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Childcare & Early Education

When is the "big business" of child care too big for our little kids?

August 11, 2008
As a family child care provider and entrepreneur of sorts, I know that parents depend on me to support their families and to make sure their young children begin school ready to learn.

Webcast Today on Teen Internet Use!

July 23, 2008
I am blogging today on behalf of Cox Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to inform everyone about a very special webcast event coming up this Wednesday, July 23rd. Millions of tweens and teens surf the Internet every day, and they often know more about the Web than their parents, guardians and even teachers.

School Lunch Prices Spike With Fuel Costs

June 9, 2008
The implications of rising fuel costs extend beyond drivers. Even the cost of school lunches will spike this fall as food and gas prices have risen and federal subsidies have not kept up with the added costs, according to an article on School districts across the country are feeling the pinch. From the MSNBC article:
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Kids' Big Questions

May 12, 2008
Earlier this week, my 12-year-old son told me he was a little nervous about asking a girl in his class if she wanted to go out, and he wanted my advice. My rather doltish response: "Um, where are you going to go?"

When Public Education Is No Longer Free

April 24, 2008
Public education, which is a free service guaranteed by the California Constitution, is no longer free. According to the Los Angeles Times, various school districts are asking parents to fork over cash in an effort to hold onto teachers after proposed budget cuts by Gov.
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With Opened Eyes

April 16, 2008
This blog entry is written by Amy only. While Marc hung out with our kids, I chose last week to attend a summit meeting offered by a national coalition called the Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). I had no idea what I'd be hearing, or whether I'd be spending two precious days of free time on a worthy endeavor.

College Campus Deemed "Too Dangerous" for Childcare

April 15, 2008
"Safety" has now become the latest excuse for a college trying to duck responsibility for childcare. Ogeechee Technical College president Dawn Cartee announced the closure of the campus childcare center in Statesboro, GA, arguing that colleges are dangerous places for small kids. In a March 28 letter to parents, according to an article in The Statesboro Herald, Cartee wrote:
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MAU: The First Principle.

March 12, 2008
The following is the first of a series of essays which discuss the 5 founding principles of Mothers Acting Up , a national non-profit organization which exists to inspire and mobilize mothers to advocate on behalf of the world’s children.

What Connects Fathers to Sons

March 7, 2008
It's funny how things catch you, make your heart skip a beat.