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How to Build a Better Child Care System

By: The New York Times Suddenly everyone — parents, caregivers, workers, employers, policymakers — is acutely aware of child care’s relationship to American labor markets. The Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, The Washington Post, CNN.com and FoxNews.com have run variations on the headline, “You Can’t Reopen the Economy Without Child Care.” It’s a widespread concern because it’s obviously correct. Millions of Americans have […]

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Nearly $1 Million Deployed to City of Atlanta Child Care Facilities 

The PAACT Fund for Quality (PAACT FFQ) Stabilization Grant program has deployed $995,500 to 61 child care centers and family child care homes located in the City of Atlanta, supporting more than 4,500 licensed child care slots.   Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive (PAACT), a citywide alliance convened by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, worked with Quality Care for Children to provide targeted support to child […]

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STATEMENT: GEEARS Calls on Georgia Legislators to Protect Pre-K

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported on proposed across-the-board state budget reductions, including a $61 million spending reduction for the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).  Mindy Binderman, Executive Director of GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students issued the following statement in response:  “The state should rethink proposed cuts to Georgia’s nationally-recognized Pre-K program that would directly affect children, teachers, and providers across the state.  “A cut of $61 million would force DECAL to reduce of Pre-K instructional days […]

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The Forgotten Essential Workers: Women of Color in Child Care

By: Real Clear Policy As politicians and pundits rightfully praise essential workers during this pandemic, rarely does anyone mention another group of genuine heroes: those who care for the children of other essential workers. Could it be that because these workers are disproportionately women of color, their service is overlooked and undervalued? While women of […]

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Now Is the Time to Invest in Preschool Education. Here’s Why

By: Fortune The U.S., like most of the world, is in the throes of a pandemic that has led to collapsing stock prices, plunging retail sales, and surging unemployment. With COVID-19 threatening the lives of millions and impacting every aspect of our daily lives and the global economy, is this the time to think about […]

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Keeping Our Promise to Atlanta’s Children

By: Saporta Report When the Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive (PAACT) citywide alliance launched last year, we obviously had no idea what challenges would be in store for all of us 2020. GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Georgia originally convened a group of community leaders from the public and private sector to examine the data, develop a strategic vision, and to take actions that ensure that all […]

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Georgia May Be Reopening for business but Many Daycares Are Not

By: AJC Georgia may be reopening for business, but most preschools and daycares are closed and many will remain that way due to the challenges of operating under a pandemic. As of Friday, two-thirds of the big centers were shuttered, as were a third of the smaller mom-and-pop businesses, according to the Georgia Department of Early Care […]

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