With 2013 coming to a close, CCCF would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Interaction.ca subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 8, 2014.
20. Unlicensed day care complaints kept secret in Ontario
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.
19. Winnipeg day care moves outdoors to encourage active kids
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.
18. National website to help parents choose quality day care
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.
17. Child's death raises private day care questions
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.
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.
15. Open letter to all Canadian premiers
Jul 4, 2013:
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.
14. New strategy deals with day care problem
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.
13. All-day kindergarten to change day care landscape
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.
12. Day care debate ignited
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.
11. 7 secrets of highly happy children
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.
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