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22
May

B.C. governments expands child-care funding for young parents

Up to $1,500 a month available to parents who had child before they turned 20 EXCERPTS The provincial government is putting more money into child-care subsidies. Minister of Children and...
22
May

Calgary’s daycares near capacity as parents struggle to find spots for tots

EXCERPTS Bridget Casey is facing the dilemma so many parents must deal with sooner or later: stay home with the baby or find a daycare and devote more time to her career. However, the finance blogger thinks many people...
22
May

Leading NGO calls for new thinking on play safety around the world

Playgrounds have for decades been shaped by a zero risk mindset, with, any injury seen as a sign of failure. But things are changing, in what the New York Times recently called a “movement for freer, riskier play.”I am...
18
May

Childcare: What's at stake in Ontario

  EXCERPTS Ontario has the highest child care fees in Canada and long waiting lists for affordable child care; only about 3 in 10 children ages 0 to 4 years have access to a licensed child care space. Early childhood...
18
May

Show up for social justice: Vote this election

  EXCERPTSSwitching to current affairs, there are two elections coming up this year, one is the provincial election in June and the other is the municipal election in November. What issues do you think will be important...
18
May

Four reforms that shared parental leave needs

EXCERPTS Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced to give parents more choice and fathers a more realistic opportunity to take a longer period of paid time off with their new child. But, as there often is with any new...
18
May

Closing gender gap could bring $40 billion to Philippine economy

  EXCERPTS The Philippines can expand its economy by as much as $40 billion by 2025 if it can bring more poor, less-educated women into the workforce, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. The South East Asian...
16
May

OECD urges adoption of Nordic-style family policies

Introducing Nordic-style ‘family-friendly’ policies can help countries to boost economic growth, according to the OECD. EXCERPTS Policies such as subsidised childcare, care for the elderly...
16
May

Is the last mile the longest? Economic gains from gender equality in Nordic countries

The OECD has authored a new report on family and gender-equality policies in the Nordic countries. With the highest rates of gender parity in employment compared to other OECD nations, social and economic advantages are...
16
May

Funding for child care pledge ‘insufficient’, poll finds

Early years providers in England are struggling to provide the promised 30 hours of free child care because of “insufficient” funding, a survey has found. EXCERPTS The research, carried out...

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