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Closing the Word Gap for America’s Children

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Some precocious toddlers use many different words when communicating early on in their lives, while others appear to struggle through a few small words or phrases. While sometimes a limited vocabulary in a child’s early years may be due to a developmental problem, most often children with fewer words have simply not heard as many words as they needed to in order to effectively express themselves.

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Poverty Research Says A Lot About Necessary Changes

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This week, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty data, which showed no statistically significant change in poverty during the past year. While this is better news than if numbers had increased, it still means that millions of families in the United States continue to live with their basic needs unmet, and have diminished chances of helping their children succeed later in life.

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Communities Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and in an effort to promote awareness of obesity and its negative effects on children and their families, communities across the country are highlighting ways that parents, schools, local advocates and even businesses can work together to help families make the shift to healthier lifestyles.

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Ready to Learn is Not Just About Colors and Numbers

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Every September, parents and their children prepare for the beginning of the school year with a mixture of anxiety and enthusiasm as families learn new school schedules and meet teachers. For very young children, however, preparing for school means developing important social and emotional skills, as well as cognitive skills that will help them get ready to learn when they begin kindergarten. There are many ways that parents and caregivers can help their young children acquire the skills they need to get ready for school, even if they won’t actually be starting school this year.

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Low-Wage Work and Inflexible Work Schedules May Impact Child Well-Being

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During the past 30 years, the United States has experienced a dramatic increase in low-wage jobs as our economy has moved from manufacturing and industry to a retail and services-based economy. More than a quarter of Americans are currently employed in low-wage jobs, and this fast growing employment sector is projected to account for two out of every three new American jobs during the next decade. While low-wage work has been touted as the pathway out of poverty, low-wage work may actually increase financial instability over the long-term for many families.

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Businesses and Communities Benefit When Parents Have Time with Their Children

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Parents need time with their children in order to ensure healthy development, and our communities benefit from healthier children who can one day contribute to local economies. Unfortunately, employer policies in the United States are lagging behind those of other developed countries in following this logic.

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Promote Healthy Eating Habits From the Start

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Obesity rates have increased for children in recent decades as diets high in salt, sugar and fat have become the norm, and as children have become less physically active than prior generations. But obesity in young children has many long-term implications for their health and well-being, as well as for the nation’s economy.

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Good Nutrition is Key for a Healthier Baby

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Fostering good health in children is a life-long endeavor that begins with proper nutrition and healthy food choices in the early years. Babies and toddlers who are fed low-calorie, nutritious foods are healthier and do better in school than kids who consume high-calorie foods. But when we consider that the healthy development of a child is also dependent on choices that her mother made while pregnant, it becomes apparent that nutrition and good health are intrinsically linked in ways we are just beginning to understand.

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Raising Families Together

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By Too Small to Fail

Raising healthy children is the most important responsibility of parents, but it is also one of the most important responsibilities of our society. Healthy children become healthier adults, and contribute to the strength of our economy. There is much to be done to ensure that families have the support they need from workplaces and communities so that all children have high-quality care from birth on.

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Early Education Is An Investment In Our Future

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In her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013, Secretary Clinton asked the audience, “Why is it that China is committed to providing 70% of its children with three years of preschool by 2020?” It wasn’t just a rhetorical question—Clinton was making a point about how developing countries like China and India have quickly realized that investments in early childhood education equal a smarter workforce that is ready to compete in a global economy.

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