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TAKE ACTION: Are you ready to rise in Olympia?

January 24, 2018
Moms, dads, and kiddos are bringing the voices of families to Olympia -- will you join us? MomsRising is hosting TWO, high-impact events at the state capitol in Olympia over the next few weeks and we want YOU to be a part of it. Together, we are bringing the voices and stories of families and...
Lauren Hipp's picture

How to Raise a Kid With a Conscience

January 18, 2018
Every parent wants to raise a kid with a conscience -- someone who'll do the right thing even when no one is watching. But when the road to online integrity is riddled with cyberbullying , cell phone cheating , sexting , and other risks, trusting your kid to be conscientious feels like a leap of...
Caroline Knorr's picture

California: Let's do Big Things for our Little Learners in 2018!

January 18, 2018
I just returned from maternity leave after spending 4 months at home with my happy and healthy second child, only to read that California ranks third in the country for most unaffordable infant care! [1] To put it clearly, I’d spend less if I went back to college for a second degree compared to...
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The State of America’s Children Demands Your Action Right Now!

January 12, 2018
It is a national disgrace that children are the poorest Americans. The Children’s Defense Fund’s new report The State of America’s Children® 2017 details the immoral, costly and preventable poverty, homelessness, hunger, health problems, poor education and violence plaguing children who are America...
Marian Wright Edelman's picture

Missed Opportunities to Help Homeless Youths

January 5, 2018
Home for the holidays. For many people that’s a happy phrase, just as for many Americans the last few weeks included welcomed vacations and celebrations – a time of plenty, gratitude, and family that marked the joyous holiday season. But “home for the holidays” is an empty promise for thousands of...
Marian Wright Edelman's picture

Why America May Go to Hell!

November 17, 2017
I hope you will speak up loudly and do whatever else is necessary to stop Congress’ hugely unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that rewards billionaires at the expense of poor babies and corporations at the expense of vulnerable children. Millions of America’s children today are suffering from hunger,...
Marian Wright Edelman's picture

Praying and Standing for Children

September 1, 2017
As a new school year begins I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and around our shared world. We especially pray for every child living in cities, towns,...
Marian Wright Edelman's picture

A Success Story to Inspire Us All!

August 11, 2017
Have you ever had the chance to make a small difference in helping change someone’s life for the better? Nothing brings greater joy. Since 1990 the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s Beat the Odds® program has honored over 600 outstanding high school students who have overcome huge hardships in their...
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A Child Advocate’s Beatitudes

August 4, 2017
Below is a prayer for child advocates. Teachers and school administrators are always on the front lines advocating for children so maybe one of them could use this today as s/he is preparing for the new school year. They are not alone. Parents and grandparents and all who care for children and...
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Happy Birthday Medicaid from the Millions Who Love and Need You

July 28, 2017
“It was a generation ago that Harry Truman said, and I quote him: ‘Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for...
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