January 20, 2015It’s imperative for Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a solution that provides our early childhood educators with living wages. At the same time, we need to give every child in America a strong start by ensuring they have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and care.
January 20, 2015I have spent the past year visiting and advocating for high quality pre-k classrooms in Pennsylvania. In the Fall as election day neared, I would ask the children what they thought it meant to be a "Governor of Pennsylvania". The conversations were so engaging I kept using the question as a conversation starter well after election day was over!
January 12, 2015Just a couple of months ago, I helped to translate Dr. Glenn Doman’s Fit Baby, Smart Baby, Your Baby to Mandarin Chinese. At the beginning of the book, Dr. Doman wrote, “The early development of mobility in newborns is a vital part of their future ability to learn and grow to full potential.” When translating this sentence, I looked at my 20-month-old. Surely we all know that learning begins at birth and the brain develops faster between birth to age 3 than any other period of life.
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January 4, 2015The second Friday before Christmas was like most of my days -- essentially -- but with some unique details. I was finishing up the update of my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy , so I was making edits and chasing after approvals from various interviewees in between my double and triple-checks for typos. I also had a call with one of the mothers in the book, Hawaii State Senator Jill Tokuda, who was juggling gingerbread-house making in her older son's classroom with preparing for her new post as Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We talked...
December 18, 2014Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
December 12, 2014On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy, and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcome chance to celebrate progress in expanding access to quality early childhood development and learning opportunities for children from birth through age 5. Although we haven’t yet seen the passage of needed comprehensive legislation to provide low-income and other at-risk children a full continuum of quality supports from voluntary home visiting programs to Early Head Start and Head Start, child care, pre-kindergarten and — I hope — full-day kindergarten, progress has been made in increasing access to and expanding quality programs and building support for future investments.
December 11, 2014Moms and kids are taking to Capitol Hill TODAY to educate members of Congress about child care and early learning. Will you back us up by telling your Senators and Representative that we are coming their way?
December 10, 2014Thanks to quality teaching and tireless dedication of early learning professionals over the past decades our country’s highest offices are now identifying that work as the pivotal piece to improving our communities. Studies show that for every dollar invested in high-quality early learning programs there is at least a $7 rate of return.
December 4, 2014One thing I’m grateful for during this season of thanksgiving is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that my two daughters are happy, healthy, safe and constructively engaged during the school day and, just as critically, in the hours afterward. My girls are lucky.
December 2, 2014Are your kids getting restless as the holidays draw near? We have the perfect easy and powerful entertainment for your family and friends this holiday seaso! It is simple: Just ask your kids or grandkids to color a paper doll that we will personally deliver to the White House! Say you will! http://action.momsrising.org/signup/paperdolls/? What for? Because on December 10th (in just a few weeks!) President Obama is convening a White House Summit on Early Learning to focus on increasing investments in early learning opportunities like preschool and childcare to ensure all kids are ready and...