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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

December 18, 2014
Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
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Progress for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

December 12, 2014
On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy, and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcome chance to celebrate progress in expanding access to quality early childhood development and learning opportunities for children from birth through age 5. Although we haven’t yet seen the passage of needed comprehensive legislation to provide low-income and other at-risk children a full continuum of quality supports from voluntary home visiting programs to Early Head Start and Head Start, child care, pre-kindergarten and — I hope — full-day kindergarten, progress has been made in increasing access to and expanding quality programs and building support for future investments.
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MomsRising (and paper dolls) are coming to Capitol Hill! Back us up!!

December 11, 2014
Moms and kids are taking to Capitol Hill TODAY to educate members of Congress about child care and early learning. Will you back us up by telling your Senators and Representative that we are coming their way?
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White House Early Learning Summit: Speak Up for Babies

December 10, 2014
Thanks to quality teaching and tireless dedication of early learning professionals over the past decades our country’s highest offices are now identifying that work as the pivotal piece to improving our communities. Studies show that for every dollar invested in high-quality early learning programs there is at least a $7 rate of return.
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Our Country Needs Many More Quality Afterschool Programs

December 4, 2014
One thing I’m grateful for during this season of thanksgiving is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that my two daughters are happy, healthy, safe and constructively engaged during the school day and, just as critically, in the hours afterward. My girls are lucky.
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Send Paper Dolls to the White House!

December 2, 2014
Are your kids getting restless as the holidays draw near? We have the perfect easy and powerful entertainment for your family and friends this holiday seaso! It is simple: Just ask your kids or grandkids to color a paper doll that we will personally deliver to the White House! Say you will! http://action.momsrising.org/signup/paperdolls/? What for? Because on December 10th (in just a few weeks!) President Obama is convening a White House Summit on Early Learning to focus on increasing investments in early learning opportunities like preschool and childcare to ensure all kids are ready and...
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Paper dolls storm the White House!

November 28, 2014
Are your kids getting restless over this long weekend? We have the perfect easy and powerful entertainment for your family and friends this Thanksgiving! It is simple: Just ask your kids or grandkids to color a paper doll that we will personally deliver to the White House! Say you will! --> action.momsrising.org/signup/paperdolls/?source=blog What for? Because on December 10th (in just a few weeks!) President Obama is convening a White House Summit on Early Learning to focus on increasing investments in early learning opportunities like preschool and childcare to ensure all kids are ready...
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Not One More Day

November 21, 2014
In a couple weeks, the White House will be convening the first Summit on Early Learning. We need your help to make sure this Summit actually leads to action for our littlest learners!
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Three Steps to a Two-Generation Approach

November 14, 2014
Lecia Imbery wrote this (she's the Coalition on Human Needs' Senior Policy Writer). Pretty interesting, and as a mom and grandma, I think it makes a whole lot of sense. To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents. The ability of our children to enter and navigate paths to success has implications for all of us. The 17 million young children in low-income families today will become tomorrow’s parents, employees and leaders. Earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released their new KIDS COUNT policy report...
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Raising the Minimum Wage and Affordable Child Care Go Hand in Hand

November 13, 2014
This post, authored by Traci Donnelly, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . A minimum wage increase will not help families exit poverty by itself – we need other work supports that ease the economic strain on families. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! A few years ago, a young man named Israel and his wife enrolled their daughter in one of our Early Head Start programs. Israel, the son of Mexican immigrants, worked long...
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