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Edmonton's increased birth rate put more pressure on child care
St. Albert Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly a decade of rising birth rates since 2000 in the greater Edmonton area is still translating to added pressure on local child-care facilities and medical professionals trained in maternity care. "There's a high need in child care, especially for younger children," said Brandy Currie, executive director of the St. Albert Day Care Society. "We get at least two or three phone calls a day for child care". The general fertility rate — the number of live births per 1,000 women of reproductive age — climbed year over year from 2000 to 2008 in the region, from 42.5 in 2000 to 52 in 2008. More

Should you stay at home or pay for child care?
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After the birth of her first son in 2002, Shawnessy Johnson was able to juggle parenthood and working. "I remember when there was a crisis, I would take the baby into the office and set up a playpen". The arrival of her second son two years later changed everything. Holding down a job as a small business management consultant, even part-time, and raising two small kids was overwhelming. More

Protest fails to sway Kenora officials on child care program closures
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Despite protests by more than 100 parents and supporters, Kenora council endorsed a community and protective services committee recommendation to close the Castle of Learning Children's Discovery Centre day care and after school programs at its recent committee of the whole meeting. More

Parents: Government ignored warning signs about Ottawa Montessori school's finances
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The financial collapse of a privately run Montessori academy and day nursery in suburban Ottawa continues to raise questions as to why the school was able to accumulate massive, crippling debt from publicly owned institutions and why it was effectively unregulated and able to operate outside provincial school and nursery school legislation. More

Finding the perfect after-school-care balance a challenge for parents
Edmonton Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every morning on her way to work, Laila Narayan takes a slight detour to drop off her eight-year-old son at the King Edward Child Care Centre. For Narayan, one of the 80 per cent of Canadian working moms with six-to-12-year-old kids, after-school or out-of-school care is a necessity. More

Marois: Daycare system would have spaces for everyone if PQ forms government
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Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois was greeted by an enthusiastic, jumping-for-joy group during a recent campaign stop in Terrebonne. The problem is, by the time these fans would be old enough to vote, Marois will probably be long gone from politics. With a jungle gym, mini-kitchen and a castle as a backdrop, Marois announced recently at the Centre de la Petite Enfance la Cigogne that everyone will get a spot in Quebec's $7-a-day daycare if her party takes the helm of government. More

Daycare subsidies dry up in Windsor
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Parents in Windsor-Essex who need a subsidy to send kids to daycare may be disappointed. For the first time in 13 years, there is a waiting list for subsidized daycare spots in the city. The list is 600 spots long for both Windsor and the county. Conversely, there are open spots, but people simply can't afford them. Approximately 4,000 children enjoy subsidized daycare spots in Windsor-Essex. More

Proposed daycare plans causing a bit of a stink
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Plans to build a daycare in a Waterloo neighbourhood are causing a bit of a stink. The owners of The Boardwalk on Ira Needles Boulevard are planning an extension that would include a new daycare. It's the proximity to the landfill that has some people worried. Local resident Paul Brooks says "I wouldn't take my son. It's too close to the methane gas. We personally rarely come to this location just for the fact that we smell the toxins every time we come here". More

Study: Kids pick nutritious Happy Meal when no toy offered with less healthy option
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Children are far more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare like burgers, fries and a pop, a study has found. Canadian researchers set out to see which McDonald's Happy Meals that kids age 6 to 12 would choose when toys were included with healthier menu combinations, but not with standard offerings that are typically higher in fat and salt. More

How can the province afford child care costs?
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As part of a new public consultation, the Ontario government has a lot of questions for parents and people who work in the licensed childcare sector. Too bad it didn't ask any of the big ones. The first would be what is the rationale for spending millions of dollars on a government-regulated childcare sector that is only accessible to the well-to-do and those receiving substantial government subsidies? More
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