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Help Moms Naomi Watts and Valerie Plame Wilson Say No to Nukes

November 2, 2011
Last week, I shared my passion for a world without nuclear weapons with you. It's truly heartening to know that other mothers also care deeply about not trading our children's futures for nuclear weapons. So today I'm sharing this video . Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson are both mothers and active supporters of Global Zero . They too are asking our leaders to cut nukes, not the things we really need -- like education. Like myself, or any mom, Naomi and Valerie want to make sure that children across the nation have access to the best education...

DIAPER Act- Practical Help for Families

November 1, 2011
Cross posted on Help A Mother Out titled New Haven: Precious Little People Diapers, diapers, diapers. Is my baby crying because his diaper is full? Are the diapers the right size? Do the diapers need washing? Do I have enough diapers to see my child through the day? Of course, I have a four-week-old baby, which accounts for my diaper preoccupation and the fact that I’m typing this one-handed while I cradle him with my other arm. For many families in America, the simple lack of a healthy change of diapers required by child care providers – and therefore access to child care – is yet another...

Same Gender Education a Gimmick

October 31, 2011
By Ronald E. Jackson, Executive Director, Citizens for Better Schools Here in Alabama and across the South, our public schools — and the children who attend them — are under continuous assault. Cuts in state funding, school closings and increases in school and class sizes are just some of the ways the quality of education for our youngsters is undercut. The fact that many of these decisions are made locally should not be misunderstood to mean they're made democratically. In reality, it's often the opposite: School officials agree on plans in private meetings, pre-meetings, and closed-door...
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How Much Do We Really Care for Children?

October 30, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Last week’s policy briefings included one on the state of early education and child care programs in the U.S. The number of spots available across the country is nowhere near the number of children that need to be looked after while their parents are at work. For many families, if care can be located, it is hugely expensive. As a result, a vast number of children are left with unregulated or uncertified caregivers, making little more than minimum wage, with no access to paid sick leave...
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Halloween Costumes and Costume Helpers Round-Up

October 26, 2011
(This blog is a part of the MomsRising Early Learning Halloween Campaign. Budget numbers are flying around like bats on Halloween night right now--and we need to make sure Congress understands how important early childhood education is in their budgets. Visit our Congressional-Halloween-Costume-Creation-Station and create a card complete with a costume of your choice; then send your unique message to your Congressperson! ) jet pack tutorial for a space man, astronaut, or futuristic costume Sewing in No Man's Land paper costume ideas Laugh Paint Create Jack Sparrow or pirate wig made from a t-...

No Sew Halloween Costume: Cone Head Zombie

October 26, 2011
(This blog is a part of the MomsRising Early Learning Halloween Campaign. Budget numbers are flying around like bats on Halloween night right now--and we need to make sure Congress understands how important early childhood education is in their budgets. Visit our Congressional-Halloween-Costume-Creation-Station and create a card complete with a costume of your choice; then send your unique message to your Congressperson!) My six year old, like most little boys, loves video games. One of the games that he likes to play on the computer is Plants vs Zombies, where you save your house from a...

We've had enough with tricks, Congress!

October 26, 2011
Congress is getting a little scary this Halloween season. In the budget debate, key programs for families, like affordable child care and preschool are on the chopping block. We've had enough with tricks! We’ve decided to make sure the voices of families are heard in the halls of Congress by spreading a little Halloween treat. Thousands of Parents and kids have already used our fun Congressional-Halloween-Costume-Creation-Station to create unique cards for Congress members with an important message. But we need more electronic cards for moms and kids to directly deliver on Halloween. Why take...
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“Miss Representation”—Poised to Advance a Media Movement

October 22, 2011
This article originally appeared at The Women's Media Center . The documentary shown on Oprah’s OWN network takes on the disparagement of women and girls in the media in a comprehensive way. Marianne Schnall talks to “Miss Representation” filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Jennifer Siebel Newsom We tend to pay attention to negative media treatment of women and girls only as isolated incidents spark an outcry—a sexist statement by an on-air commentator, a skeletal model on a magazine cover, a controversial advertising campaign. The full scope of the problem, and its dire implications for our...

Can Congress get any spookier?

October 19, 2011
On Halloween, kids can be whatever they want to be: From astronauts, to ghosts, to red-nosed clowns, all of their costume dreams can come true for a day. But we have a secret: There’s a little Halloween magic happening all year round. Quality early care and education gives kids the foundation to be anything they want to be when they grow up. Halloween gives them a day of dress up, while early education gives them a lifetime of possibilities. Budget numbers are flying around like bats on Halloween night right now--and we need to make sure Congress understands how important early childhood...
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Give Kids a Window of Opportunity!!!

October 14, 2011
Children in poverty need Head Start -- and right now, they need your help to be heard ! You know how thrilling it is watching your child develop, learn to smile, to speak, to read. We all want the best for our children, want to provide good food and stable homes and incredible amounts of love. But right now more than six million children under six are living in circumstances that can prevent their parents from providing good food and stable homes. Their parents can provide love, but their children are going hungry and may not have a safe place to sleep tonight. For some of those children and...

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