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Declining TANF Child Care Funds Underscore Need for Major Child Care Investment

August 31, 2016
August marks the 20th anniversary of welfare reform , which created the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. As part of welfare reform, Congress also made new investments in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) recognizing that low-income mothers need help...
Hannah Matthews's picture Finds that a Majority of Americans Want Subsidized Child Care

August 28, 2016
I remember the day I realized I couldn’t afford the day care center I wanted. They had baby yoga and a curriculum I coveted. But the annual cost would have crippled our family. “The annual cost is more than your take home pay,” my husband said looking at the center’s application. The more...
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Is Congress doing enough to invest in our littlest learners?

August 18, 2016
Do you care about ALL children receiving a quality, affordable early learning experience? Me too! So lets vote on it this November.
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The “Child Care Dance” and why we need reform

August 15, 2016
“We thought we were doing everything right,” said Jenny, a young mom and Fair Share supporter. “We thought we were so ahead of things, we had even started a college fund, but … no one told us what we needed was a child care savings fund!” While young parents like Jenny try to prepare for parenthood...
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A Chemical Risk to Our Children’s Olympic Moments

August 10, 2016
The summer Olympics are coming, and gymnastics are sure to be among the most popular events. But while parents of America’s young aspiring gymnasts -- and even other parents -- are watching the action, most of them don’t know that some gym mats and other foam equipment could pose a serious health...
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The Truth: The First Step toward Combating the System

August 8, 2016
Growing up my parents answered every question, except the ones about Santa Claus and when our next trip to Toy’s R US would be, with the truth. So, when I asked them about racial inequality in second grade while doing my “Ancestry Project” for my predominately White school (P.W.I.), again my...
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An entirely different approach to kids' behavior in the classroom

August 9, 2016
Last year, I took a job at a no excuses charter school, sight unseen. I hadn’t visited or asked many questions before signing my contract, which left me uneducated about the practices associated with this type of school. In short, a "no excuses" charter school usually enrolls low income and...

Moms Aren’t Taking a Recess from Advocating for Recess

August 4, 2016
With a new school year upon us, it seems a good time to give you an update on our effort to ensure Florida's public elementary school students receive the 20 minutes of daily recess they so desperately need and deserve. While our recess bill made it through the House last session, Sen. John Legg,...
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In New York City Schools Racial Profiling and Discrimination Starts Young

July 30, 2016
THREE MILLION students, including preschoolers and kindergartners, are suspended from public schools each year across the nation . Last year in New York City, more than 800 kindergarten through second graders were suspended from school. Not only are these children only approximately 5 - 7 years-old...
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Using my outside voice for early learning in Orlando!

July 26, 2016
Last week I joined MomsRising to visit Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office to talk about the importance of early learning programs, like pre-k and childcare, in ensuring kids get a strong start both academically and in life. ‪Why? Because early learning is so critical and is something dear to my heart. When...
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