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WA Early Learning Hopes & Dreams for 2014!

January 20, 2014
2014 has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! Early childhood education (like preschool and child care) is a hot topic in Washington state enjoying broad support and leadership from the Governor, both houses of the state legislature, and for the state agencies that serve children and families. We love seeing early care and education as a top priority for leaders, but we also want to make sure that translates into real action and change for Washington families. Here is what action we want to see in 2014 for Washington families: Increased investment in early care and education to ensure...
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A new door opened

January 9, 2014
From the moment I received that email I got excited. An email where it said “MomsRising was looking for a mom who has a unique story to share on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.” At work everyone was extremely excited for me, we were anxious to see if I would be selected for this outstanding opportunity. The process was actually very joyful for me because each individual I spoke to was very interested in my story, my life, and most important my kids’ life. At one point I felt like I was educating people since they were not familiar with Sensory Processing Integration Disorder, which is the...
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How Head Start Helped My Daughter with Special Needs

January 2, 2014
Several years ago, I lost my job as a contract interpreter for North Carolina and my daughter, Jaslene, who was two at the time, was in day care. It was a great program, but I couldn’t afford to keep her in daycare while I looked for a new job, so I met with my Coordinator from Durham Children Development Service Agency at time and talked with her about my situation. Echo advised me to applied for Early Head Start. She told me that Jaslene would probably qualify for Early Head Start and encouraged me to fill out the application. Just three weeks later, Jaslene was accepted into the program...
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Top 13 MomsRising Blog Posts in 2013

December 31, 2013
There are only a few days left to 2013, and we wanted to celebrate all the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the MomsRising blog this past year. Here are a few of the most read posts on the blog this past year–we hope that you take some time to read these stories and add your own comment in the comment section. Feel free to also share these various stories and policy perspectives with your friends and families. With 2014 just around the corner, we look forward to continuing this vibrant discussion in the New Year. 1. Supermoms vs. Superbugs! A Blog Carnival to Save...
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Feminism and Motherhood Are Not Incompatible.

December 22, 2013
This post originally appeared on my blog, LadydeeLG . I am appalled at the criticism that Michelle Obama has received lately: Talk of the First Lady “leaning out” and being a “Real-Feminist Nightmare.” Why? Because Mrs. Obama isn’t acting on “policy” as much as certain feminists want her to? Because she called herself “Mom-in-Chief” and said that would be her most important job? In a much publicized post on Politico, Michelle Cottle says, “The woman is not going to morph into an edgier, more activist first lady. “ I guess launching the Let’s Move campaign to combat childhood obesity (which is...
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The Short Game: Taking the "Work" out of "Working Together"

December 20, 2013
Two nights ago, I hosted a gathering for my new ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy . The event was an opportunity to experience the interactive nature of my project as well as to meet Hawaii's Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, a candidate for US Senate , who is one of the interviews in my book. I had specifically invited mothers and daughters, and about a dozen found time to come, during the week before Christmas. They ranged in age from 11 to 72 years old. And though they live in the same community, most of the women were not acquainted. Even I, the common...
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Women Who Code – Why Including Motherhood in STEM Discussions Matters

December 12, 2013
With millions of students taking part in “Hour of Code,” a campaign supported by technology companies as part of National Computer Science Week , there is a lot of internet chatter about the importance of high-tech skills in an innovation economy. By late Tuesday, more than 60 percent of the students who had taken one of the intro coding tutorials were girls. This came as a surprise to the organizers of the campaign – particularly since there has been a lot of talk recently about the importance of encouraging girls to learn to code – and about the current dearth of women in computer science...
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Budget Stalemate Closes Head Start’s Doors to 750 Washington Children

November 26, 2013
If you think the federal budget stalemate means things are not changing in your community you are sadly mistaken. The standoff has slammed Head Start’s doors, and eliminated opportunities to prepare for school, in the faces of 750 potential preschoolers around Washington state. How? Last March, the budget impasse triggered across-the-board cuts in federal spending, an ominous but vague-sounding step that’s having devastating effects on local families. Head Start lost 5 percent of its overall funding and that meant 750 kids couldn’t enroll in Head Start in Washington this year. Since March the...
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Do you know an outstanding primary caregiver? Nominate him or her for an Unsung Hero Award!

November 18, 2013
During Parent Recognition Month each February, Washington State’s Department of Early Learning Strengthening Families Washington , in partnership with Seattle’s Child, honors 28 primary caregivers──parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, guardians──who are an Unsung Hero to their families or their communities. We honor each hero with a short bio that will be posted on Seattle's Child website and at a recognition event in late February. Do you know a parent, primary caregiver, guardian, foster or adoptive parent or a grandparent who shows one or more of these strengths:...
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When Government Is Too Small

October 23, 2013
Every American should have been in the streets when our elected officials labeled cancer care for children as "nonessential." On a damp Friday morning, 11 days into the government shutdown, a few dozen truckers took to the Capital Beltway to tell lawmakers they were angry. They were protesting big government. Yet opinion polls showed that Americans opposed the government shutdown and were hurting because of it. At that moment, according to polls, nearly one in three Americans already felt personally affected not by too much government, but by too little — by the sudden freeze in critical...
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