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

September 19, 2014
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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Childcare - The Low Hanging Fruit

September 17, 2014
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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Building Blocks for Early Learning: Pennsylvania Edition

September 17, 2014
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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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
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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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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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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My remarks from the Women's Equality event with Leader Nancy Pelosi

August 28, 2014
I knew that affordable childcare would be a vital necessity -- my husband and I both have full-time jobs at nonprofits, our budget is very limited, and we do not have family nearby. The high cost of childcare, which is more than a college education in most states, has influenced where we live and what kind of jobs we have.
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Hey PA! Are You Ready for PreK?

August 25, 2014
As schools open for the new school year all across Pennsylvania, local leaders, educators, families and friends of early learning are showing their support to increase access to high quality pre-k for all the state's 3 and 4 year olds. Have you joined the PreK for PA movement? Click here: www.prekforpa.org . West Chester Mayor Comitta and county leaders visit a local preschool, highlighting the need for high-quality pre-k before the first day of kindergarten. On Thursday morning, August 21, Pre-K for PA joined Mayor Carolyn Comitta, Chester County leaders, and educators at the West Chester...
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Top 5 Ways to Get Your Kid Ready for Kindergarten (And Pre-K)

July 31, 2014
After twenty-five years of teaching in early childhood education, I am used to the rush put on moms for “Back to School” shopping. I know that there is no need to rush it.
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Top Summer Kid Care & Activities: Brought to You by MomsRising Members

July 23, 2014
***UPDATED*** We texted and you responded -- see below for the summer activity wisdom of members like you! School’s out and summer is here! As a kid, that meant sunshine, long days full of fun, and all the perks of summer: BBQs, popsicles, swimming, summer camps, and no homework! As an adult and as a soon-to-be parent, it leaves me with more questions than anything! Figuring out what to do with little ones can be fun and stressful. Fear not! Below are some great resources to help families find care for kids during the summer months while school is out. And as an added bonus, our fabulous...
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