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    ACEs: How the Deck was Dealt

    The ace in a deck of playing cards is often seen as the highest card played, depending on which game you are playing. However, ACEs in adulthood do not necessarily make you the winner in the game of life. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as childhood traumatic events that can affect child safety and […]

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    Mainely Kids – The Importance of Early Childhood Education

    In Maine there are 78,336 children age birth through five years; 69 % of these children live in households where all available parents are currently working, and 24 % of all Maine children are part of low-income families. Source: Early Childhood Workforce Index 2016 It is widely agreed that the current early care and education […]

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    The Importance of Early Childhood Education

    Did You Know… The overwhelming evidence shows that children who enter kindergarten behind are likely to remain behind throughout their educational careers and beyond. These gaps in achievement are difficult and expensive to close with K-12 education alone. We can help ensure children show up to kindergarten ready to learn by providing our youngest learners […]

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    Challenges for the Childcare Workforce

    Earlier this month, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley released a report supporting what we already know—the childcare workforce is struggling. The Early Childhood Workforce Index sets a baseline to study trends in early childhood employment across states. This year’s findings will provide opportunity to track […]

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    Get Your Step Up Stipend!

    Friends and supporters of Every Child Matters, we’ve set this year’s Step Up for Kids date: it’s September 26! Once again, we’re sponsoring a nationwide mobilization to spotlight issues affecting kids – just as we have every year since 2008. We’re looking now for children’s advocacy organizations in each state to participate. Can your group […]

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    Frequently Asked Questions – Step Up For Kids

    Why do a Step Up for Kids Day? Because millions of American children live in poverty…millions are alone every day after school… millions have no early learning opportunities….millions are abused and neglected. Because every child deserves a shot at the American Drea m. That will only happen when we close the ever-widening opportunity gap facing […]

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    Step Up in Minnesota!

    Let’s plan this year’s Step Up for Kids event together! August 28th is the date. The time to plan is now. Sign up here, and I’ll be in touch with more information. Thanks. –Vanessa Did you know that Minnesota for two years running has ranked #1 in overall child well-being? That’s good news. Not so […]

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    Child Nutrition Bill Threatens to Leave Kids Behind

    For many laws, Congress is required to review and adjust them for current needs. The child nutrition bill faces such a review. Previously a bipartisan bill, it addresses children’s access to healthy and nutritious food. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives, passed a new bill called the “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act […]

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    July is Park and Recreation Month!

    Did you know… • Between 2000 and 2012, more than 85 studies have been published that link parks to better physical and mental health. • Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth. • Children that have easy access to a playground […]

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    Long Island Action Alert: Be an Informed Voter Today!

    Today Is Voting Day Children can’t vote, therefore it’s up to us to elect someone that will be the best advocate for them. Today as you go to the polls to cast your vote in this primary election, think about who will be the best candidate for kids. Here are several ways you can be […]

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