GEEARS staff have presented at a range of local and national conferences and published extensively about early childhood issues in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and local and national media outlets, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Education Week, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Health News, Journal of the National Medical Association, Reading and Writing, Division for Early Childhood, American Educational Research Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Society for Research in Child Development, and many others.

Check out some of GEEARS’ original publications below. Beyond the resources/publications listed below, be sure to check out the GEEARS Readiness Radar, a suite of data and mapping tools that allows users to explore a range of data relevant to early childhood and school readiness in Georgia.

“It Kind of Broke All of Us.” Navigating Child Care and Employment in the Era of COVID-19:  Parents and Caregivers Tell Their Stories.

In the fall of 2021, GEEARS commissioned a series of four focus groups with parents of young children from across Georgia. Click here to read the full report from the focus groups. These focus groups followed the statewide survey of working parents and caregivers from the fall of 2021. The report shares the experiences of parents […]

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Evidence-Based Home Visiting in Georgia

Voluntary, evidence-based home visiting connects parents and caregivers—including expectant parents of young children with a trained professional who supports them during the early stages of raising a family. Extra support during the first years of a child’s life, when the brain develops most rapidly, plays a key role in ensuring that children experience the types […]

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Checking in:  How Georgia’s Families are Navigating Child Care and Employment Impacts in the Era of COVID-19

In July 2021, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students commissioned a statewide survey of 400 Georgia parents with children ages 0-4 that focused on a range of topics including childcare arrangements and satisfaction levels, general attitudes toward, perceptions of, and preferences for child care, and financial and employment impacts in relation to child […]

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Advancing Opportunity: Recommendations for Higher Education

This two-page brief describes how child care challenges can prove disruptive, not only to parents’ workforce participation, but to their enrollment in postsecondary and work training programs as well. By adopting a two-generation approach—considering the workforce of today and tomorrow—Georgia’s colleges and universities can move the needle for the state’s families.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Head Start Programs and Families: Recommendations for Health Care Providers and Policymakers

Since its inception, Head Start has recognized the impact family well-being has on child development and prioritized support for families and children. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many challenges for Head Start families – making the program’s role even more critical. GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices), […]

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PAACT Parenting in a Pandemic Report

In the fall of 2020, PAACT partnered with Civic Dinners to launch a community conversation for parents and caregivers to learn more by directly from Atlanta families. “Parenting in a Pandemic” was a conversation that brought together a community of mutual support to discuss both the challenges and joys of parenting during COVD-19. PAACT and […]

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Georgia’s Pre-K Program: What the Research Tells Us

Download our research brief on two recent studies that, taken together, provide valuable insight into Georgia’s Pre-K Program and the trajectory of children’s learning experiences during early schooling. The brief that follows outlines key findings from these studies.

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Georgia’s Early Care and Education Landscape

Download our two-page brief to learn more about our state’s early care and education landscape. Georgia’s young children are educated and cared for in a variety of programs and settings, ranging from child care centers to family child care homes to relative-provided care to nannies or babysitters. The state’s early care and education landscape is […]

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Advancing Opportunity: Recommendations for Employers

This two-page brief describes how and why employers should consider implementing the following family-friendly benefits. By adopting a two-generation approach—considering the workforce of today and tomorrow—Georgia’s employers can move the needle for the state’s families and bolster the economy.

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“Simply Not Sustainable:”  Georgia Parents’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Crisis

In May and June of 2020, GEEARS issued an online survey designed for Georgia parents or caregivers with children ages birth-five to better understand families’ experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. The 465 respondents from 78 counties reported a range of disruptions to employment, family routines, and child care arrangements. Read the survey summary here.

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