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A New Day in Georgia for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report These days, the topic of mental health seems to be everywhere. In the wake of the pandemic, medical practitioners, educators, and government leaders are all freshly aware of mental health challenges and the imperative that we incorporate their treatment into everyday healthcare.   Yet, the public still has some catching up to do […]

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Where Georgia Candidates and Surveyed Voters Stand on Early Childhood Issues

By GEEARS for Saporta Report At the GEEARS Candidate Summit on Supporting Children and Families on October 3rd, several of Georgia’s candidates for statewide office spoke directly to voters, particularly those of us who vote with a keen eye on the issues that affect Georgians ages five and under. The two-hour program at Georgia Public Broadcasting was […]

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The GEEARS Mayor’s Summer Reading Club Wraps Up Its 10th Season

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report We came, we read, and we gave away a lot of books at a lot of enriching programs. The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club’s tenth season ended last month. Let us count the ways the bookish summer thrilled us:  We returned to many in-person events after two virtual summers. And we returned in force, with […]

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Celebrating the Memory of Former First Lady Sandra Dunagan Deal

All of us at GEEARS are grieving the passing of former First Lady Sandra Dunagan Deal. We worked with Mrs. Deal on several early childhood initiatives, both during her time as First Lady and after. The fact is, Mrs. Deal didn’t parachute into this issue. She always knew that early education was a critical foundation for […]

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Child Care Can’t Wait: Georgia Leaders Must Take Action

By Mindy Binderman When the reconciliation package made its way through the House in November, it contained a $400 billion investment in early childhood education. We felt so hopeful at that time.   But the reconciliation package (now known as the Inflation Reduction Act or IRA) passed the Senate on Sunday with these critical funds cut […]

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Matt Ryan Presides Over Grand Opening of Simpson Street Learning Space

 By GEEARS & United Way of Greater Atlanta for Saporta Report Last month, quarterback Matt Ryan, a virtual Mayor Andre Dickens, and a host of community members and children cut the ribbon on a new learning space at the Simpson Street Church of Christ. The Simpson Street Learning Space is a free community play and learn […]

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Navigating Child Care During a Pandemic: Caregivers Tell Their Stories

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Last week, parents and caregivers celebrated as the COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for children under age five. This was a huge and happy step for millions of families.  It’s been a long, long wait for vaccine access for Georgia’s youngest children, during which working caregivers had to continue contending with […]

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GEEARS’ Statement on Infant Formula Shortage

Our country is facing an unprecedented shortage of infant formula. Right now, to feed their babies, panicked parents who have the privilege to do so are driving to multiple grocery stores and/or paying inflated prices for formula. They’re scouring the internet for supply or paying for out-of-town friends and family to ship them what their […]

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A Decade of Stories: Mayor Dickens and GEEARS Celebrate the Tenth Annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

By: GEEARS GEEARS and Mayor Andre Dickens celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club at Fulton County Library System’s Children’s Book Festival.  ATLANTA, GA – Mayor Andre Dickens and GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students will launch the 10th annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) at 10 AM on Saturday, May 14th, at the Children’s Book Festival hosted by […]

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Mindy Binderman: A Shero Who Dares

By: GEEARS We at GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students have always thought of our Executive Director, Mindy Binderman, as a “shero.” So, it was a treat to see her recognized as such by the Atlanta section of the National Council of Jewish Women on April 29th. Mindy was celebrated along with three […]

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