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

PCPC Members:

Please Note: The PCPC Office has decided to stay open during the summer months this year (with a flexible schedule) in order to provide our members with the most efficient service possible. This flexible schedule means that it may take a couple of days for a response but you will receive one as soon as possible. Happy Summer to you all!

Board of Directors

  1. PCPC has sent out the renewal invoices for PCPC Membership for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. In order to ensure there is no interruption to your membership and your Board can continue to benefit from the great support and resources PCPC has to offer, please remit membership fees as soon as possible. Codes have been changed as of July 1 and new codes will be emailed out upon receipt of payment. Should you have any questions about your membership, please do not hesitate to contact PCPC.
  2. If you are new to your Board of Directors and this is one of the first PCPC e-newsletters that you are receiving, we want to let you know that you can also view older editions of our eNews on our website.
  3. Morneau Shepell is the PCPC provider for our Group Benefits Coverage. You will be receiving shortly by email a document outlining all of the affordable, flexible and convenient benefits that they have to offer our members. For more information on the PCPC group benefit program or for a free, no-obligation quote, please contact Morneau Shepell at 1.866.432.8427 or businesssolutions@morneaushepell.com.
  4. Waitlist Fees and City of Toronto Childcare Operators. Effective January 1, 2017, child care operators in Toronto will not be permitted to charge waitlist fees if they receive child care funding from the City of Toronto. This policy applies to fees charged to all families: whether in receipt of child care subsidy or full-fee. Not all child care operators in Toronto charge waitlist fees to families looking for care. These programs are already in compliance with the City’s “no waitlist fee” policy that will take effect next year. Should you have any questions regarding the elimination of waitlist fees, please contact your Children’s Services Consultant. To read the entire letter (dated June 2, 2016) from Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager, Toronto Children’s Services, please visit: www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/Children’s%20Services/Files/pdf/W/waitlist_fee_letter_june2_2016.pdf
  5. News Release: Ontario is Proposing to Ban Fees for Child Care Wait Lists — Ontario is proposing a regulation that would ban licensed child care centres and home child care agencies from charging fees to join a waiting list for child care programs.
    If the proposed regulation is passed, licensed child care centres and home child care agencies will be required to develop a public wait-list policy that sets out the order in which children on the list are offered admission, and parents will be able to monitor their wait list status in a way that ensures confidentiality — all of these changes would have to be implemented by September 1, 2016.
  6. Free Webinar: Managing a Great Volunteer Program! (presented by Charity Village, as advertised in the Village Vibes e-newsletter)
    Managers of volunteers play many different roles, each requiring a different skill set: matchmaker, HR professional, special events coordinator, marketer, mediator and supervisor. This upcoming free webinar will teach you how to put these diverse skills to use while managing a successful volunteer program for your organization.
    • From Matchmaker to Supervisor: Managing a great volunteer program
    • Date: Thursday, August 11 at 10am PST / 1pm EST (webinar is one hour in length)
    • Skill Level: Introductory. Great for new and experienced managers of volunteers.
    • Cost: Free — Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment
      Not sure if you can make the live session? Not to worry — everyone who registers gets a copy of the full recording, regardless of attendance. Watch for it in your inbox the day after the webinar.
      Click here for more information and to register
  7. PCPC wants to remind you about the FREE Job Posting service that we offer to our members. This service will allow you to reach over 8600 email addresses (right here in Ontario) with your job posting — a great way to find that new member for your team! Please contact us so that we can get your job posting out to our email database and you can find that new employee!
  8. PCPC Tipsheets for Summer! With the hot, hazy days of summer here, and everyone looking for ways to cool down and have fun, it is important for everyone to remember that safety should come first.
    PCPC has available on the website, tipsheets for:
    • Standing and Recreational Bodies of Water in Licensed Child Care Settings
    • Food Allergies: Do You Know How to Keep Your Children Safe?

All Members

  1. Do You Have Any Recommendations? PCPC always has Centres looking for recommendations for companies and/or individuals that can help them out with bookkeeping, auditing, fundraising, etc. If you have any recommendations that you would like to pass along we would greatly appreciate it. All recommendations can be emailed to Shannon Stephens, PCPC Executive Director.
  2. Best Start. Ontario’s Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre supports service providers across the province of Ontario who are working on health promotion projects to improve the health of expectant parents and their young children. The Centre provides workshops and conferences, resources, consultations, and subject-specific information.
    Visiting the Best Start website will provide your Centre with a gateway to many free resources!
  3. 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 current and past month and if you wish further information on the products/services, please contact PCPC for their flyer.

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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!

Since our last e-newsletter the most read postings by hundreds:

  • 10 Things to Do Between Dinner and Bedtime — Say “No” to the Witching Hour
  • Teaching Empathy to Children — The Danish Way of Parenting
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviour in Young Children
  • Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long!
  • Handy Tips: Mom Hacks — Strollers!
  • Why Handwriting is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age
  • 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, PCPC Executive Director
shannon@pcpcontario.org

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