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A Baby Dies At Day Care, And A Mother Asks Why She Had To Leave Him So Soon

The New York Times | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents

As he did most mornings of the 117 days of his life, the first thing Karl did that Monday morning in July was to give me a smile like sunlight. He la...

Cash-for-Work Program Empowers Syrian Refugees

UN Women | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Nearly 80,000 of the Syrians who have escaped the deadly war raging in their country have sought shelter at Jordan's largest refugee camp, Za'atari, where UN Women provides economic empowerment and protection programming for women and girls.

7 Life Lessons I've Learned From Working With Kids

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Beth Leipholtz

Working with kids just has a way of making my days brighter and getting me out of my own head. It's become more important than I ever could have imagined six years ago. Here are just a few of the lessons I've taken away from my time with kiddos.

Top 8 Questions to Assess Your Childcare Needs -- Nanny, Daycare or Nannyshare

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

Before you set out on the journey of how to find a nanny or how to choose the optimal daycare solution, parents should think about their individual needs and the needs of each child. Doing this first will narrow down their choices and help them make the decision.

It's Not What You Think

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I remember thinking to myself, why do women that stay at home with their kids act like they're really doing something? I was so jealous of them. I wished I could stay at home and watch t.v. all day, talk on my phone and go shopping all the time. I was envious of their laid back, relaxed life.

Dreading That Daycare Drop-Off? Here Are 8 Ways To Make It Easier

Today | Jade Walker | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents

Is your baby or toddler headed to daycare this fall? If so, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about how your child will handle the move away...

Our Kids Aren't the Only Ones Suffering From Inequality. We're Failing Our Parents Too!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Yes, by all means, let's talk about inequality of opportunity for our kids because that's where it all starts. But let's also remember that those kids grow up, and when they do, it doesn't get easier. The scars of childhood last a lifetime.

A Doll Sets the Stage for Our Entrepreneurial Daughters. Are We Giving Them The Tools to Succeed?

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 05.23.2015 | Women
Kari Warberg Block

While I applaud American Girl for providing our daughters with inspiration at a young age, if we want them to be competitive in today's world, we're going to need to make some changes that balance out the playing field. Affordable child care is the first step.

Texting and Sitting: The Dangers Of Distracted Caregivers

Tammy Gold | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

Parents need to emphasize to their caregivers the importance of putting away their phones while at work as someone would do in any other job. Of course it is difficult to completely disconnect, however, during work hours most professionals check in at certain points throughout the day and for caregivers this would be when the children are napping or engaged in another activity.

The Dysfunctional State of the Union

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Our biggest problem is the lack of dialogue among the political factions in this country. The Democrats will want free college and amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Republicans will veto the idea of free college and want to deport every illegal immigrant. There are numerous solutions between those choices that will never get a proper airing.

An Open Letter to Daycare

Jeannette Bellesfield | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Jeannette Bellesfield

We know it isn't cheap or easy to keep your programs running. But we appreciate everything you do, every single day. We know you care. We really, really do.

7 Types Of Parents You See At Drop-Off

Risa Sugarman | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Risa Sugarman

2. The disorganized parent. This is the parent who is still packing the child's lunch while bringing the child into school. This parent also forgets half of the child's belongings in the car and must go back and forth from the car to the classroom to procure the needed belongings.

Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids.

Lynne Peeples

The Lead Hazard In Schools That Won't Go Away | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.12.2014 | Green

A contractor cleans up lead paint at a contaminated building in Providence, R.I., in 2006. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki) Portland, Ore. — The ...

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

Why Sick Kids Should Be Allowed at Daycare

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Parents want me to find a way to make the little fever or the last bit of diarrhea go away (which I can't do, sadly) because until it does, they can't go to work. For me as a doctor, it's kind of nuts -- and not the best use of anyone's time, let alone health care dollars.

School Lunch and the State of a Nation

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's impossible to characterize an entire nation's eating habits. On the other hand it is safe to say that the patterns offered in the American preschool and school system leave much to be desired.

Day Care Disrespect: Why What We Call Child Care Matters

Katherine Rose | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Katherine Rose

For those of us in the field of early childhood development, the term day care, so common that even an august institution like the New York Times would use it, day care is a maddening phrase.

Why Groupon Makes Gift-Giving Something Of A Joke

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Gabrielle Burton

Some people think Mother's Day has become too commercial, and there are always those cranks around still harping on the US lagging behind other developed countries in providing high quality early child care, don't get them started on paid maternal leave or unequal pay for women. Not me: I'm all for mothers getting anything they can, bring it on, I mean, really, just make sure to give them enough stuff on Mother's Day to get them through the other 364 days of childcare without that village that never shows up to help.

Easing the Stress of Day Care Pick Ups

Kate Russell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Kate Russell

The early days of daycare drop offs were uneventful and the children seemed accepting of this change in their lives. It was always a puzzle to me, however, when my children would break down in full sobbing tears the moment they set eyes on me at pick up at the end of the day.

Preschool Tuition in New York City Costs HOW MUCH?

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

In New York City, it costs more to let a 3-year-old socialize with other 3-year-olds than it does to educate a college student. This is mind-blowing

Dad Is (Mostly) Totally Honest On 11-Month-Old's Daycare Questionnaire

Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents

As soon as they're old enough to put pen to paper -- or finger to iPad -- kids are perfectly capable of writing hilarious messages on any number of su...

The Agony of Daycare Drop-off

Sarah Gilbert | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Gilbert

She found the bike, looked delighted for a split second, petted the seat a few times and then started to cry. Having a big girl bike meant that she now had all the trappings of a grown-up girl -- underpants, a regular cup and a bike with just two wheels. The signs were all there.

What My Daughter's Teacher Said That Transcended Everything

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Miss Ju-Mie smiled and apologized. She tried to go on, but she kept cutting off her sentences, forgetting her words. Her hand touched her cheek, then her forehead, then her cheek again. It was as though she was trying to quell her frustration, to soothe red-rimmed eyes that warned of tears.

How I Knew I Found The Right Care For My Baby

Claire Zulkey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

My former boss said something to me once while I was pregnant: "It's not a bad thing if a lot of people love your baby." I don't know if it's normal to feel validated if your daycare provider loves your kid but I do.