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Advocates: Valentine’s week perfect time for inclusive early learning

By: AJC Years ago when children were diagnosed as infants or toddlers with special needs, whether those were physical, emotional or developmental, they were often separated from “normal” kids. That’s changed over the years, and Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning(DECAL) devotes a week each February to reinforcing the message that special-needs pre-schoolers are just […]

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Pre-to-3: Place-Based Early Literacy Initiatives Giving Families a Sense of Community Pride

By: Education Dive Since 2012, families in Grundy County, Tennessee — northwest of Chattanooga — have been learning about lesser-known treasures in their rural community in partnership with the Yale Child Study Center, Scholastic and Sewanee: The University of the South. Discover Together Grundy is a place-based, early literacy and family resilience initiative that aims to […]

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Day Care for All

By: New York Times When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many Democrats declared his proposals impractical and naïve. “We are not Denmark,” Hillary Clinton tartly observed, even as she tweaked her platform to acknowledge […]

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The Real Mommy War Is Against the State

By: New York Times A lawyer and I stepped into a windowless conference room in her office building in Washington, D.C., and she reflexively closed the door. I had forgotten to restock my tissues and would soon regret that. By then, I had been interviewing American mothers about their work-family conflict for several weeks. I […]

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Opinion: Atlanta Needs More Spaces for Play and Creativity

By: AJC In a guest column today, two authors urge more opportunities for children and their families in Atlanta to see, touch and experience art.  Brandon Hinman of Atlanta is the executive director of AIR Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills. He serves on the board of Capita, a national ideas lab based in Greenville, S.C., that works to ensure a […]

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The Startling Toll on Children Who Witness Domestic Violence is Just Now Being Understood

By: USA Today SAVANNAH, Ga. – Latrelle Huff says her twins were conceived by rape. Now she blames domestic violence for her children’s health problems. The Georgia woman says she had been in an abusive, on-and-off relationship for six years when she became pregnant. While pregnant, she says, the conflict continued. Huff spent 25 of 37 weeks on bed rest, […]

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Rotary Club of Buckhead Honors Blank for Child Advocacy

By: Marietta Daily Journal Stephanie Blank said she’s always stressed kindness, a characteristic she got from her mother. “True kindness is a way of being,” she said. “Nice is a superficial act. But true kindness … leaves an indelible impression that lifts up rather than tears down. Kindness isn’t weak or wishy-washy. It’s easy to […]

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Gracious, Tenacious Stephanie Blank Honored for Her Philanthropic Work

 By: AJC Things could have been just a tiny bit awkward at Monday’s Rotary Club of Buckhead meeting – but by the end, everyone was holding hands. Stephanie Blank, honored with the Rev. Robert Ross Johnson Humanitarian Award, was seated next to her husband, David Williams, and across the table from her former husband, Atlanta Falcons and […]

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Is Social and Emotional Learning a Critical Element in Student Success?

By: AJC One of the most vaunted new programs in education is social and emotional learning or SEL, defined as the ability to communicate, resolve conflict, interact with others, and manage emotional responses.  Atlanta Public Schools has introduced SEL in its schools. In the past, we assumed impulse control, self-discipline and sound decision-making were taught […]

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