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Early Care & Education

Working for quality, affordable childcare, preschool and early education support for all families who need it.

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Ever had a good, bad, funny or sad experience with finding, paying for, or getting great childcare?

  • “For the first nine month of my son's life I was lucky to have my mother watch him. When my mother decided to go back to school I had to find daycare. My husband and I are both employed full time, but we can barely afford childcare and we do not qualify for any assistance.”

    —Sara

    Oregon

  • “I've had to pay ridiculous amounts of tuition to find decent pre-K education. I look for small child to adult ratios and well-qualified teachers. I also like to see clean and attractive play spaces both indoors and outdoors...”

    —Bree

    Washington

MomsBlogging on Early Care & Education

Fact of the Week: 1 in 3 Moms Struggle to Pay for Diapers

Posted May 23, 2016 by Lecia Imbery

Everyone knows babies go through a lot of diapers. But for low-income families, the cost of diapers often forces them to go without another necessity, like food or heat. For many, it can force them to leave babies in soiled diapers longer than they’d like. This can lead to physical and mental health problems for [...]

Better than Brunch: What Parents Really Want Next Mother’s & Father’s Day

Posted May 20, 2016 by Eva Bloomfield

Springtime means more than post-winter thaw and the colorful display of fresh blossoms. It also marks the season of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the two days a year we devote to saying thanks to our parents for all they’ve done for us. And those days are more than well-deserved because, let’s just say it--parenting [...]

"The reality of our life - we spend a third of our monthly income on childcare."

Posted May 13, 2016 by Sarah Sadowski

Recently I had an opportunity to share my family’s story with the talented writer, Judith Warner. Judith is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote the book Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety. A version of my family’s story is included in her recent report for the Center for American Progress: Jumping [...]

Cellphones Bigger than a Backpack (Or Why Universal Preschool Isn’t a Priority)

Posted May 11, 2016 by Lindsay Koshgarian

VHS tapes, 8-tracks, a computer bigger than your car. Some things are better left in the past. Huge Pentagon budgets should be one of them. Although we are supposed to be ramping down efforts in Afghanistan, Congress continues funding the U.S. military at historically high levels: In 2016 we will spend $19 billion on nuclear [...]

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