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A Look at What the Coronavirus Rescue Package Could Mean for Georgia Schools

By: WABE President Donald Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last week. The rescue package includes over $30 billion for public schools and colleges. Education advocates urged Congress to include $2 billion toward the federal E-Rate program to provide students with broadband internet and internet-connected devices. The package doesn’t […]

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GEEARS Statement: Social Distancing Guidance Should Extend to Child Care Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic is as complex an issue as one could imagine. It has emotional, physical, and economic impacts on all of Georgia’s citizens. Public health experts are unanimous in their recommendation that social distancing is the best way to stop the spread. Federal, state, and local guidance all recommends staying home when possible. Governments, […]

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Opinion: Help Child Care Providers. They are Essential in Pandemic and Beyond

By: Mindy Binderman for AJC As the world copes with an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, we are also in the midst of a child care crisis. State and federal leaders must act quickly to support essential workers in need of child care and provide critical financial support to our state’s child care providers […]

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Medical Workers to Get Child Care Help During Coronavirus Outbreak

By: CBS46 Governor Brian Kemp along with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and YMCA of Metro Atlanta announced on Wednesday a partnership to dedicate several childcare centers for medical workers fighting the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. The YMCA will dedicate multiple area facilities as childcare centers for medical workers at nine metro […]

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Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Child Trends While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently reports that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is low for young Americans, research on natural disasters makes it clear that, compared to adults, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. This resource offers information […]

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As More Children Show Symptoms of Trauma, Head Start Programs Expand Support Services

By: EdSurge Suzanne Prescott first noticed the changes in children’s behaviors in 2015. She was fielding reports of kids knocking over bookshelves, tables and chairs; hitting their classmates; and causing physical harm to themselves and their teachers. Not only were more 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds having outbursts, they were doing so with an intensity Prescott […]

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Georgia GOP Leaders Embrace Plan to Reduce Maternal Deaths

By: AJC Key House GOP leaders on Thursday endorsed extending Medicaid for new moms in Georgia, lending a high-level burst of support to a policy proponents say will help cut down on the state’s stubbornly high maternal mortality rate. House Speaker David Ralston announced his chamber would move forward in the weeks ahead on a bill that […]

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Ga. House Leaders Back Paid Parental Leave for 250,000 State Workers

By: Georgia Recorder A freshman lawmaker has proposed expanding paid parental leave to the state’s public employees as Republicans broaden their recent embrace of a policy change they had previously long resisted. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Houston Gaines, an Athens Republican, was announced at a Tuesday press conference featuring House leadership, including the chamber’s […]

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Count Every Georgian, Especially Our Youngest Children

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report The census may only happen once every ten years, but it will impact the lives of the youngest Georgians every day.   Federal funding directed to Georgia is directly related to the Census. Georgia receives $2,300 per person each year in federal funding based on the final counts, and in total the state received over $1.6 billion in federal […]

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Why Dads Don’t Take Parental Leave

By: New York Times In 2019, we ran a piece about why American men don’t take paternity leave, even when it’s on offer to them. While 90 percent of fathers take some time off after their children are born, the majority of them take less than 10 days away from the job. Nathaniel Popper, an NYT Parenting […]

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