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Childcare & Early Education

Teachers NEED affordable childcare.

July 21, 2022
This past June, the Center for American Progress published a column on the benefits of child care investments for K-12 educators. The need to invest in child care on a federal level cannot be understated. Families around the country have been showing to Congress for years that our child care system is broken, and the pandemic only made things worse.
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15 Washington State Fellows dedicated to bringing equity, and healing to their communities, and MomsRising.

June 30, 2022
Being a parent is a selfless act. For many, advocacy is reimagined here. The dreams of a brighter future for our children and communities is our motivation. Our Washington state Fellows of 2022-2023 encompass selflessness, determination, and vulnerability as they step more deeply into the shared...
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Feed Your Baby: Formula Shortage Newsletter 2

June 30, 2022
I know the past few weeks have been challenging ones to be parents and caretakers. In these difficult times we really appreciate you continuing to be engaged, advocating for what our families need, and sharing your stories. Speaking of stories, we want to know if you are still having trouble...
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The First National RISERS Fellowship Wraps Up

June 30, 2022
In November 2021, we launched the National RISERS fellowship program with a group of 20 moms from 15 states with the goal of building the power of these extraordinary moms and advocates. The RISERS fellows spent months developing their leadership skills and learning about power building and...
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Beyond the Binary: All About Cha

June 29, 2022
A year and a half ago, our now 10-year-old, who goes by the name Cha, matter of factly announced that they identify as non-binary, that neither male nor female felt like an accurate account of their personhood. Our response was straightforward and affirming, "Okay, thanks for letting us know." We worked out the details of pronouns and names and that was that. Emails were sent to school and extended family, there was a Facebook post. We sought trans affirming medical care. Life went forward.
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Between a rock and a hard place: Why the US child care system is broken, and how we can start to fix it

June 28, 2022
Expanding federal and state funding to subsidize the true cost of high-quality care across settings and establishing a universal pre-K program are critical for the future labor force, economic equity, and health of our children, now and in the future
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Our Children with Autism Deserve Better

June 26, 2022
It was July 21, 2021, and my son, Brandon, had just turned fifteen two weeks before. As I sat in the pediatric therapy office and listened to what I already knew, what I had been fighting for with doctors and insurance red tape for what seemed like forever, I was in anger and disbelief at just how badly the entire system had failed my child.
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Top #5Actions of the Past Week: Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022
June is flying by – and so many of us are juggling so much all at the same time as we try to keep our families healthy and happy. We appreciate you. We appreciate all you do, including taking the time out of your busy schedules to take these actions to keep Congress focused on the most important...
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When we lift up babies and families, we all can soar.

June 22, 2022
On June 9 th , babies, families and advocates gathered at the General Assembly in Raleigh for the 5th Annual Strolling Thunder Advocacy Day to tell state policymakers that when we lift up babies and families, we all can soar! State legislators joined families for a playdate on the lawn to fly kites...
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Act Now! Tell Congress to solve child care.

June 21, 2022
Right now, Congress is working on the economic reconciliation package, which should include critical child care and Pre-K investments needed to solve the ongoing child care crisis and lower costs for families, BUT reports suggest that lawmakers are considering abandoning child care and pursuing legislation without it!
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