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Preschool’s hidden value may be in combating poverty

By Jill Barshay via The Heching Report It’s been hard to prove that attending preschool makes a difference for kids, academically. Many research studies have found that children who didn’t go to preschool catch up to those who did in just a few years. By third grade, there’s often no difference in math and reading […]

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Virginia parents to receive free ‘baby boxes,’ part of campaign to promote safe sleep

By Michael Alison Chandler via The Washington Post Virginia is becoming the latest state to borrow an age-old Finnish approach to countering the troubling trend of infants dying in unsafe sleeping environments. The state’s Department of Social Services, along with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, on Wednesday plans to announce a new […]

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Six Counties in Georgia Join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

By Get Georgia Reading Fifty-one new communities have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign), a nationwide movement to increase early reading proficiency. The newest communities to join this collaborative effort are: Maricopa (unincorporated areas) and Northern Pinal Counties, Ariz.; Orange, San Diego and Santa Barbara Counties, Calif.; St. Lucie County, Fla.; six Georgia […]

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Public awareness initiative targets early childhood education

By Pamela Miller via The AJC The “First 2,000 Days Campaign” recently launched by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students has added Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed as a champion of the program. The campaign works to ensure that all children receive quality early education and healthy development in their first five years. […]

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Deal forms Commission on Children’s Mental Health

By Office of the Governor Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, which is charged with providing recommendations on improving state mental health services for children. The commission, comprised of health care experts, state leaders and children’s advocates, will submit a report to Deal on Sept. 1 that […]

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Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

By Nina Martin via NPR As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people’s babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband, Larry, recalled recently— “the happiest and most alive I’d ever seen […]

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Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message

By Claudio Sanchez via NPR Some of the nation’s top researchers who’ve spent their careers studying early childhood education recently got together in Washington with one goal in mind: to cut through the fog of studies and the endless debates over the benefits of preschool. They came away with one clear, strong message: Kids who […]

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Early Childhood Educators Deserve Better

By Sara Mead via U.S. News & World Report Teaching young children is hard work. It’s also highly skilled work: Effective early childhood educators need both a deep understanding of the science of child development and practical skills to interact with children, assess and support learning, and engage diverse parents. Yet they often do this […]

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Deal announces Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy board

By Office of the Governor, Gov. Nathan Deal Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the board for the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (GCSU), an education and training center for developing literacy skills. The nine-member board will oversee the center, working to enhance the state’s […]

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Jennifer Garner makes pitch for early childhood education funding

By Judy Kurtz via The Hill SPOTTED: Jennifer Garner making the push for early childhood education program funding while testifying at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday. “Poverty dulls the senses. It saps hope. It destroys the will,” the “Dallas Buyers Club” actress — who’s on the board of trustees for the global humanitarian […]

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