Returning to work after having a baby can be a stressful experience for parents. For months prior to my return, I dreaded the thought of leaving my son. My first full day back I felt torn about leaving him in the care of someone else, not to mention guilty. I pictured him crying and screaming as I walked out the door of his dayhome. As the weeks went on it did get easier, but one thing that helps immensely is having a supportive employer who is understanding and willing to accommodate a flexible work schedule. I made the decision to return to work four days a week, which has allowed me to maintain a healthy work-life balance and helped make the back to work transition a lot smoother for my family.
It is with sadness that we mourn the loss of Dr. Clyde Hertzman. Dr. Hertzman was a champion and advocate for the importance of early childhood development, social justice and for the elimination of poverty.
When most people hear the word “education” they immediately think of school, usually starting with kindergarten. But the truth is, learning doesn’t begin when we start school – it begins at birth.
As an early childhood professional, Family Literacy Day has always been an important date to remember and an opportunity to share information with the families I work with. For the past two years however, this day has had more personal significance for me as the parent of a young child.
Did you know that in the Alberta Capital Region, one of the most prosperous communities in Canada, more than 41,000 children live in poverty. That is enough children to fill Rexall Place two and half times. Each month more than 15,000 people in the Edmonton area receive support from local food banks, 53% of those assisted are households with children.
As we launch into another Coats for Kids & Families campaign, I am blown away by the generosity of this community. For over 20 years, we have come together to provide warm winter coats and outerwear to our neighbours in need.