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Making History for Our Littlest Learners

July 1, 2015
Can we take a moment to celebrate? We made history this week. Washington state passed and funded The Early Start Act, making this the largest expansion of early learning in our state's history. The voices of moms, dads, grandparents, and early learning supporters made the case for increasing access...
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Tragedy to Triumph: How a Child’s Bravery Helped Put Away a Rapist

June 23, 2015
I’ve been in the child protection business for 11 years and a mommy for 8, so there’s not much that fazes me. I’ve always had what my mom calls an “iron stomach”—I’ve had stomach flu exactly once, and food poisoning never—and remain completely undaunted by the spectacular range of grossness that...
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3 Books to Inspire Reading and Exploring Nature

June 22, 2015
How can parents motivate kids to get outside and read this summer? We know that students can lose about a half to a full year of reading skills and comprehension over the summer, and that too many kids are staying inside on devices or screens. Summer is the perfect time for books that inspire kids...
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Summer's Challenge

June 19, 2015
Every mother knows how much work it can be to figure out summer plans for our kids, mesh parents’ work schedules with children’s summer pursuits, and find fun, educational activities that keep our children active and constructively engaged when schools are out. What looks like freedom and vacation...
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Safe and Private Isn't an Option

June 16, 2015
I don't have to tell any parent that, once you have a child in your life, privacy goes out the window. From the minute baby can walk, nowhere is sacred. You can't pee, shower, or dress without at least the threat of imminent interruption. Life gets all the more interesting when the child learns to...
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Yes! I can deliver a #Mission Possible packet to my local member of Congress!

June 10, 2015
In response to our #MissionPossible campaign to show lawmakers that building a stronger economy for working families and our nation IS mission possible, over one thousand people signed up to drop off booklets directly to their local member of Congress before June 21st. The booklet is an educational...
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My challenge to you this summer: DO IT DIFFERENT!

June 10, 2015
This morning I made migas with mushrooms for breakfast. Then I dropped off my son to volunteer at our friends wonderful farm camp (where I was greeted by roosters and got to pet a gentle horse and a goat) and I attended a morning yoga class. Driving to my office to begin my workday, I was almost...
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Well-funded Early Education Programs Provide Opportunity

June 8, 2015
In a few hours, my children will exit the front doors of Conn Elementary School as rising 1st and 3rd graders. I'm incredibly grateful for the flexibility that has allowed me the time to volunteer in each of their classrooms, and, unsurprisingly, I learned a few things while I was there...
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Mamás de California: ¡Sus respuestas fueron increíbles!

June 2, 2015
Nota de la autora: Si vives en Californa y quieres actuar, haz clic a la petición . ¡Compartiré más firmes y historias a nuestros diputados en Sacramento! ¡Gracias! -Elisa SACRAMENTO -- Tres semanas atrás les pedimos a nuestros miembros de California que compartieran sus experiences en obtener...
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CA Moms: I am blown away by your response!

June 2, 2015
Three weeks ago we asked our California members to share their experiences obtaining affordable and high-quality childcare in our state. We are overwhelmed. Hundreds of you wrote in to share challenges that, sadly, are all too common: childcare that costs the same as rent; too few childcare slots; and children who simply must go without early learning opportunities.
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