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Boston Globe Article Raises More Questions Than It Answers

March 4, 2011
On Sunday, the Boston Globe Magazine published an article called “The Miracle of Polly McCabe.” Polly McCabe is an alternative public school for pregnant and parenting teens in New Haven. It has approximately 26 students at any given time, and is able to offer them special services like “door-to-door bus service, on-site child care, classes on child rearing, in-school visits from prenatal experts, intensive support from case workers, and even home visits from teachers if they go on bed rest.”

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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The Attack on Teachers and Unions Should Concern Everyone

February 18, 2011
And all of us, whether in a union or not, should care about what’s happening in Wisconsin. In fact, maybe it’s more important for those who don’t have a union. The ability of modestly paid people to collectively bargain something better has helped build the great middle class of our great country, even among non-union members.
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You Want Better Teachers?

February 17, 2011
There is a convergence of politicians, activists, venture capitalists and even movie-makers, looking for a slick, simple storyline as to why, in neighborhoods with growing crime, unemployment, drug use and incarceration rates, students are failing and dropping out. Their answer: Those kids must have bad teachers.
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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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