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Child-Care Challenges Cost Georgia Nearly $2 Billion Annually, Study Finds

By: Education Week A new study finds that child-care challenges for parents in Georgia cost the state $1.75 billion a year in lost economic activity. “We think it’s a conservative estimate,” said Hanah Goldberg, the study’s lead author and the director of research and policy at GEEARS, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students.  The study, […]

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Poll Finds Georgia Voters Agree On At Least One Issue: Early Education

By: WABE There’s at least one issue that’s received bi-partisan support in Georgia leading up to Tuesday’s election: early education. A recent poll from the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) shows –regardless of party — voters generally support the use of public money to support education for young children. The poll surveyed 600 likely […]

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The Particular Horror of Long Commutes for Young Families

By: The New York Times When Elizabeth Yura returned to the office after maternity leave, her work-life balance got more complicated. So did her commute. Before she had a baby, she was willing to put up with an hour and 45 minutes on an Amtrak commute from her home in Emeryville, Calif., to her office in […]

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Child Care Challenges Affect Economy and Tax Base

By: Atlanta Journal Constitution  A new survey attempts to put a cost to the disruption in Georgia’s economy when parents miss work or leave the workforce altogether due to challenges with child care. The phone and internet survey of 400 parents commissioned by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready […]

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Poll Shows Wide Support for State Investment in Starting Children’s Education Before Kindergarten

By: The Atlanta Journal Constitution The value of early childhood education has long been acknowledged by many educators and officeholders. But how much public investment in pre-K classes is prudent? A new poll commissioned by an advocacy group for early education indicates many taxpayers would answer that question differently than policymakers. In this guest article, […]

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GEEARS and State Partners Launch Build My Brain Course

Free, online course on early brain development supported by state leaders and available to public. Atlanta, GA (October 1, 2018) – GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students announced today the launch of Build My Brain, a cross-disciplinary online course focused on the science and importance of early childhood development. The Build My Brain […]

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Building Strong Foundations For The Westside’s Next Generation

By: Saporta Report As the Westside Future Fund continues to support and accelerate the revitalization of the historic Westside, we remain focused on our long-term vision of “a community that Dr. King would be proud to call home.” We’re convinced that realizing that vision begins with resident retention (i.e., preventing the displacement of residents) and, […]

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Time to Change How We Think About Early Education, International Study Finds

By: The Hechinger Report The U.S. could learn a lot about early education from our international counterparts. That’s the conclusion of a comprehensive, multi-year study of six early education systems that are beating the U.S. on money spent per child, percentage of children enrolled and math achievement at age 15. The project, published in September […]

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Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life

By: New York Times SEATTLE — The part of this city east of Northgate Mall looks like many of the neighborhoods that surround it, with its modest midcentury homes beneath dogwood and Douglas fir trees. Whatever distinguishes this place is invisible from the street. But it appears that poor children who grow up here — […]

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Poverty Rate Rising Among America’s Youngest Children, Particularly Infants of Color

By: Child Trends The latest Census numbers indicate that, while conditions may be improving for some children and adults, the overall economic well-being of our nation’s youngest citizens is worrisome, particularly so for black and Hispanic children. The data show that in 2017, one in five infants and toddlers (19.9 percent of children ages birth through two […]

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