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Early Childhood

Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Others Bond With Parenting Foster Youth at Raising Baby

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Jordana Brewster, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Lindsay Price arrive at Alliance of Moms' Raising Baby (Photo by Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for Al...

Building Bridges with Head Start

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Despite the pessimism in today's media and political discourse about the future and potential of this country, the opportunity for real and impactful ...

Early Childhood Educators: The Many Hats We Wear

Carrie Lowrance | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Carrie Lowrance

What do you see when you drop your child off at day care with their teacher? Do you see a competent professional or is he/she just a glorified babysit...

Clinton Lays Out Agenda For Making Child Care Better -- And More Affordable

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sketched out an agenda for helping families with young children, including an ambitious promise to put high-quality child c...

Positive Impact of School Counselors on Our Students

Shari Medini | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

I am glad to be seeing a shift within the school system that values the emotional and social development of children, and therefore, values the school counselors that are there to support that development.

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

"My Dad Doesn't Like Black People": Explaining Racism to Young Children

Natalie Flores | Posted 01.21.2017 | Education
Natalie Flores

As adults, it is essential that we listen to the questions and concepts children bring up and explore the experiences they have had around racism.

Story Time On Screens Isn't All Bad For Young Children

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

With even toddlers bent over their iPads, children today are spending more time with screens than ever before. While some experts are concerned that...

A Child's Lifelong Self-Esteem Emerges Earlier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science

Five-year-old children may only read and write at a basic level, but their sense of self is surprisingly sophisticated. A provocative new study sugges...

Lifting California's Kids Out of Poverty

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Jim Steyer

Two recent reports make it clear we are flat out failing when it comes to lifting children out of poverty. We've got to do better, here in California and across the country - and we can.

Reversing the Systemic, Structural Disinvestment in Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Unfortunately for children's programs, Congress has chosen to subject the programs on the discretionary side of the budget to significant cuts and hard spending limits or "sequestration" in an effort to cut the federal budget deficit.

Here's A Child Care Plan That Hillary Clinton Probably Shouldn't Copy

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama has called for new programs to help working parents pay for child care. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander...

Child Care Costs Too Much -- And Too Little

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

The tabloids are calling it the “Kiddie Fight Club.” Two weeks ago, prosecutors in New Jersey announced they were bringing charges of cruelty and...

Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

One Big Factor In A Child's Early Life That Can Have A Lasting Impact

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents

With all the child development research out there, figuring out which methods to follow can be crippling. Should you embody helicopter parenting? Ban ...

White House Summit Recognizes Early Childhood's 'Persistent Army' But Battle Isn't Over

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

While we should celebrate this tremendous progress, we must also acknowledge that we still have work to do.

Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Who doesn't want the education and care for young children to be high quality? Parents look for it, advocates fight for it, policy makers debate it. But just what is it?

'Who's Looking for Me?': God's and America's Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope every Black leader, parent, grandparent and preacher will mount a united and irresistible voice to end the structural exclusion of millions of children from the education and other opportunities required to keep them from dead-end lives.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

Dear Family Whisperer: Help Me Cope!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Try not to typecast your boys. View them through a family lens: Your firstborn had you and his dad all to himself for more than half his life. Your second child came home to an already-formed household.

Preschools and Evidence: A Child Will Lead Us

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These are exciting times for people who care about preschool, for people who care about evidence, and especially for people who care about both. Presi...