PCPC eNews: a snapshot of news and views for March 2016

PCPC Members: 

Board of Directors

1) The Board/Staff Relationship: Finding the Right Balance!

  • Should there be a closer connection between Boards and staff? Learn what staff should know about Boards and what Boards should know about staff.

2) Province Completes Design of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

  • Ontario has announced new decisions on the proposed design of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)—another step in delivering on its commitment to strengthen retirement income security for the two-thirds of Ontario workers without a secure workplace pension plan.
    The government released details on the ORPP’s funding policy, combined with details released last August, will help employers prepare for the implementation of the ORPP, beginning on January 1, 2017.

3) 2016 Wage Enhancement for Early Childhood Educators

  • Giving children the best possible start in life, and ensuring that families have access to safe, high quality, licensed child care is a top priority for Ontario. Following a similar wage increase in 2015, this year the Ministry of Education is providing another increase to Early Childhood Educators and other child care program staff in the licensed child care sector.

4) Webinar Wednesdays

  • March is an exciting and busy month at Ontario Nonprofit Network, and it’s full of great webinars for the sector! This month, there is an excellent line-up of webinars—from Shared platforms, to Provincial Budget analysis, to Enabling Nonprofits, to our Purchasing program! Note: not all webinars are in Wednesday formation this month; we’ve got a few that fall on Tuesday or Thursday.

5) The Globe and Mail Special Insert on Co-operatives

  • You may not be a co-op but you are a valuable part of the co-op community… this year there will be two special features prepared, the first will be published on May 17th and the second on October 5th. 

6) Spring is coming! Is your website up to date? There are normally a lot of changes which should be posted at this time of year. For instance: Open House dates, the fees for the upcoming year/session, changes in hours (if any), and your summer program details (if you’ll be running one). 

  • If your website is managed by PCPC, and you need help making the necessary changes, please get in touch with webmaster Ken Simons (ken@pcpctoronto.org)

All Members

1) Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now accepting grant applications for local initiatives.

  • The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children’s annual call for grant applications is now open. Registered charities, school programs or community organizations are eligible to apply for a share of $1.2 million of funding from the Foundation, which supports community organizations that make a difference for children and youth in Canada.
  • In the past, funds have supported a wide range of programs, including helping children with terminal illness go to summer camp, supporting breakfast programs, and funding new playground equipment, computers in classrooms, nutrition classes, sports initiatives and libraries across the country.
  • Qualified organizations have until April 11, 2016 to apply for funding to support their projects, and full eligibility requirements can be found here

2) March 20-26, 2016 is Poison Prevention Week in Canada

3) The PCPC Purchasing Program continues to provide outstanding discounts for centres and their members.

  • Don’t forget to check our members’ only section of the website for information on all the companies included in our Purchasing Program. Discounts are available to all our members, for purchases for the centre and personal use as well. 
  • The Co-op Cost Cutters 2016 mailing is on its way.  Attached is an electronic copy of the summary List of Services for PCPC members.  They are also revamping the website!
  • The PCPC Purchasing Program includes the following companies with products and services available at great discounts:
    • Appliance Canada (ENERGY STAR appliances)
    • Dulux Paints (painting and paint equipment)
    • HD Supply (all building maintenance supplies)
    • Grand & Toy (office supplies, office furniture and accessories)
    • Ricoh (ENERGY STAR photocopiers)
    • Lumenix (LED retrofits made easy)
    • Sherwin Williams (paint, paint supplies and flooring)

4) PCPC sends out to the general child care sector in Ontario a variety of paid ads however, we have chosen not to overload our members with their information several times a week. Instead, we will list in the body of the e newsletters activity during the month and if you wish further information on the products/services, please contact PCPC for their flyer.

Facebook:  PCPC

  • Have you read a great article lately that you think others would enjoy? Let us know and we can share it on our Facebook page! www.facebook.com/ParentCoOperativePreschoolCorporationPcpc
  • Since our last e newsletter the most read postings by hundreds:
    • Why it is that routines are so important to kids anyway?
    • Allowing kids to be independent
    • Plus many great activities and crafts to do with children—definitely worth trying!

As always, if you have any questions at any time please do not hesitate to contact info@pcpcontario.org at your convenience.

Strengthening the partnership between teachers and parents in childcare since 1974

Shannon Stephens, Executive Director

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