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Lo Que Las Nalgadas Le Pueden Estar Enseñando a los Niños

October 5, 2014
El dar nalgadas es un tema que puede dividir una reunión en la mitad en cuestión de segundos. Por esta razón he sido prudente, reflexiva, y paciente acerca de cuándo abordarlo. Durante este mes pasado vi en CNN como varios expertos hablaron de Adrian Peterson el corredor de los Vikingos de Minnesota que está siendo investigado actualmente por golpear a su hijo de 4 años de edad con una vara. Los comentaristas trajeron todo tipo de razones, juicios, y estadísticas. Algunos nunca había escuchado y dos me impactaron hasta mucho: el 70% de los estadounidenses aprueba "un buen azote" y el 94% de...
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Saving Baby: Learn How to Safely Navigate The Healthcare System

October 1, 2014
When we hear that some one is expecting a baby, we wait for the next big announcement: girl or boy. Sadly for one of every four babies the next announcement is about a death from miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. (World Health Organization 2013) WAIT - PLEASE! Do not turn away. We can save more babies. When we fail, there is still healing that can happen for the grieving parents, families, and clinicians. The United States infant mortality is among the worst in the industrialized world. (CDC, 2013) I met a hospital bereavement counselor the same month my son was born (another...
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What Spanking May Be Teaching Your Children

September 18, 2014
Spanking is a topic that can break a room in half in a matter of seconds. For this exact reason I have been cautious, thoughtful, and patient about when I would approach it. Last night I watched CNN as several talking heads spoke of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who is currently being investigated for beating his 4-year-old son with a switch. The commentators brought up all sorts of reasons, judgments, and statistics. Some I had never heard and two shocked me to the core: 70% of Americans approve of “a good hard spanking” and 94% of parents of children ages 3-4 report...
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Thank a Suffragete: Celebrate National Voter Registration Day!

September 23, 2014
This weekend I will have the privilege to sit with my early childhood education advocate peers in the same room at Cranalieth as Susan B Anthony, Rachel Avery and many other suffragetes when they worked through fighting for a woman's right to vote.
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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
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.
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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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