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A Parent’s Health is One of the Strongest Predictors of a Child’s Health

 By: Child Trends Recent research by Child Trends found that a parent’s health was more strongly associated with his or her child’s health than many other socioeconomic or demographic factors, including family income, family structure, parents’ level of education, and the child’s sex, age, or race. Data for this research were sourced from a large national […]

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Georgia Receives Preschool Development Grant

By: WJBF  ATLANTA (WJBF) –  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the U.S. Department of Education awarded Georgia’s “Bright from the Start” program with a $2.9 million grant to improve educational opportunities for children birth to age five. The money will be used to help ensure that children living in vulnerable […]

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FFYF’s New National Poll Shows Voters Want ECE to Unite the Divided Congress

By: First Five Years Fund According to a new bipartisan poll commissioned by First Five Years Fund (FFYF), voters say a divided Congress should have no bearing on lawmakers’ ability to pass meaningful legislation supporting high-quality early childhood education. In fact, Democrats and Republicans alike expect members of Congress from across the aisle to work […]

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To Make America Richer, Help Poor Children

By: New York Times Recent Republican attempts to weaken the social safety net have one big thing in common: The pain they would inflict on poor children could last a lifetime. This is not only miserly but also shortsighted. Research shows that safety net programs keep children in school and out of trouble, and increase […]

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How Parents Can Connect with Each Other, Learn About Child Development

By: Gainesville Times Families with infants and toddlers can connect with each other and learn about early childhood development at an event in Gainesville on Sept. 10. The family listening session, hosted by the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, will feature an open discussion between parents about the challenges of raising toddlers, followed […]

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Number Of U.S. Kids Who Don’t Have Health Insurance Is On The Rise

By: NPR  After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017, according to a Georgetown University report released Thursday. While not a big jump statistically — the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017 from 4.7 percent a year earlier — it is still striking. […]

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Youngest Children In A Class Are Most Likely To Get ADHD Diagnosis

By: NPR The youngest children in a school class are most likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, when in fact their comparatively fidgety behavior may be due to their relative immaturity, according to a study published online Wednesday. Scientists from Harvard University probed the way ADHD is assessed by taking advantage of a quirk found in […]

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Opportunities Lost Report Outlines Significant Economic Loss Linked To Child Care Challenges In Georgia

By: SaportaReport Metro Atlanta is home to a talented workforce fueling innovations across industries, and quality child care is a necessary component to maintaining high performance. A new report has revealed the child care challenges experienced by parents in the region and leading to an annual $1.75 billion loss economic activity for Georgia. The report […]

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Finding Solutions for Brunswick’s Day Care Shortage

By: The Brunswick News In the first lecture of every Principles of Microeconomics course, we discuss the difference between a positive statement and a normative statement. The former is a statement of what is or is not, and the latter is a statement of what should be or should not be. A positive statement can […]

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DECAL Representatives Explain Changes to Child Care Subsidy

By: The Brunswick News A day care subsidy program offered by the state has undergone significant changes recently. Family Connection Glynn County sponsored an event Tuesday to provide the community with information about the new rate structure and policies for the Childcare and Parent Services, or CAPS, subsidy that is offered by the state through […]

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