Conservative support among voters jumps as child care cheques land on doorsteps, poll finds

National Post, July 2015

A new poll shows Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are by far the most popular choice for Canadian voters — just weeks before an expected election call and just as federal childcare cheques are being doled out.

The exclusive Mainstreet Research poll for Postmedia suggests Harper and the Tories received a sharp boost in popularity as a result of the enhanced universal childcare benefit.

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Comparing the Major Parties on Child Care Promises

VIDEO: Every party has its own idea of how best to offset the costs of raising children
CBC News - August 23, 2015
How would a single mom with one child requiring daycare fare under the proposals of the Conservatives, the NDP and the Liberals? What about a two-parent family with two children?
CBC's Tom Parry looks at how the Conservatives, the NDP and the Liberals stack up on the issue of child care.

Child Care & Election 2015

Canadian Child Care Federation, September 2015

ASK YOUR CANDIDATES....

What will you do to make high quality child care affordable and accessible for families in Canada?

How his/her party will work with the provincial/ territorial governments to end wait times (of often two years or longer) for affordable, high quality child care services?

Do you believe in creating a national child care system across Canada with accountable public investments to the provinces and territories?

What measures will you take to ensure that First Nations and Aboriginal children have equitable access to affordable and high quality child care services?

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Election Issues 2015: A Maclean’s primer on child care

Macleans.ca August 2, 2015

Of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s policy boasts, none riles his opponents quite like his claim to have shifted child care money from bureaucrats and academics “to the real experts. Their names are mom and dad.” NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair counters with a promise to partly fund hundreds of thousands of new daycare spaces across Canada. Many Liberals fondly recall the national child care strategy that the Paul Martin government cobbled together in deals with the provinces in 2005—only to have Harper scrap it after he won power the next year—but Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hasn’t yet floated an early child care policy.

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Summer eceLINK 2015 Now Available ONLINE

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  • 13 COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: A Pedagological Approach to Professional Learning
  • AECEO 2015 ELECTION RESULTS
  • VOTE CHILD CARE 2015 CAMPAIGN
  • ONTARIO SPRANG INTO ACTION!
  • WELLNESS AND THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
  • SPOTLIGHT ON LONG-TIME MEMBERS
  • BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT: Really Listening to the Stress of Children with Special Needs and Autism
  • KIWANIS CLUBS OF NIAGARA AND THE ECCDC JOIN FORCES
  • A REMEMBRANCE OF VIOLET MULHOLLAND
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THE EVOLUTION OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR RECES IN ONTARIO

Co constructed by Shani Halfon, RECE & Melanie Dixon, RECE
eceLINK Summer 2015

Professional learning is an integral part of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) landscape. Decades of research have identified that the learning and ongoing professional learning of early childhood educators and staff is a critical element in the provision of high quality ECEC. As regulated professionals, registered early childhood educators also have ethical and professional responsibilities to enhance their practice and gain new skills and knowledge to cope with the ever changing needs of children and families. In the context of Ontario’s ongoing agenda to ‘modernize’ child care and the broader ECEC sector, increased attention has been devoted to the professional learning of the ECEC workforce resulting in significant changes in this area.

In times of such immense change it is important to stop and take stock of what is happening, where we have come from and where we would like to be. This article aims to begin to map out the changing landscape of professional learning for ECEs in Ontario in order to assess the ‘state of’ professional learning and identify outstanding issues or questions. A brief look back at the history of professional learning and ECEs will provide some of the context for evaluating a number of structural changes that have taken place to support a more formalized professional learning infrastructure in ECEC. An overview of current developments in Ontario will highlight the significant changes impacting the professional learning landscape and a review of what we know about how professional learning is being organized, supported and delivered across Ontario is included. Further questions for research, policy and practitioners will be presented in the conclusion.

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Summer eceLINK 2015

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  • THE EVOLUTION OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR RECES IN ONTARIO
  • 13 COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: A Pedagological Approach to Professional Learning
  • AECEO 2015 ELECTION RESULTS
  • VOTE CHILD CARE 2015 CAMPAIGN
  • ONTARIO SPRANG INTO ACTION!
  • WELLNESS AND THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
  • SPOTLIGHT ON LONG-TIME MEMBERS
  • BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT: Really Listening to the Stress of Children with Special Needs and Autism
  • and More!

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Risky outdoor play positively impacts children’s health: UBC study

The University of British Columbia - June 7, 2015

New research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health.

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Why Child Care Needs More Men

The Northern Echo, UK - June 17, 2015

Only two per cent of early years childcare workers are male. Lisa Salmon talks to the Fatherhood Institute about their drive to get more men into the industry

MOST men would love to be “a hero every day”. That’s the way working as a male childcarer has been described by men themselves, but there are still only a handful of males working in the field.

Despite years of progress towards greater gender balance in many professions, the early years education and childcare workforce remains stubbornly dominated by female staff – the latest figures show that only two per cent are male.

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ParticipACTION Report Card

Active Healthy Kids Canada developed the first Report Card in 2005 with the goal to power the movement to get kids moving. Over the last 10 years, more than 80,000 individuals and organizations have used the Report Card to advocate for and devise solutions to enhance physical activity opportunities for children and youth.

In 2014, Active Healthy Kids Canada began winding down its operations and the leadership of the Report Card was assumed by ParticipACTION, a long-term strategic partner. Read the press release.

ParticipACTION will continue to work with its strategic research partner, the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO), to deliver the much anticipated comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.

2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Kids - ParticipACTION

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International Mud Day 2015

International Mud Day is children and early childhood professionals – and anyone else – all over the world celebrating nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy. You can participate wherever you happen to be on June 29! Join children and adults across the globe on this day of celebration to grow awareness and honor the goodness of life experienced when children connect with nature.

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From Protection to Resilience

ECCDC Event - May 13, 2015

Why do educators need to take a balanced approach to risk, and what does it look like?

Across the world, adults are becoming ever more anxious about children’s safety and well-being.  Read more...Paradoxically, these anxieties can end up harming children’s learning and development, fuelling unnecessary fears and undermining trust and confidence in ourselves and our children. How can those of us who work with children take a balanced, thoughtful approach to risk; one that honours and values children’s play, their freedom of movement, and, most importantly, the relationships they have with each other and with adults?  Tim’s talk, based on his influential book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society, will help educators and service providers to revisit their thinking; to strike a better balance between protecting children from genuine threats and giving them rich, challenging opportunities to learn and grow.

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A PUBLICLY FUNDED CHILD CARE SYSTEM IS KEY TO CLOSING THE GENDER WAGE GAP

Joint Statement for Equal Pay Day – April 20, 2015
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Canadian Resource and Research Unit

Child care has long been acknowledged as a necessary component in closing the gender wage gap in two important ways. First, the lack of affordable, high quality child care continues to limit women’s opportunities to participate in on-going, full-time work. Second, child care is still a firmly entrenched ‘female job ghetto’ in which the predominately female workforce continues to be underpaid and undervalued.  

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Spring eceLINK 2015

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  • PIECEMEAL SOLUTIONS GET PIECEMEAL RESULTS: Addressing wages in regulated child care in Ontario
  • PROFESSIONAL PAY FOR PROFESSIONAL WORK CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW
  • FACT SHEET: $1 WAGE ENHANCEMENT
  • AECEO BOARD NOMINATIONS SLATE / AGM PROPOSAL
  • LEARNING AND LEADING TOGETHER: Reflections on leadership and continuous professional learning
  • SPRING INTO ACTION FOR CHILD CARE
  • CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook as Professional Learning Tools

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  • PIECEMEAL SOLUTIONS GET PIECEMEAL RESULTS: Addressing wages in regulated child care in Ontario
  • PROFESSIONAL PAY FOR PROFESSIONAL WORK CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW
  • FACT SHEET: $1 WAGE ENHANCEMENT
  • AECEO BOARD NOMINATIONS SLATE / AGM PROPOSAL
  • LEARNING AND LEADING TOGETHER: Reflections on leadership and continuous professional learning
  • SPRING INTO ACTION FOR CHILD CARE
  • CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook as Professional Learning Tools

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Re-Vamp of Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

bg-homeband.jpgOn March 10, 2015, the Centre for Excellence for Early Childhood Development announced the re-vamp of the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. This online encyclopedia is targeted to service providers and policy makers with evidence-based information on 51 topics on early childhood development from conception to age 5.

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Academics speak out for early education in Canada

Date & Time:  Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, 12 Floor Nexus Lounge, Toronto, Ontario

Canada's leading scholars unveil the evidence for public investments in early childhood education and launch a new pan-Canadian network bringing together academics, stakeholders and grant makers involved in research and in the application/mobilization of research findings.  

The initiative is led by Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Director of the Atkinson Centre and the Academic Director at the Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development at the University of Toronto and Dr. Michel Boivin the Canada Research Chair in Child Social Development and a professor of Psychology at Université Laval

Sponsored by the International Network for Early Childhood Knowledge Mobilization (INECK) and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child

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Vote Child Care 2015

Vote Child Care 2015 brings together child care advocates and supporters from across Canada to promote the vision endorsed at the ChildCare2020 conference.

 

 


Affordable child care: The $7-a-day question

Affordable child care has allowed more people to return to work and increased tax revenue. So why is it only available in Quebec?

Affordable child care: The $7-a-day question


One more year without a national child care program


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