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Your First Four Years in Pennsylvania Can Change Lives

January 20, 2015
I 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!
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Many years after college, I’m still working my butt off for tuition

January 12, 2015
Just 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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Leo McGarry's New Year Advice: Getting Out of the Hole Together

January 4, 2015
The 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...
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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

December 18, 2014
Over 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...
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Progress for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

December 12, 2014
On 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.
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MomsRising (and paper dolls) are coming to Capitol Hill! Back us up!!

December 11, 2014
Moms 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?
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White House Early Learning Summit: Speak Up for Babies

December 10, 2014
Thanks 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.
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Our Country Needs Many More Quality Afterschool Programs

December 4, 2014
One 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.
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Send Paper Dolls to the White House!

December 2, 2014
Are 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://...
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Paper dolls storm the White House!

November 28, 2014
Are your kids getting restless over this long weekend? We have the perfect easy and powerful entertainment for your family and friends this Thanksgiving! 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! -->...
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