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Working families need YOU on Capitol Hill June 24th!!

June 11, 2014
On Monday, June 23rd, MomsRising members from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C. to deliver kites to the President on how our families need a lift because outdated Mad Men-era, work place policies are hurting our families and our nation’s economic security.
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Let's Fly a Kite for Working Families!

June 9, 2014
Would you gather some friends (or even gather just your kids or grandkids) and draw on a paper kite that we can send to President Obama (and deliver to Congress too!)?
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Pre-K in PA Crosses Party Lines

June 9, 2014
Early childhood education continues to receive growing support from within Pennsylvania. Through the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign, educators and community leaders are not the only ones expressing a commitment to investing in the state's youngest learners. Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and Former Gov. Mark Schweiker (R) toured the state from Erie to Philadelphia to encourage their state leaders to commit to pre-k for all Pennsylvania 3 & 4 year olds by 2018. Convening in Philadelphia at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Governor Mark Schweiker noted how the investment makes...
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Way to Go Colorado! Much Needed Child Care Assistance Signed into Law in the Centennial State

June 9, 2014
Newsflash: Child care is expensive . In a majority of states, the cost of child care for an infant exceeds the cost of public college tuition . That cost pinches the wallets of all families with young children in paid child care. For low-income families, it’s much more than a pinch— on average, families in poverty who pay for care spend nearly one-third of their income on that care . Child care costs in Colorado are particularly high relative to median income—on this measure, Colorado ranks among the least affordable . But parents will have help with these costs thanks to new state...
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Double Booked: Lessons When Life Throws You Curveballs

June 5, 2014
This blog originally appeared on May 22, 2014 as part of the Religious Action Center’s blog series “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century.” Double Booked deals with the many issues that affect working families - from paid family leave to rights for home care workers - and features everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked web portal read more posts and subscribe for updates, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DoubleBooked. by Abby Leibman In 1989, I co-founded the California Women’s Law...
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Let's Put The Spanking Issue To Bed

June 4, 2014
I am very surprised that in this day and age with the vast amount of research on this issue that we are still debating the merits of spanking. Last week on Facebook I saw a post that said something like “I was spanked as a kid and now I have a psychological condition known as respect for others” and oh the number of likes and comments of approval for this foolishness was frightening. Let me tempt you with a great parenting technique. If I told you there was a technique to discipline children that studies have consistently shown was not only ineffective but had the additional benefits of...
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Mompower comes to Seattle!

May 20, 2014
Tuesday was a great day for mom power! Seattle MomsRising members brought their questions, ideas, and littlest learners with them to meet with Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess and staff to discuss the current Seattle Preschool for All proposal. And we brought the cookies! Council Member Burgess shared details of the recently-released plan and MomsRising members shared their questions and experiences with finding affordable, high-quality early learning opportunities for their children. Council Member Burgess has been a strong champion for early learning and increasing access to high-...
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What I Learned From My Mom

May 8, 2014
I have recently started blogging for the great organization MomsRising.org. They have asked us bloggers to write something this week on 'What I Learned From My Mom' in honor of Mother's Day. What a daunting task this is! I'm fortunate in that I have a lot to say on this topic but it is bittersweet because my mother died in 2002. Can it really be twelve years without her? I think of her everyday, miss her everyday and hear her voice coming out of me when I talk to my children. I think of how she would get a real thrill out of being the subject of this article and how she would probably start...
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Transform our schools by letting parents and teachers lead the way

May 7, 2014
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week--a week when teachers are doted upon with tasty treats, mugs, and thoughtful cards. While these tokens of appreciation are lovely, might I suggest a different kind of gift for teachers, one that lasts year round? Parents and community members: instead of giving us your thanks, make a commitment to advocate for teachers. By publicly supporting teachers and demanding the tools we need to help your children succeed, we can truly make schools better together. Real change in our schools must come from the inside out--using teachers to shape, lead, and...
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Mother's Day #TBT Tribute to my #MomHero

May 8, 2014
In honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, here's a #TBT to my #momhero and me.
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