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Tax Plan Hurts Single Mothers and Working Families Most

September 15, 2010
I've said it before but it bears repeating - working ourselves out from under the rubble of this recession won't happen if we attempt to step on the more vulnerable members of society in the process. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to do just that with his tax bill, introduced on September 13. His proposal extends the Bush-era tax cuts - all of those most beneficial to the highest-income earners in the nation - while forgoing those tax cuts which would most help lower income families, especially single mother-led households. According to the National Women's Law Center ,...

Speaking in Tongues: A Film. A Challenge.

September 15, 2010
With all the talk of “Restoring Honor” and taking back our country, I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes in America that feel so threatening to some. We are living through revolutions in just about every sphere of life. Some revolutions can be terrific. Like the American Revolution. Or the technological revolution that enabled us to throw out our bulky typewriters for increasingly thin, fast and powerful computers. A revolution in learning and human relations needs to accompany the technology shift – and this is where it can get tricky. At a time when national borders mean less and less...
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New Latino Voter Poll Shows Early Learning is a Winning Issue

September 9, 2010
I am tired of political candidates who want to win the “Latino vote” without actually investing any time or energy into addressing the concerns of the Latino community. As a mixed race woman, I’m concerned about any candidate who sees the needs of California and the needs of California’s Latino children and families as two separate issues. That’s why I’m excited about the results of a recent statewide poll showing that nearly 7 in 10 Latino voters say they are more likely to support candidates who want to increase funding to make high-quality preschool and early learning more accessible and...

Who is Paying for Your Child's School Supplies?

August 31, 2010
I got used to pulling out my wallet for my school kids. The same shopping trip for the shot glasses, my own little boy asked if he could have something-or-another. I remember telling him, “Sweetie, we can’t afford that.”
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42 Things to Get Your Kid Ready for School

August 23, 2010
Is there something else a parent can do to prepare the kids for a successful year?
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The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males: We All Should Pay Attention

August 22, 2010
Forty-seven percent of Black American males graduate from high school in the U.S. In other words, the majority of black boys are not graduating from high school in the United States of America. The 47% takes all states into account, from Maine, with a 98% graduation rate, to New York, with just 25% of black males graduating high school. New York, with so much power and privilege, alarmingly comes out with the highest rank on the Education Inequity Index in The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males . But its much maligned neighbor, Newark, NJ (and NJ in general) gets much...
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To Ritalin or not to Ritalin

August 17, 2010
As a behavior specialist who as a child was medicated from 1970 to 1977 I'm often asked my opinion about Ritalin. Here's my experience.
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Raising Healthy Eaters

August 2, 2010
Sometimes the hardest part about getting your children to eat healthy food and fight child obesity is getting them to choose the healthy food option. Here's the behavior methods that show you the way to guide them to healthy food choices
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1 Million young kids are left alone after school.

July 30, 2010
Dust off the backpacks and dig out the lunch sacks – back to school time is just weeks away. And, working parents across this country are spending these last few weeks arranging, searching, and confirming afterschool care. Unfortunately, many parents don’t succeed in finding afterschool care for their kids . More than 1 million children in grades K to 5 are on their own after school. This huge and heartbreaking number isn’t because of parent neglect, rather it reflects a simple fact: Afterschool programs are unavailable or too expensive for millions of families across this country. And it...
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Emotionally Healthy Children

July 28, 2010
A method for parents to balance empowering their children and still set firm boundaries so children become psychologically strong, healthy and respectful of others.
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