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January 31, 2009

Pearl Team news

If you've been thinking about joining our company, act now to take advantage of the lower price. Our start-up kit is slated to increase in price on March 1.

New Product Kit earned for FREE:
Jen A, Karen J, Lisa S, Simone W, Temima K, Billie

Welcome to our newest PEARLS:
Pauline H of NY, sponsored by Simone W
Karen S of NJ, sponsored by Lisa S (wow! great grand opening!!)
Ana G of NY, sponsored by Billie

Rocket Starters:
Level 3 - kit refunded!!- Angela H, Karen J
Level 2- 2nd $50 coupon - Olga B
Level 1- $50 coupon - Linda R, Julie N, Sue M, Kathy M, Lisa L

Success Starters:
1st month: Karen S

January 17, 2009

Excerpt from Journal of Economic Perspectives

In the summer of 2008, an article was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives based on research which found that
"higher-educated parents spend more time with their children; for example, mothers with a college education or greater spend roughly 4.5 hours more per week in child care than mothers with a high school degree or less. This relationship is striking, given that higher-educated parents also spend more time working outside the home. This robust relationship holds across all subgroups examined, including both nonworking and working mothers and working fathers. It also holds across all four subcategories of child care: basic, educational, recreational, and travel related to child care. From an economic perspective, this .... can be viewed as surprising, given that the opportunity cost of time is higher for higher-educated, high-wage adults. In sharp contrast, the amount of time allocated to home production and to leisure falls sharply as education and income rise."

January 15, 2009

NYC Universal Pre-K seats available

NYC has been allowed by the State to go ahead with its mid-year UPK expansion. City Council is partnering with the Department of Education (DOE), the Administration for Children Services (ACS) and childcare advocates to help enroll four-year olds in FREE Universal Pre Kindergarten (UPK) programs by Friday, January 30.

Currently, there are over 4,000 half-day and full-day UPK seats still available for children who turned four by December 31, 2008, in public schools, child care centers contracted by (ACS) and community-based organizations contracted by the (DOE). UPK is a flexible program because families can enroll their four-year olds in programs where they live, where they work or where they go to school.

Research clearly supports UPK as a way to support the social, emotional and academic skills of children as well as prepare children for kindergarten.

DOE Web site has a directory of programs with available seats at (

If you have questions please call Melvyn Mahon in Speaker Quinn's District Office at (212) 564-7757 x102 or call one of your local electeds.

January 11, 2009

Another Pearl joins us

Welcome! Jenny J of Michigan, sponsored by Lisa S.

Rocket Starters:
Level 3 - kit refunded!!- Lilian W, Melissa R, Krista K, Angela H
Level 2- 2nd $50 coupon - Olga B, Lisa K
Level 1- $50 coupon - Linda R, Julie N, Kathy M, Sue M, Lisa L, Karen J

Acapulco Trip Achievers: Lisa S and Simone W
President's Club Achiever: Lisa S.

January 07, 2009

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Natalie Portman is starring in a film that is shooting right now at the home of a Discovery Toys customer. Evidently, the kitchen of the home plays a big role. When he asked if he should remove all the Sticker Art stickers from his refrigerator door the production team said, "No," they should leave everything just the way it is.

"Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," a Don Roos-directed adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel, is set to be released this fall. The story takes place in summer. Filming now in wintry New York presented a typical Hollywood problem...there are no leaves on the trees. If you see a house with leaves put back on the trees, you'll know the movie makers have been there.

January 03, 2009

Welcome new Pearls from AK and LA

Welcome to our new year new Pearl Team members sponsored by Lisa S:
Barb H. from Alaska (our first in this state!!)
Lisa T. from Louisiana
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