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:

“Parenting in a Pandemic”

PAACT has partnered with Civic Dinners to provide a virtual space for Atlanta-based families of young children to share their experiences with raising children in our city in 2020, and what we need to ensure our children have the best possible start.

Raising young children is hard enough, let alone the task of trying to raise strong, healthy children in the middle of a global pandemic, a climate crisis, ongoing racial injustice, and an increasingly divided America. This is a conversation exploring the joys and challenges of parenting in a pandemic and how the Atlanta community can support families to provide our children with the strongest possible start.

Parents and caregivers of young children are invited to host their own conversations or join the table as an attendee. 

Click here to learn how you can become a host or join the table. 


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.s1603925628raeeg1603925628@snil1603925628locb1603925628

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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