House Panels Start Writing $3.5 Trillion Social Policy and Climate Bill

Five committees will start drafting the components of Democrats’ far-reaching legislation in an arduous process that could take several days.

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Turning Child Care Into a New Cold War

Republicans talk a good game about families. And then stiff them.

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5 Tips for Taming Back-to-School Anxiety

After months at home, some children may feel anxious about going to school or camp. Here’s how to smooth the transition.

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America Is Brutal to Parents. Biden Is Trying to Change That.

We’re finally on the cusp of a humane family policy.

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Biden’s American Families Plan Should Give Power to Parents

Biden gets family policy half right.

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Helping Families Will Help Create Jobs

Parents in other rich countries can take paid work because they have affordable child care. In the U.S. such care is prohibitively expensive.

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Biden $1.8 Trillion Plan: Child Care, Student Aid and More

The proposed American Families Plan would expand access to education and child care. It would be financed partly through higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

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A 4-Year-Old Child Is Not a Problem. And Expulsion Is Not a Solution.

There is an effective approach to breaking the preschool-to-prison pipeline.

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Biden Plots a Revolution for America’s Children

National pre-K and affordable day care don’t have to be a dream.

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Susan Feingold Dies at 95; Helped Give New York Children a Head Start

Her Bloomingdale Family Program provided preschoolers with a haven where there hadn’t been one before. It became a model for similar efforts under Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

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Chicago Teachers Tentatively Agree to Return to Classrooms

If approved, the deal would avert a strike and allow some students to receive in-person instruction starting this week.

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Biden Should Go Big, and Then Brag About It

Voters in both red and blue states have revealed what they want from government.

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Reopening Whiplash in New York City

Schools will reopen as abruptly as they closed — but only for some.

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The Year in Pandemic Parenting

Scenes and snippets from families across the country.

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Parenting During the Pandemic: Stories From Families Across America

Scenes and snippets from families across the country.

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How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

Creators of the Portland-area approach tried to avoid the pitfalls of similar policies elsewhere, and are giving teachers large raises.

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A Beloved Teacher Died From the Virus. Now Her School Confronts Reopening.

At Public School 9 in Brooklyn, students will start each day by talking about how they are feeling and will take breaks for movement and meditation.

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A Beloved Teacher Died From the Coronavirus. Now Her School Confronts Reopening.

At Public School 9 in Brooklyn, students will start each day by talking about how they are feeling and will take breaks for movement and meditation.

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Sometimes It’s Not Just Shyness

Selective mutism is a common anxiety condition whereby kids who are normally chatty at home clam up around outsiders or at school.

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100 N.Y.C. School Buildings Have Already Reported a Positive Case

Nearly all the buildings remained open, following city guidelines that say only those schools with two cases in different classrooms will shut.

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N.Y.C. Schools Reopen for a First Day Unlike Any Other

Up to 90,000 in pre-K as well as students with advanced disabilities streamed into about 700 school buildings for in-person classes.

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Parents Join Forces to Rethink ‘Back to School’

Instead of classrooms, some children are heading to learning pods that will be held in repurposed living rooms, cleaned-out barns and even tree houses.

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Why Are Child Care Programs Open When Schools Are Not?

Society’s perception of child care being of lesser quality to education has rarely been so pronounced.

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How to Handle Anxiety Over Back-to-School Decisions

While parents may be feeling unsure about school options this fall, there are ways to feel better as you make the tough decision.

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Biden Announces $775 Billion Plan to Help Working Parents and Caregivers

In a speech in Delaware, Joseph R. Biden Jr. outlined proposals covering care for small children, older adults and family members with disabilities.

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I Never Expected to Love Full-Time Motherhood

A queer woman who once shunned tradition discovers domestic calm in uncertain times.

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With Caution and Creativity, Day Cares Prepare to Reopen

Isolation rooms, crib dividers and designated school shoes are just a few examples of the health measures that child care centers are taking.

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Should the Child Care Industry Get a Bailout?

Democrats propose $50 billion for a business that is in danger of widespread failure — and that many parents need before they can return to work.

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My Kids Are Allergic to Video Chats

Many children are struggling to find their footing in the land of virtual friendships, one that involves unfamiliar technology and face-to-face communication skills online.

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