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The View from 3 Feet: Preschoolers + Video Cameras = Adorable

09/19/14
I could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but wouldn't you rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool? Pre-k matters, so watch this video and learn how you can make sure every kid in your state gets to go to preschool.
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#PeoplesClimate and People's Budget: #WorthSaving

09/19/14
This Sunday, the People’s Climate March, billing itself as the largest climate march in history, will flood the streets of New York City to draw attention to the urgent need to address global climate change. Why does the federal government spend so little on climate change initiatives that would safeguard our families' and children's futures?
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Raise YOUR Voice for Healthy School Snacks!

09/18/14
Nationally, most students buy at least one sugary drink or snack every day in school —one of the many reasons why school food greatly affects their health. National guidelines are in place this year to make sure school snacks are healthy. Join us for FoodFri on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. Click to learn more about our panelist, Prevent Obesity . YOUR VOICE is needed to make sure these changes are made in kids’ schools. It is our responsibility to ensure kids are healthy and ready to success in school and beyond. Studies show that children get better grades and miss fewer...
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Building Blocks for Early Learning: Pennsylvania Edition

09/17/14
Blocks are one of the first toys for most American children. As an early childhood teacher of over twenty five years, I can not count how many building blocks I have helped to stack, sort, count, name, knock over and pick up. They are a fundamental piece to the foundation for lifelong learning. Through block playing children learn how to play cooperatively; how to plan strategically; how to take responsibility; and how they can hurt if not used carefully. Currently the United States, and my home state of Pennsylvania, is trying to assemble the necessary building blocks for a sustainable...
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Childcare - The Low Hanging Fruit

09/17/14
Low hanging fruit. Ripe. Ready to be picked. Easy to reach. Social or political 'wins' most folks can get behind and that don't have many cons. In today's economy, our lowest hanging fruit is childcare -- basic facilities (or homes) that offer children of low-to-moderate incomes a safe place to learn and socialize. My 3.5 year-old godson (GS) is bright, inquisitive, and active. As a middle class godparent, I want him to learn in a pretty building that keeps him engaged and pushes him to new heights. In my neighborhood, that type of childcare costs $1200+ A MONTH. That is a mortgage payment...
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5 Reasons I Take Retreats

09/15/14
“Are you listening to your life–what is it trying to tell you?” Renee Trudeau Stephen Cope, MSW, author and director of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living says retreats don’t change our lives as much as they change where we stand in relationship to our lives—and our capacity to see the hidden possibilities there. I grew up watching my parents take personal retreats–mostly meditation retreats–beginning in the early 1970s. I wasn’t really sure what they did or what happened during these periods when they were away, but I do remember how peaceful, grounded and loving they were when...
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VoteRunLead Issues Challenge to Nation: Invite 50,000 Women to Run

09/15/14
I am excited to announce we launched VoteRunLead last week, the first online platform for women to learn to run and lead. We are challenging the nation to invite 50,000 women to run by election day on November 4th. If each of us invites three women to run we can exceed our goal. You'll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months. So excited to be part of this talented and vibrant community! September 9, 2014 VoteRunLead issues challenge to nation to invite 50,000 women to run for political office by election day and half-a-million by 2016 Partnering with Target and Omidyar Network...
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Four Good Reasons to Encourage Less Soda Consumption

09/15/14
BERKELEY, Calif. — This past weekend MomsRising.org co-sponsored an educational panel on soda. Berkeley and San Francisco, California, each have ballot initiatives to tax soda as a way to curb consumption, and in San Francisco’s case, fund certain public programs. Up to now, every single soda tax ballot initiative in the country has failed as the industry has pumped serious money to defeat such measures. And as healthy and aware as many citizens are here in Berkeley, the measure faces an uphill battle as the industry has dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat the measure, including...
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Majority of Parents Support School Nutrition Standards and So Do I

09/15/14
As parents, my wife and I raise our kids to be concerned about their health—among a laundry list of other things. When they’re little, we focus on hand washing to ward off germs and prevent illnesses, teeth brushing and flossing for good oral health, activity to ensure energy balance and to keep our kids strong, and making sure they eat more than chicken nuggets at the dinner table. But especially as our kids get older, we have another concern to worry about: the food they have access to during the school day. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act updated nutrition standards for foods...
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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

09/15/14
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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