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How to Find Affordable Child Care in Georgia

By: Atlanta Journal-Constitution  As more people return to workplaces and families seek child care, it can be hard to know where and how to find affordable and quality care for your kids. Here is some information to help you get started. What is the average child care cost in Georgia? The cost varies depending on […]

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It’s Time to Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive

By: PAACT for Saporta Report You have likely heard or used the phrase, “let’s make a pact.” You may have said it to your kids, a friend, or your neighbor. A pact is a promise, a commitment to something that is important to you. In Atlanta, PAACT is the promise of something big… PAACT: Promise All […]

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More Than 450 State Employees Take Paid Parental Leave Under New Law

By: Fox 5 Atlanta First-time mother, Erin Schulberg, said she cannot imagine doing it without the help of her husband, Michael Polacek.   “We try to help each other take naps and relieve each other and change diapers. He’s just getting me water when I need it, like little things he’s doing to make my life […]

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Why the Child Care Crisis is a National Security Issue

By: The Hill The U.S. faces an array of threats to its national security, from terrorism and Russian hacking to China’s increasing military assertiveness and the growing and inevitable dangers posed by climate change.  Here at home, our nation is facing a threat that doesn’t generate as many headlines but that also poses clear and […]

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American Families Plan

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Right now, your friends, your neighbors, and maybe members of your own families are facing decisions about going back to work, changing jobs or even leaving the workforce altogether as they struggle with child care challenges. Studies have shown that this issue is impacting women’s participation in the workforce at […]

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Children’s Mental Health Badly Harmed by Pandemic. Therapy is Hard to Find.

By: The Washington Post From June of last year to late this past spring, an average of five children a week were being admitted to the medical school’s teaching hospital at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., after overdosing on medications such as acetaminophen, opiates, antidepressants and even Ritalin. John Diamond and his colleagues had […]

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Why is pre-K Not Free?

By: 11Alive President Joe Biden has a $200-billion plan to provide pre-kindergarten to all of the nation’s 3- and 4-year-olds as many states offer limited or no funding for the program. In Georgia, the demand is so high that thousands sit on a waiting list each year hoping for an open spot in the state’s publicly funded […]

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Families Continue to Struggle with Childcare Availability, Affordability

By: Reporter Newspapers Across the state, staff shortages are causing issues for childcare programs as the number of workers has dropped about 16% since 2018, according to a Buckhead-based advocacy group. “If there’s less staff, that means that they can enroll less children, because, especially in childcare ratios, the number of children that any one […]

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Georgia Needs Universal Preschool To Stay Competitive, Education And Policy Experts Say

By: GPB The lottery-funded Georgia Pre-K program simply is not enough to fill the gap in funding. That’s what Clayton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Morcease Beasley said during a recent hearing on early childhood education hosted by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.   The time from conception to 5 years old is a critical period because the brain […]

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