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Most States Still Don’t Require Full-Day Kindergarten, Report Finds

By: Education Week As more early-childhood education advocates call for universal pre-K, it’s interesting to note that less than third of all states even require full-day kindergarten. That’s one of the findings in a 50-state comparison guide to policies surrounding kindergarten through 3rd grade by the Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group of researchers who […]

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The Cost of Child Care in Georgia

By: Economic Policy Institute Child care in Georgia is expensive. The average annual cost of infant care in Georgia is $7,644—that’s $637 per month. Child care for a 4-year-old costs $6,500, or $542 each month. Child care is one of the biggest expenses families face. Infant care in Georgia costs $1,030 (15.6%) more per year than in-state tuition for […]

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Stressed Kids’ Brains Mature Faster

By: U.S. News and World Report ADOLESCENTS’ BRAINS mature more quickly when they are exposed to stress during their childhoods. A 20-year study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands found that early-life events significantly altered the adolescent brain structure. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, also found that stress later in youth leads […]

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Families Can Expect To Pay 20 Percent of Income on Summer Child Care

By: Center for American Progress As schools start to close for summer, working parents face a deceptively tough question: Who will care for their children over the summer? Parents want their children to be happy and healthy during the 10 to 12 weeks that school is out of session, but with the high costs of […]

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GEEARS’ Comments on Draft State Child Care Plan

Re: Draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for Georgia FFY 2019-21 Dear Commissioner Jacobs: On behalf of GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, I thank you and your department for the hard work that you have put into drafting the proposed CCDF plan for Georgia and for the opportunity to submit […]

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Strolling Thunder: A Storm of Advocacy for Infants and Toddlers

By Mindy Binderman, Executive Director of GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students That’s why on Saturday, May 12th, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students partnered with ZERO TO THREE to host Strolling Thunder in Atlanta and bring parents from around Metro Atlanta together to urge their elected representatives to make babies’ care and development a priority in 2018 and beyond. […]

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What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story?

By: NPR “I want The Three Bears!” These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa. A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young children’s brains […]

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Child Care Is Corporate America’s Business

By: Slate The nonprofit arm of the world’s largest business federation is sounding a stern warning: The skills gap feeding an unprecedented labor shortage will only worsen if companies don’t directly provide child care solutions. The need to educate the next generation of employees is growing exponentially as more parents enter the workforce, the U.S. […]

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Glynn County Joins State Effort to Improve Early Education

By: The Brunswick News Glynn County’s educators and community leaders have begun an effort to improve local early education opportunities by taking part in a statewide initiative to establish “early education empowerment zones.” Glynn County is now among several of these zones, which are scattered around the state. The effort to make Glynn County an […]

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Georgia’s Limited Access to Early Education Causes Concern

By: Atlanta Journal Constitution Most Georgia public school students don’t master reading early enough to give them a strong chance of success the rest of their school careers, a trend that has so alarmed superintendents, CEOs and even former military leaders that they are calling it a threat to the state’s economy and even to […]

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