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As the Pandemic Drags On, Child Care Providers Fight to Keep Their Doors Open

By: EdSurge Before the pandemic, Tracy Weston’s child care center was booming. Five years after opening Noah’s Ark Preschool Academy with her husband in their small town of Dawson, Ga.—a career move she describes as a dream fulfilled—Weston had built out a staff of skilled early childhood professionals who were caring for some 50-plus children. […]

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Georgia Voters Support Free Quality Preschool, Child Care

By: Savannah Now (Savannah Morning News) Funding for early childhood education and affordable quality child care have been marked among the top priorities for President-elect Joe Biden. Access to free, high-quality pre-kindergarten programs for all 3- and 4-year old children is specifically listed as a program Biden would like to see funded. Georgia is already […]

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After Election Day, It’s Time for Leaders to Focus on Popular Early Childhood Education & Family-Friendly Policies

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Georgia, more than any time in recent memory, is one of the nation’s hottest political battlegrounds. The Presidential candidates made multiple visits to the state recently, while voters were inundated with campaign ads and media coverage about the 2020 election.   But after Election Day, our newly elected members of Congress and the Georgia General Assembly will stop campaigning and start legislating. And […]

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Poll: Georgia Voters Show Bipartisan Support for “Early Childhood Education & Family-Friendly Policies”

By: All On Georgia Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) announced recently that now more than ever, voters recognize the importance of early childhood education and policies that support working families, according to a new statewide poll.  A recently commissioned poll by McLaughlin & Associates and Frederick Polls of 600 likely Georgia voters […]

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Opinion: Supporting Pre-K popular with voters

By: AJC As Georgians head to voting booths and mailboxes, a recent poll says early childhood education and paid family leave are top of mind as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. In the fourth poll commissioned over the past decade by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, likely voters […]

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How the Pandemic Is Affecting What Babies and Toddlers Learn

By: The New York Times With all the talk of remote learning for secondary schools and colleges, one important population is missing from the nationwide conversation about learning during the pandemic: babies and toddlers. Many parents are keeping their little ones away from playgrounds, playgroups and preschool preparatory programs. As a result, the social and […]

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Never a Better Time to Lift Up Georgia’s Pre-K Program

By: Stephanie Blank, GEEARS Board Chair, for Saporta Report In the midst of a global pandemic, who doesn’t welcome an excuse to celebrate? Georgia Pre-K Week may look a little different this year, but now more than ever, it’s a necessary chance to herald and highlight the importance of Georgia Pre-K In its 10th year, the annual […]

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For Kids at Home, ‘a Small Intervention Makes a Big Difference’

By: The New York Times If schools across the United States return to “normal” in January, the average student will have lost nearly seven months of learning. But the low-income students among them will have lost more than a year. Parents must be part of the solution. But the yawning gap between rich and poor that […]

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America Needs to Start Treating Childcare as What It Is: Vital Infrastructure

By: TIME If the highway that connected the residential communities and business district of your town collapsed, the effects on the local economy would be immediate and obvious. If all public transportation were suddenly rerouted away from the office buildings in your town, business leaders and policymakers alike would respond quickly to the predictable ripple […]

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Coming Together to Talk About Parenting in a Pandemic

By: Director of PAACT, Brittany Collins for Saporta Report Parenting young children has always been stressful, but parenting in a pandemic? It’s brought a whole new level of anxiety to families coping financially, socially, and emotionally with the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York Times recently reported on several surveys showing that parents, particularly those with children under […]

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