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Sequestration Impairs Futures of At-Risk Children

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Yasmina Vinci

We have more data behind us now than ever before. But the stalemate over the budget and our lingering shock that sequestration has not been restored prevents us from diverting our attention to new initiatives while we are still cutting children from our programs.

Reclaiming the Promise of the March on Washington

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The March on Washington, and King's soaring oration, helped create a better world, but we are a long way from the world King dreamed of. So let us all take at least one lesson from King's example. Let's unite people of many faiths in a national day of prayer to end child poverty.

Catholic Schools for Immigrants: A Second Bloodless Social Revolution

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

As the immigration debate continues, one question haunts me: What can we do to educate immigrants' children?

The Numbers Are In: Sequestration Cuts 57,000 Kids From Head Start

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

For months, we have seen local stories of families and communities struggling to cope as Head Start programs have been forced to turn away children. And now we have added up all those cuts from across the country to better understand the national impact.

Sam Stein

Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Head Start, the federal pre-K education service for low-income families, has eliminated services for more than 57,000 children in the co...

Detroit Riots of 1967: Lessons for Today

Diane Levin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Diane Levin

Let this week's events in Detroit lead to a reexamination of our goals as a nation and how we can reach them. Let us take advantage of the vast amounts of new knowledge we have gained since 1967 about how to reduce poverty and its impact on children.

Ready for School?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for broad bipartisan support for critically important investments in young children. And we must get this right for children: not for test makers, not for adult interests, but for children -- especially the poorest children.

Huffington This Week: Ordinary People

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.17.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

Ben takes us inside the tumultuous economic hurdles that accompany our slowly recovering housing market, not only from an economic perspective, but through the eyes of people trying to buy homes, put down roots, and improve their lives.

It Just Takes Everything We're Not Doing Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know how to make a positive difference in the lives of so many poor Black males. But we have to close the gap between what we know and what we do. We don't have to keep doing the things we're getting wrong.

Does Obama's Early Education Proposal Have a Chance?

David Kirp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
David Kirp

If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.

Sequester Takes Devastating Toll On Low-Income Women

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact

By Sharon Johnson, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--This summer, 10 Head Start teachers in Lorain County, Ohio, lost their jobs and Hamilton, Ohio, sto...

Rally4Babies? If We Don't, Who Will?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

This virtual event aims to awaken Americans to the astonishing importance of the early weeks and months of life, when infants encounter the world with wonder and rapid learning that lays the foundation for all the curiosity and discovery that lies ahead.

Sam Stein

Life Under Sequestration Creates Nightmare Scenarios For Head Start Moms | Sam Stein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rhonda Reynolds was paying bills in downtown Pratt, Kan., on a hot and sunny mid-June afternoon when the second call came from her daugh...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Think Tank Scholar vs. Adorable 10-Year-Old | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not often you get to see a Heritage Foundation scholar testifying side-by-side with a 10-year-old girl over the impacts of sequestr...

Sequester Slamming Shut Windows of Opportunity

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Yasmina Vinci

The sequester has already done harm to early learning classrooms all across the country. The light which shines on every Head Start children has been obscured. But we cannot watch as sequestration robs more at-risk children of their brighter futures.

EU Faces the Music: Congress Fiddles

Martha Burk | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Is speedier air travel more important than lunch for senior citizens or early childhood education for pre-schoolers? How about cancer research, heating assistance, police protection, or special education? All have lost funding to the sequester.

The Downtoning of America

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans want to kill the government that accomplished that. They want to go back to Downton Abbey days. The rich stay rich; the poor stay servants.

Giving Kids a Head Start Through Nutrition Education

Billy Shore | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Billy Shore

We can't have a strong America with weak kids. We can't have a healthy economy with unhealthy kids. We can't have an America prepared to compete in the world without children prepared to learn.

Will Mark Sanford Listen to Mark Sanford's Lesson in Grace?

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

"I am one imperfect man saved by God's grace," Mark Sanford proclaimed as he declared victory. What I would love to see, is if Sanford applied his new personal understanding of grace to his new role in government. Perhaps he could convince his party that a little grace would do it some good.

Mississippi Prepares New Push On Education

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- It's early on a Friday morning, and high school chemistry students in Victoria Dawson's class are working equations at the board....

Children Need to Fly Too: End Sequestration

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone despairing that Congress can't get anything done should note last week's swift vote to get furloughed air traffic controllers back to work. Congress can move very quickly and efficiently when it wants to and when their own comfort and that of constituents well-off enough to fly was affected. Reduced unemployment benefits, children dropped suddenly from Head Start programs, poor mothers and babies losing food supplements, teacher layoffs, and cancelled meal deliveries for seniors didn't move them -- but airport delays as members headed out of town for their April recess were apparently unacceptable.

My Dark Night of the Sequester

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

You know me, don't you? That's right. I belong to that tiny and soon-to-be vanishing breed known as Sequester Delay Passengers.

Whack-a-Mole Budgeting

Scott Lilly | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

The preposterous legislative sideshow taking place around sequestration gives a pretty clear picture of how little the people who were elected to run the government actually know about it.

Congress Addresses Flight Delays But Leaves Other Sequestration Problems Unsolved

Sharon Parrott | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

Responding to highly publicized flight delays from the "sequestration" budget cuts, the House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to allow the Transp...

The Sequester: A Policy Triumph

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The sequester, of course, isn't ideal. There are almost certainly better ways to cut. Some cuts that haven't had any short-term consequences may do harm eventually. But, messy as it is, the sequester seems to be working.