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When Government Is Too Small

October 23, 2013
Every American should have been in the streets when our elected officials labeled cancer care for children as "nonessential." On a damp Friday morning, 11 days into the government shutdown, a few dozen truckers took to the Capital Beltway to tell lawmakers they were angry. They were protesting big government. Yet opinion polls showed that Americans opposed the government shutdown and were hurting because of it. At that moment, according to polls, nearly one in three Americans already felt personally affected not by too much government, but by too little — by the sudden freeze in critical...
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The Children of Head Start

October 16, 2013
As an assistant Head Start teacher, I see the impact of the program every day. Our program in Chicago has children who would continue to have rotting teeth and no childhood immunizations without the support and requirements of the program. Children who are non-communicative, developmentally delayed, ADHD with parents who have the same disorder start smiling, talking nonstop and making up for lost time. An ELL child who has never played with other children stops his aggressive behavior and starts talking, laughing and playing. Children who have had horrific things happen to them and have been...
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What the Government Shutdown Does to Women

October 11, 2013
The shutdown of the federal government is disastrous for millions of women, families, and households across America. A few examples: Almost 9 million mothers and children under five lost their vouchers for food, baby formula, and breastfeeding support under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC; Head Start and Early Head Start , which already lost 57,000 children due to the sequester cuts, has now lost another 19,000 children from the pre-school and child care program; Adult day care and child care centers run with federal funds have laid off...
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Football, football, and more football...

October 7, 2013
Fall marks the beginning of football season, and fans come together to enjoy the thrill of watching their favorite teams battle it out on the field. There is no more popular sport in America, consistently the highest-rated on television and the first thing many of us look for in our local paper. However, an ongoing list of safety concerns spells trouble for the sport. Although all sports carry a risk of injury, football's violent nature and "gladiator" culture place it in a category of its own, especially regarding head trauma. The reality behind hits to the helmet is far more damaging than...
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Kids Before Corporations: Why Tax Reform Matters for Moms

September 25, 2013
Last week Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, S. 1533. It might not seem obvious, but Sen. Levin’s bill, which would close corporate tax loopholes and eliminate incentives for shipping jobs and profits overseas, would be a HUGE help for families and children in America. You might be asking yourself: What do tax havens have to do with motherhood and raising a family? Fair question. When corporations hide their profits offshore and avoid paying their fair share of taxes struggling families have to pick up the bill. On top of buying school supplies, groceries and gas...
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The Great Unshared Recovery: Millions of Us Are Worse Off Than in the Great Recession

September 22, 2013
Officially, the Great Recession ended in 2009. But after three years of “recovery,” there were 6.7 million more people living in poverty than in 2008, a recession year. We’ve been stuck with 15 percent of our people in poverty for three years. In the 2008 recession year, 13.2 percent were poor. Forty-six million poor people is a big and troubling number. But that is only part of the story of unshared recovery. More than one-third of us – 106 million people – are near poor, living one lay-off or health disaster away from very hard times. (For a family of four, if your income was below $23,492...
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Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

September 21, 2013
Dear President Obama, You must read Professor Diane Ravitch's latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools . You won't like it. No one likes reading about their failures. And that's exactly WHY you should read it. Your legacy is at stake. You risk having Race to the Top known as Race to the Bank due to the enormous payday tech companies, "edupreneurs," and charter chain operators stand to pocket from taxpayer money that instead should go to educating the nation's children. The official flickr photostream of the White House,...
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The Children Are Still Poor in America

September 18, 2013
Since the early part of the decade, the number of young children – those from birth to 5 years of age – living in poverty in the United States has been climbing. While that number held steady in 2012, according to data released today from the U.S. Census, the poverty report is far from good news. Our babies are still poor. Nearly 6 million young children—one in four children under the age of 6—live in poor households. The rate is higher yet for young Black children and young Hispanic children. What’s more, nearly half of young children live in low-income households that have to manage with...
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TAKE ACTION: Chutes and Ladders comes to our Capitol!

September 3, 2013
It’s not easy to be heard in Washington, D.C., even about an issue as important as affordable, high-quality child care and preschool. There’s a lot of competition for our elected leaders’ attention: pinstripe-suited lobbyists, 24-hour news channels, and lots of partisan bickering. That’s why we’re getting creative, and we need your help to pull it off! We’re organizing moms and kids from across the country to play a GIANT (like 40-foot-wide) game of Chutes and Ladders on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. We want your senators to play with us. Can you take two seconds and click a few buttons to...
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For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

July 29, 2013
If 2012 was the year of the woman, 2013 is the year of the working mom. And that's why I'm headed to California. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi along with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Doris Matsui and others announced a new Women's Economic Agenda, built on three key pillars for driving women's economic advancement: 1) equal pay for equal work, 2) work-family balance, including paid sick leave and a livable minimum wage, and 3) access to quality, affordable child care. As many have noted, these priorities are not new ideas. Women have been advocating for decades for these policies,...
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