Our Origin Story:


PAACT: Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive is a citywide alliance working to support high-quality early learning, education, and the healthy development of Atlanta’s youngest citizens.

PAACT was born from a leadership council convened by GEEARS in 2018. The Atlanta Early Education Leadership Council (AEELC) consisted of leaders from both public and private sectors including local government, state agencies, business, faith, health, philanthropic, and early education communities. By bringing this group together we developed a shared vision, bold yet actionable strategies, and the funding and citywide commitment needed to sustain this work to ensure that all children in Atlanta have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Engagement Opportunity:

“Maintainging Mental Health During Challenging Times”


Over the last few months, we have engaged a number of parents and caregivers of young children who have expressed a desire for increased access to mental health supports. Mental health resources are crucial as families adapt to address the compounded stress of the pandemic, especially for communities of color.

In partnership with CHRIS 180, PAACT is hosting an interactive, virtual conversation on mental health where parents and caregivers will be welcomed to share their stories about the challenges they and their children face during these unprecedented times. Kathy Brown-Bragg, MSW, LCSW, MAC, Project Director- New Generation, Infant Early Childhood Mental Health at CHRIS 180, will share information on how early experiences can impact young children and provide strategies to help families respond effectively to challenging behaviors. We will also hold space for caregivers to share their experiences and offer perspective on what constitutes effective services and support for families.

All registered participants will be eligible for a chance to win a Visa gift card. A total of three people will be chosen at random.

Click here to RSVP. 


To create a citywide alliance focused on improving outcomes for children ages 0-to-5 years old who grow up in Atlanta.


Families in the City of Atlanta have what they need to ensure that all children starting at birth are healthy, learning and developing so that they enter school ready for success, thrive once in school, and are prepared to reach their full potential as citizens of our city.

Our Goals


Our Role

We convene and work alongside Atlanta’s leaders in government, education, community organizations and the business sector to support and fund programs aimed at providing high quality educational opportunities and resources for every family with a child under 5 years old in the City of Atlanta.

In an era of inequity and at a time where we invest the least during the age at which a child develops the most, our goal is to ensure that a child’s zip code does not determine his or her outcome.

Our Partners

Get Involved

Host or attend a Civic Conversation, “Parenting in a Pandemic” – click here

Join a working group: Subject matter practitioners and community experts collaborating to form strategies and support with the implementation of the PAACT strategic recommendations.

Serve as a community liaison for PAACT:  Share information and resources to families with young children or invite the Director of PAACT to community forum and events.

Meet the Director: Schedule a chat to learn more about the initiative, share ideas, and provide feedback. We want to meet you, even if it’s virtual!

Interested? Please e-mail the Director of PAACT, Brittany Collins, at gro.s1606753014raeeg1606753014@snil1606753014locb1606753014

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Our Advisory Board Members

Stephanie Blank, GEEARS, Board Chair

Adam Harrell, NEBO Agency, Co-Founder

Robyn Wallace, Local Green Atlanta, Owner

Margaret A. Stagmeier, TriStar Real Estate

Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools, Superintendent

Eshe’ Collins, Atlanta Public Schools Board, Vice Chair

Amy Jacobs, Department of Early Care and Learning, Commissioner

Donna Davidson, Easter Seals North Georgia, CEO

Duke Bradley, Vice President of 3DE and Grove Park Foundation Board Member

Dr. Ryan James, Atlanta Speech School, Director

Rashida Winfrey, City of Atlanta, Chief Service Officer

Council President Felicia Moore, Atlanta City Council

Lauren Koontz, YMCA of Metro Atlanta, CEO and President

Blythe Robinson, Sheltering Arms, CEO and President

Kenneth Saffold, Blackrock Capital Investment Corp., Director