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Early Childhood Educators Deserve a Living Wage

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start programs are unique in the early childhood community in their focus on developing parents as teachers, partners, and leaders - and, where appropriate, as early childhood staff.

Early Returns: Bringing the Farm to Preschool

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

How do you get a 4-year-old to put down a bag of chips and pick up an apple? There's no simple answer, as any parent can tell you, but what we're discovering across the country is that farm to preschool programs are a great way to start.

What Head Start Can Teach Us About Quality Education

Martine Singer | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
Martine Singer

This fall we're welcoming more than 300 three- and four-year olds at Head Start sites in Los Angeles and Burbank. Head Start is the federal school readiness program that serves a million low-income children across the country.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

When I was growing up, my father designed most of the trains that ran throughout the Balkans and the sound of rumbling trains became a true childhood comfort.

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

Head Start: A Durable Design for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start -- the nation's commitment to giving the most vulnerable children and their families an opportunity to succeed in school and in life -- is an evergreen design. Let us make sure that its redesign 50 years later ensures it continues to be the window of opportunity to the American Dream for generations to come.

Committing to Action at CGI

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

The Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI) meeting in Denver last week was a refreshing break from the staid conference circuit.

Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

Brian Ross | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

Another Zombie Idea

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

A zombie idea persists when it's "one of those things that everyone important thinks is true because everyone they know says it's true." A prime example is the oft-repeated citation of the Head Start Impact Study as proof positive that Head Start does not work.

The In-Betweeners of a Broken System

Ashley Schmidtbauer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Ashley Schmidtbauer

You want to know how the working poor really live? My husband works an average of 50 hours per week just so we can barely make it paycheck to paycheck. We are the in-betweeners. Not making enough to live "comfortably" -- but not "poor" enough to get any assistance either.

Ryan Report Largely Ignores Anti-Poverty Programs' Long-Term Successes

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

The Ryan report grimly concludes that federal programs are "failing to address" poverty. Poverty certainly remains too high. But the report seems determined not to recognize the long-term successes of existing programs even when the evidence is in plain sight.

Do Right by Our Children: Enact Universal Pre-K

William Lynch III | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

If we are to remain the Greatest City in the World -- great for New Yorkers rich and poor alike -- we must develop a next generation prepared to take the reins. One tool to help alleviate poverty and nurture our young people is universal pre-k.

Invest in Kids: Restoring the American Dream

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The American dream is in crisis. According to a recent nationwide poll by American Viewpoint, by overwhelming margins, American voters believe that the lives of children have gotten worse rather than better over the past decade.

America's New Poverty: The Poverty That Must Be Defeated

Frank Islam | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

In this 50th anniversary year of the initiation of the War on Poverty (War), there has been much discussion about the war and its relative success and failure. There has been far too little attention paid, however, to America's new poverty.

Sanders Helped Kill Military Pension Cut By Threatening the War Budget

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

For Democrats who want to do something real to oppose cuts in domestic spending, it's important to understand what Sanders did.

A Year in the Life of Head Start

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

2013 was a particularly trying year for Head Start, a pillar of America's War on Poverty, as programs nationwide faced overwhelming budget reductions that hindered the ability to provide the high quality early learning the President spoke of during last year's address.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Joy Resmovits

After Months Of Lobbying, Some Hope Emerges For Massive Preschool Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

After months of campaigning nationwide, the Obama administration seems poised to secure funding for some pieces of its expensive preschool push, in th...

50 Years From the War on Poverty -- Win or Lose?

Martha Burk | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

The truth is that as a country, we're getting stingier, not more generous with the poor. And the difference between the very rich and the rest of us has grown astronomically since President Johnson declared his war.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

Sounding the Siren for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

They have lifted millions of poor families and children out of poverty but now are under assault by political extremists. We must stand up and refuse to let them turn the clock of progress backwards.

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Starts Early

Constance Mourning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Constance Mourning

From my experience with both grades, I know firsthand that the kids who have been in Pre-K are better prepared for Kindergarten. They know what it's like to be in a classroom. They have a head start on reading and math. And they just generally find school easier to navigate.

Americans Are Falling Off the Food Cliff -- We Can Stop the Pain

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Steve Gutow

With each cut, our country pushes more Americans down the food cliff. How long until we stop noticing the fall? This Thanksgiving, as many of us sit at our tables for an annual feast, more of our fellow Americans will have less to eat.

Jared Gilmour

Jennifer Garner Fights For Preschool At The Capitol

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not every day an actress can be found crouching down in the U.S. Capitol to play with children, but that's what Jennifer Garner did...

Revolutionizing Head Start For Children And Parents Together

Henry Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Henry Wilde

In our approach to Head Start family services, this interaction and progress is the beginning of a process to systematically track, manage, and support families as they work on family goals. Angelicia will soon complete a strengths and needs assessment with Karen that will ask specifically about the family life practices (like family routines and regular nighttime reading) we know make a difference to success in school.