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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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?...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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End Discrimination in Our Schools, Not Just in the Workplace

November 14, 2013
By Lara S. Kaufmann , Senior Counsel & Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students at the National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from NWLC's blog Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with strong bipartisan support. If ENDA becomes law, employers...
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