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The Right Priorities For Our Working Families

March 29, 2011
The 2010 election was a mandate for one thing: creating jobs and strengthening our economy for the long term. I heard that message loud and clear from New York families in every corner of our state, and I am working with my colleagues in Congress on solutions that will help create good-paying jobs and get the economy moving again for everyone. But, instead of focusing on rebuilding the economy, House Republicans have unleashed an extreme ideological attack on America’s women and working families with HR 1, the first bill they introduced this Congress. The House-passed bill slashed critical...
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Hope for Innovation in Education│TEDxNYED

March 28, 2011
There is hope for education innovation in the U.S. Earlier this month I had the great honor of joining several hundred people committed to innovation in education in various forms, for the TEDxNYED conference. The speaker roster , folks behin d the scenes and participants I met (like Nathan Dudley of the NY Harbor School ) truly inspired me, with their sincerity, diversity of initiatives, experience, passion, knowledge and commitment to what's best for our children and our collective future on the planet. I've been really grateful for the outpouring of support for my talk , which came more...
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A Wish List for Moms & Moms-to-be

March 23, 2011
Co-Authored by Michelle Noehren & Michelle Pompei We’ve been advocates for women’s rights for a while and while we have been big supporters of advocating for working moms in particular, nothing really prepared us for what life would be like as we each started our own families. The inequities faced by moms and moms-to-be have only become more glaring and our drive and passion to support moms is stronger than ever. We’re two Michelles at different points in our motherhood experiences. Michelle Noehren is expecting her first baby in May of this year while Michelle Pompei had her son Phineas...
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Raising Ourselves

March 4, 2011
We flatter ourselves with the belief that we choose a childrearing approach that will best suit our children, when in truth we choose an approach that best suits ourselves. .....We give children what we needed when we were children and never got.
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Legislative Alert: H. R. 1 Funding Cuts to STEM Education, Special Education Scheduled to Take Effect March 18, 2011

March 4, 2011
Press your Senators to oppose HR 1 and keep funding for Head Start, IDEA (special ed funding), STEM education, and women's and children's health care paid for and in the budget. Click on our K12NN/POPVOX.com action and make your voice heard before March 18, 2011!
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The Impact of Recent Budget Proposals on Women of Color, Their Families and Communities

March 1, 2011
The recently approved House budget for the remainder of FY 2011 and the Presidential budget for FY 2012 both include plans to reduce or eliminate funding to vital safety net and social support programs that provide critical assistance to low-income women and families. Though social spending comprises only 14 percent of the overall federal budget and keeps nearly 15 million Americans out of poverty, Congress and the Obama administration are proposing deep cuts to social program spending that will have an uneven impact on economically-disadvantaged women and children, especially families of...

The Little Warrior

February 25, 2011
This boy is a little warrior, but no one will acknowledge and respect who he is. Instead they want him to fit this mythical stereotype of the ethical, reasonable, self-controlled child. When he doesn’t fit this fantasy we decide he must be one of the psychologically disordered millions who require medication.
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Save the American Dream—Rally this Saturday

February 24, 2011
As a mom who works to support her family, good childcare is an absolute necessity for us—without it, I couldn't work. And if I couldn't work, we couldn't pay our bills. I'm lucky I can afford childcare, because there are hundreds of thousands of families who can't. They rely on programs like Head Start to be able to work or go to school, and know that their children are in good hands. Now the Republicans want to strip more than a billion dollars from Head Start and childcare assistance , leaving an estimated 368,000 children without early learning support, and leaving their parents unable to...
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The fate of 380,000 working families

February 24, 2011
Last night there was a bit of panic in my house. Snow in Seattle! Ack--that means preschool is closed. What are working parents supposed to do when preschool is closed? But over 368,000 parents across this country are in a panic far worse than mine. Depending on how our U.S. Senators vote, these families could find themselves permanently cut off from preschool and child care . Take one minute right now to send a quick note to your Senator. We’ve got to make it clear that working parents depend on child care and preschool. http://moms.ly/e3uH8e What’s going on? Last week the House passed a...
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Giant cuts proposed to kids' programs!

February 16, 2011
Something doesn't add up. These days you hear a lot of members of Congress saying, "Governments need to budget like families do." I couldn't agree more. Every family I know budgets by putting the health, safety, and future of their children first. But what gets me is that some of the same members of Congress who advocate for budgeting like families are--at the same time!--doing the opposite by putting critical programs for children's health and education on the chopping block. Just last week the House of Representatives unveiled their new spending plan for the rest of fiscal year 2011. This...
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