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First of New Chat Series, #NCLRChats, to Focus on Factors Driving Child Obesity and Hunger

First of New Chat Series, #NCLRChats, to Focus on Factors Driving Child Obesity and Hunger

September 28, 2011
If you’ve been following the Comer Bien series, by now you know that Latino kids are going hungry at unacceptable rates and, at the same time, experiencing record levels of overweight and obesity. At the heart of both Latino child obesity and hunger is poor access to healthy foods.
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Helpful Tips on How to Get Involved in Your Child’s Education at Home

Helpful Tips on How to Get Involved in Your Child’s Education at Home

September 27, 2011
The National Council of La Raza is dedicated to promoting nurturing and meaningful relationships between parents and children. Recently, we have been looking at how our Parent Engagement programs achieve that goal.
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Health Equity Benefits Us All

Health Equity Benefits Us All

September 27, 2011
Health equity is about making the health system work for everyone. Broken policies contribute to widening health gaps in many communities that ultimately hurt our entire country. Indeed, a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies shows that more than $82 million was added to the health costs of Latinos during a three-year period due to health errors, premature death, and other inequities in health care.
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Funding for Housing Counseling is back on the Table

Funding for Housing Counseling is back on the Table

September 26, 2011
In the current political atmosphere—where partisan politics seem to trump the needs of so many Americans—it’s encouraging to hear that some of our Congressmen are willing to protect programs that are so crucial to vulnerable communities. Among these programs is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Counseling Assistance Program, which may be spared from deep spending cuts that would have bankrupted the program altogether.
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NCLR Reacts to Proposal to Waive Requirements Under the No Child Left Behind

NCLR Reacts to Proposal to Waive Requirements Under the No Child Left Behind

September 23, 2011
Today, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan took a bold step to reform our nation’s public schools by offering states the opportunity to improve their education systems in exchange for relief from complying with provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The proposal would put responsibility for achieving the goals of NCLB—to improve teacher quality, close achievement gaps, and ensure that every single child in America is afforded a quality education—squarely on the states.
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Success Stories: How Community Health Centers Support Improvements in Latino Children’s Nutrition

Success Stories: How Community Health Centers Support Improvements in Latino Children’s Nutrition

September 23, 2011
At Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving 24,000 individuals in the DC metropolitan region, our work is rewarded with the stories we hear every day from clients like Brenda, a 17-year-old high school student who lives with her parents and two younger sisters in Washington, DC.
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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

September 22, 2011
A decade ago there was little acknowledgment of the pervasive inequities in health care. At the annual Health Equity Summit in Oakland, California this past weekend, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard summed it up when she said, “Ten years ago health disparities weren’t even on the radar screen.” She went on in the spirit of celebration, emphasizing accomplishments that the diverse organizations in the room—and more often outside of it—have achieved by transforming the national dialogue.
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How Parents Can Raise Sound Readers

How Parents Can Raise Sound Readers

September 22, 2011
The key to raising successful readers ultimately relies on the foundation that we, as parents, construct for our children. Reading is essential in all subject areas, and indeed in every aspect of our lives.
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Miami Latinos Unite Against Prospect of Cuts to Social Security and Health Programs

Miami Latinos Unite Against Prospect of Cuts to Social Security and Health Programs

September 21, 2011
A town hall forum held in Miami today brought together Latino seniors and community leaders who are concerned that the U.S. Congress may reduce the modest Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that they rely on for most of their income and health care. Seniors who attended the forum hosted by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), AARP, and the Latinos for a Secure Retirement (LSR) coalition voiced their opposition to potential cuts and told representatives of these groups about how reduced benefits could affect them and their families.
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Latinos de Miami se unen contra los posibles recortes a programas de salud y seguro social

Latinos de Miami se unen contra los posibles recortes a programas de salud y seguro social

September 21, 2011
En el foro municipal que tomo lugar hoy en Miami se reunieron líderes comunitarios y personas de mayor edad preocupados por la posibilidad de que el Congreso de EE.UU. reduzca las modestas prestaciones del Seguro Social, Medicare, y Medicaid de las que dependen para gran parte de sus ingresos y cuidados de salud. Las personas de mayor edad que asistieron al foro, presentado por el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza), AARP, y coalición Latinos para una Jubilación Segura (LSR, por sus siglas en inglés), expresaron su oposición a los recortes potenciales, y les dijeron a los representantes de estos grupos cómo estos recortes les podría afectar a ellos y a sus familias.
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Getting Parents Involved Is a Vital First Step in Educational Success

Getting Parents Involved Is a Vital First Step in Educational Success

September 20, 2011
Parent engagement is an essential piece of the education puzzle. Parental involvement can take many forms, and this week’s "Spotlight on Education Excellence" highlights NCLR’s approach to this vital education reform element.
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Shifting Our Approach in Arizona

Shifting Our Approach in Arizona

September 20, 2011
Last week, my organization, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), along with The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Human Rights and the Asian American Justice Center, announced the suspension of our participation in the economic boycott of Arizona.
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Failing Schools—Not Just a Label, a Fact

Failing Schools—Not Just a Label, a Fact

September 19, 2011
Last Thursday, Senators Lamar Alexander (R–TN), Johnny Isakson (R–GA), Richard Burr (R–NC), and Mark Kirk (R–IL) introduced a series of five bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
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Coming Together to Combat Health Disparities

Coming Together to Combat Health Disparities

September 19, 2011
A health insurance card may be your ticket in to the doctor’s office, but it may not always guarantee the care and treatment that you need. If you are Latino—or hail from another community of color—you have a greater chance of suffering from a serious health condition in your lifetime.
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The Fight to Save Social Security Goes to Miami!

The Fight to Save Social Security Goes to Miami!

September 19, 2011
As the nation anticipates the recommendations of the congressional supercommittee charged with negotiating a long-term solution for the federal budget, millions of seniors are worried about potential cuts to Social Security.
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A Celebration of Latino Entertainment

A Celebration of Latino Entertainment

September 16, 2011
This week marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is proud to help kick off our community's celebration with the NCLR ALMA Awards® airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.
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Wellness for All:  Supporting Latino Children’s Health and Nutrition in Schools

Wellness for All:  Supporting Latino Children’s Health and Nutrition in Schools

September 16, 2011
Clarissa, mother of one of our students at La Fe Preparatory School (LFPS) in El Paso, Texas, works very hard to teach her young children about healthy living.
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A Best Practices Exchange Project Helps Create Better Early Childhood Education Programs

A Best Practices Exchange Project Helps Create Better Early Childhood Education Programs

September 16, 2011
To support the improvement of services to Latino children and families, NCLR facilitated the exchange of best practices among a number of organizations providing early childhood education (ECE) services across the United States.
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Richard Cordray is the Right Choice for Latino families

Richard Cordray is the Right Choice for Latino families

September 15, 2011
A strong leader at the helm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is critical to protecting our community from predatory and unsustainable loans. Yet 44 Senate Republicans had vowed to deny the CFPB a strong leader even before a nominee was selected.
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Disadvantaged from the Start: Why Latino Students Need Early Childhood Education

Disadvantaged from the Start: Why Latino Students Need Early Childhood Education

September 15, 2011
Ten years ago this September I started my first job as a novice bilingual kindergarten teacher in Houston, Texas. It was the first of day school, and for many of the children in my classroom, it was the first time they had ever left their homes and stepped foot into a formal school setting.
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