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Children whose parents work irregular hours and children from families with lower incomes are over-represented in home child care. (Shutterstock)

Home child care in Canada should be affordable, high-quality — and licensed

A renewed model for oversight and support of all home child-care providers would ensure that our society’s youngest and most vulnerable people have access to safe and higher-quality home child care.
Play will be essential to give children space to work out anxieties, and will also provide many other social and cognitive benefits. (Shutterstock)

This back-to-school during COVID-19, bolster children’s mental and emotional well-being through play

Communicating clearly with children and providing space for them to play will be vital during back-to-school and beyond as children manage stressors associated with COVID-19.
The Sept. 20 election call may place Canada’s long-awaited national child-care plan at risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian election 2021: Will the national child-care plan survive?

We enter this election with eight signed child-care agreements and question marks over the fate of those deals if the Liberal’s gamble on a majority government fails.
Beyond the many known benefits of outdoor education, COVID-19 has highlighted the outdoors as an environment which mitigates the risk of spreading airborne viruses. (Pexels/Charles Parker)

Why the outdoors should be an integral part of every early learning and child-care program

Planning outdoor early learning and child care has implications for training and recruiting educators as well as for planning, developing and funding physical spaces.
Going to pre-school consolidates language skills and aids children’s emotional development. MBI / Alamy Stock Photo

How missing out on nursery due to COVID has affected children’s development – new research

Not being able to attend nurseries due to lockdown has affected children’s growth in emotional, linguistic and physical terms. The longterm effect could heighten inequality
In Québec, the biggest child care provider by far is schools. Here, children raise their hands at a care centre in Montréal in August 2006. CP PHOTO/Ian Barrett

Ottawa’s $10-a-day child care promise should heed Québec’s insights about balancing low fees with high quality

As provinces and territories beyond Québec develop early learning and care plans, they should be aware of the pitfalls of taking shortcuts in response to parent demand.
Children play at the Children’s Centre at Capilano University in Capilano, B.C. (Sylvia Kind)

Federal budget 2021: 7 actions to ensure Canada’s ‘child-care plan’ is about education

Canada has an opportunity to become a world leader in early childhood education. With monumental federal support, this is the time to build a sustainable and relevant early education system.
A crossing guard stops traffic as students arrive at École Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Student achievement depends on reducing poverty now and after COVID-19

Comprehensive early childhood education, mental health support, internet connectivity and post-secondary funding are part of reducing the consequences of poverty so all students may excel.
With some kindergarten children now participating in online learning, questions persist about how they will learn the competencies needed to help them flourish both socially and academically. (Shutterstock)

6 ways to teach kindergarten kids to deal with stress during COVID-19, whether learning online or at school

Many kindergarten classrooms draw on six principles for helping children to manage the everyday stressors of life, and parents can too.

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