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Study: High Child-Care Costs Are a Hurdle for First-Time Home Buyers

By: The Washington Post The damping effect of student loan debt on homeownership has been much discussed. Student loan debt reached a record of $1.41 trillion in 2019, according to Experian credit report agency, up 33 percent from $1.06 trillion from 2014. But another expense may be delaying some from entering the housing market: child-care […]

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Time for Georgia to Focus on the Social-Emotional Health of Its Youngest Children

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Every child deserves the chance to build a strong foundation on which they can grow. Proper nutrition, medical care, and high-quality early education are all essential building blocks for a child’s development, and it’s no different when it comes to their social-emotional health.  Research has found that positive and […]

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Parental Paid Leave Makes Inroads in Georgia After Years of Resistance

By: AJC Three months of paid leave, maid service and a year of free diapers. Those are among the parental perks the Midtown software firm SalesLoft is using to lure top talent through its doors — and keep them there. SalesLoft is an outlier among companies in Georgia, which has long ranked among the bottom […]

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Why Mothers’ Choices About Work and Family Often Feel Like No Choice at All

By: New York Times If liberals and conservatives can agree on anything about family policies, it’s this: Parents should have choices. Senator Elizabeth Warren said her plan for universal child care would give parents “the freedom to choose the best work and child care situation for themselves.” Ivanka Trump, at a White House summit about family policies, said, “Our […]

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The Big Deal About ECE: Why Atlanta Should Pay Attention

By: Blythe Keeler Robinson via Saporta Report By 2025, more than 60% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, according to Learn4Life’s State of Education in Metro Atlanta Report. That can be alarming when you consider the fact that two out of every 10 students in the metro area are dropping out of high […]

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Georgia Loses $1.75 Billion in Economic Activity Annually as a Result of Child Care Challenges

By: Mindy Binderman via Saporta Report  Georgia’s November jobs report showed that the unemployment rate hit the lowest percentage in state history, at 3.3%. That’s great news for Georgians but will make the fight to attract and keep good talent even more competitive and even more critical.   If you or a member of your family has ever had […]

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Clarkston Creates Early Learning Task Force

By: Atlanta Journal Constitution The Clarkston City Council recently created the Clarkston Early Learning Task Force to engage the community to create equitable policies, practices, and programs so that every young child enjoys safe, nurturing, and playful learning environments, according to a press release. The mission of the Clarkston Early Learning Task Force is to […]

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New Federal Funds Could Boost Georgia’s Mental Health Care for Toddlers

By: Rome News-Tribune Federal funds could be available next year to address the mental health needs of very young children, but a House study committee found state Medicaid policies don’t cover assessments. “We’ve got to find a way to pull our agencies together, certainly through conversations with our governor and other state agency heads … […]

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Children with Special Health Care Needs Are More Likely to Have Adverse Childhood Experiences

By: Child Trends The prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is higher among children and youth with special health care needs than among their peers without special health care needs, according to Child Trends’ analysis of data from the 2016-17 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The survey asks parents or guardians to report whether […]

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