Education changes lives: Let's help the Campaign for Fair Education Funding!

The year was 1963. Mildred had graduated high school with honors. What was the next step? Today, most high-achieving students would head to college, but you have to keep in mind that this was the early sixties, and Mildred was an African-American young woman living in rural West Virginia. Her mother was a nanny and housekeeper, and her father a butcher. Going to college seemed like a long shot. 
 

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding

Education has taken my family from scrubbing floors, to managing a hospital. I am so fortunate that my grandmothers recognized the importance of obtaining an education and worked tirelessly to provide learning opportunities to their children. And for generations the value of education has been passed passed down. 

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Let's PLAY: The power and benefits of engaging in play

Let's face it; children of the 21st century do not play like we used to, and for numerous reasons. Neighborhoods may feel less safe. Recess may be cut out of the school curriculum in attempt to allowing for more instructional time. And speaking of time, families can have their schedules so full that there is very little, if any time left over for creative and unstructured free play. 

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5 easy steps for raising smart kids ages 0-3

Everyone wants their child to be "smart." The key to raising "smart" children is to instill a life-long love of learning from the very beginning stages of their lives. Providing your child opportunities to engage in high-quality learning activities does not cost a lot of money and does not require a lot of time. Indeed, it's the little things, when put together, that add up to a life full of curiosity and learning that impacts children for their entire lives.

Here are five easy ways you can foster learning in your child's life from ages 0-3 years old...

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3 children's books that celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is very important that we share the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with our children in a way that is both age appropriate and meaningful to them. Books have a magical way of taking powerful moments in our history and making them tangible for our children. 

Here are three incredible children's books for you to read with your children while keeping Dr. King's memory alive.

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10 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes we should pass along to our children

No matter what age your children are, it is never too early nor is it ever too late to pass along these eloquent words that do so much more than look good on paper or sound good when vocalized by someone. Certainly the words of Dr. King are more than stirring prose; he made his words poetry in action. These are 10 of the many quotes by Dr. King that I vow to pass along to my children while modeling and teaching them to live a life that reflects his dream.

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10 essential features of a high quality day care facility

Perhaps one of the most vital decisions a family has to make is in choosing a day care for their children. This decision-making process can be daunting for many reasons. There is so much to consider, such as convenience of location and tuition cost. More importantly there are those critical factors that are not as obvious, yet bear the greatest value. To ensure you are choosing a high quality day care, look for the following 10 essential features...

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How you can help the EDUCATION Partnership change children's lives

Based in Pittsburgh, TEP is a nonprofit organization that relies on product donations and financial contributions from the local community in order to serve the more than 30,000 students in southwest Pennsylvania that are in need of hygiene items and school supplies. Throughout the 2014 holiday season, TEP is working to provide local children with items that they need – including crayons, notebooks, toothbrushes, pens and other important hygiene items. For many students, this is the only gift they'll receive during the holidays!  

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Are you using your words? It's never too early to start!

DHS staff, being knowledgeable in many aspects of child welfare and development, also know that talking to babies is so important that it has launched an interesting and informative campaign reminding adults to talk to the little ones in their care – early, often and face-to-face. The campaign is called “Use Your Words: Your Baby is Listening and Learning.”

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Redshirting: How do you know your child is ready for kindergarten?

As an educator and former kindergarten teacher, I have some serious thoughts about redshirting...First of all, I am not here to judge people's parental choices. What you decide to do for your child is your business unless that decision impedes upon the safety and welfare of the child. However, I am going to put my teacher hat on and ask that you consider the following before making such a life-altering decision for your child...

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