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New Report on Early Childhood: COVID is both historic crisis and opportunity

By: AJC We’ve talked a lot about the disruption to K-12 public schools from the pandemic, but not nearly enough about the upending of preschool and pre-K, which could have even longer lasting ramifications for student success. Researchers such as neuroscientist Philip A. Fisher have shown how early stress on neurobiological systems undermines healthy brain development. A professor […]

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Georgia Mother Shares Powerful Paid Leave Story With Lawmakers

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Last week, families with infants and toddlers from every state met with their members of Congress to encourage them to prioritize the needs of young children for the national Strolling Thunder, led by ZERO TO THREE.   Kristen Johnson, a working mother of two young children from Duluth, represented the state […]

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A Widening War Against Lead in West Atlanta

By: Georgia Health News In a well-kept west Atlanta yard Saturday, two women held up small pieces of a rock-like material they had spotted on the ground. It wasn’t rock, the two agreed: It was slag. Rosario Hernandez and Eri Saikawa know plenty about west Atlanta’s deposits of slag. The stuff is a byproduct of smelting, and […]

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Still Room to Grow for Georgia as a State for Babies

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Georgia is still just getting started when it comes to making progress for our infants and toddlers.  That’s according to a ZERO TO THREE, whose latest State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 report shows while Georgia has made progress in supporting young children in our state, we still have a good deal […]

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Federal COVID Aid Could be ‘Game Changer’ for Hard Hit Georgia Pre-K

By: Georgia Recorder With Georgia’s unemployment rate inching back toward historic norms, more parents are calling on day care owner Shenette Zachary, and the playground outside Kennesaw’s Star Light Learning Academy is echoing again with the sounds of children at play. “Parents are definitely starting to go back to work and we’re filling up pretty good,” Zachary […]

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A Solution to the Cycle of Poverty?

By: The Hechinger Report Last spring, Ciera Pritchett watched her life fall apart. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the country in March 2020, she first lost her job as a cook and food server at a private school in Savannah, Georgia. Then she was told that her second job, as a transit driver for people […]

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Help Is On the Way for Georgia Families

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report The American Rescue Plan of 2021, signed into law by President Biden earlier his month, includes critical and historic measures to reduce childhood poverty, support struggling families, ensure child and caregiver health and well-being, stabilize the child care industry, and expand access to child care for working families.  The pandemic has taken a significant toll on American families, […]

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