On Monday, October 3rd, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students hosted the 2022 Candidate Summit on Supporting Children and Families. Attendees and livestream viewers heard from candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate, and State School Superintendent about health, child care, Pre-K, mental health, family supports, and more. This was an exciting opportunity for candidates to share their vision for a Georgia in which all young children and their families can thrive.  

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The Summit included a brief address from Dr. Jack Shonkoff, pediatrician and Director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child. A renowned expert on issues such as the impact of toxic stress and the neuroscience of early brain development, Dr. Shonkoff discussed advances in the science of adversity and resilience. This research helps leaders develop more effective strategies and public policies to address early learning, lifelong health, and the needs of children, their families, and their teachers

Results of the GEEARS’ 2022 Poll of Likely Voters Unveiled

Pollster Rob Schmidt of McLaughlin and Associates presented the findings from GEEARS’ September 2022 survey of Georgians who shared their thoughts about policy issues impacting children birth to five and their families.

GEEARS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. As such, we do not endorse candidates.  All viable candidates for the applicable offices, which we define as anyone with at least 10% support in the July 2022 AJC poll, were invited to participate. See a complete list of candidates in alphabetical order below.