Fact or fiction? Seven persistent myths about child care

Nov 2014 | Canada

BRIEFing Note from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit identifies seven common myths about child care and provides responses for each based on what we know from research, policy and practice.

Stephen Harper announces $3B of tax breaks for families with children

OTTAWA—With an election on the horizon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is moving to put more money in the pockets of Canadians through a $3-billion boost in family tax breaks.

The overhaul of family taxation, announced by Harper in a mini-budget at a campaign-style event in Vaughan, includes a limited form of income-splitting, increased monthly baby bonus payments and an expansion of the tax deduction parents can claim for child care expenses.

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Income splitting won’t help parents who really need a tax break


The Harper government’s parental income splitting plan is designed in such a way that guarantees it will only make a difference to the richest Canadians. By design, it cannot help those who need assistance with child care the most.

 

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First York Book Club Meeting

Our first book club meeting took place at Monica Bissett's home in Richmond Hill on October 23, 2014. Members can join the book club at anytime by emailing us at [email protected]

Below is information on the first book being explored and a link to purchase the book online at Amazon.  

A discussion board is below and members are encouraged to share their questions and comments with other members. Following each meeting, we will share our notes below as well.  

Book #1

The first book our club will explore is: Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

Synopsis

It may "take a village to raise a child," but most American families are struggling, with diminishing social support, to do the job on their own. While parents work longer hours for less and the costs of childcare, healthcare, and college skyrocket, the share of the U.S. budget spent on kids has fallen 22 percent since 1960. More and more children may well not make it to a healthy, productive adulthood. That's terrible for them - and for us as well.It doesn't have to be this way. In this book, renowned expert David L. Kirp clarifies the importance of investing wisely in children. He outlines a visionary "Kids First" policy agenda that's guided by a "golden rule" principle: Every child deserves what's good enough for a child you love. And he offers lively and inspiring, on-the-ground accounts of five big cradle-to-college initiatives that can change the arc of all children's lives: strong support for parents; high-quality early education; linking schools and communities to improve what both offer children; giving all youngsters access to a caring and stable adult mentor; and providing kids a nest egg to help pay for college or kick-start a career.

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Moving Child Care Forward



This brief summarizes what is known about the childcare workforce in Canada, the implications of this for regulated childcare, and identifies some considerations and strategies to address the ongoing issues and improve the overall state of ECEC. A summary of the relevant research and data leads to the conclusion that a coordinated and comprehensive strategy is needed to address the multiple and interconnected variables that impact the working conditions of those in the childcare workforce.

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Six lessons Canada can learn from other countries when it comes to child care

Globe and Mail feature writer Erin Anderssen shows us how Canada compares to other countries when it comes to child care, and offers six examples of things we can learn from those countries to improve our own system.

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Getting less bang for the child care buck – all $6.8 billion of them

BriefingNote from CRRU analyzes Federal spending on child care via the UCCB, the Child Care Expense Deduction, and hypothetical income-splitting.

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Video: Globe Now: The daycare debate: A look at the politics of affordable child care

Affan Chowdhry is joined by Martha Friendly to discuss Canada's daycare policy. Then, The Globe's Erin Anderssen offers six lessons Canada can learn from other countries when it comes to effective child care.

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AECEO responds to NDP National Childcare program announcement

Early Childhood Educators are the backbone of a national childcare program.

October 16. 2014

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) welcomes the announcement made yesterday by Thomas Mulcair and the Federal NDP regarding their plan to implement a national high quality and affordable childcare program if elected.

We join our colleagues in the childcare community in applauding the NDP for establishing the foundation for a national conversation around early childhood education and childcare (ECEC) leading up to the 2015 election and for their commitment to making childcare affordable for families.

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Fall eceLINK 2014

Fall2014eceLink-web_1.jpgIn this Issue:

  • Professionalism: An Evolutionary Process 
  • Men in Early Childhood
  • The Quality Connection
  • ECEC Status Update
  • Spotlight on Long-time Members
  • And More....

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City of Ottawa has no plan to spend $3.6M childcare reserve

Ottawa Citizen, 05.04.2014

The city has no plan to spend the $3.6 million it has collected through development charges to build new childcare spaces, even though many Ottawa families wait for months to secure a spot in a licensed centre.

The money has been accumulating since 2009 and can only be spent on childcare centres owned or operated by the city. But because such a venture is not on the horizon, the city has decided to sit on the cash and is also proposing in its updated development charges bylaw to pause any further collection.
That’s a big mistake, says the former head of the department that oversees childcare.

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Classroom Design and How it Influences Behavior

Early childhood classrooms serve as the physical environment for adults and young children for most of their waking hours. Although it is important for classrooms to be attractive to the eye, it is equally, if not more important, that they function effectively.

Your childcare environment influences how you feel about yourself and your job, and how you as an early childhood professional relate to the children in your care. The children in your care experience the environment indirectly though interactions with you, and directly through their own experience with the physical setting.

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Crowded, chaotic classrooms hurt Ontario full-day kindergarten push


Infant care spaces are disappearing across Muskoka

By Jennifer Bowman, Bracebridge Examiner

MUSKOKA — It was expected and now it’s here.

Daycares are changing how they operate and who they serve now that full-day kindergarten has taken their most profitable clientele, those aged 3.8 years and older. The last round of schools to implement full-day kindergarten will open their new classrooms this fall, landing the final blow to some daycares.

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The case against for-profit ‘big box’ child care

Child care should be a public good to benefit all, not a business whose goals may have little to do with serving children, families and community.

Laurel Rothman/Martha Friendly, Toronto Star - Aug. 7, 2014

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A national childcare program can address key themes in the 2014 pre-budget consultation

Brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance pre-budget consultation by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit argues that "a real national childcare program would be both the smart thing and the right thing to do for Canada".

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Why fixing First Nations education remains so far out of reach

Aboriginal youth face a fate that should horrify Canadians and there’s an obvious fix

Ending the cycle of poverty and violence among Aboriginal youth can seem like an impossibly daunting endeavour. After decades of negotiations, commissions and protests, including last year’s Idle No More movement and Ottawa’s recent unsuccessful attempt to reform First Nations education funding, Aboriginal children continue to face a fate that should horrify most Canadians.

Macleans Magazine, Tamsin McMahon - July 14, 2014

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Grandparents raising their grandchildren

A growing number of Canadian grandparents are caregivers of their grandchildren. And most of these caregivers are single females with limited incomes.  Toronto Star, Aug. 3, 2014

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Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development

In the last generation, adults have been consumed with protecting kids against all odds.  

But now, some child injury prevention experts are warning too much bubble wrap may be thwarting healthy development.  Toronto Star - July 29, 2014

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Summer eceLINK Now ONLINE!

In this issue:

  • AECEO Position Paper on Professional Learning for RECEs
  • Teaching on the Other Side of the World
  • AECEO Certification
  • Outdoor Natural Spaces for Learning Inspiration for RECEs
  • Endeavours to Enhance the Lives of Children with Autism through Nature Based Learning
  • Early Childhood Leadership Program
  • Addressing ECE Student Needs

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