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Back to School, Back to Recess

September 12, 2014
We are in the fourth week of school here in Oakland, California. Waking up is getting a little easier for the kids and the rush out the door, though still chaotic, is starting to feel normal again. But at the end of the school day, the kids are still a little like the Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Grumpy and well, Antsy! And these attitudes remind me to check how things are going at school. And when I say school, I mean not just the classroom, but the playground. Because what happens on the playground effects what happens in the classroom, and frankly, what happens after school too. Recess, though...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: The EmpowerMEnt Challenge

September 12, 2014
In my home, September is a time for new beginnings! The kids are preparing for a new school year. We're shopping for new school clothes. And, new schedules are started. Notice, most of these changes were instituted because of the children. This year I decided to start something new for me. I joined The EmpowerMEnt Challenge by the American Heart Association. What's The EmpowerMEnt Challenge? Over four weeks, families across the country are encouraged to take control of their health by pursuing a different goal every week which include increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing...
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3.8 million families were hungry in 2013

September 8, 2014
The Department of Agriculture released their annual study on hunger in America and found that 3.8 million households with children were suffering from hunger at some point during the past year.
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I'm a Koch Sister, Too!

September 8, 2014
You’ve heard of the Koch Brothers, the ultra-rich, corporate extremists whose deep pockets are flooding election-season airwaves. Too often, their goals are part of a political playbook to drive down wages, cut Social Security and Medicare and secure more corporate tax breaks at the expense of our environment. Their money may dominate American politics and law-making, but their values and ideals sure don’t. We have a better alternative. Meet The Koch Sisters , Karen and Joyce, who share the same last name but not the same values as the infamous Koch Brothers. They’re not related to David and...
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What High Quality PreK IS vs IS NOT: HINT Wear A Smock

September 2, 2014
As my friends and I – many teachers and all parents of school aged children – hustled this weekend to make sure our children were ready for the new school year, I found myself being asked many questions about early learning. In addition to being mom to five and an early childhood educator, I am a foot soldier for the new statewide initiative, PreK for PA ( www.prekforpa.org ). Literally. Going in and out of preschools, HeadStart programs, parent meetings, and legislative offices - I speak to the incredible value high quality early learning has to our communities. I left a wonderful classroom...
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Employers of nursing mothers think outside the bathroom stall

September 2, 2014
A provision was added to the Affordable Care Act in 2010 requiring that employers “provide a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child...and a place, other than a bathroom...which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” The health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers is widely known. Did you know that employers benefit, too?
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6 ways to stress less & simplify this fall

August 28, 2014
If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, scheduling, and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, and consider the following ideas for a simpler, less stressful school year.
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Take Action!

Can you hear us Congress? #WEmatter!

August 21, 2014
There is an election right around the corner and that makes now the perfect time to make sure that our elected officials in Congress and beyond know that we matter and we will be holding them accountable. Women and family economic security issues are more than just political footballs and talking points. Our voices, and our votes, matter. #WEMatter.
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