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New National Text-to-Parents Program Aims to Promote Children's Early Language Development

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:31 PM

This piece is jointly written by Ann O'Leary and Patti Miller, co-directors for Too Small to Fail

Studies have found that by age 4, children in lower income families have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. This disparity in hearing words directly translates into a disparity...

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Predictable Schedules Offer Stability and Regular Pay to Hourly Workers

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Co-authored by SF County Supervisor David Chiu

Social media has been ablaze during the past few weeks with images and news stories about workers trying to raise their local hourly minimum wage. From New York to Los Angeles, we've heard the personal stories of the people behind these campaigns who...

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Maria Shriver's Important Voice in Raising Awareness About California Paid Family

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Passing a law is hard work. Making sure that it reaches all those who the lawmakers intended to help is even harder. California's Paid Family Leave law is the perfect example.

That is why I asked Maria Shriver to write an op-ed on the...

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New National Legislation Takes Important Lessons From California's Paid Family Leave

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Sometimes, family must come first. When a parent or child falls ill requiring round-the-clock care, when an expectant mother is put on bed-rest months before delivery, or, when a child comes into the family, we know that there is no place else we need to be except with our family....

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President Obama's Commitment to America's Most Precious Resource -- Our Children

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 9:03 AM

Joint Statement from: Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone; Bruce Lesley, First Focus; Ann O'Leary, The Center for the Next Generation; Michael Petit, Every Child Matters; Irwin Redlener, Children's Health Fund; Billy Shore, Share Our Strength; and Mark Shriver, Save the Children

Tuesday night President Obama took a strong stand for...

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China Aiming for the Gold in Starting Kids Early, US Is Late to the Game

(7) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:07 PM

In 2010, China and the United States each conducted a national census. China found that 76 million of its citizens were children under the age of five, about four times the number the United States has, 20.2 million. No real surprise there: China's overall population of...

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A Tale of Two States: California and Texas Will Show How Well ACA Works

(77) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 10:05 AM

As the right grumbles and gossips about Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the left largely celebrates and ponders it, the response of our two most populous states -- California and Texas...

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The Politics of Motherhood

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:25 PM

Americans, or at least the chattering class, have gotten all riled up about motherhood twice in the past few weeks.

First, there was the kerfuffle between Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney about whether Mrs. Romney, a stay-at-home mother, could truly understand the plight of working Moms enough...

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Back to the Future: Longing for the Recession of the 1990s for Today's College Graduates

(20) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 9:31 AM

Ahhh... to think that I dream of the early 1990s when student loans averaged only $10,000 and the unemployment rate for recent college grads was a mere 3.3 percent.

Last week, I took a week off of blogging to spend time giving final lectures for my spring Health Law course...

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Is It Over Already? The Debate About Women and Work Lasted Less Than a Week

(37) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 12:57 PM


So many readers of my last blog post thought I was endorsing Rick Santorum, his policy prescriptions and all the anti-gay and anti-women statements he has made when I wrote that I'd miss him in the presidential contest.

Not at all.

As I wrote, I...

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Why I'll Miss Rick Santorum

(97) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 8:53 AM

In recent months, I've begun many a meeting by telling people how much I love and appreciate Rick Santorum. This usually elicits hard laughs and perplexed looks as people realize I'm not joking.

The fact is, I'm an unlikely woman to love and appreciate Rick. For one, I'm a...

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The Real Health Care Train Wreck

(140) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 9:00 AM

This week, as opponents of the Affordable Care Act argued before the Supreme Court that key parts were unconstitutional and pundits described the government's defense as a train wreck for the Obama administration, the real health care train wreck was happening across the street -- in the halls of Congress....

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Kids Should Be Part of This Adult Conversation

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Next week, a very adult conversation begins at the U.S. Supreme Court, but much of it will have an enormous impact on children.

For three days, lawyers will argue over the constitutionality of two major provisions in the Affordable Care Act -- the so-called "individual mandate," requiring most Americans...

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Working Parents Need Protections Now

(117) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Ever wonder what happens to a worker who becomes disabled for weeks from injuries in a car accident? Or the worker who has a baby but no maternity leave? Or the worker whose parent, suffering from Alzheimer's, falls and hits his head and can no longer live alone?

Here's what...

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