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Australia is making significant strides in early childhood education, but we need more commitment if we’re to meet the evidence. from shutterstock.com

Both major parties are finally talking about the importance of preschool – here’s why it matters

Investing in early childhood education and care can save more money in the long run – in areas including health care – than dealing with these issues later in life.
Frydenberg may claim education is critical to the prosperity of our country, but his budget does not reflect this. from shutterstock.com

Don’t be fooled, billions for schools in budget 2019 aren’t new. And what happened to the national evidence institute?

The government has delivered a pretty disappointing budget for education, with no secure funding for early childhood education and a recycled commitment of $300 for schools.
Early intervention could make a difference. Here, protestors gather at Queen’s Park in Toronto on March 7, 2019 to protest changes to Ontario’s autism program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

I’m an ‘Autism Mom.’ Here’s why Ontario is choosing the wrong path

An inclusive education researcher says the government's consolation plan to boost school funding for autism services with no investment in early childhood education flies in the face of evidence.
A new bill to provide affordable child care for working families faces an uphill battle in Congress. Rawpixel from www.shutterstock.com

Why Congress needs to make child care more affordable – 5 questions answered

Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.
Wiarton Willie, pictured with Premier Doug Ford on Groundhog Day, cannot yet predict what Ontario may do to full-day kindergarten. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ball

Full-day Kindergarten is what Ontario needs for a stable future

Nine years in from its start date, full-day kindergarten is doing its job laying foundational learning for the future of individual children and the province at large.
The Ontario government tabled legislation Dec.6 which would increase the number of young children who can be cared for at once by home child care providers. The proposed legislation is as part of larger reform measures introduced under the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act that the province says will cut red tape for businesses. Shutterstock

The Ontario government’s plan to loosen child-care rules is dangerous

Low-income, less-educated parents with non-standard work schedules rely most on home child-care providers whose rules would be relaxed under proposed legislation.
Children in the Willows forest nature program in the Humber Valley in west Toronto are drawn to water and sticks, simple materials for exploring and investigating. Here the children explore water accumulated from spring rains. (Louise Zimanyi)

Wonder and wisdom in a children’s forest nature program

When parents walk in the forest with their children and us and see how children are drawn to spiral snails, together we see how connections with the land are critical for the Earth's future.
With education an election battleground, Shorten is linking a new initiative on early childhood learning to the opposition’s broader schools policy. Dave Hunt/AAP

A Shorten government would subsidise pre-school for three year olds

The policy would create “a quality, two year program that boosts development in the most important years of a child's development – an investment of an additional $1.75 billion into early education."
Many early education and care workers earn little above the minimum wage. www.shutterstock.com

Why Australia should invest in paying early childhood educators a liveable wage

Valuing the skills and contributions of our educators and reversing the high rates of turnover is critical and can only be achieved through fair pay and rewards.
Sending text-message reminders and tips to parents can help boost their children’s reading skills. ESB Professional/www.shutterstock.com

Text messages to parents can help boost children’s reading skills

Providing text-message tips to parents on how to make their children stronger readers can make a difference, but only if parents don't get too many or too few text messages, researchers find.

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