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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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Not One More Day

November 21, 2014
In a couple weeks, the White House will be convening the first Summit on Early Learning. We need your help to make sure this Summit actually leads to action for our littlest learners!

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Three Steps to a Two-Generation Approach

November 14, 2014
Lecia Imbery wrote this (she's the Coalition on Human Needs' Senior Policy Writer). Pretty interesting, and as a mom and grandma, I think it makes a whole lot of sense. To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents. The...

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Raising the Minimum Wage and Affordable Child Care Go Hand in Hand

November 13, 2014
This post, authored by Traci Donnelly, originally appeared on . A minimum wage increase will not help families exit poverty by itself – we need other work supports that ease the economic strain on families. is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to...

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The Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at a 15 Year Low

November 4, 2014
The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 15-year low, according to CLASPanalysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of the families who receive benefits living below the poverty level.

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Beyond “The Talk”: New Research on Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Relationships

October 29, 2014
By Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families talking about sexuality and relationships. For those of you who think you’ve got this covered, think again. New research shows that while most parents...

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Current Policy Choices Aid Abusers

October 23, 2014
This post originally appeared on . We cannot separate support for domestic violence survivors from support for a robust safety net. is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to...

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Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22

October 22, 2014
Quality improvements are indeed important—important enough to warrant the additional investment required. But we cannot keep pretending that these improvements can be paid for out of the current pool of meager resources. If we do, then even fewer children will be served. Child care centers serving low-income families will either opt-out if the quality improvements are voluntary, or be priced-out of existence if they are mandatory. Either of these outcomes will exacerbate the struggles of the working poor.

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What School Lunch Can Teach Us

October 17, 2014
The statistics are alarming: One out of two public school students lives in poverty. Two out of three public school students qualify for free or subsidized lunch. Three out of five teachers in America report they have children who regularly come to school hungry.

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Making Women's Public Leadership Visible to the Next Generation

October 15, 2014
I have three young daughters, and like any parent, I am anxious for them to grow up believing they can be anything they want to be – I want them to dream big, as they say. But too often I am reminded that the world hasn’t quite caught up to my expectations. Last year, my oldest daughter learned...

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