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Taxpayers money spent on childcare is not wasted its an investment | Deborah Orr 24.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Fifteen hours of free childcare a week might not allow mothers to return to work immediately but it lets them know that the state respects and supports their intention to do so in future There are more women working now in Britain than ever before: two thirds of us, or 14.4 million . Thats a rise of 368,000 in the last year, and of 771,000 since the start of the decade. Britains female employment rate is now well above the average in major industrialised nations. The Treasury is delighted with its figures. And George Osborne is thrilled too. Im thrilled as well, not least because most of the new posts are full-time and in highly skilled occupations. Not everyone is happy, though . The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reckons that whatever the reasons for the surge in female employment, state help with pre-school childcare in England and Wales is making only a marginal and expensive difference . Research conducted by the thinktank, in partnership with the universities of Surrey and Essex, has concluded ...
Sleep disorders in kids linked to behavioural problems 24.10.2014 New Kerala: Health News
New York, Oct 24 : Parents may please take note that toddlers having sleep difficulties are likely to experience behavioural problems.
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Steamboat briefs: Winter Sports Club has 2 board positions available 23.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has two elected positions open on its board of directors. These positions are three-year terms and are open to anyone. Interested candidates should call the Winter Sports Club office at 970-879-0695, ext. 100. The candidate entry deadline is 3 p.m. Friday. Voting begins at 6 a.m. Oct. 30 and closes at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. CMC’s SKY Club hosting eclipse observing Thursday Members of the Colorado Mountain College SKY Club will host a free public “Solar Eclipse Watch” from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday on the Steamboat Springs campus, weather permitting. Area residents are invited to view the partial solar eclipse safely through filtered telescopes with astronomy club members to answer your questions. Telescopes will be set up outside the rear entrance of the new Academic Center, where plenty of parking should be available. For more information, call astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake at 970-870-4537. Support United Way by eating at local restaurants Steamboat Springs ...
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Toddler left alone for almost two hours at Dorset pre-school 22.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Staff at Sydling Springs pre-school only noticed three-year-old girl had been missing from class outing when they returned to building

A three-year-old was left alone in a pre-school for almost two hours after staff forgot to take her on a trip.

The girl was a pupil at Sydling Springs pre-school, which is based in a village hall in Sydling St Nicholas in Dorset.

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Englands free nursery places deliver no long-term benefits, say studies 22.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Research questions value of £800m-a-year policy, saying only few women return to work and boost to children short-lived

The policy of providing free nursery places for three-year-olds in England has delivered no long-term educational benefits and helped only a small number of women into work, according to two studies.

Tony Blairs Labour administration began offering free part-time pre-school education in England in 1998, and by 2007 88% of three-year-olds were benefiting. Labour has promised to extend the offer from 15 to 25 hours if it wins next years general election, while Liberal Democrats have pledged to make free places available for two-year-olds.

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Justice for poultry boners and office cleaners? This is why unions are being attacked | Van Badham 22.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
In industries low in glamour and high in exploitation, employers sign contracts which take their working rights away from them. This is why unions matter Pedro Vannea is a Cambodian migrant. He has been employed by food processing company Royal Bay International since 2007, in the unglamorous role of a poultry boner. When he started working there, his english skills were poor and his knowledge of workplace laws in Australia, unsurprisingly, even poorer. At the commencement of his employment for Royal Bay, he was referred to an accountant and duly found himself set up as a business called Pedro Vannea Pty Ltd, the idea being that he would now work as an independent contractor on the ...
Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified's Cortines 22.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools.
Early Childhood Family Education marks 40-year milestone 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The Early Childhood Family Education program has helped hundreds of thousands of children get ready for kindergarten. The Robbinsdale school district is celebrating the 40th anniversary of ECFE with an open house at the New Hope Learning Center.
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2 preschool proposals compete on Seattle ballot 22.10.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two Seattle ballot proposals that could both benefit thousands of preschool children are competing against each other for voter attention. Some supporters worry neither will pass....
Governor Hopefuls Answer Nine Questions 18.10.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Click to read their verbatim answers.
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Seattle voters may find November ballot confusing 17.10.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle voters may need some extra help figuring out the November ballot landing in their mailbox this week, because there are four items up for a vote all called proposition or petition No. 1....
Gov. Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson Answer 9 Questions 17.10.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: CBS)The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of next month's election. Here are their verbatim answers.
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Henry Roman: Spreading access to a high-quality education 17.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
I am running to represent the 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education because I think that all children in Colorado deserve access to a high-quality education. As a teacher, the superintendent for three school districts across the state, the leader of three charter schools and a consultant to school districts that are searching for quality superintendents, I have seen firsthand the importance of quality leadership to improve educational outcomes for children. I think that representing the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education offers a great opportunity to do better when it comes to educating our kids statewide. My three highest priorities when I get elected to the State Board will be to close the achievement gap, ensure access to early childhood education for all Colorado kids and to support local autonomy for all decisions that are made in Colorado school districts and classrooms. I believe that all children can learn, however, it is clear that not ...
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Daniel Tiger: Won't You Be His Neighbor? 13.10.2014 NPR News
The PBS program Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is bringing the legacy of Fred Rogers to a new generation of children.
Man plants seeds, ends up with 500-pound pumpkin 12.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The pumpkins are so big that Joshua Smith had to use a special sling with his boat tire to move them.
Rejected by Ivy League kindergarten 10.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
My daughter was 6 months old when I first worried that I had already ruined her life. During a friend's wedding, another mother asked me where I had enrolled Siri for preschool. The question seemed absurd — school was at least two years away. But her look of concern sent me into ...
Ensuring a healthy start to life 9.10.2014 Hindu: Opinion
The first 1,000 days of life, between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, are critical for influencing lifelong health and intellectual development of the child
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Thoughtful Parenting: Fatherhood Program of Routt County 5.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The mission of the Fatherhood Program of Routt County is to support dads to have an active and positive presence in their kids’ lives. Many of today’s dads struggle to stay on top of the demands of parenting and managing the day-to-day tasks of life such as work, little league, dance class, homework, cleaning, cooking, dental appointments and the list goes on. Gone are the days when dad was considered a "helper" to mom, without equal parenting responsibilities and rights. This is a giant step in the right direction as evidenced by a very large body of research showing that the importance of the father/child connection to healthy youth development cannot be overstated. The research clearly shows that children have reduced rates of juvenile delinquency and do better socially, emotionally and academically when both parents are involved in their lives. When it comes to being the best parent possible, both dads and moms benefit from strong and reliable social supports around them. These supports can include ...
Progressive Champion Bill De Blasio Is Model For Populist Change 3.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
In the summer of 2013 Bill de Blasio was a long-shot contender in the New York mayor’s race. Less than two months before the crucial Democratic primary, de Blasio was in fourth place. To make the odds even worse, the city’s power brokers were lined up behind another candidate. But de Blasio had something his opponents didn’t have: a strong populist message, backed by an aggressive agenda that included universal pre-kindergarten education, affordable housing, an end to the “stop and frisk” harassment of minorities, and an increase in the minimum wage. For demonstrating how to campaign based on a progressive populist message and how to turn that message into sound public policy once in office, Bill de Blasio is a recipient of the Progressive Champion award by the Campaign for America’s Future. He will receive it October 14 during the Celebrating America’s Future 2014 Awards Gala at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage. Accomplishment Amid Challenges De Blasio’s campaign told a tale of two cities, one wealthy and ...
Supreme Court to consider role of preschool teachers as witnesses in child abuse prosecution 2.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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