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11 and On the Streets: How Angelica Survived, Then Thrived

December 1, 2015
When Angelica Gonzalez left home at age 11, all she wanted was a safe place where she could go back to school. Abandoned by her mentally ill mother, she was raising herself on the streets of her Phoenix neighborhood, never in school, and narrowly avoiding the gangs and crime that seemed to be...
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A Special Match for #GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015
You gave thanks. You ate delicious food. You got deals. Now, it’s time to give back! Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of celebrating and supporting the causes that matter most to us – like making the world a better, safer, more just place for women, moms and families. To mark this day,...
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Move Aside Pin-Striped Lobbysts...We've Got New Advocates in Town: KIDS!

November 30, 2015
On Monday, November 23rd, pint-sized advocates pushed aside pin-striped lobbyists and took over the stage to issue their list of early learning demands in Washington state. Can you back them up? While the Governor races to finish his 2016 supplemental budget, Kid Advocates held a press conference...
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Clinton's Proposal for a Caregiver Credit in Social Security is a Great Start

November 30, 2015
By Virjeana (Jeannie) Brown This week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made specific proposals to help caregivers and expand certain aspects of Social Security. As a caregiver and recipient of Social Security, I believe that it is important for individuals and families to have access to tax...
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When childcare providers can’t afford childcare

November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving is around the corner. Today my two-and-half-year-old came home from his day care with a thankful turkey. Thankful turkey, you know, the classic construction paper turkey lists what children are thankful for. We had this conversation. “Mama, look at my turkey!” “Wow! And what’s this?” “...
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Skip the Black Friday Frenzy – Watch "The Raising of America" Instead

November 25, 2015
Skipping the Black Friday frenzy? Or just looking for a worthwhile way to unwind from a jam-packed Thanksgiving? Watch "The Raising of America" –– a groundbreaking film about why so many American children are faring so poorly and what we can do about it –– for free online until November 30th!
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We Say We Care About Kids. Do We Really Mean It?

November 25, 2015
This commentary was originally published on the TalkPoverty blog ( ), a project of the Center for American Progress. Americans are fond of saying our children are our nation’s most valuable resource. But if our actions are the measure, do we really mean it? Mounting research...
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Politics over Pumpkin Pie, Brought to you by Donald Trump

November 24, 2015
‘Tis the season for turkey, mashed potatoes, and awkward political conversation at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Bringing up the presidential campaign might provoke more angry stares than helping yourself to the last slice of pie. But here’s a conversation worth having: Last Friday, Republican...
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Gobble Gobble! A Fun and Easy Thanksgiving Art Project for your Little Learners!

November 23, 2015
When I was a kid I loved making handprint turkeys for Thanksgiving. Ever since my son was born, I've looked forward to craft projects that I'll be able to do with him for the holidays. The problem is, I'm not much of a "Pinterest Mom" - in fact, I relate more to the Pinterest Fails of the world. My...
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Dile a los candidatos presidenciales: ¡Aumenten #ChildCare ahora!

November 3, 2015
La próxima ronda de debates presidenciales está a la vuelta de la esquina y es importante que le digamos a todos los candidatos por qué es importante contar con atención infantil de alta calidad a un precio que podamos pagar. El jueves, 5 de noviembre, NWLC (el centro nacional de derechos de...
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