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Poll: Georgia Voters Show Bipartisan Support for “Early Childhood Education & Family-Friendly Policies”

By: All On Georgia Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) announced recently that now more than ever, voters recognize the importance of early childhood education and policies that support working families, according to a new statewide poll.  A recently commissioned poll by McLaughlin & Associates and Frederick Polls of 600 likely Georgia voters […]

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Opinion: Supporting Pre-K popular with voters

By: AJC As Georgians head to voting booths and mailboxes, a recent poll says early childhood education and paid family leave are top of mind as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. In the fourth poll commissioned over the past decade by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, likely voters […]

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How the Pandemic Is Affecting What Babies and Toddlers Learn

By: The New York Times With all the talk of remote learning for secondary schools and colleges, one important population is missing from the nationwide conversation about learning during the pandemic: babies and toddlers. Many parents are keeping their little ones away from playgrounds, playgroups and preschool preparatory programs. As a result, the social and […]

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Never a Better Time to Lift Up Georgia’s Pre-K Program

By: Stephanie Blank, GEEARS Board Chair, for Saporta Report In the midst of a global pandemic, who doesn’t welcome an excuse to celebrate? Georgia Pre-K Week may look a little different this year, but now more than ever, it’s a necessary chance to herald and highlight the importance of Georgia Pre-K In its 10th year, the annual […]

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For Kids at Home, ‘a Small Intervention Makes a Big Difference’

By: The New York Times If schools across the United States return to “normal” in January, the average student will have lost nearly seven months of learning. But the low-income students among them will have lost more than a year. Parents must be part of the solution. But the yawning gap between rich and poor that […]

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America Needs to Start Treating Childcare as What It Is: Vital Infrastructure

By: TIME If the highway that connected the residential communities and business district of your town collapsed, the effects on the local economy would be immediate and obvious. If all public transportation were suddenly rerouted away from the office buildings in your town, business leaders and policymakers alike would respond quickly to the predictable ripple […]

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Coming Together to Talk About Parenting in a Pandemic

By: Director of PAACT, Brittany Collins for Saporta Report Parenting young children has always been stressful, but parenting in a pandemic? It’s brought a whole new level of anxiety to families coping financially, socially, and emotionally with the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York Times recently reported on several surveys showing that parents, particularly those with children under […]

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The Pandemic Is a ‘Mental Health Crisis’ for Parents

By: The New York Times Paige Posladek is pregnant, and stressed. She has two children, ages 2 and 4, works part time as a copywriter, and has seen a therapist on and off for several years to help her deal with the loneliness and loss of identity that can come with being a new mom. Before […]

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Children Should Not Go Hungry When Classrooms Close

By: GEEARS and Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) for Saporta Report Imagine facing the day with a grumbling belly and an empty refrigerator. And imagine if you’re a young child, missing your teachers and friends while struggling to focus on a computer screen.  That is the situation facing many children in Atlanta right now, as bureaucratic barriers have made the delivery of food assistance a challenge.   Unfortunately, many parents in Atlanta are wondering […]

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During the Pandemic, Are the Little Kids All Right? Survey Shows COVID Is Taking a Toll Now and Will in the Future.

By: USA Today During the pandemic, people are talking a lot about children. They’re talking about the older kids who’ve been robbed of proms and graduations, of levity and closure and in some cases plans for their futures. There’s been plenty of talk about kids missing out on school, the ways in which they may fall behind, the […]

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