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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander chairs the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee; Sen. Patty Murray is the committee's ranking Democrat. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty hide caption

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Rosendo Gil, a family support worker with the Imperial County, Calif., home visiting program, has visited Blas Lopez and his fiancée Lluvia Padilla dozens of times since their daughter was born three years ago. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Jack Gilbert, co-author of the book "Dirt Is Good," says kids should be encouraged to get dirty, play with animals and eat colorful vegetables. Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images/RooM RF hide caption

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'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

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Parents can phrase advice to their teens about coping with stress in ways that also help teenagers imagine the perspectives of others. Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption

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Lack Of Child Care Rating Systems Leaves Parents In A Bind

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Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

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Newborn baby is shown sleeping on a bed. A new report says it's much safer for a baby to sleep alone on a crib with no pillows or blankets. Purestock/Getty Images/Purestock hide caption

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When Latino colleagues from across NPR shared their families' immigration stories for Hispanic Heritage Month, they exposed a rich array of experiences: loss, longing, contradiction and triumph. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home

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