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Steamboat resident's Mindful Life program takes off 4.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Kristin Race was studying the neurology of stress for her doctorate several years ago when she learned she had an autoimmune disease, likely caused by stress. The experience strengthened a personal and professional interest in stress and how it affects the brain for Race, who moved from Denver to Steamboat in 2007 with her husband, city council member Kenny Reisman, and their two young children. “I think we are living in what I call generation stress,” Race said. “A generation of stressed out adults raising a generation of stressed out kids.” While working as a consultant for First Impressions of Routt County, Race arranged to teach a mindfulness training to preschool students at Discovery Learning Center. She asked students to participate in active, mindful listening and in movement exercises that allowed them to feel what it's like to exert a lot of energy and then gradually slow themselves down. “It teaches them to calm themselves,” Race said. “They catch onto it quickly.” Word of Race’s one-time ...
It takes a village 3.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Before Oak Creek resident Lora Reichley steps foot in her floral shop Last Call on East Main Street in Oak Creek, she spends at least an hour and a half behind the wheel with her three young kids in the back seat. Reichley plays taxi-driver mom the majority of her mornings, dropping off 2-year-old Blue at Eco Valley Farms for informal day care in Yampa, stopping at South Routt Elementary School to leave her 6-year-old Vivian at her first-grade class, all en route to Steamboat Springs, where 5-year-old Emerald will spend her day at Discovery Learning Center. If Reichley is lucky, she sneaks in a quick workout at Old Town Hot Springs before jetting back to open Last Call. She’s often late. And among her peers — other young parents doing their best to raise children in South Routt County — Reichley considers herself among the more fortunate. Parents like Reichley, who choose to raise their young families in South Routt communities like Stagecoach, Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Yampa and Toponas, have adopted a ...
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This week in the war on workers: Death on the job 3.5.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
This week, in honor of Workers Memorial Day, the AFL-CIO released its Death on the Job report. Some facts: In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the United States, and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a loss of 150 workers each day from hazardous working conditions. Nearly 3.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported, but many injuries are not reported. The true toll is likely two to three times greater, or 7.6 million to 11.4 million injuries each year. Over the past four years, the job fatality rate has declined slightly each year, with a rate of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2013 compared with a rate of 3.6 per 100,000 workers in 2010. [...] Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of job fatalities. The fatality rate among Latino workers increased in 2013 to 3.9 per 100,000 workers, up from a rate of 3.7 per 100,000 in 2012. At the same time, the number and rate of fatalities for all other races declined or stayed the same. There ...
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Chili galore at North Routt cook-off Sunday 2.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
North Routt County is the place to be Sunday for chili enthusiasts. The famed 13th Annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse on Routt County Road 129 near Steamboat Lake. Those planning on attending are encouraged to arrive early if they want to taste all the chilis. “It does go fast because everyone likes to sample every little bit,” organizer Kerri Ann Crocker said. “When you go to the chili cook off, you’re not going to go away hungry.” Crocker is director of the North Routt Preschool. The event is a fundraiser for the preschool and the North Routt Community Charter School. The cost to attend is $15. Children under seven eat free, and the maximum cost for a family is $45. The cost to enter a chili, green chili, soup or dessert is $10, and that cost includes entry. Entrants should drop off six quarts or more of food by 12:30 p.m. and should bring their own crock pots, power cords and ladles. Those who attend will vote on the winners. First place ...
Abbreviated pundit roundup: Income inequality edition 1.5.2015 Daily Kos
We begin today's roundup with The New York Times calling for higher wages in its editorial today: It is hard to overstate the extent to which work no longer results in a decent paycheck and a rising standard of living in this country. The portion of the economic pie that goes to working people is currently near the smallest on record, in data going back to 1947. Similarly, the gap between worker pay and labor productivity has widened since the 1970s. In a healthy economy, wages and productivity would rise in tandem, but in recent decades, productivity gains have flowed increasingly to executive compensation and shareholder returns, rather than wages. These dynamics are not inevitable. Low-wage employers, in particular, pay low wages because they can and the main reason they can is that Congress has failed, over decades, to adequately update the minimum wage and other labor standards, including rules for overtime pay, employee benefits and union organizing. Jared Bernstein at The Washington Post examines ...
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's universal preschool, transportation plans in jeopardy 30.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Gov. Dayton is holding firm, despite opposition from seemingly all sides.
Senate passes education plan to send $365 million more toward schools 30.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Dayton not satisfied with Senate education bill 30.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The Minnesota Senate passed an education budget bill that increases funding for early childhood learning, but not in the form that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton wants.
Education Briefs 29.4.2015 Durango Herald
Animas High School announces programsAnimas High School will offer these programs:All-School Math Exhibition will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at AHS. All math classes except statistics will exhibit simultaneously in exhibitions ranging from Socratic seminars to hands-on, inquiry-based problem-solving with audience...
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U.S. Education Secretary touts pre-K benefits at North St. Paul school 29.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
In a visit to Richardson Elementary School in North St. Paul, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan touted the benefits of early childhood education and urged legislators to invest in preschool programs.
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Here's a budget plan for education to help all Minnesota students 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Editorials
Legislature should focus on strategic spending choices, smart reforms.
Sheriffs join the push for more preschool money 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota authorities are among the several urging state funding for preschool.
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Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakokta County sheriffs join the push for more preschool money 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Several sheriffs urge state funding for preschool.
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Parents and toddlers occupy London nursery to fight redevelopment 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Valley pre-school in Barnet was shut early to make way for mixed private and social housing that is forcing nearly 200 families to move Parents, toddlers and housing protesters have occupied a north London community nursery closed to make way for new homes in the latest example of grassroots opposition to council estate redevelopment. The nursery – which was shut at the end of March, leaving 15 pre-school children with nowhere to go – has become the focal point for protests against Barnet council’s plans to demolish 400 council homes on the Dollis Valley estate , sell off the land for £11m and build a mix of private and social ...
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Fact Checker: Obama’s claim that every dollar spent on pre-kindergarten education earns ‘$7 back’ 20.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
“Every dollar we put into high-quality early childhood education we get $7 back in reduced teen pregnancy, improved graduation rates, improved performance in school, reduced incarceration rates. The society as a whole does better.”Read full article ...
Mobile apps can make toddlers smarter 20.4.2015 New Kerala: Technology
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Preschool funding fight shows teachers union's political muscle 19.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Education Minnesota's top issues this year are seniority, pre-K funding.
Dayton: 'Now is the time to make the push' for universal preschool 19.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday addressed delegates of Education Minnesota, the statewide union representing 70,000 educators, and urged them to tell legislators to support his universal preschool plan.
Thoughtful Parenting: Because babies don't come with instructions 18.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Family Development Center’s Newborn Network has been providing a variety of parent education services to Routt County parents of children from birth to 3 years old since 1995. Our main goal is always to give parents the support and information that will help them be the best parents they can be. Providing access to current parenting information and resources assist them in making the best decisions to ensure their child has a healthy start in life. All Newborn Network’s services are grounded in our core beliefs that parents are their child’s first and most influential teachers, and the foundation of lifelong learning is created long before a child begins school. “Just wanted to drop you a quick thank you. I have really enjoyed our visits over the last year, thank you so much for all the work you do and for the resources you provide to make me a better mom! Routt County moms are lucky to have you!” Research tells us that babies and toddlers grow and learn best in the context of responsive ...
House, Senate education bills don't include Dayton preschool plan 16.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Gov. Mark Dayton ripped into House and Senate legislators Wednesday for their rejection of his top legislative priority: universal preschool for the state’s 4-year-olds.
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