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.
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.
This issue brief explores the DC:0-5 manual and its role in improving the mental health of children ages 0 to 5. The manual provides age-appropriate diagnoses and treatment planning for mental health and developmental disorders presenting during infancy and early childhood. It considers young children’s behaviors, environment, closest relationships, developmental competencies, physical conditions, and cultural […]
Child care challenges affect both young children and their parents or caregivers. Policy-based solutions to such challenges can have a two-generation impact that promote the educational success and economic stability of the whole family. The recommendations contained within this report—vetted by parents themselves—are specific opportunities for policymakers to address such challenges and help assure Georgia’s […]
Download a one-pager on support for an extension of pregnancy Medicaid. The Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee, House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality, and House Study Committee on Infant and Toddler Social and Emotional Health recommend extending access to healthcare coverage to one year postpartum.
Advancing Opportunity: Parents’ Solutions to Georgia’s Child Care Challenges is in two parts; the first includes parents’ descriptions of the nature of the challenges they experience as working families, spanning issues related to child care itself (e.g., access and affordability) and the workplace (e.g., a lack of flexibility or family-friendly policies). The second outlines proposed solutions for policymakers, employers, […]
What Policymakers in Georgia Need to Know About Infant-Toddler Social-Emotional Health is a comprehensive research brief featuring strategies to support the social-emotional and cognitive development of young children.
Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS): Helping Working Georgians Afford Child Care (Print Version) gives an overview of the demand for high-quality, affordable child care in Georgia and the role the CAPS Program can play in addressing this problem. View the clickable, electronic version here.
Child Care in Georgia: Facts & Figures Infographic describes how the Georgia Infant-Toddler Coalition is working to improve access to high-quality child care for the state’s youngest learners.