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children march for more early childhood program funding


gabriela campos / the new mexicanisabella dah, from st. joseph mission school in the tiny western new mexico community of san fidel, looks up in awe of the capitol rotunda on thursday during the 1,000 kid march.lines of young children filed into the roundhouse on thursday wearing cowboy hats, bandanas and sheriff’s badges for another showdown of sorts over funding for early childhood education.the kids are likely to be outgunned politically as long as fiscally conservative democrats hold sway in the state senate.the 1,000 kid march, as it is known, has turned into an annual event at the state capitol — a bit of political theater that can feel downright capraesque. it brings a visceral debate over how new mexico’s oil and gas wealth should be used.the event’s organizers, the advocacy group






early childhood center at mill neck manor to close in august


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylauren tan, with her son, matteo tan, 3, left, and jennifer biondo, with her son michael, 6, right, at biondo's home in upper brookville on may 5, 2017. matteo tan is a current student at the early childhood center at mill neck manor, and michael biondo is a former student. both parents are upset that the center will close in august. (credit: danielle finkelstein) administrators at a private mill neck preschool that serves about 75 special-needs children announced friday that the school will close aug. 11, at the end of the summer session.mill neck manor’s early childhood center was not able to secure enough funding to sustain the program, school officials said. they did not specify how much was needed for the school to stay open, but said it faced...






early childhood center at mill neck manor to close in august


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylauren tan, with her son, matteo tan, 3, left, and jennifer biondo, with her son michael, 6, right, at biondo's home in upper brookville on may 5, 2017. matteo tan is a current student at the early childhood center at mill neck manor, and michael biondo is a former student. both parents are upset that the center will close in august. (credit: danielle finkelstein) administrators at a private mill neck preschool that serves about 75 special-needs children announced friday that the school will close aug. 11, at the end of the summer session.mill neck manor’s early childhood center was not able to secure enough funding to sustain the program, school officials said. they did not specify how much was needed for the school to stay open, but said it faced...






official: chip funds for vermont to run out early next year


montpelier, vt. (ap) — vermont health officials say the state will exhaust its federal funding through the children’s health insurance program early next year.chip serves about 9 million children nationwide and the u.s. congress allowed funding for the program to expire in september. the burlington free press reports chip in vermont is a funding source for the dr. dynasaur program, which provides coverage for pregnant women and children.department of vermont health access commissioner cory gustafson says no vermont families would lose coverage from chip funds running out, but state legislators would have to account for a $21 million budget gap.gustafson says he hopes the situation doesn’t become that dire, and hopes that washington will recognize the situation soon.most read storiesunlimit






lawmakers ok emergency funding for kids’ health insurance


denver (ap) — colorado lawmakers have approved emergency funds for a health insurance program covering children and pregnant women.the legislature’s joint budget committee on thursday unanimously backed spending $9.6 million of state funds to run the program for another month if necessary. the denver post reports that the vote comes amid certainty about whether the u.s. congress’ short-term extension of the program’s funding will be enough to help.members of congress left for the holiday break on thursday without providing long-term funds for the children’s health insurance program. their short-term patch is designed to maintain funding through march, although some officials say the money could run out in early february.colorado officials were planning to send notices next week to more tha






wolf signs kids health coverage bill, urges congress to act


philadelphia (ap) — pennsylvania gov. tom wolf has signed a bill guaranteeing state-level funding for a popular children’s health insurance program, and urges congress to renew federal funding.he was at the children’s hospital of philadelphia to sign the bill friday that will fund for the children’s health insurance program, called chip.fresh funding for the $14 billion chip program ran out oct. 1. since then, some states have relied on unspent funds.earlier this week, the democrat was one of 12 governors of both parties who sent a letter to congressional leaders asking for the program to be reauthorized.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the governors said funding the program “without disruption” is something they can all agree on.it covers more than 180,000 childre






lack of early child care creates 'desert' in parts of aurora, organization says


as aurora area educators emphasize the long-term effects of quality early childhood education, one organization has showed parts of the region lack early child care opportunities.aurora and oswego townships each have more than three times as many young children as available slots at licensed child care providers, according to a beacon-news analysis of state and federal data gathered by the liberal center for american progress. neighboring naperville and wheatland townships have more child care slots compared to children, the data showed.the data was made public as some aurora and naperville school districts have made efforts in recent years to boost early childhood education offerings. students who attend some type of pre-kindergarten program tend to be more prepared when they enter kinder






trump says program to protect 'dreamers' is 'probably dead'


palm beach, fla. — president donald trump said sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the u.s. illegally as children is "probably dead," casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that democrats have tied to immigration.at issue is the deferred action for childhood arrivals program created by president barack obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as "dreamers," from deportation. trump, who has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, announced last year that he will end the program unless congress comes up with a solution by march."daca is probably dead because the democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from o






campaign wants california governor's race to focus on children


as gavin newsom and his challengers in the race to be california’s next governor prepare to hit the campaign trail in earnest, a group of early childhood education advocates see a rare opening to call more attention to their cause.“we haven’t had a children’s champion in the governor’s office in recent memory,” said avo makdessian, vice president and director of the silicon valley community foundation’s center for early learning.so the foundation, along with oakland-based children now and others, is launching a multi-year, multi-million dollar push to extract a promise from the contenders that they’ll make the early childhood years “a signature issue in the campaign,” makdessian said.the campaign, going by the name choose children 2018 and backed by the pritzker family foundation, hopes to






early childhood center at mill neck manor to close in august


administrators at a private mill neck preschool that serves about 75 special-needs children announced friday that the school will close aug. 11, at the end of the summer session.mill neck manor’s early childhood center was not able to secure enough funding to sustain the program, school officials said. they did not specify how much was needed for the school to stay open, but said it faced several millions of dollars in losses.most popular“this decision is in no way a reflection on the very talented and dedicated ecc staff who have earned their great reputation,” said michael f. killian, president and chief executive officer of the mill neck family of organizations. “rather, it is a last resort in response to insurmountable and recurring structural and related long-term operating deficits.”






parties fight over funding children's health insurance program that expired


congress has allowed the children's health insurance program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. if action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable... congress has allowed the children's health insurance program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. if action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable... (valerie strauss)






foundations putting $50m into childhood education, services


detroit (ap) — two michigan-based foundations plan to invest $50 million to support efforts to improve childhood education and services in detroit.the funding announcement friday came as the w.k. kellogg foundation and the kresge foundation released the 10-year “hope starts here” framework. goals include supporting creating a stronger connection between early childhood, health and education and improving early childhood services.each foundation is giving $25 million over three years. “hope starts here” is being unveiled following a yearlong planning process involving community members and experts.






why putting kids in school at younger ages is bad for them


politicians seem to think that the solution to our failing school system is to put children into schools for even more hours. whether it’s extending the school day, lowering the compulsory attendance age, or creating more early education programs, they mistakenly think that more school is a good thing for our children and our culture.but when our education system is already failing, why should we turn our children over to public schools for even more of their childhood?mayor bill de blasio of new york announced monday that the city will begin offering universal preschool to three-year-olds within the next four years. he estimates that the program will need $700 million in federal and state funds to be able to provide the preschool program for the estimated 62,000 qualified children.these p






early childhood education funding proposal fails again


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.two democrats joined with four republican senators in a committee vote wednesday to effectively kill a proposed constitutional amendment that would tap into new mexico’s land grant permanent fund to help pay for early childhood educationthe vote in the senate rules committee to table house joint resolution 1 likely puts an end, for this session, to what has become a perennial effort take an extra 1 percent of interest earnings from the $15 billion endowment to spend on early childhood programs.if approved by voters, the proposal would have generated about $153 million in the first year for early childhood education, increasing to $163 million by the third year it was in place.advertisementthe democrats voting again






obituary: anita segador beaton, early childhood education pioneer, dies at 75


in the early '70s, when some women were asserting their independence by burning bras and marching in protests, homemaker anita segador beaton made a quiet but firm declaration of her own: she told her husband that she was leaving him in charge of their two young children for two weeks while she attended a teacher training program in another city."it was the first time he'd had us on his own," said her daughter, jehanne beaton zirps. "her greatest love was her children, but she wanted more. she needed to have her own career, and she decided to become a preschool teacher."that watershed marked the beginning of a long and influential career in early childhood education. after earning her ph.d. at the university of minnesota, segador beaton worked as a professor and leader in educating the nex






'dreamers' march in chicago as democrats dig in on immigration


chanting "this is what america looks like," several hundred people marched in chicago from daley plaza toward the trump tower wednesday night to call on congress to protect thousands of young immigrants brought to the united states as children.the demonstrators marched up dearborn street and then east on wacker drive until they were across the river from trump tower, where they gathered for prayer before disbanding.the march came at the end of a day when congressional democrats dug in on their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with an extension of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, which protects about 700,000 people who entered this country as children and are now here illegally.the hardening stance reflects the influence of an emboldened dem






9 million kids get health insurance under chip. congress just let it expire.


congress has allowed the children's health insurance program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire.if action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits when sick and other services.the program, created under a 1997 law passed with bipartisan support during the administration of president bill clinton, provided coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as to pregnant women. it was instrumental in lowering the percentage of children who were uninsured from nearly 14 percent when it started to 4.5 percent in 2015. it was last reauthorized in 2015 and was due t






safe, loving homes give children strength


adoptive parents are helping change lives for the better. paul rucker felt from an early age that he was a lucky child.he spent his childhood with his parents, evelyn and jack, and sister, andrea, in the same neighborhood as the children’s home operated by children’s home society of washington in seattle’s ravenna neighborhood from where he was adopted as a baby. he had an elementary school friend who was still living at the children’s home.for rucker, home meant stability, security and love.“it was a very strange moment when i realized that i got to go home and my childhood friend was going to the children’s home,” rucker said. “when i reflect, i have a profound sense of gratitude that i had a safe, loving home while growing up.”most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.c






children’s insurance program receives only patchwork funding


washington (ap) — congress again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children, leaving each party blaming the other for christmas-season gridlock and states scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling money.lawmakers scurrying to leave the capitol for the holidays approved a short-term patch thursday designed to keep state programs operating through march, though some republicans said federal officials think the money would run out by early february. the money was part of a bill averting a weekend federal shutdown. congress had approved a previous stopgap solution for the children’s health program that was about to expire.democrats and republicans agree that finances for the children’s health insurance






rx for success: pediatricians handing out books


one-third of children in washington arrive in kindergarten without the language and literacy skills they need.as pediatric health-care providers, one of the most powerful tools we can pull out during exams is not a piece of medical equipment, but a book. investments in a child’s earliest months and years offer the best chance for all children to succeed in life, but not every child has the same access to those investments.washington state has been missing opportunities to ensure every child goes to school ready to learn. we have 23,000 children who are eligible for the state’s early childhood education and assistance program (eceap) but cannot attend because the state has not funded enough slots to serve all of those who qualify.amanda jacobsen, a physician and pediatric resident at childr






congress fails to approve long-term funding for children's insurance program


congress again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children, leaving each party blaming the other for christmas-season gridlock and states scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling money. lawmakers scurrying to leave the capitol for the holidays approved a short-term patch thursday designed to keep state programs operating through march, though some republicans said federal officials think the money would run out by early february. the money was part of a bill averting a weekend federal shutdown. congress had approved a previous stopgap solution for the children's health program that was about to expire.democrats and republicans agree that finances for the children's health insurance program should be






san diego's republican mayor says immigration problems should not be fixed 'on t


young people shielded from deportation and allowed to work legally under the deferred action for childhood arrivals program will begin losing their protection next march unless congress acts before then, the trump administration announced today.key info:






lack of early child care creates 'desert' in parts of aurora, organization says


as aurora area educators emphasize the long-term effects of quality early childhood education, one organization has showed parts of the region lack early child care opportunities.aurora and oswego townships each have more than three times as many young children as available slots at licensed child care providers, according to a beacon-news analysis of state and federal data gathered by the liberal center for american progress. neighboring naperville and wheatland townships have more child care slots compared to children, the data showed.the data was made public as some aurora and naperville school districts have made efforts in recent years to boost early childhood education offerings. students who attend some type of pre-kindergarten program tend to be more prepared when they enter kinder






what happens if congress doesn't fund the health insurance used by almost 2 mill


unless congress comes to an agreement fast, federal funding for a program that provides health insurance to 2 million california children and pregnant women will run out around the end of the year.after that, california could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars because the state is required to offer the insurance even if the federal funds don’t show up.despite decades of bipartisan support, congress didn’t renew its authorization to spend money on the children’s healthcare insurance program, which provides coverage for about 9 million poor children and pregnant women nationwide, before it expired at the end of september. since then, states have relied on their reserves, or unspent money from previous years, as short-term fixes.california gets about $2.7 billion a year in fed






health-care reform that cuts medicaid fails children


the graham-cassidy proposal would jeopardize health care for children and familiesamericans sent a clear message earlier this summer: don’t mess with medicaid. yet the graham-cassidy health-care proposal does just that. so once again we urge congress: don’t mess with medicaid. medicaid has earned broad bipartisan support since its inception in 1965 as a cost-effective safety net to keep children and families healthy. the program is critical to ensuring that children from low-income families and children with special health-care needs receive timely, quality health care. the graham-cassidy proposal would jeopardize health care for millions of children and families.our state has worked hard to cover all kids — currently, nearly all children in washington (97 percent) have health-care coverag






state warns husky families kid insurance program at risk


hartford, conn. (ap) — thousands of connecticut families are being warned the state may have to close a popular health insurance program for children if congress doesn’t reauthorize federal funding.the department of social services began sending notices to parents and guardians last weekend, letting them know that funds for husky b are expected to run out on jan. 31.speaking on the senate floor tuesday, democratic u.s. sen. chris murphy of connecticut called on republicans to reauthorize the children’s health insurance program, or husky b in connecticut, as soon as possible. murphy says more than 17,000 low- and moderate-income children in the state could be adversely affected.dss says the state has been using leftover federal funds to keep the program running since september 30, when cong






will lawmakers make 2018 the year of the child?


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.new mexico’s children have arguably taken the brunt as the state has struggled through tough budgets the past couple of years, with cuts to public schools, state colleges and programs such as home visiting and expanded school years.but with oil and gas revenues rebounding, could 2018 be the year of the child at the roundhouse?state legislators are likely to reverse course on spending cuts when they meet to hammer out a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that might have between $200 million and $300 million in unanticipated revenue — although uncertainties, including how the new federal tax law affects the state’s taxpayers, could change that.two departments are seeking a $60 million chunk of that money to pay for c






will lawmakers make 2018 the year of the child?


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.new mexico’s children have arguably taken the brunt as the state has struggled through tough budgets the past couple of years, with cuts to public schools, state colleges and programs such as home visiting and expanded school years.but with oil and gas revenues rebounding, could 2018 be the year of the child at the roundhouse?state legislators are likely to reverse course on spending cuts when they meet to hammer out a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that might have between $200 million and $300 million in unanticipated revenue — although uncertainties, including how the new federal tax law affects the state’s taxpayers, could change that.two departments are seeking a $60 million chunk of that money to pay for c






trump asks congress to resolve fate of dreamers, moves to phase out protections


young people currently shielded from deportation and allowed to work legally under the daca program will begin losing their protection next march unless congress acts before then, the trump administration announced tuesday.in the meantime, the administration will continue to renew two-year work permits as they expire but will stop accepting new applications for the program.the decision allows president trump to say that he is fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the daca program, which president obama established in 2012, while also attempting to shift responsibility to congress for the impact on the nearly 800,000 people currently covered by the program.trump emphasized that effort in an early-morning message on twitter.under the administration’s plan, several thousand people a week would






the latest: trump says congress needs to act on immigration


washington — the latest on president donald trump's decision on a program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally (all times local):8:25 a.m.president donald trump says congress should "get ready" to take on immigration legislation.attorney general jeff sessions is expected to announce tuesday it will end in six months a program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the u.s. illegally as children.the decision to delay the end of the deferred action for childhood arrivals, or daca program, would give congress time to act. but congress has struggled to act on immigration because of divisions within the republican party.trump tweeted early tuesday: "congress, get ready to do your job - daca!"__3:38 a.m.potential battles may lie ahead






st. david's center expands to downtown minneapolis in partnership with westminst


civic and philanthropic leaders gathered wednesday to celebrate the expansion of st. david’s center to downtown minneapolis, where it will offer services for infants and families.about 40 people in hard hats stood in what will be the second floor of the harman center for child and family well-being on the corner of alice rainville place and marquette avenue. the center is part of westminster presbyterian church’s expansion project.st. david’s center ceo julie sjordal said the new building will offer early childhood mental health services, pediatric therapies, a day treatment program for children who have faced trauma, and the east african autism day treatment program, previously located in northeast minneapolis.“investing in our youngest and most vulnerable citizens is critical,” sjordal s






sen. dianne feinstein says she will not back must-pass spending bill without fix


in a surprising reversal, california sen. dianne feinstein announced thursday that she will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill that does not include protections for people brought to the country illegally as children as well as funding for a children’s health insurance program. “it’s absolutely unconscionable that republicans are leaving these items out of their bill to fund the government. given the lack of any realistic plan to pass the dream act and long-term chip funding, it’s my intention to vote against the continuing resolution,” she said in a statement thursday.earlier this week, she said she would vote for the bill, which must be passed in order to keep the government open past friday.feinstein had been facing pressure from advocates and one of her 2018 opponents for refusi






funding at risk for children’s health insurance, clinics


lansing, mich. (ap) — u.s. sen. debbie stabenow and others are sounding the alarm over the expiration of federal funding that provides health insurance to 116,000 lower-income children in michigan, saying cancellation notices may be sent to families as early as next month despite bipartisan support for continuing the program.the children’s health insurance program was not reauthorized by the republican-led congress in september, and lawmakers are at odds over how to pay for a five-year extension. chip funds programs such as michild, which provides health and dental coverage for children from working families that make more than double the federal poverty level — $43,290 for a family of three.and in the wake of flint’s water crisis, michigan also is allowed to spend some of the federal mone






program aims to raise awareness of childhood trauma effects


juneau, alaska (ap) — an alaska elementary school is embracing a program that aims to increase understanding of the effects of childhood trauma in the learning process.the juneau empire reports natalie turner, the assistant director of the child and family research unit at washington state university, is working with fourth-graders at glacier valley elementary in juneau as part of clear (or collaborative learning for educational achievement and resilience) in hopes to help students who have suffered from trauma to perform better in school and society.studies have shown that children with more adverse childhood experiences than others usually don’t perform as well in school and often end up in more legal trouble as adults.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.informat






congress' inaction on chip would cost minnesota $178 million


minnesota will have to spend $178 million over the next 18 months if congress fails to reauthorize a federal health insurance program that covers 125,000 children in the state, according to the budget forecast released tuesday.minnesota has essentially exhausted its funds from the children's health insurance program, known as chip, after congress let the program's funding lapse in september.for the most part, families will not lose coverage in minnesota, although that is scheduled to happen in some other states. minnesota used chip money to supplement funding for eligible children in the state's medicaid program; the 125,000 affected children will keep their medicaid coverage but the state will lose the federal chip funding that paid part of the cost."there are budget consequences because






mayor garcetti responds to trump administration ending daca program


young people shielded from deportation and allowed to work legally under the deferred action for childhood arrivals program will begin losing their protection next march unless congress acts before then, the trump administration announced today.key info:






turn empty liquor bottles into beautiful oil lamps


i don’t know about you, but i am loathe to throw away my empty liquor bottles. they’re just so pretty, and tossing them in the recycling bin makes my heart sad. luckily, food52 has a brilliant use for your empties: turn them into oil lamps.advertisementhonestly, this tip couldn’t be more appropriately timed. valentine’s day is idly approaching, and i can think of few light sources that are ier than an oil lamp made from pretty amaro bottle. click the link below for all the details on how to make these, but you’ll need the following:empties: squat bottles with low centers of gravity work best; tall bottles are prone to tippingoil: food52 recommends firefly brand oil.flat cotton wick: because you need something to light. you can get it at a craft store or online.a funnel: for funneling.a bot