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Save the American Dream—Rally this Saturday

February 24, 2011
As a mom who works to support her family, good childcare is an absolute necessity for us—without it, I couldn't work. And if I couldn't work, we couldn't pay our bills. I'm lucky I can afford childcare, because there are hundreds of thousands of families who can't. They rely on programs like Head Start to be able to work or go to school, and know that their children are in good hands. Now the Republicans want to strip more than a billion dollars from Head Start and childcare assistance , leaving an estimated 368,000 children without early learning support, and leaving their parents unable to...
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The fate of 380,000 working families

February 24, 2011
Last night there was a bit of panic in my house. Snow in Seattle! Ack--that means preschool is closed. What are working parents supposed to do when preschool is closed? But over 368,000 parents across this country are in a panic far worse than mine. Depending on how our U.S. Senators vote, these families could find themselves permanently cut off from preschool and child care . Take one minute right now to send a quick note to your Senator. We’ve got to make it clear that working parents depend on child care and preschool. http://moms.ly/e3uH8e What’s going on? Last week the House passed a...
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Giant cuts proposed to kids' programs!

February 16, 2011
Something doesn't add up. These days you hear a lot of members of Congress saying, "Governments need to budget like families do." I couldn't agree more. Every family I know budgets by putting the health, safety, and future of their children first. But what gets me is that some of the same members of Congress who advocate for budgeting like families are--at the same time!--doing the opposite by putting critical programs for children's health and education on the chopping block. Just last week the House of Representatives unveiled their new spending plan for the rest of fiscal year 2011. This...
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Our Kids Deserve A Digital Detox

February 14, 2011
Whenever I ponder of the excess of technology in today’s society, I think of a posting on my friend’s Facebook page complaining that her kids were driving her crazy as they waited in line for ice cream. It seemed obvious to me why her kids were acting up--they wanted her to stop the constant mobile uploads and pay attention to them. Our children, our partners, our friends, and our community are crying out for us to lift our eyes from our smartphones and unplug the earphones to reconnect with each other off-line. This is why the organization I work for created the National Day of Unplugging in...
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Ahh the power of the glue stick!

February 10, 2011
Here's the deal: Roses, champagne flutes, glittery gems and jewelry--all great. But these days, I'm all about a different kind of Valentine's Day: Red construction paper hearts, lopsided, and shaped by small hands wielding safety scissors, glue sticks, and glitter. Let's face it. Lopsided glitter glue has the power to melt hearts far and wide. What if we could use the power of Valentine's Day to stand up for kids and get Congress to focus on preschool and quality, affordable childcare? It turns out, we (you) can! *Click this link to see our super cool online valentine-creation-station and...
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Competitive Mothering Takes a Hit

February 5, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org With an eyebrow firmly raised at all the Tiger Mother brouhaha, I was delighted to find this post from Cameron Macdonald , an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's written a book, “Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs and the Micropolitics of Mothering” which looks as what she calls the "private to public care transfer", meaning childcare moving from the household (and mother) to a paid employee. She is also interested, according to her bio, in "...
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Indiscriminate Budget Cuts at What Toll?

February 2, 2011
The recent House proposal to slash domestic spending to 2008 levels would mean millions lost in funding for early childhood programs. It’s easy to give short shrift to this number when discussing it broadly and in the abstract. After all, there is wide agreement that balance needs to be restored to the federal budget. President Obama has called for a five-year freeze in domestic, non-defense discretionary spending and states are grappling with budget shortfalls and considering across the board cuts, including human services. But when discussing balancing the budget and cutting programs, we...
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A Powerful Education Reform Tool - Kindergarten Readiness Data

January 20, 2011
Understanding whether or not children are ready to succeed when they walk through the kindergarten door is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Washington only begins to collect consistent student progress data at the end of 3rd grade. By the time the state reports this data, the students are buying school supplies for 4th grade. Unfortunately we know this is too late.

The Gender Politics of Education Reform

January 20, 2011
Education reform: I fervently believe women who are in the schools every day--as parent volunteers, and as teachers--have a great deal to tell policymakers what works and what doesn't. What we need is a pointilist approach: steady application of dots of information about how schools are working--or not working--that add up to a big picture. We need it from parents, students, and educators themselves.
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An Invitation to California MomsRising Members

January 4, 2011
Across the country, the New Year means new beginnings. Here in the Golden State our former and just-sworn-in Governor Jerry Brown will bring creative and sometimes austere approaches to tackle an estimated deficit of over $25 billion . For those of us who care about health care and the social services that comprise our safety net, being prepared with our policy priorities and strategies is more important than ever. Next week, on Wednesday, January 12, many of the state’s leading health, social service and workplace advocates will come together at the California Working Families Policy Summit...

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