PCPC eNews: a snapshot of news and views for August 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. News Release: Ontario has Passed the Regulation to Ban Fees for Child Care Wait Lists!
    The passing of this regulation means that as of September 1, 2016 licensed child care centres and home child care agencies cannot charge fees to join a waiting list for their child care program.
    Child care providers will have until January 1, 2017 to develop a public waitlist policy that clearly explains how children on the list are offered admission. The waitlist will also have to be made available to families, while at the same time protecting the confidentiality of their personal information.
    We will do our best to stay on top of information released regarding this policy change, however, we would welcome you to share any information that you receive from the Ministry with us so that we can ensure that all of our members are kept up-to-date.
    We will be working on providing resources regarding the waitlist fee policy in the coming weeks.
  5. Are you a Charity? New Infographic: T3010 Filing Due Dates
    The Charities Directorate is introducing new ways to encourage voluntary compliance in the charitable sector. Registered charities have core responsibilities, one of which is to file an annual information return within six months of the charity’s fiscal year-end. If they do not file, they may lose their charitable registration. The CRA has recently developed a new infographic to help charities remember their filing deadlines.
  6. Free Webinar: Get Ready for Ontario’s New Harassment and Sexual Violence Legislation (presented by Charity Village, as advertised in the Village Vibes e-newsletter)
    Bill 138 regarding Harassment and Sexual Violence takes effect in Ontario on September 8, 2016. Is your organization ready to comply with this new legislation?
    Get Ready for Ontario’s New Harassment and Sexual Violence Legislation Webinar
    Date: Thursday, August 25 at 10am PST / 1pm EST (webinar is one hour in length)
    Skill Level: Introductory. Will provide an introduction to Ontario’s new legislation, and will also be of interest to participants in other provinces where similar legislation exists.
    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. Accessibility Ontario has many upcoming workshops/events for the month of September…
    • Accessibility Compliance 101
    • Introduction to Web and Digital Document Accessibility
    • Strategies for Web Accessibility
      Please visit Accessibility Ontario for a complete listing of events and for more information.
  8. In past e-newsletters, we mentioned that the Government of Ontario was moving forward with Bill 56 (an Act to require the establishment of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan) as a priority and was committed to establishing the Plan by January 1, 2017. Bill 56 has not been passed and we will continue to keep you informed as to what will be happening federally.
  9. 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!

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. The PCPC Purchasing Program continues to provide outstanding discounts for Centres and their members.  
    Don’t forget to check the 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. 
    This month’s highlights:
    • Grand & Toy—offering office supplies, office furniture and accessories at great deals! Contact Jeremy Pletcher to place an order (jeremypletcher@grandandtoy.com or 1.866.391.8111, then press 1)
    • Ricoh—offering ENERGY STAR photocopiers! Contact Sandy Mark to place an order (sandy.mark@ricoh.ca)
  3. The Value of a Parent Satisfaction Survey for Child Care Providers (article presented by HiMama)—Conducting an annual survey of your clients can provide you with much-needed data that can be used to improve your child care Centre.
  4. Ten-Minute Health and Safety Program Check —this checklist (brought to you by Public Services Health & Safety Association) helps you to assess the current standard of the health and safety program at your organization.
  5. Why Handwriting is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age —Have you ever asked yourself if children in a keyboard world still need to learn old-fashioned handwriting? If so, this article may be of some interest to you!
  6. 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:

  • How to Stay Current as an Early Childhood Educator
  • How to Teach the Alphabet with Lego Duplo Blocks
  • Calming Tools and Resources that Really Work—The Kindergarten Connection
  • Encouraging School Readiness in Preschoolers
  • How Trees Can Calm Us Down
  • What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages
  • The Rush to Read
  • 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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