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Childcare & Early Education

Can Congress get any spookier?

October 19, 2011
On Halloween, kids can be whatever they want to be: From astronauts, to ghosts, to red-nosed clowns, all of their costume dreams can come true for a day. But we have a secret: There’s a little Halloween magic happening all year round. Quality early care and education gives kids the foundation to be...
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Give Kids a Window of Opportunity!!!

October 14, 2011
Children in poverty need Head Start -- and right now, they need your help to be heard ! You know how thrilling it is watching your child develop, learn to smile, to speak, to read. We all want the best for our children, want to provide good food and stable homes and incredible amounts of love. But...

At Long Last, A Strong Female Lead Commands the TV Screen

October 12, 2011
If you peruse the latest list of Fortune 500 CEOs, it's easy to notice what they have in common: there are almost no women among them. In fact, women lead only 12 of the FORTUNE 500 companies , down from 15 the previous year. Couple that with the fact that there are only 17 female Senators , and it...
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Gov. Brown deals "crushing blow" to child care providers & parents

October 11, 2011
Child care providers—and the moms and dads who depend on us to help educate and safely care for their children while they are working—were dealt a crushing blow by Governor Brown this week when he vetoed AB 101. California’s child care system is broken and drowning in a sea of red tape- 5,700...

We're Not Buying It: Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids

October 10, 2011
On Wednesday morning, a faceoff between kids’ health and the food industry will reach a months-long culmination. CEOs from some of the biggest food companies in the world will show up to say they should not be held accountable—even by voluntary, science-based guidelines—for the foods they market to...

5 Reasons Why Kids Should Play in School

October 3, 2011
Are your children getting enough time and space to play in school? Sadly, despite numerous studies proving that play is vital to children’s learning and health, schools across the country are slashing recess; piling on homework; and banning tag, soccer, and even running on the schoolyard. It’s time...

Workplace Culture Wins Every Time

September 27, 2011
Last week reading a few new articles on worklife fit, brought to mind a mantra I have about organizational change. In the battle between well-intentioned policies and the unwritten rules of any workplace, unwritten rules win every time. From the Sloan Center on Aging and Work came this Fact of the...
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“Science” Says No to Single-Sex Education

September 26, 2011
By Galen Sherwin, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project When it comes to public education, there is no doubt that we are in a crisis, particularly when it comes to low-income and minority students. Unfortunately, the search for solutions has led to a movement across the country to establish...
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What American Schools Just Don’t Understand (Or, Why My Family Might be Moving to Finland)

September 26, 2011
My husband and I are expecting our first baby in December, and we just might be moving to Finland within the next few years–unless schools around here get better soon. And by “better,” I don’t mean that they start churning out higher test scores. I want my daughter to go to a school where she can...

Child Care Keeps California Working

September 23, 2011
Amparo Moreno cares for 8 children in her home, almost half of them with special needs and five of them eligible for subsidized care. Moreno's families are lucky. She used to work at a school for special needs adults and is passionate about helping children with behavioral issues master the social...