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GEEARS and State Partners Launch Build My Brain Course

Free, online course on early brain development supported by state leaders and available to public. Atlanta, GA (October 1, 2018) – GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students announced today the launch of Build My Brain, a cross-disciplinary online course focused on the science and importance of early childhood development. The Build My Brain […]

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Building Strong Foundations For The Westside’s Next Generation

By: Saporta Report As the Westside Future Fund continues to support and accelerate the revitalization of the historic Westside, we remain focused on our long-term vision of “a community that Dr. King would be proud to call home.” We’re convinced that realizing that vision begins with resident retention (i.e., preventing the displacement of residents) and, […]

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Time to Change How We Think About Early Education, International Study Finds

By: The Hechinger Report The U.S. could learn a lot about early education from our international counterparts. That’s the conclusion of a comprehensive, multi-year study of six early education systems that are beating the U.S. on money spent per child, percentage of children enrolled and math achievement at age 15. The project, published in September […]

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Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life

By: New York Times SEATTLE — The part of this city east of Northgate Mall looks like many of the neighborhoods that surround it, with its modest midcentury homes beneath dogwood and Douglas fir trees. Whatever distinguishes this place is invisible from the street. But it appears that poor children who grow up here — […]

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Poverty Rate Rising Among America’s Youngest Children, Particularly Infants of Color

By: Child Trends The latest Census numbers indicate that, while conditions may be improving for some children and adults, the overall economic well-being of our nation’s youngest citizens is worrisome, particularly so for black and Hispanic children. The data show that in 2017, one in five infants and toddlers (19.9 percent of children ages birth through two […]

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Bezos Pledges $2 Billion to Help Homeless Families and Launch a Network of Preschools

By: The Washington Post Jeffrey P. Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start on charitable giving than many of his fellow billionaires. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, said he would begin with an initial […]

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Dramatic Increase in the Proportion of Births Outside of Marriage in the United States from 1990 to 2016

By: Child Trends The families into which children are born, and in which they spend the early part of childhood, have changed dramatically over the past several decades. Among the most notable changes is an increase in nonmarital childbearing—that is, the percentage of all children born to unmarried parents. Recent estimates show that about 40 percent […]

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We Have a Child-Care Crisis in This Country. We Had the Solution 78 Years Ago.

By: The Washington Post Millions of babies are born in this country every year, although the numbers are declining. Last year, the United States had its lowest birthrate in 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a new survey, in which participants were asked why they were having fewer children than they […]

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Think Summer Child Care Is Tough? Low-Income Families Deal With That All Year

By: The New York Times  Summertime throws into relief the mismatch between work and family life. Working parents in middle- and upper-income families have stitched together activities for kids by now. Maybe the 6-year-old is enrolled in art camp and taekwondo, the 10-year-old is learning to code and improving her basketball skills, and a nanny […]

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