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NDP critic: Hike population by fixing day care
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A New Democratic MHA says Newfoundland and Labrador's population strategy must focus on helping young couples with being able to afford becoming parents in the first place. "In tough economic times, couples choose to not have children," St. John's North Dale Kirby told CBC News. "We have a situation where the sky-high cost of child care is creating tough economic times for ... couples that want to have children." More

Helping out the Out of School Care program
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When students went back to school on Jan. 7, a group of students got to help kick off the Out of School Care program at Good Shepherd School. The Out of School Care program is now operating at St. Anne School, Father Beauregard, Father Turcotte, St Gabriel, and Sister Mary Phillips. Janet Huffman is the Out of School Care program coordinator for the Fort McMurray Catholic School District. She says the program at Good Shepherd has started the process of accreditation. More

Job opportunity: Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association
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SECA has an exciting opportunity for an innovative individual who has the enthusiasm necessary to promote the organization as Executive Director in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. This is an excellent opportunity to work closely with the Board of Directors to implement a strategic vision in line with the organization's mission and goals. Specifically, you will oversee program development and administration while utilizing organizational financials, staff levels and resources. More

$14 million fitness centre for Kanata has family focus
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Demographics were the driver in a fitness chain's plans for a new $14 million facility in Kanata. "Our design has evolved and this location will be more family focused,” said David Wu, a partner in the Athletic Club Group and manager of the company's existing Ottawa locations in Orléans and the Trainyards shopping centre. Catering to Kanata's high number of families and children, the centre will offer a day care and infant room, expanded family change rooms and a children's area with aquarium and tall play structure. Outdoor "green spaces" will be available for summer camps and similar activities. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CCCF, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

Alberta budget woes might delay full day child care
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Alberta's budget woes could delay Premier Alison Redford from making good on her promise to bring in fully funded full-day kindergarten. Last year, the government said it wanted to start rolling out the program this fall at an estimated annual cost of up to $200 million. Now with warnings of a tough budget ahead, the Alberta School Boards Association says it's been told by the province that education funding is being reviewed, including the kindergarten pledge. More

Strict quotas hamper child care options
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Renee Kruger and Naoto Arikawa knew it would be difficult to find someone to look after their 22-month-old son Finley when Kruger decided to increase her hours at work. Finding child care in Metro Vancouver is a challenge at the best of times, one that was compounded for the Burnaby parents because they both work shifts, sometimes overnight or on weekends. Day cares are geared toward parents who work regular business hours and the babysitters they found in classified ads were only willing to work during the day, Arikawa said. More

Retiree's cuddling critical for sick children
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A retired 80-year-old man is dedicating his time to helping families care for their sick children, which parents say allows them to breathe a little easier during a very difficult time. Bob Parry says he started volunteering at Ottawa's Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario 18 years ago. Parry had just retired from his career as an accountant, but it was his 18-month-old grandson who attracted him to an entirely different activity. More

Family statistics: The well-being of families around the world
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The structure of families is changing worldwide, and based on a new report, some children are better off living with one parent than two. According to the 2013 World Family Map report by non-profit research centre Child Trends, children living in two-parent families did better in school in higher-income countries, but children in lower-income regions did better with one parent. More

Mood app designed for youth by youth launches at Sandbox Conference
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Mindyourmood, a new app for Android and Apple mobile devices, launched today at The Sandbox Project Conference. Developed by the award winning mental health and youth engagement initiative mindyourmind for the AstraZeneca Young Health Program, the mood tracking app provides young people with an intuitive platform to quickly record how they feel — from day to day or hour to hour. App users can capture how they feel and discuss it with their caregiver — be it their therapist, doctor, parent or peer — creating a shared language that can lead to more positive interactions and results. More

DCAFS to expand services for autistic children
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Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) has acquired the services of eight qualified professionals to help children with various levels of autism. The coordinator and seven staff members have joined DCAFS from ErinoakKids, which services close to 13,000 children with disabilities and their families in Ontario each year. The province, through ErinoakKids, will fund their addition to DCAFS. DCAFS executive director Trish Keachie sees the service, in place since Jan. 1, as "a great addition to our agency" that is both beneficial and sensible. More
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