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DECAL Download Podcast Covers Early Childhood Health & Wellness Issues

By DECAL Download Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning hosts a podcast with a variety of early childhood experts from across the state. The latest episodes have focused on early childhood health and wellness, and infant and early childhood mental health. Listen below! Episode 20: “Georgia ECE Health […]

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Early Childhood Education Leader Hopes Warnock Will Be a Champion for Georgia’s Children

By: Savannah Morning News “We want to send a heartfelt congratulations to Senator-elect Warnock,” said Mindy Binderman, executive director of Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), in a press release on Wednesday morning. “[As] a former board member of GEEARS, Rev. Warnock is a longtime advocate for Georgia’s youngest children, their families, and […]

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CDC Comments on Measures Taken by Head Start Against COVID-19

By: Valdosta Today The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report highlighting Head Start’s effective response in managing the spread of COVID-19. View the report here: https://bit.ly/2JPESgL The study found programs have been successful at implementing CDC-recommended guidance and other mitigation strategies that could serve as a model for the early care […]

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Childhood Without Other Children: A Generation Is Raised in Quarantine

By: The New York Times Alice McGraw, 2 years old, was walking with her parents in Lake Tahoe this summer when another family appeared, heading in their direction. The little girl stopped. “Uh-oh,” she said and pointed: “People.” She has learned, her mother said, to keep the proper social distance to avoid risk of infection […]

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Thankful for 10 Years of GEEARS

By: Mindy Binderman via Saporta Report This year has been difficult for everyone, especially our youngest children, their caregivers, and Georgia’s educators. And Thanksgiving, along with so many other holidays and milestone commemorations, looked a lot different in 2020. One thing that this pandemic has taught me, however, is to never miss a chance for […]

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As the Pandemic Drags On, Child Care Providers Fight to Keep Their Doors Open

By: EdSurge Before the pandemic, Tracy Weston’s child care center was booming. Five years after opening Noah’s Ark Preschool Academy with her husband in their small town of Dawson, Ga.—a career move she describes as a dream fulfilled—Weston had built out a staff of skilled early childhood professionals who were caring for some 50-plus children. […]

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Georgia Voters Support Free Quality Preschool, Child Care

By: Savannah Now (Savannah Morning News) Funding for early childhood education and affordable quality child care have been marked among the top priorities for President-elect Joe Biden. Access to free, high-quality pre-kindergarten programs for all 3- and 4-year old children is specifically listed as a program Biden would like to see funded. Georgia is already […]

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After Election Day, It’s Time for Leaders to Focus on Popular Early Childhood Education & Family-Friendly Policies

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Georgia, more than any time in recent memory, is one of the nation’s hottest political battlegrounds. The Presidential candidates made multiple visits to the state recently, while voters were inundated with campaign ads and media coverage about the 2020 election.   But after Election Day, our newly elected members of Congress and the Georgia General Assembly will stop campaigning and start legislating. And […]

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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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