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Inside Look: Atlanta’s New Child Savings Accounts Program

By: PAACT for Saporta Report The City of Atlanta’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, known as OEDI, is on a mission to leverage the combined power of government, private and non-profit partners, and communities to dismantle systemic inequities and barriers to opportunity. The newly codified executive office is harnessing the power of aligning strong leadership […]

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Addressing Childhood Lead Exposure on a State and Federal Level

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Lead poisoning isn’t just a problem in Flint, Michigan, and toxic lead levels aren’t just found in drinking water. Over the last year, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students has been working with community leaders on the Westside of Atlanta, where lead slag found in a grandmother’s garden soil has […]

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PAACT, Low Income Investment Fund, and Wells Fargo Foundation Partner to Provide Grants to Family Child Care Home Programs

By: PAACT for Saporta Report In July 2021 GEEARS commissioned a statewide survey of 400 Georgia parents with children ages 0-4 that focused on a range of topics including child care arrangements and satisfaction levels, general attitudes toward, perceptions of, and preferences for child care, and financial and employment impacts in relation to child care during these […]

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A Provider’s Perspective: Frazer Center

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report There is a workforce crisis. It is a national issue and also one in Georgia. This issue started before the pandemic and has become more amplified over the past 18 months. It has become increasingly difficult to recruit people to careers in early childhood education. Before and during the pandemic, educators […]

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Atlanta Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Supporting Children & Families

By: Saporta Report The opportunity gap in the City of Atlanta starts early. There are more than 30,000 children in Atlanta who are between the ages of birth to five, and their families face housing, health care, and child care costs that are increasingly out of reach. These challenges make it harder for parents to […]

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It’s Time to Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive

By: PAACT for Saporta Report You have likely heard or used the phrase, “let’s make a pact.” You may have said it to your kids, a friend, or your neighbor. A pact is a promise, a commitment to something that is important to you. In Atlanta, PAACT is the promise of something big… PAACT: Promise All […]

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American Families Plan

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Right now, your friends, your neighbors, and maybe members of your own families are facing decisions about going back to work, changing jobs or even leaving the workforce altogether as they struggle with child care challenges. Studies have shown that this issue is impacting women’s participation in the workforce at […]

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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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