home day cares this past summer. More

17. Child's death raises private day care questions
CBC News
July 17, 2013: It will likely be days before it's known how the toddler died, but the death of a two-year-old at a home north of Toronto is raising new questions about conditions at private day cares. Paramedics responded to a home operating as a private daycare near Dufferin Street and Highway 407 in Vaughan. Inside they found a child without vital signs who could not be revived. More

16. Why early childhood education matters
The Huffington Post
Oct 9, 2013: The fashion industry is built on dreams, imagination, and what's on next season's runways. However, if we don't provide the business with the basic tools needed to execute their strategy - such as manufacturing expertise, technical design capabilities, and systems and logistical support - our design teams will not be able to deliver quality product to our customers. More

15. Open letter to all Canadian premiers
Jul 4, 2013: Dear Premiers: We are writing to bring to your attention our urgent concern about Canada's child care situation. We urge you—as the leaders responsible for social programs—to use your annual meeting to commit to develop a collective strategy to resolve Canada’s child care crisis. More

14. New strategy deals with day care problem
CBC News
Feb 2, 2013: The provincial government hopes a new strategy announced on Friday will resolve the province's daycare problem by creating thousands of new spots for children. Charlene Johnson, the minister of child, youth and family services, announced the plan at the Clarenville Family Resource Centre.More

13. All-day kindergarten to change day care landscape
Haliburton Echo
May 5, 2013: For the first time in Haliburton, all-day kindergarten will be offered every day across the entire county this fall. The last school in the county to join the provincial initiative, Stuart Baker Elementary School, will take both junior and senior kindergarten kids Monday through Friday all day long.More

12. Day care debate ignited
Global News
Jun 5, 2013: A case of child abandonment has forced a lot of parents to take a second look at who looks after their kids. Police say an unlicensed day care operator allegedly left six children alone in a home for more than an hour . It's ignited the debate over whether licensed or unlicensed day cares are better. More

11. 7 secrets of highly happy children
Huffington Post
Aug. 14, 2013: When it comes to kids, people just don't think about happiness enough these days. They think about success. They think in comparisons. They think about milestones, graduations and shiny trophies. (The ones they earned, of course. Because, you know, not everyone deserves a trophy these days). They think about things like redshirting a potential Kindergartener — not so that he will be happy, but so that he will have an advantage on the playing field or in the classroom. More