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60 Percent of Families Are Spending More Than Twice as Much on Child Care as What the U.S. Government Considers Affordable

By: Center for American Progress Today, the Center for American Progress released a new issue briefanalyzing what families with children under age 5 are spending on child care. The study relies on new data released last month as part of the nationally representative Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which looks both at what families are spending on child […]

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The Benefits of Pre-schooling May Extend for Generations

By: The Economist America has fewer of its three- and four-year-old children in pre-school than other rich nations. But it is beginning to catch up. Between 2002 and 2017, the proportion of four-year-olds enrolled in state pre-kindergarten programmes rose from 14% to 33%. And a big, bipartisan push is underway to get more children into […]

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The Jolt: Tackling a Maternal Death Rate that Puts Georgia on Par with Uzbekistan

By: AJC Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Monday named the members of the House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality, likely to be one of the more important panels drawing up legislation this summer. From the press release: “Georgia simply cannot continue to have one of the nation’s worst rates of maternal mortality,” said Speaker David […]

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A Dad Wins Fight To Increase Parental Leave For Men At JP Morgan Chase

By: NPR Two years ago, Derek Rotondo told his employer that he wanted to take 16 weeks of paid leave granted to primary caregivers for his newborn son. He says he was told: “Men, as biological fathers, were presumptively not the primary caregiver.” He was only eligible for two weeks’ leave. Rotondo, who had been […]

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Closer Look: Award-Winning Journalist Scott Pelley; Racial Inequity Between Communities North & South Of I-20; Decatur Superintendent Overrules Policy Of “Alternative” Lunch For Students With Unpaid Balances

By: WABE To hear the full audio, click here.  0:00: Rose gives a news brief on DeKalb County School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green’s decision to not seek a contract extension after the next school year. The district will immediately begin looking for a new superintendent, according to a statement from the DeKalb County School District. A […]

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Rural Schools Work on Georgia’s Reading Problem

By: AJC During a drive through South Georgia this spring, David Berggren’s son said something that stunned him. The first grader was fiddling with an iPad in the back seat, where he was sitting with a classmate. Then, the pair started debating who did better on the school reading tests. “Their discussion went along the […]

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Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Enhances Child Behavior, Rutgers-Led Study Finds

By: Rutgers Today People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, a Rutgers-led study finds. Previous studies have shown that frequent shared reading prepares children for school by building language, literacy and emotional skills, but the study […]

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Medicaid Expansion Can Save Lives of Infants and Moms, Study Says

Georgia Health News A new study says Medicaid expansion has helped reduce states’ numbers of uninsured women of childbearing age – and cut their infant and maternal mortality rates. States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a 50 percent greater reduction in infant mortality than non-expansion states, according to the report from the Georgetown […]

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