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First chapter! What Was Never Said by Emma Craigie 27.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

15-year-old Zahra has lived in England most of her life, but she is haunted by memories of her early childhood in Africa: the warm sun, the loud gunfire, and happy days playing with her older sister before “the visitors” came. It is hard for Zahra to make sense of everything that happened, and the terrible events are impossible to talk about, but when three familiar women arrive unexpectedly for tea, Zahra realises that the dangers of the past could still destroy her. Read the first chapter of What Was Never Said here

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Dayton, Daudt talk nice but no deal on Minnesota budget 27.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
"Cordial" discussions brought no agreements Tuesday on three vetoed budget bills, the governor and Republican speaker said. A deal is needed by June 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Has Child Care Policy Finally Come of Age? 23.5.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Brett Flashnick A soldier visits her son at a day-care facility at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The 1989 Military Child Care Act created a system of child-care centers with features civilian parents can only dream of.  By Elizabeth Palley and Corey S. Shdaimah 288 pp. New York University Press $30 The Democratic Party is now turning to a new agenda for parents: not just an expanded earned income tax credit and child tax credit, but also paid family leave, universal preschool, and free community college. President Barack Obama encapsulated the message in his 2015 State of the Union address when he asserted that “affordable, high-quality child care … [is] not a nice-to-have—it’s a must-have.” He even made the children-as-social-good argument that’s been missing from the American discussion of family policy: “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.” The question now is whether, at long ...
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GOPers with teaching experience seek meeting with Dayton 22.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Eight Minnesota House Republicans who have worked in public schools are asking for a meeting with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss his veto of the education funding bill.
Texas’ Less Than ‘Gold Star’ Pre-K Proposal Is Still Much Better Than Many States 21.5.2015 Think Progres

Texas' enhancements to their pre-K program may be far from perfect but they are a step forward for a program that has lost funding in recent years.

The post Texas’ Less Than ‘Gold Star’ Pre-K Proposal Is Still Much Better Than Many States appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wonkblog: The states where parents spend the most on child care 20.5.2015 Washington Post
Beyond the diapers and sleepless nights, perhaps the biggest worry for parents with young kids: Almost no state in America provides affordable child care for children under five.That's a conclusion reached in a new report Wednesday from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Annual payments in several states are higher than college tuition rates, eating up to a third of a working mother's income.Read full article ...
Want The Best Chance Of Juggling Parenting And Work? Move To California Or New York. 20.5.2015 Think Progres

No states in the country offer a full range of supports for working parents who need things like paid leave and child care.

The post Want The Best Chance Of Juggling Parenting And Work? Move To California Or New York. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Dayton vetoes education bill, slams Republicans 20.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Dayton said he's upset the Republican-controlled House would not agree to spend between $125 and $150 million more on education — especially when they left $1 billion unspent.
A 3-year-old suddenly stopped talking. How mom helped him find his voice. 19.5.2015 Washington Post
Parents instinctively know the sound of their child’s voice, the voice that they alone can pick out of a cacophonous playground. When that voice suddenly goes away, you become desperate to hear it, even for just a moment, and every moment without it is a torment. When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.Read full article ...
Dayton firm on budget veto threat as deadline looms 18.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Legislature
A key Senate leader expects the fight between Dayton and House Republicans over pre-K funding will force a special legislative session. Lawmakers face a midnight deadline.
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The best picture books on crocodiles 18.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
From Roald Dahl’s enormous crocodile to Gemma Merino’s aquaphobic one , the Book Doctor snaps at her quest for crocodile books to thrill a pre-schooler My four year old both loves and fears Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile . Are there any other picture books about crocodiles which she might enjoy? Crocodiles are fascinating because they can look so dormant while remaining deadly. It’s pretty unusual ever to get the last laugh on one! @GuardianBooks @GdnChildrensBks André François Crocodile Tears - crocodile shaped, beautifully drawn, very funny. We love Tim Warne's 'Dangerous!' crocodile & 'Have You Seen the Crocodile?' by Colin West @GdnChildrensBks @ChapmanWarnes @mooseandmouse @GuardianBooks @GdnChildrensBks And WATCH OUT FOR THE CROCODILE (also @geckopress ) about power of imagination. @cjfriess @GdnChildrensBks @ChapmanWarnes @mooseandmouse And this one! Smile, Crocodile, Smile. @GdnChildrensBks @roald_dahl @NickSharratt1 We ...
Budget-setting session reaches deadline, but show may go on 18.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll veto an education funding bill because it leaves out money for a preschool expansion initiative at the core of his agenda.
Dayton: Prepare for a special session 18.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Dayton repeated his intention Sunday to veto an education finance bill that is poised for passage in the House and Senate. He wants more money in the bill and a specific earmark for his universal preschool initiative.
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Thoughtful Parenting: Alcohol use during pregnancy 18.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
It is important for women of childbearing age to be aware that if they drink alcohol while they are pregnant, there is a risk their fetus will develop problems associated with alcohol exposure. Alcohol in a woman’s blood is passed to the fetus through the umbilical cord and can interfere with development during the pregnancy. Consumption of alcohol, in any amount or at any time during a pregnancy, carries a risk of exposure. All kinds of alcohol are considered harmful. Several factors contribute to how a fetus may be affected: blood alcohol concentration in a pregnant woman (the higher the concentration, the higher the risk of problems), a woman’s sensitivity to and metabolization of alcohol and the timing of alcohol exposure during the pregnancy. Binge drinking is particularly problematic because of the amount of alcohol consumed is so great. Consumption of alcohol during pregnancy does not mean the child will definitely have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, but no amount of use is considered 100 ...
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U.S. Education chief pressures legislators on pre-K 18.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says legislators should fund Gov. Mark Dayton's pre-kindergarten plan.
Carsten Höller: ‘It is impossible to travel down a slide without smiling’ 17.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
From the Tate’s helter skelters to upside-down goggles and mushroom-munching reindeer, Carsten Höller is the most exciting of artists. Tim Adams meets him in Stockholm to hear what he plans next There must be a reason,” Carsten Höller says, “why we don’t remember early childhood. Maybe it is genetic, maybe it is something else…” Whatever the reason, over the summer on London’s South Bank, Höller – the authentic Willy Wonka of contemporary art – will do his utmost to return an adult audience to that forgotten infant world of signs and wonders. Höller is best known in Britain for the health-and-safety defying helter skelters he installed in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2006 (“It is impossible to travel down a slide without smiling,” he claims). Next month, art lovers can queue to re-engage those underused facial muscles at the Hayward Gallery, where a double helix of equally vertiginous slides will offer the quickest of exits from the gallery’s roof. Couples could rent an elevated bed, drink the ...
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Barefoot: A lesson in indifference 16.5.2015 Hindu: Columns
The ease with which we turn our faces away from suffering and the absence of outrage is built on lessons we learn from early childhood.
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What it would really take to run the government like a business 12.5.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Seemingly every presidential election cycle, at least one candidate pledges to use his or her C-suite bona fides to whip the feds into shape. Specifically, to “run government like a business.” This talking point dates at least to Ross Perot’s ’90s campaigns. Then in 2000 George W. Bush’s supporters boasted that, unlike any prior president, this Decider had an MBA. (Because, you know, that served him so well in his many successful business ventures.) Since then, we’ve had a crush of hopefuls hyping the value of their corporate know-how, including some who emphasized it because they had no experience in elected office (Herman Cain, Donald Trump) and others because their only experience in elected office was a political liability (Mitt Romney). Even Carly Fiorina, who was very publicly fired from her job as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, has instructed observers to look to her track record there for a taste of what she’d be like as president (perhaps an unprofitable merger with Canada is in the ...
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Preschool By State: Who's Spending And What's It Buying? 12.5.2015 NPR News
A new, national report on state-funded pre-K sends a few mixed messages: Enrollment and funding are up ... but in many places still remarkably low.
Report: Washington has too few kids in quality preschool 11.5.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Although Washington state has made an effort to improve the quality of preschool for low-income kids, a national report says the number of children who benefit from these programs is still inadequate....
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