When we use harsh discipline to punish children’s bad behavior, we encourage feelings of failure and start children on  a pipeline to prison from pre-K. Harsh punishments include in-school and out-of-school suspensions and hurtful corporal punishment, that  is still allowable in 18 states. Adults, including parents, caretakers and teachers of Pre-K children should view discipline in terms of positive reinforcement of “good” behavior.  The atmosphere at home and in Pre-K classrooms should be upbeat and child friendly. As adults, we read more…

Posted: November 2, 2015 in: Preschool

Children of color represent 18 percent of Pre-K enrollment, but at least 48 percent of them have received more than one out-of-school suspension, a punishment associated with zero tolerance of weapons and drugs in schools. While these young students are not bringing forbidden items to school, they may strike out at each other by spitting, hitting or throwing something. Zero Tolerance policies began in schools in 1994 after President Clinton signed the Gun Free Schools Act, a mandate to establish read more…

Posted: October 22, 2015 in: Preschool

Pre-K may not improve performance in our public  grade schools. However, quality Pre-K can stimulate the huge early learning potential  from birth to age five. Without quality control being a part of Pre-K programs, children can fall behind in kindergarten and never catch up. This may lead to failure, dropping out of high school and entering the juvenile justice system. A new Peabody study of the Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K program reports that Pre-K works, but the gains are not sustained through the read more…

Posted: October 13, 2015 in: Preschool

Stand w. Planned Parenthood on Pink Out Day – 9/29/2015 – Cecile Richards says “78%+ of Planned Parenthood patients have yearly incomes at or below $37,000 or 150% of the federal poverty line for a family of four”. Planned Parenthood has 59 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide that operate approximately 700 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities. These Planned Parenthood health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and the majority is preventive, primary care, which helps prevent read more…

Posted: September 26, 2015 in: Child Poverty, Health Insurance

Forty-three million of our U.S. workers have no paid sick leave. For them, the threat of homelessness looms large. These workers may be unskilled with intermittent and unscheduled part-time work. They may earn minimum wage that pays about one-half the cost of food, shelter and childcare. Employers must give time off for sickness without termination by the Family Leave Act, but not paid sick leave. Every worker, and his or her children and their grand parents experience illness. Children with a fever read more…

Posted: September 20, 2015 in: Child Poverty, Health Insurance

My husband, George, believed that women and men need unlimited access to information on sexuality and birth control so as to avoid abortion. He also believed in a woman’s right to choose abortion as a last resort. He understood the power of the sexual impulse that has peopled the world, and also the critical importance of a woman choosing the appropriate time for parenthood, even at the risk of abortion. George was a general surgeon for women, and he performed read more…

Posted: September 8, 2015 in: Health Insurance

There is conflict between ‘pro-life’ people who emphasize right to life of the fetus, and ‘pro-choice’ folks who emphasize the life of the growing child and parent readiness. Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. points out this flaw in the ‘pro-life’ movement:   No concern is shown for the healthy development of a child after birth. It costs money for the government to promote the healthy growth of infants and children – money that low and minimum waged parents lack. But many ‘pro-lifers’ do read more…

Posted: August 18, 2015 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty


by Ellie Richardson                  Through my weeks of volunteering, I’ve noticed that one girl in particular doesn’t like to do art projects because she “doesn’t know how to draw”. At first, this seemed silly to me; it didn’t matter if the art was good or not, so long as she expressed herself. But when I saw her look around at the other girl’s drawings, then immediately erase what she’d produced, I could see read more…

Posted: July 28, 2015 in: Uncategorized

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child tax credit subsidize the low wages of working families and help to fill the gap between income and the cost of basic needs so as to avert homelessness.

Posted: July 20, 2015 in: Child Poverty

By Ellie Richardson Anxiety in children usually comes from a sudden turn of events, or a fear of that sudden change happening. This is why it is always important to explain to children what is happening, or better yet, what is going to happen, so that they know what to expect in situations they may not be familiar with. Today, during my volunteer work, two different children in my group had melt-downs due to a lack of this explanation. The read more…

Posted: July 15, 2015 in: Preschool


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