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Neighborhood opposition to childcare illustrates the reasons behind the shortage of infant spaces

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(UPDATE, September 8, 8:30 A.M. - Last night the City Planning Commission approved the permit for the location with some small changes including increasing the number of children allowed onsite. The proposal must now...

Inaugural “Pledge Days” Drive Raises Nearly Half-a-Million Dollars for Santa Monica-Malibu Schools

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The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) -- the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's fundraising arm -- raised nearly half-a-million dollars during its first-annual two-week Pledge Days drive. According to SMMEF officials, more than 702 families, employees,...

Coming Up: SMMEF Launches “Pledge Days” Campaign, $15 Min Wage, #HacktheBeach, and New Library...

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To help with its district-wide fundraising efforts for extracurricular programs, teachers’ aides, and other services for schools, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is holding its innagural “Pledge Days” campaign. The Santa Monica Public Library...

Coming Up: Help Plan a New Playground, Americana at the Pier, and Soak Your...

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It's Monday again and what better time to start planning the week ahead. This week, city officials want your input on Santa Monica's second universally accessible playground; the Twilight Concert Series continues; and, you...

Op-Ed: Kudos to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation

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The following letter was submitted by former director of Community and Cultural Services for the city of Santa Monica, Barbara Stinchfield. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and editorials. We look for fact-based content relevant to the...

Op-Ed: Call to Action to Support SMMEF and Enriched Curriculum at Our Schools

The following letter was submitted by John Muir Elementary School PTA President Jessica Alexander. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and editorials. We look for fact-based content relevant to the future of the city. Submitting your...

Op-Ed: Early Childhood Education is Vital for a Healthy Community

The following letter was submitted by Marissa Laham, a life-long Santa Monica resident and currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California's School of Social Work. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and...

Zoning for Santa Monica’s Future: Child Care

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We've talked a lot about Santa Monica's upcoming zoning ordinance update, the document which will enact the City's award-winning Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). While much of the talk has been about housing, height...
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