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16 Million Reasons for the Candidates to Care about Poverty

October 2, 2012
By the time President Obama and Governor Romney throw out the first punches in the October 3 debate, many of the nation’s 16 million poor children will be fast asleep. Some of them will have gone to bed hungry. Some of them will be sleeping in homeless shelters or substandard housing. Many of them live in distressed communities with few quality jobs available for their parents and struggling public schools. All of them face certain hurdles in academic achievement, employment prospects, and economic success that threaten the long-term economic competitiveness of our country. Children living in...
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U.S. Educational Outcomes Improved Despite Our Economic Woes

September 26, 2012
Headlines about the “crisis in education” might lead you to believe otherwise but most educational outcomes in the United States have improved over the last decade. High school graduation rates and national math and reading scores for students of all races and incomes are higher than ever. More kids stay in school and go to college than ever and this trend persisted despite the latest recession. But, all is far from perfect. Where you live makes a profound difference on the quality of public school options available. Deep disparities in educational achievement by race and particularly by...
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Raising Kids Who Care

September 25, 2012
It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy four-year old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she had placed a favorite coffee-table book in front of her and was quietly, deliberately dropping crumbs on the page. Not only was Sophia oblivious to my urgency to get out the door, but there was a new mess to clean, right on top of a cherished book. When I demanded, “What is going on?” She gently answered, “Mommy, I want to share my bagel with them.” I looked...
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Eat, Read, Sleep

September 20, 2012
Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The majority of American households have two parents in the paid workforce; hence, the Principal’s heartfelt message: try to eat dinner together as a family, sans gadgets! Even if some are absent because of extra-curricular activities, sit down with those...
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Playborhood Party

August 31, 2012
Many times, I’ve walked my neighborhood with my kids and though I see lots of playscapes in backyards, I never see kids playing outside. EVER. I occasionally see some kids get off the bus after school, but once they go inside, they are GONE. Are there really so few kids living near us? Or are they all holed up inside, tied to their electronic devices? My boys and I would linger in the cul-de-sacs on all the nearby streets, playing and making a lot of noise, hoping some kids would wander out. Nope, never happened.
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Toddler Thursday: Shoe Tie Practice Board

August 30, 2012
Welcome to Toddler Thursdays! Join us every Thursday on the MomsRising blog for crafts and recipes for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as news and tips on childcare and early education. Sometimes I feel like we are the A-Team around here! Did you ever watch the A-Team ? It was one of my favorite television shows in the 1980's. If you think about it, it was the ultimate DIY show. In each episode, the A-Team would scavenge around for materials to create something essential to hatch their plan. Part of the comedy (and awesomeness) of the show was the silly stuff they would use. For instance,...
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Washington, Are You Listening? Invest in Education with One Simple Change

August 20, 2012
Patrick Pylvainen grew up in a small town outside Minneapolis. The Minnesotan college student has seven siblings, so he borrows money for his tuition — Stafford loans from the federal government, plus loans from private banks that require interest payments while he's still in school. Now, those more affordable federal loans are in jeopardy. The cascade of federal budget cuts expected to begin in January would slash every single program the government classifies as "discretionary," including funding for education. That's heartbreaking, since public investment in education was a driving force...
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First woman to moderate a presidential debate in DECADES.

August 14, 2012
Candy Crowley. Image via Wikipedia. Great news yesterday! FINALLY, after decades without a female moderator, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that a woman, Candy Crowley of CNN, would moderate one of the three nationally televised Presidential debates. [1] Woot! *Click here to congratulate Candy Crowley on being the first woman in decades to moderate a televised presidential debate - AND while you're at it, submit a question for consideration for inclusion in the presidential debates. Show politicians and pundits that it's time to take the issues of American moms and families...
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Election 2012: What's the budget impact on moms and families?

August 14, 2012
If there was ever any doubt that the U.S. federal budget would claim center-stage in the 2012 presidential race, it vanished with Mitt Romney's selection of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee. Although Mitt Romney has emphasized he will run on a Romney budget, not a Ryan budget, he has already endorsed central elements of Ryan's plan – such as significant cuts to Medicaid and education – and has indicated that the Congressman will play a lead role in shaping the Romney/Ryan platform. Paul Ryan's federal budget proposal includes sweeping changes that...
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It’s National HIV Awareness Month — Have You Talked to Your Kids?

July 26, 2012
When I was in college during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, I assumed that by the time I had a child, all kids would be taught about HIV in school. In the past 20 years, lots of evidence shows how HIV education helps young people make healthy decisions including delaying sex and using condoms when they do have sex. So, it is extremely frustrating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that the percentage of students nationwide being taught about HIV/AIDS has fallen by eight percent over the past 14 years. This month there’s been a...
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