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The Costly Burden of Day Care and Preschool

By: New York Times After the birth of her second child, Erica Jefferson of Rapid City, S.D., was faced with a choice: Pay her student loan bills or pay more than $1,000 a month for day care. She chose the latter. Keeping her job — she works as a claims processor for a funeral insurance […]

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A Radical Idea To Help College Students Succeed: Child Care

By: Forbes  In the policy conversations surrounding higher education, the proposals often mentioned are ones aimed at reducing the cost of college. It’s the problem that dominates the headlines and even the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. Reducing the cost of college is certainly an issue worth tackling, but other issues in higher education are also […]

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The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health

By: New York Times This month the American Academy of Pediatrics put out its first policy statement on how racism affects the health and development of children and adolescents. “Racism is a significant social determinant of health clearly prevalent in our society now,” said Dr. Maria Trent, a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of […]

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Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care

By: New York Times Most Americans say it’s not ideal for a child to be raised by two working parents. Yet in two-thirds of American families, both parents work. This disconnect between ideals and reality helps explain why the United States has been so resistant to universal public child care. Even as child care is […]

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Gang Violence, Maternal Mortality Among Topics Lawmakers Will Study

By: Georgia Recorder Georgia lawmakers are gearing up for another busy study committee season that will tackle topics as varied as the state’s high death rate for new and expectant mothers, combating gang violence and the prospects of legalizing horse race gambling. Some of these legislative panels, such as one focused on preventing gang and youth […]

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Racism Has Devastating Effects on Children’s Health, Pediatricians Warn

By: The Washington Post The nation’s largest group of pediatricians warned this week that racism can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health. A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is the first it has issued to its members on the dangers of racism. Doctors involved in the report said the current political and cultural atmosphere […]

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Georgia House Employees Can Soon Get Paid Family Leave

By: Gainesville Times Employees of the Georgia House of Representatives will soon be able to take three weeks of paid family leave when they welcome a new child into their families. The policy will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and will apply to employees on the occasion of birth, adoption or foster care […]

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Georgia’s Young Children At Risk For Undercount in 2020 Census

By: WABE For the 2020 Census, 4.5 million children live in areas that are hard-to-count. Georgia is one of the states most at risk for a miscount, according to the Urban Institute. That’s because of the state’s changing demographics. Children under the age of five are especially at risk of being undercounted. In the last Census, one million […]

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GEEARS Efforts to Support Quality Child Care in Athens

By: WUGA Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, or GEEARS, making a visit to Athens this week. Organizers are working around state to create a state-wide movement on quality early learning and health development in Georgia. Executive Director Mindy Binderman says the organization visited Athens as part of ongoing plans to gather business partners, […]

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HOPE, Pre-K Receive More from Lottery

By: AJC State lawmakers have long pressed Georgia Lottery officials to plow more ticket sales money into HOPE scholarships and pre-kindergarten classes, and that appears to be happening. An analysis of lottery sales figures by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows the percentage of net sales going to education programs has increased the past five years, from […]

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