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Disney World May Be Open, But Most Kids In The U.S. Have Nowhere To Go

By: Huffpost Disney World opened its doors to the public last week. Good news, maybe, for moneyed parents looking to entertain their children for a little while.  But for parents who need actual, consistent and secure places to bring their children, the news is far more grim. The child care centers that provide crucial support to […]

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Mayor’s Summer Reading Club More Important Than Ever

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Uncertain. Unprecedented. Unsettled. No matter how one might describe the times in which we live, one thing is for sure: our youngest Georgians are living through a summer unlike any we’ve seen in recent history.   With schools closed since March, and many caregivers having to take on teaching duties on top of their full-time jobs, finding new and […]

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New GA Early Care Slot to Focus on Babies’ Mental Health

By: Rome News Tribune A position funded in the state budget marks a giant step forward for plans to address trauma in the youngest Georgians. Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, said that — despite major cuts due to the coronavirus-driven economic downturn — there’s a new specialized slot in the Department of Early Care and Learning. […]

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In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

By: The New York Times Last week, I received an email from my children’s principal, sharing some of the first details about plans to reopen New York City schools this fall. The message explained that the city’s Department of Education, following federal guidelines, will require each student to have 65 square feet of classroom space. […]

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Silver Linings: Budget Advocacy Update

As many of you know, the budget outlook for Georgia is grim. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis have led to a drastic loss in revenue, and in response, legislators recently passed a FY2021 budget that included $2.2 billion in cuts. This includes $950 million in cuts to public education.   But as the state braves the health and economic storms, we can […]

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Our Future Depends Upon Caring for the Early Educators

By: The Hill Our nation’s economic recovery depends on strengthening an essential workforce tragically overlooked and under-appreciated for decades: the early learning and childcare educators who enable parents to work and raise healthy, successful children. As people go back to work, our future depends upon caring for the early educators who care for our children […]

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As Legislators Reconvene, Education Advocates Worry About Potential Cuts To Pre-K

By: WABE Gov. Brian Kemp has asked all state agencies to trim their budgets. That includes the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), the agency that oversees Georgia’s universal pre-kindergarten program. Although DECAL is state-funded, the pre-K program is not. It’s financed through the Georgia lottery. Still, DECAL submitted several budget scenarios to state […]

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Guarding Our Children’s Future

By: GEEARS for Saporta Report Imagine a scenario in which the state of Georgia decided that in order to balance the budget, several thousand students could no longer attend third grade. And what if this happened even though the state had a pool of funds ready to be tapped into to avoid these cuts in the first place?  Sounds far-fetched, right?    But that’s […]

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