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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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Together, Parents Boost Their Children’s Early Learning

By: The New York Times BOSTON — Six-year-old Princess sounded out the words her mother wrote on construction paper as they worked side by side. “I … live … deep in the sea,” she read. Her mother, Bernise Hall, high-fived her. “She can read whole books,” Ms. Hall said. “She doesn’t even want me to […]

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Most States Still Don’t Require Full-Day Kindergarten, Report Finds

By: Education Week As more early-childhood education advocates call for universal pre-K, it’s interesting to note that less than third of all states even require full-day kindergarten. That’s one of the findings in a 50-state comparison guide to policies surrounding kindergarten through 3rd grade by the Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group of researchers who […]

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The Cost of Child Care in Georgia

By: Economic Policy Institute Child care in Georgia is expensive. The average annual cost of infant care in Georgia is $7,644—that’s $637 per month. Child care for a 4-year-old costs $6,500, or $542 each month. Child care is one of the biggest expenses families face. Infant care in Georgia costs $1,030 (15.6%) more per year than in-state tuition for […]

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Stressed Kids’ Brains Mature Faster

By: U.S. News and World Report ADOLESCENTS’ BRAINS mature more quickly when they are exposed to stress during their childhoods. A 20-year study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands found that early-life events significantly altered the adolescent brain structure. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, also found that stress later in youth leads […]

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Families Can Expect To Pay 20 Percent of Income on Summer Child Care

By: Center for American Progress As schools start to close for summer, working parents face a deceptively tough question: Who will care for their children over the summer? Parents want their children to be happy and healthy during the 10 to 12 weeks that school is out of session, but with the high costs of […]

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GEEARS’ Comments on Draft State Child Care Plan

Re: Draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for Georgia FFY 2019-21 Dear Commissioner Jacobs: On behalf of GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, I thank you and your department for the hard work that you have put into drafting the proposed CCDF plan for Georgia and for the opportunity to submit […]

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