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Still Room to Grow for Georgia as a State for Babies

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Georgia is still just getting started when it comes to making progress for our infants and toddlers.  That’s according to a ZERO TO THREE, whose latest State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 report shows while Georgia has made progress in supporting young children in our state, we still have a good deal […]

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Federal COVID Aid Could be ‘Game Changer’ for Hard Hit Georgia Pre-K

By: Georgia Recorder With Georgia’s unemployment rate inching back toward historic norms, more parents are calling on day care owner Shenette Zachary, and the playground outside Kennesaw’s Star Light Learning Academy is echoing again with the sounds of children at play. “Parents are definitely starting to go back to work and we’re filling up pretty good,” Zachary […]

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A Solution to the Cycle of Poverty?

By: The Hechinger Report Last spring, Ciera Pritchett watched her life fall apart. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the country in March 2020, she first lost her job as a cook and food server at a private school in Savannah, Georgia. Then she was told that her second job, as a transit driver for people […]

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Help Is On the Way for Georgia Families

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report The American Rescue Plan of 2021, signed into law by President Biden earlier his month, includes critical and historic measures to reduce childhood poverty, support struggling families, ensure child and caregiver health and well-being, stabilize the child care industry, and expand access to child care for working families.  The pandemic has taken a significant toll on American families, […]

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The Coming Literacy Crisis: There’s No Going Back to School as We Knew It

By: EdWeek As we make strides in halting COVID-19’s lethal course, every parent is forced to consider, “Will my child be safe when they return to school without the repeated interruptions the virus imposed in the past year?” We already know the answer. Too many schools haven’t been safe for children or their teachers since […]

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Even with Federal Aid, Georgia’s Child Care Centers Face Staffing Woes

By: AJC When parents of young children get vaccinated and try to return to their workplaces this summer, they will likely encounter a major obstacle: child care. Despite reports nationally of a child care industry in crisis, Georgia’s centers have endured, with operators crediting the way the state handled the pandemic, quickly passing through federal […]

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Re-Envisioning, Not Just Rebuilding: Looking Ahead to a Post-COVID-19 World

By: Harvard School of the Developing Child  It’s truly been a year like no other since we issued a statement in March 2020 about the COVID-19 pandemic that was rapidly sweeping around the world. Our primary aim for that statement was to honor first responders, health care workers, and front-line service providers—especially those supporting young children and […]

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Georgia childcare industry expected to get a boost from COVID-19 relief bill

By: Janice Yu, Fox 5 Atlanta ATLANTA – The childcare industry in Georgia is expected to see a big boost in funding soon. The coronavirus relief bill that was signed by President Joe Biden on Monday will pump more than a billion dollars into things like daycares and programs for young children in the state. The past year […]

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By: WABE President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan last week, which includes $39 billion for the childcare industry. Georgia expects to receive about $1.57 billion to support childcare providers in the state. The coronavirus pandemic was financially devastating for some centers. Georgia didn’t require providers to close, but some had to out of necessity. According to […]

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