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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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Data: How Reading Is Really Being Taught

By: Education Week When I first met “Juan,” then a 2nd grader, he knew about half of his consonant sounds and none of his vowels. I was a new K-5 special education teacher at the time, now more than a dozen years ago, and his initial reading assessment results looked pretty similar to those of […]

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Why Early Reading Matters

By: Georgia Trend Children who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are far more likely to be left behind – in many ways. The first thing to know about early literacy is that it is critically important; the next, that it connects to a whole lot of other conditions and challenges. But […]

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Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research Says

By: Education Week A study of 26 states and their preschool programs finds that as of roughly two years ago, a mere 1 percent of Latino children and just 4 percent of black children in those states were enrolled in “high-quality” state-backed early-learning opportunities.  That’s one main conclusion from a new report from the Education […]

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