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The Pandemic Is a ‘Mental Health Crisis’ for Parents

By: The New York Times Paige Posladek is pregnant, and stressed. She has two children, ages 2 and 4, works part time as a copywriter, and has seen a therapist on and off for several years to help her deal with the loneliness and loss of identity that can come with being a new mom. Before […]

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Children Should Not Go Hungry When Classrooms Close

By: GEEARS and Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) for Saporta Report Imagine facing the day with a grumbling belly and an empty refrigerator. And imagine if you’re a young child, missing your teachers and friends while struggling to focus on a computer screen.  That is the situation facing many children in Atlanta right now, as bureaucratic barriers have made the delivery of food assistance a challenge.   Unfortunately, many parents in Atlanta are wondering […]

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During the Pandemic, Are the Little Kids All Right? Survey Shows COVID Is Taking a Toll Now and Will in the Future.

By: USA Today During the pandemic, people are talking a lot about children. They’re talking about the older kids who’ve been robbed of proms and graduations, of levity and closure and in some cases plans for their futures. There’s been plenty of talk about kids missing out on school, the ways in which they may fall behind, the […]

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Georgia Day Care Centers Take in Older Students for Online Lessons

By: Georgia Recorder About 20 students between five and 13 gathered this week in a colorful classroom in Star Light Learning Academy in Kennesaw to start a school year unlike any other. They sat in front of laptops and tablets at socially-distanced tables and logged on to meet their teachers and classmates for the first […]

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In a Pandemic, Need Remains for Routine Vaccinations

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Normally at this time of year, parents of young children would be preparing for the start of the school year. They might be shopping to the back-to-school sales, or simply easing their young ones out of their summer routines to prepare to meet their new teachers and classmates. But these are anything but normal times, and preschools […]

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‘It’s Been Knocking At Our Door’: COVID-19 Takes A Toll On Child Care Centers

By: WABE A recent survey from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) shows 18% of child care centers in the U.S. have closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Another 9% of licensed centers run out of family homes have closed. In Georgia, the numbers are higher: 40% of child care centers have closed […]

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Atlanta Community Offering Free Immunizations for Children for School

By: WSB-TV Several Atlanta local organizations are teaming up with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Ronald McDonald House charities to bring immunizations to children ages 4 and up. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be offering free school-required immunizations to families of Atlanta’s west side between July 29 – August 8. Even though a […]

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Disney World May Be Open, But Most Kids In The U.S. Have Nowhere To Go

By: Huffpost Disney World opened its doors to the public last week. Good news, maybe, for moneyed parents looking to entertain their children for a little while.  But for parents who need actual, consistent and secure places to bring their children, the news is far more grim. The child care centers that provide crucial support to […]

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