Weekly Roundup for June 29, 2012

City Hally Rally June 28

Advocates, providers, parents and children gathered on the steps of City Hall to thank the NYC City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for restoring funding to after-school and child care programs this week. Photo by Councilmember Brad Lander

Jess Tonn>   Yesterday was the first day of summer for NYC kids. Did you know that NYC children can get free meals at over 1,000 sites throughout the city this summer? No IDs or forms, just food. Find your nearest site by calling 311, texting the word NYCMeals to 877-877, or check out the NYC summer meals map.

>   In response to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic cover story on “Why Women Still Can’t it All,” Dana Goldstein offers five solutions to fix parents’ work-life balance challenges. Among them: “Extended learning time at school, not just for more test-prep, but for art, music, sports, and other enrichment and supervision affluent kids get as a matter of course.” Agreed!

>   Inside Schools and the Center for New York City Affairs presented their proposal for a new high school report card at an event at the New School yesterday. Philissa Cramer summarized the event on GothamSchools.

>   Good news: Despite having less time for free play, kids today are more imaginative than their counterparts 20 years ago. (But let’s still make sure we give them plenty of time to play.)

>   And in case you missed it, check out Lucy’s Audacious Idea in OSI-Baltimore’s blog this week: What makes America the most inventive culture on the planet? Hint: It’s not test prep.

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

Healthy Living Grants
These grants support projects addressing prescription medication safety for children and youth ages 2-21.

Deadline: July 16

And now for something completely different:

Speaking of women having it all: We lost a good one this week. I spent a great deal of time re-reading Nora Ephron’s work these past few days, as I’m sure many of you did. One of my favorites is her 1996 commencement speech at her alma mater, Wellesley College, which I find as poignant now that I’m a working mom as as I did when I first read it in my early 20s:

This is the life many women lead: Two paths diverge in a wood, and we get to take them both. It’s another of the nicest things about being women; we can do that. Did I say it was hard? Yes, but let me say it again so that none of you can ever say the words, ‘Nobody said it was so hard.’ But it’s also incredibly interesting. You are so lucky to have that life as an option.