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Sarge Changed Our World and Us

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bridgeland

Most people do not get to meet their heroes. I became friends with mine. Sargent Shriver inspired people around the world to believe in themselves and their capacities to solve tough problems.

Santa is Not An Anagram for Satan

Stan Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Stan Brooks

With great trepidation (can a Jewish guy really find his inner Santa?), I agreed to be Old Saint Nick for a Head Start center. It was a pretty serious transformation.

Behind at Age 3: Why Preschool Needs to Be a National Focus

Meredith Ely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Meredith Ely

While education reform may be a pressing issue, I am fearful that one of the most pivotal parts of the education system -- preschool -- is glossed over and almost forgotten.

A Head Start -- And Keeping It That Way

J.B. Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
J.B. Pritzker

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will force existing low-performing Head Start programs to compete for their federal funding.

Head Start Program Helps Children Of Incarcerated Parents

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Pontiac, Michigan (CNN) -- Christal Maki disappeared from her daughter's life when Mia was 2 years old. The single mother from Michigan had stopped a...

Head Start Founder Jule Sugarman Dies At 83

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Jule Sugarman, a public administrator whose skill at navigating the federal bureaucracy made him a key figure in founding the Head Start early-educati...

Real Family Values: 9 Ways to Support Families in Hard Times

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

For years, the Right dominated the dialogue on "family values." But what does it really mean to support families, especially in a time of economic har...

Bottom Line: Let's Truly Invest in Children

Danielle Ewen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Danielle Ewen

What the public rarely hears is that high-quality programs do help young children succeed by building the real skills needed to thrive in school and society.

Reading and the Third Grade: How to Keep our Kids on the Right Track

Gordon Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gordon Campbell

Students need programs that bridge the gap between pre-school and elementary school and provide them with the support they need for greater academic success.

Winning the World Cup

J.B. Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
J.B. Pritzker

The truth most World Cup nations know is: If we start them young, we can compete and win. The key to America's economic future is educating kids as early in their lives as we can.

Our Future Dims as Childhood Poverty Jumps

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Childhood poverty in the United States ignites a devastating chain of consequences that leads to equally devastating places.

Socialism for the Tea Parties

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Party movement has an intense hatred for anything they deem to be socialist, while both appreciating and wanting more government support for programs they like.

Only Kids Can Fix This Economy

J.B. Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
J.B. Pritzker

Early childhood education is an urgent educational, economic and moral imperative. Without it, we face a long-term national economic security crisis.

For Kids, the First Five Years Are Forever

Mark Shriver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Shriver

Startling new research shows that the 1 in 6 American kids living in poverty are subject to stress that can transform their very physiology, impeding intellectual skills for the rest of their lives.

Race to the Top? (Part III)

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

For our children and our country's future, now is the time to plot a bold new course in education reform, rather than continue along the cautious and unsuccessful path we have been on for so long.

The President's 2011 Budget Priorities: Cut Poverty and Promote Opportunity

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

What's most remarkable about the president's budget proposal is that low-income kids and families stand out as a clear priority.

Not Just Numbers: The President's Budget and Real Life

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's budget came out on Monday. I've been awash in the fine print for a couple of days, and what's starting to emerge out of all the pages...

AP: White House Stimulus Report Overstated Jobs Saved

AP | BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The government's latest count of stimulus jobs significantly overstates the effects of the $787 billion program under a popular fed...

Shelter To Give Long-Term Care To Women And Children

Huffington Post | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Bryan Anderson and Kathy Allen took a home in Salina, Kan., originally built in 1910, fixed it up, and are turning it into a shelter for pregnant and ...

WaPo War: Steven Pearlstein Rips Michael Steele Op-Ed As "Lies, Distortions And Political Scare Tactics"

The Washington Post | Steven Pearlstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, this week revealed a secret Republican plan that would end up eliminating all federal f...

How the Final Economic Recovery Package Helps Women and Families

Nancy Duff Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Duff Campbell

The bill strengthens the safety net for women, their families, and others most in need by increasing direct assistance for low-income individuals, most of whom are women and children.

The Best Thing for the Economy, the Right Thing for the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The stars have now aligned in the midst of this economic crisis, and it is precisely the time to address the urgent issues of poverty in America.

What About Welfare?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

The present plan includes tax cuts that will benefit even those too poor to pay taxes, and includes $4 billion for child care services for low-income families.

Dr. Julius Richmond -- Creator of Head Start

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout his long committed life, Richmond inspired fellow doctors, countless students, and so many others who care about the healthy development of America's children and the advancement of families.

McCain's Education Plan is Scary as Hell

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Reforming America's inadequate public school system--a crucial priority for our country's future-- should not be undertaken with a failed ideology. Th...