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America Must Focus on the Early Childhood Education Workforce

By: The Hill As Congress, states, and communities increasingly invest more in early childhood programs to improve both access and quality for working parents and their children, one piece of the puzzle too often ignored is how to support the workforce. Early care and education professionals provide the next generation of citizens and leaders the […]

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Pre-to-3: Former Georgia Pre-K Students Score Higher Than Peers at 3rd Grade

By: Education Dive Few states have as much experience with public pre-K as Georgia. The first to create a universal state-funded program — not restricted to low-income families or children facing other risks — the state created a model that has inspired other early education-focused policymakers across the country. “A lot of states look to […]

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Why Don’t Americans Talk About Child Care?

By: The Washington Post The Democrats recently held two nights of debate, each two hours long, and in both sessions the two words that most American families talk about, worry about and sweat about behind closed doors were barely mentioned. Those two words are “child care.” Finding it is a challenge; paying for it can […]

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An Online Preschool Closes a Gap but Exposes Another

By: The New York Times  FOWLER, Calif. — David Cardenas, a mechanic and the mayor of Fowler, knows families in his town want high-quality and free daylong preschool. But options are thin. A government-subsidized program fills up fast and fits only a small fraction of the town’s 4-year-olds, he said. A private program that closed […]

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60 Percent of Families Are Spending More Than Twice as Much on Child Care as What the U.S. Government Considers Affordable

By: Center for American Progress Today, the Center for American Progress released a new issue briefanalyzing what families with children under age 5 are spending on child care. The study relies on new data released last month as part of the nationally representative Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which looks both at what families are spending on child […]

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The Benefits of Pre-schooling May Extend for Generations

By: The Economist America has fewer of its three- and four-year-old children in pre-school than other rich nations. But it is beginning to catch up. Between 2002 and 2017, the proportion of four-year-olds enrolled in state pre-kindergarten programmes rose from 14% to 33%. And a big, bipartisan push is underway to get more children into […]

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The Jolt: Tackling a Maternal Death Rate that Puts Georgia on Par with Uzbekistan

By: AJC Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Monday named the members of the House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality, likely to be one of the more important panels drawing up legislation this summer. From the press release: “Georgia simply cannot continue to have one of the nation’s worst rates of maternal mortality,” said Speaker David […]

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A Dad Wins Fight To Increase Parental Leave For Men At JP Morgan Chase

By: NPR Two years ago, Derek Rotondo told his employer that he wanted to take 16 weeks of paid leave granted to primary caregivers for his newborn son. He says he was told: “Men, as biological fathers, were presumptively not the primary caregiver.” He was only eligible for two weeks’ leave. Rotondo, who had been […]

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