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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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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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By: Mindy Binderman, Executive Director, GEEARS The American Rescue Plan of 2021, signed into law by President Biden yesterday, 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, creating increased […]

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Strolling Thunder Georgia Rolls on … Virtually!

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Earlier this year, GEEARS hosted Georgia’s fourth annual Strolling Thunder. In partnership with ZERO TO THREE, this special event brought together infants, toddlers, and their families to urge policymakers to make the needs of Georgia’s youngest learners a statewide priority—for stronger families, vibrant communities, and a prosperous state. Please watch our video to learn […]

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Early Education Heroes Deserve the Hero Treatment

By: Mindy Binderman for Saporta Report Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, few workers have been as essential as Georgia’s early education professionals. They have been on the front lines, working tirelessly to teach, love, and care for our youngest learners and allowing their parents to work. These early childhood educators deserve our recognition […]

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Thankful for 10 Years of GEEARS

By: Mindy Binderman via Saporta Report This year has been difficult for everyone, especially our youngest children, their caregivers, and Georgia’s educators. And Thanksgiving, along with so many other holidays and milestone commemorations, looked a lot different in 2020. One thing that this pandemic has taught me, however, is to never miss a chance for […]

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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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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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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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