In education, per-pupil
funding for students in the K-12 levels will rise from $8,200 in 2009-10 to an
estimated $8,301 for 2010-11, the highest ever. Further supporting families and
early-childhood education, the introduction of full-day kindergarten for
five-year-olds is being phased in starting this September, and as it becomes
fully operational, annual funding will rise to $129 million by 2012. In the
post-secondary sector, funding remains stable at $1.88 billion in 2010-11.
Just as we know that parents are in the best position to make decisions for their families, the best solutions to the diverse challenges confronting Canada’s communities are often found locally. Every day, the power of innovation is seen at work in communities across this country, as citizens, businesses and charitable groups join forces to tackle local problems.
Too often, however, grassroots efforts are hobbled by red tape. Too often, local solutions are denied access to government assistance because they do not fit the bureaucratic definition of the problem. Too often, the efforts of communities falter not on account of a lack of effort or heart, but because of a lack of expertise to turn good ideas into reality.
- Our Government will take steps to support communities in their efforts to tackle local challenges.
- It will look to innovative charities and forward-thinking private-sector companies to partner on new approaches to many social challenges.
- To recognize the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada, our Government will also establish a prime ministerial award for volunteerism.
To help Canadian families to balance work and family life, our Government introduced the Universal Child Care Benefit to provide $100 per month for each child under the age of six. This is direct financial support to working families that gives them the freedom to choose the best child care for them. Our Government will strengthen this benefit for sole-support, single-parent families.
After operating for more than three decades, a Charlottetown woman has been told to get a licence for her childcare business, but she can't get one in her current location.
Rosemary Compton began running a day care out of her home on Trafalgar St. 33 years ago. It started small, but has grown. She now has two other women working with her and they care for as many as 18 children.
According to provincial legislation, Compton needs a licence to care for more than six children. She said she'd be happy to get one, but she's in an area that's not zoned for daycares.
"It's been very emotional for me, I will either have to make a huge decision in the next few days," Compton told CBC News Tuesday.
"Whether to leap, jump and buy a daycare licensed facility, that I know probably won't be able fly because of no government funding, or scale back."
Compton said she has not bothered to get a license because the parents were happy. She said the current turmoil in child care on the Island, with kindergarten moving out of daycares and into the schools, makes this a particularly bad time for her to be scaling back.
"With the kindergarten situation changing and a lot of the daycares coming up for sale, or closing because they can't make a go of them without the kindergartens, there's going to be more and more need for a situations like I have," she said.
The province only recently found out Compton's daycare was operating without a licence. Carolyn Simpson, manager the Early Childhood Programs for the province, said it's impossible to know how many other home daycares are operating illegally.
"We would never know that, unless of course, sometimes the people who are providing the childcare at home will call and say, you know, is this OK? Sometimes parents will call us," said Simpson.
Simpson said in most cases operators are not aware that they require a licence.
Compton has two weeks to decide whether to move to an area the city zoned for daycares or scale back to just 6 children.
The Parent Support Network, in conjunction with the Children’s Secretariat, is launching a series of kits for parents of young children. These will be loaned out free of charge across the province, and the distribution is enhanced with the participation of the PEI Public Library Service. The kits, which provide information and play activities, will be available at various sites the week of February 15-19.
“This initiative is not only a helpful resource tool for parents but it also provides positive learning opportunities for children,” said Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Vessey. “The Department is pleased to provide support to assist with the development of the Parent Kit. Our intent is to make it available to as many Islanders as possible.”
The types of items in the kits include toys, books, information books, booklets on community resources, ideas on age-appropriate activities, and tools for being a healthy and effective parent. They will be available for loan at Family Resource Centres across the province, family services centres, and branches of the public library service.
“Those of us who work with parents every day are excited about being able to offer these packages,” says Laura Quinn Graham, Chair of the Parent Support Network. “There is one kit for parents of children from birth to 18 months, another for children 18 months to five years, and a third on work-life balance for the parents themselves.”
There are so many things to learn from, and ways to play with, a young child. There are three separate kits, and the Birth to 18 Months Parent Kit includes a CD on teaching limits, a booklet on brain development, three children’s books, information on other community resources, and a toy with an activity guide.
The kit for preschool children from 18 months to five years of age includes the same variety of aids, geared towards the older child, with their own developmental needs. Every parent wants to help their child meet their potential, and we know how important the early years are. Children learn in so many ways, and this kit offers so much variety.
The third kit, according to Laura, is designed to help the parents themselves, as they struggle with the demands of tody’s busy lifestyle. There are several resources on healthy lifestyle, work-life balance and community resources. All three kits contain close to thirty items.
For more information contact, please contact Laura at (902) 436-1348.
The P.E.I. government has launched a newspaper ad campaign urging Islanders, who have family and friends working out West, to try to convince them to move back home.
The ad reads: "It's about time to get your family back home … join the movement to bring Islanders home."
Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning Alan Campbell, who has four siblings who have left the province, said it's an issue he's "keenly interested in.
"So you know, we're targeting former Islanders and trying to collect information around skill sets and that type of thing that we may be able to tap into as a workforce down the road through Innovation PEI and perhaps have some former Islanders return home."
A pilot program is already underway in western P.E.I., gathering information about people who are from the area, but are working in Alberta, and what skills they have, said Campbell.
He'd eventually like to see such an inventory done right across the province, he said.
A recent survey by the Residential Construction Sector Council found that nearly half of the 100 tradespeople questioned, who are working out West, plan to move back to P.E.I. within three years.
The workers cited low wages, a shortage of full-time work, and little or no benefits as being among the reasons they left the Island.
Canadians went to the polls today. Unfortunately, the Canadian Federal Election campaigns have been under the shadow of both the US Federal Election campaigns and the critical world economic issues. Further, the leaders of the Canadian political parties have failed to ignite much excitement regarding their campaigns. It seems that many Canadians are more moved by what is happening south of the border than with our own Canadian politics. When compared to what is the U.S. election campaigns ours seem to be less than inspirational. Yes, there has been hype; but somehow it just all pales in comparison to the massive call for change that is happening in the United States.
From the Obama-Biden "Change We Need" campaign.
My name is Jane Boyd and I’m the Founder & CEO of 45 Conversations Media & Education. 45 Conversations provides a range of work-life, education & new media related products and services. We serve both large & small businesses as well as the community & education sectors.
What Has My Attention These Days?
As an educator, with more than 25 years experience, I’m committed to developing innovative online and face to face training & conversation opportunities related to work-life, early learning and education. I also do a lot of consulting related to developing child care services at work ~ because I believe that access to high quality child care is essential for both business & family success.
I’m strongly influenced by real people and local/global relationships. I love the amazing things can come from using social media and transmedia tools and sharing content that is helpful. I believe in the power of connections, collaborations and storytelling.
Partnering with product developers, events and entrepreneurs; I’m pretty busy developing conversation campaigns and partnerships that build awareness, drive interaction/collaboration levels and influence the way people think about the issues related to learning, earning and living.
In short, I’m committed to growing 45 Conversations into a content marketing and education company that makes a true difference to everyone who experiences the products and services we deliver.
Every day I have conversations with people about the things that matter the most to them. I work on lots of cool and interesting projects that are related to employee wellbeing, work-life, human resource and dependent care solutions. From wellbeing to child care to elder care, I understand the challenges that people and organizations are facing. I have worked with very small companies all the way through to huge global corporations. I love designing & developing high quality, customized solutions – in communities and for the corporate sector. I’m frequently called upon to speak at conferences, training events and strategic planning retreats. I love working with people face to face and developing real human relationships.
I’m Licensed to Play & So Much More
If certifications are important to you, here are the ones I hold in Canada related to Early Learning & Care:
- Alberta – Child Development Supervisor
- British Columbia – Early Childhood Educator & Special Needs Educator
- Prince Edward Island – Early Childhood Supervisor
- Newfoundland & Labrador – Preschool, Infant & School Age Educator
Titles & Labels – I Have a Few
There are so many labels and titles in life. Here are some that describe me:
@boydjane ~ Founder ~ CEO ~ Forever Entrepreneur ~ Speaker ~ Writer ~ Conversationalist ~ Intentional Life Creator ~ Educator ~ SOBCon Family Member ~Honorary Misfit ~ Unique Thinker ~ ADHD Navigator ~ Connector ~ Collaborator ~Believer ~Montessori Parent ~ Finder of Voices ~ Dreamer ~ Blogger ~ Cat Herder ~Podcaster ~ Creator ~ Artist in the Making ~ Risk Taker ~ Mental Health Advocate ~ Mom ~ Autism Parent ~ Daughter ~ Wife ~
Most importantly though ~ I am Jane Boyd.
It was with very mixed emotions that we left PEI. We love it very much there but found the call to return home to BC to be stronger. We have many fond memories of our time on the Island. The red earth, the windy days, the coldness of the cold, the smell of the air, the kind people, the great potatoes and lobster, the smallness of the Island and much, much more. In the end though, the broader number of business opportunities in the West prevailed and so we decided to return to beautiful BC. We leave behind many friends and business colleagues who we will miss very much.
I have promised my PEI colleagues that I will continue to strongly advocate for enhanced early childhood education, health care and education services on the Island. So, even though I will primarily be based in the West now, my blog will continue to follow PEI issues and I will also advocate for the changes that are necessary to make PEI a place that truly provides the types of supports and services that all women, children and families deserve.
We have decided to move to Tsawwassen, which is based in the Lower Mainland of BC. We have literally gone from one end of the country to the other. It is a lovely area and we are a surrounded by the ocean on three sides of the community. I found a great little slide show online that shows off Tsawwassen and the surrounding area that we are now living in.
So….thanks to everyone on PEI. We may be gone from the Island – but none of you are forgotten. I know that at some point in the future we will be back to visit.