Colette Linton-Meyer’s Cobble Hill Ballet is the Happiest Ballet School in Brooklyn

Colette Linton-Meyer’s Cobble Hill Ballet is the Happiest Ballet School in Brooklyn

There are some obvious differences between the rural Midlands of England, where Colette Linton-Meyer grew up, and brownstone Brooklyn, NY, where she and her family now make their home. Cows, for starters. Cowsheds, for another—including the converted cowshed in which, at age 3, she was introduced to dance by a beloved teacher who taught her students, above all, to love freedom of movement. There’s also at least one critical, but less overt, anomaly: “In Shropshire,” says Linton-Meyer, “there were more pubs per square foot. Here, there are more children.” For Linton-Meyer, more children could only mean: the necessity for a ballet school. 

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Stephanie Morales & The Mother Nurture Center Offer a Respite Along the Parenting Path

Stephanie Morales & The Mother Nurture Center Offer a Respite Along the Parenting Path

Stephanie Morales can peek out her living room window and get a good look at the old wood-shingled courthouse building on the South Bay’s Redondo Beach Pier. Inside its blue doors lies the Mother Nurture Center, which Morales founded in June 2014. The center is her dream come true. If you live in the area and happen to fit into one of Morales’s four “P”s categories—Planning a Pregnancy, Pregnant, Postpartum, or Parenting—it might be your dream, too. As Morales explains, “It’s a place for prevention and support for all things related to perinatal health, and a welcoming community and resource for all growing families.” 

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Corinne Cannon of the DC Diaper Bank is Making a Difference from the Bottom Up

Corinne Cannon of the DC Diaper Bank is Making a Difference from the Bottom Up

Corinne Cannon, an expert on the effects of care on infant brain development, is more skilled in handling babies than most people. But back in 2009, awake in the dead of night with her inconsolable, colicky first child, Jack, she felt as helpless and alone as every other mother in that desperate situation. She woke up her husband, Jay, asleep in the next room of their Capital Hill home, and handed over the wailing infant to get some relief. “The physical reality of parenthood is brutal, and that’s when it’s going absolutely perfectly,” says Cannon, now also mom to two-year-old Callie. But what happens to the women who have no one to wake when they’ve had enough, she wondered. And what happens to fussy babies when their mothers have reached their breaking point?

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Max Ventilla of AltSchool is Taking Tech—and More—to the Classroom

Max Ventilla of AltSchool is Taking Tech—and More—to the Classroom

“It’s insane,” says Max Ventilla, founder of AltSchool in San Francisco. “There’s this notion that the preschool you apply to is a feeder for the elementary school, which is a feeder for the high school, which is a feeder for college, and that if you don’t choose right from the beginning, your kid is going to be a drop-out and have no job prospects.” Insanity notwithstanding, that mindset was strong enough to set Ventilla to thinking strongly about the future of his daughter, Sabine’s, education, and how he might alter its course.

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Amy Cahill of More Than Milk is Giving Back to Chicago—A Few Hundred Moms & Kids at a Time

Amy Cahill of More Than Milk is Giving Back to Chicago—A Few Hundred Moms & Kids at a Time

Amy Cahill remembers the afternoon last December when she was shopping with sons Max, age four, and Logan, age 2 at the Target near their Lincoln Park high rise. Spotting two sparkly plastic princess crowns, Max turned to his mother and insisted, “We’ve gotta get those!” They were a perfect match for the princess slippers that had been donated in a toy drive to Cahill’s non-profit organization, More Than Milk—a fact that struck hockey-loving Max with a certain amount of urgency. Says Cahill, “It was one of those times when you begin to see your kids are getting it—that little twinkle of understanding about being kind and helping others.” 

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Kristin Groos Richmond of Revolution Foods is Recruiting Kids for a Healthy Eating Revolution

Kristin Groos Richmond of Revolution Foods is Recruiting Kids for a Healthy Eating Revolution

On her early morning drive to her Oakland, CA, office Kristin Groos Richmond is already thinking about lunch. Not her own, but the more than 1.5 million fresh, wholesome meals her company will lovingly distribute throughout the week to schoolchildren across the country. She’s also thinking about the small details that make the difference between kids gobbling up the food or leaving it untouched on their cafeteria trays. Details like white cheddar rather than orange cheddar in a quesadilla, and the red kidney beans Louisiana kids expect to find in their jambalaya.

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Chudney Ross is Bringing Literacy to a New Generation at LA’s Books and Cookies

Chudney Ross is Bringing Literacy to a New Generation at LA’s Books and Cookies

On a low-slung strip of street halfway between the skate shops of Venice’s Muscle Beach and the boutiques of downtown Santa Monica, Chudney Ross has opened her kid-centric outpost, Books and Cookies. Twice. 

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