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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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Infants Recognize Counting Long Before They Can Say, ‘1, 2, 3’

By: Education Week It generally takes until preschool age for children to understand that a word like “four” represents a set, but new research from Johns Hopkins University suggests infants understand the concept of counting years earlier. In a new study in the journal Developmental Science, psychology and brain science researchers Jinjing “Jenny” Wang and Lisa […]

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Marietta School System First to Offer Free Child Care to Teachers

By: Atlanta Journal Constitution Kelly Hobby moved from Miami to Cobb County four years ago to become a teacher at A.L. Burruss Elementary School in Marietta. On days when she has to go to work and students are off, Hobby is left scrambling to find someone to watch her eight-year-old daughter. With no family nearby, […]

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Isakson to Resign From Senate Citing Health Reasons

By: New York Times Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, announced on Wednesday that he will resign from his seat at the end of the year, citing health reasons for the decision. Mr. Isakson cited the toll from a number of health complications, including the progression of his Parkinson’s disease, a fall last month and a […]

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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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