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Childcare & Early Education

Ways to Manage Young Children While Sheltering at Home

March 31, 2020
Parents of young children are probably the most tired and affected during this time of staying safe at home. Young children, unlike older children, do not have the ability to separate this time of sheltering at home from “normal time.” This is why a parent of a young child needs to be careful in...
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ by A Better Balance, 1/2

March 30, 2020
Congress passed, and the President has signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which is effective from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Congress also passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is generally effective on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act amended FFCRA with respect to some sick time provisions and also provides expanded unemployment insurance benefits. Below are responses to some Frequently Asked Questions by workers about the new laws as they pertain to paid sick time. You can read A Better Balance’s statement about the passage of FFCRA and how we are fighting for additional protections, here.
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Let Them Play - Why Play-Based Learning During COVID-19 Works

March 26, 2020
When I heard a COVID-19 made homeschooler “pooh-pooh” the merits of educational play, I realized that we need to reassess the definition of play and build homeschooling programs, be they temporary or long-term that incorporate play as a means of achieving more effective learning.
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Why "Parents Just Don't Understand" Teens In Times of Stress

March 26, 2020
There are many baffling behaviors of teens. For many parents of teens the behavior they could slightly tolerate is now exacerbated by the quarantine. Watch Lina Acosta Sandaal, child development expert and psychotherapist and Cristy Clavijo-Kish, mom of twin teens, explain the behavior and how to...
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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Cover Childcare Costs NOW!

March 23, 2020
As MomsRising's senior campaign director on child care policy, I'm leading our work to push the federal government to cover childcare costs for both providers and parents as part of the emergency relief effort. We know there is a real and present danger that if this goes on for an extended time, we...
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When Schools Close, Child Care Centers Come to The Rescue. What Happens When They Must Close, Too?

March 20, 2020
Access to quality child care is a necessity, particularly as we face the COVID-19 crisis that has transformed our lives. Child care workers set a solid foundation for many families, caring for children to allow parents to go to work without worry. Think about the young children of nurses, doctors, cashiers at local stores. Where can they send their children to be properly taken care of while they work through this pandemic to save people.
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Small Moments, Big Impact: New App For Parents

March 19, 2020
As a new mom, I remember being overwhelmed with the uncertainty, worries and complex emotions that all came with motherhood. However, I struggled to find a resource that captured those issues. Small Moments, Big Impact (SMBI) is a smartphone app created by health care providers, public media...
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We need access to affordable, high-quality child care!

March 2, 2020
Right now, Congress has a solution right in front of them: The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive solution that would expand access to affordable, high-quality childcare and pre-K for families while improving compensation and training for the childcare workforce.
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Mom bears witness: Your February MOMentum

February 29, 2020
WOW - with all the actions taken, events accomplished, and donations given, we felt the love in February! Particularly powerful: MomsRising member Angelica testified before Congress about the child care crisis we face in this country, sharing her personal story as a single mom. Check it out, and...
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Book talk on Child Care Crisis in NYC: Join Us!

January 27, 2020
When I had my first baby, I was working outside the home, and I had to take an unpaid leave which put a dent in our family savings and resources. When it came time to go back to work, we were lucky enough to have family support for child care. Without my Mami, aka Abuela, providing full time care...
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