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4/14 Facebook Chat: Why the Child & Dependent Care Credit Isn’t Enough!

Posted April 10th, 2014 by

Tax Day can bring a lot of emotions.  Ahead of tomorrow, people across the country are in the home stretch of filing taxes.  Myself included — I have  date with my computer tonight to turn in my taxes! With the cost of child care exceeding the tuition of colleges in most states, the current tax [...]

Making Women’s History: From Patsy Mink to Paycheck Fairness

Posted April 8th, 2014 by

I was a bit surprised by the lack of coverage for Women’s History Month this year, particularly in the state where I live, since so many women who improved the lives of working families were pivotal to Hawaii’s history. It is essential that we continue to remember these women. While many people are aware of [...]

A Progressive Voice in Annapolis, Maryland

Posted April 7th, 2014 by

During my eight years representing Maryland’s District 20 in the General Assembly, my priorities have always been protecting women, children, working families and our environment. During this Week of Action, I’ll be doing everything I can to enact legislation to further these priorities and improve the lives of many Marylanders.  Some proposals before the House [...]

Gross Domestic Product – What if you got paid to raise your children?

Posted April 4th, 2014 by

The idea to write a play about motherhood came to me when I was writing my last play, Flipside and nursing my second child. Actually, it had been gestating since the day I was nursing my first child and complaining to my HartBeat Co-Artistic Director Greg Tate that the intersecting struggles of child care, career and being broke were making motherhood [...]

We’ve Got a Math Problem — but Help May Be on the Way!

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by

I remember sitting down with my mom doing my math homework almost every night. One night I was tasked with creating a budget for a family of four — I remember my mom being elated that I was learning the importance of budgeting from such a young age. I’ll admit at first the purpose was [...]

Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care

Posted March 27th, 2014 by and

For Karen, a part-time package delivery person and mom to a one-year-old, making child care arrangements is a weekly exercise in scrambling. That’s because Karen receives notice of her schedule only one week in advance, and her shifts fluctuate. The volatility of her schedule makes everything harder. Karen struggles to find friends and family to [...]

Pennsylvania Selfies to Advocate for Early Learning: #IAmPreK

Posted March 25th, 2014 by

Are you  PreK in PA? Please use your voice for those too young to advocate for themselves. This past weekend longtime early childhood education advocate, Sharon Easterling of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) stood in front of over 1200 people and asked for one little favor of each of [...]

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ICYMI: Cavity-Free Kids Webinar

Posted March 17th, 2014 by

Did you know that your child’s dental health is critical to their overall health, their success in school, and more? Did you know that getting your child’s dental health off to a great start begins as early as prenatally? In case you missed it, MomsRising teamed up with the Washington Dental Service Foundation and their [...]

High Quality Pre-K Gets the Spotlight in Pennsylvania

Posted March 13th, 2014 by

One of the best places to be in my state on any given day is in the classroom of a high quality pre-k program. There you will hear laughter and intriguing conversation. There you will see smiles and brows furrowed in curiosity. There you will reassured and valued for your unique gifts. There you will [...]

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Fund Our Littlest Learners

Posted March 11th, 2014 by

I remember sitting with my mom at the kitchen table learning how to balance a budget for a family. Those memories seem so distant! Now as an adult, I wonder how I’ll ever make ends meet, now that child care costs more than college tuition in most states. [1] MomsRising has been lifting the voices [...]

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