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ATL ACCESS Map: A Key Resource for Advancing Early Learning

By Mary Anne Lane via GPB Education GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Learn4Life, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Reinvestment Fund today announced the launch of ATL ACCESS Map, a new tool to explore the early learning landscape in Metro Atlanta.ATL ACCESS (Atlanta Child Care and Early Learning Supply Status) Map models the supply, […]

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Signs of a Bright Future for Georgia’s Pre-K Students

By Abbie Lieberman via New America This school year Georgia is celebrating the 25th anniversary of it’s public pre-K program, which has reached 1.6 million children since it began as a pilot in 1992. Georgia’s program became the country’s first universal pre-K program in 1995 and it now serves over 80,000 students per year –about […]

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New Data Reveal 250 Preschoolers Are Suspended or Expelled Every Day

By Rasheed Malik via Center for American Progress Twelve years ago, Yale University researchers uncovered a surprising fact: Preschoolers were more likely to be expelled than children in any other grade. In fact, preschoolers were being expelled at rates more than three times higher than school-aged children. Subsequent research found that the effect of this […]

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Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens

By Jim Dryden via Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Study is first to point to brain changes that underlie poor health in some children Adverse experiences in childhood — such as the death of a parent, growing up in poverty, physical or sexual abuse, or having a parent with a psychiatric illness […]

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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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