Read these brief informative pieces from For Our Babies, early child care groups, and guest bloggers. Topics cover a wide range of ideas from reading, to follow-up care for children with disabilities or other special needs, to taking action for our babies and our future.
California's Paid Family Leave Program Celebrates 10 Years
In 2012, California is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first Paid Family Leave (PFL) law in the country. The program replaces up to 55% of a worker’s pay for up to six weeks to bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children) or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, or […] Read more
Austrian mom calls parental leave policies in the U.S. “a complete joke” compared to Europe
Carmen Lloyd, a California resident from Austria with a young child, reflects on the disparity between services she received in the United States compared to those provided in Austria. She concludes that while what we may have it better in California than other states, from a global perspective, it’s a complete joke. Carmen has joined […] Read more
The U.S. Comes in Last in Paid Family Leave
From MomsRising.org: “The United States is one of only 4 countries on Earth without paid maternity leave – and the only Western nation of those four.” If you believe all families deserve paid family leave, please sign the For Our Babies pledge and share this information with your friends. Read more
Firing a Woman for Taking Maternity Leave?
Fortunately the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had something to say about the pregnancy discrimination this Milwaukee mom faced and as a result of a lawsuit, her former boss had to pay her $150,000 in punitive and compensatory damages. Women in the United States have legal protection against pregnancy discrimination but unfortunately it doesn’t mean […] Read more
How Would You Improve the Country's Public Schools?
When Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asked a panel of education experts at a recent Senate Committee hearing how they’d improve the country’s public schools, they failed to mention early learning. Instead the experts offered ideas on improved assessments, better teacher evaluations and different high school exams. I find this both surprising and perplexing. Research clearly […] Read more
"Rocking Cradle to Career With Paid Family Leave"
When are we going to wake up, and rock the cradle? That’s a great question Susan Ochshorn, founder of ECE PolicyWorks asks in her recent blog, Huffington Post “Rocking Cradle to Career With Paid Family Leave”. Ochshorn explains the research-backed social and economic reasons that the United States must rock the cradle, wake up out […] Read more
Podcast: School Success Starts in Infancy
In this show Dr. Lally talks about why we should take a closer look at supporting infants if we want our children to succeed in school. Dr. Lally discusses the critical period of early brain development before a child reaches three years of age and why early support for all babies makes more economic sense […] Read more
Unsafe infant/toddler child care settings
What do we do about unsafe infant/toddler child care settings? In England, about 1,000 “nurseries and childminders may put children at risk”. Read about what is happening in England and how they are dealing with unsafe child care settings. Hear what parents and experts have to say about low quality infant/toddler care. Read more
Podcast: Preconception Health
This show is a conversation about the importance of preconception health. Dr. Lally talks about the benefits of investing in preconception education and services rather than paying later for difficult and often expensive medical issues post birth. [podcast]https://forourbabies.org/ccfs/audio/podcast/fob_ep2.mp3[/podcast] Length: 5 min 02 sec Download Read more
Podcast: First Things First
Welcome to the For Our Babies Podcast! Listen to conversations with Dr. Ron Lally about Infant Development and topics related to the For Our Babies Campaign. Hosted by Julie Weatherston. This show is the first in a series of conversations with Dr. Ron Lally about topics related to infant development and the For Our Babies […] Read more