- Check out the GEEARS One Pager to learn more about how we advocate for Georgia’s youngest children.
- Advocacy Guide: How to Speak Up for Georgia’s Infants & Toddlers gives tips on how and why to contact your elected officials on behalf of Georgia’s infants and toddlers.
- 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.
- Parents’ Guide to Preventing Lead Exposure – an informative guide for parents that outlines how to prevent young children’s exposure to lead.
- Developing the Social-Emotional Health of Georgia’s Youngest Children discusses the social-emotional health of the state’s youngest children and how the Georgia Infant-Toddler Coalition is advocating to help children experiencing emotional difficulties through early prevention and treatment.
- 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.
- 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.
- Women United: Workplace Advancement Business Toolkit offers resources and suggestions for the business community to empower their female employees by supporting the issues that impact working mothers the most. The Toolkit was developed in partnership with the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
- Investing in the Well-Being of Georgia’s Infants and Toddlers explores the needs of Georgia’s infants and toddlers, including child care and mental health, and how the state can invest in their future. The resource brief was developed in partnership with Child Trends.
- Opportunities Lost: How Child Care Challenges Affect Georgia’s Workforce and Economy examines how child care challenges influence parents’ participation in the workforce and can have far-reaching effects for families, employers, and the state’s economy as a whole. In partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, this report found that child care challenges in Georgia are leading to significant disruptions to parental workforce participation—both in the short and long term—and to the state’s economy.
- Advancing Opportunity: Parents’ Solutions to Child Care Challenges – Recommendations for Policymakers, Employers, and Higher Education details the nature of child care challenges and offers solutions.
- 2018 Voter Guide on Early Care and Learning details how elected officials can influence the state’s early learning landscape and how voters can elevate early childhood issues as a statewide priority.
- Georgia First 2000 Days “Why Early Childhood?” Infographic explores how early learning investments are important for Georgia’s economic well-being as a part of our First 2000 Days campaign.
- The Importance of Early Childhood Education outlines the basic case for why early childhood education is a sound investment and how you can get involved with GEEARS to promote the importance early childhood education.
- Build My Brain is a cross-disciplinary online course focused on the science and importance of early childhood development created in partnership with Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
- A Framework for School Readiness in Georgia outlines a shared understanding of the construct of readiness to provide common language and context for the internal work of organizations, agencies, and systems and serves as a lever for identifying action steps that support Georgia’s young learners.
- Perceptions of School Readiness in Georgia is a companion report to A Framework for School Readiness in Georgia developed in partnership with the Build Initiative that evaluates perceptions of school readiness among a range of stakeholders across the state.
- Care for Georgia’s Infants and Toddlers: Boosting Young Children and Their Parents in the Peach State looks at the state of infant-toddler care in Georgia in partnership with Child Trends.
Economics of Early Childhood
- Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation explores the ways high-quality child care supports the existing workforce in maintaining stable employment and the future workforce by laying the groundwork for future academic success. The report provides 10 recommendations to the business community to support high-quality child care.
- Want to Fix the Economy? Fix Child Care Crisis, ReadyNation and the Council for a strong America examined the economic impacts of the nation’s child care crisis on infants and toddlers, working parents, employers, and taxpayers and found an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue.
- Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist James Heckman has computed that every dollar invested in high-quality birth-to-five early childhood education for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% annual return on investment, significantly higher than the 7-10% return delivered by preschool alone.
- Early Childhood Investments Paving the Way for the Future Workforce from Investing in America’s Workforce reviews the impact of early childhood investments on young children and the workforce development pipeline.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures summarized three reports on the impact of early education initiatives as public investment.
Equity in Early Childhood
- In Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda, CLASP outlines the important role state policymakers can play to ensure equity in their states’ early education efforts.
- Equity Starts Early: Addressing Racial Inequities in Child Care and Early Education Policy from CLASP explores critical racial equity issues in major early childhood programs, policies, and systems, including CCDBG, Head Start, and state pre-kindergarten programs. It provides demographic and historical context for creating racially equitable early childhood policies and analyzes policy issues related to access, quality, and the early childhood workforce. Finally, the report offers state and federal policy strategies that can begin to address inequities.
- Undervalued: A Brief History of Women’s Care Work and Child Care Policy in the United States from the National Women’s Law Center provides a brief overview of the state of child care in the United States and traces how—through the persistent denigration of the care work performed by women, especially women of color, and resulting public policy decisions—we arrived at this point. And it identifies the policy solutions that are needed to move toward a system that works for both families and child care providers.
- Top 10 Things We Know About Young Children and Health Equity…and Three Things We Need to Do with What We Know from the Build Initiative outlines what policymakers should do to equalize health access for young children.
- Eliminating Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality: A Comprehensive Policy Blueprint from the Center for American Progress provides an overview of the causes of racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and offers comprehensive policy solutions to eliminate racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality.
- Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality in the United States from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provides background, recommendations, and resources to help women at a critical time in their lives.
Effectiveness of Early Education
- The U.S. Department of Education lists key research studies outlining the effectiveness of early learning programs.
- The Abecedarian Project and the HighScope Perry Preschool Study are frequently cited evaluations of the long-term positive effects of high-quality early care learning for children living in poverty.
- The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) is a comprehensive longitudinal study that considers the relation between early learning experiences, program characteristics, and child outcomes.
- This Science article considers the critical features of early educational intervention and breaks down common phenomena observed in the analysis of program effects.
- Untangling the Evidence on Preschool Effectiveness: Insights for Policymakers reviews rigorous evaluations of 21 public preschool programs to examine the long-lasting effects of high-quality preschool programs.
Access & Availability of Early Education
- Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies from CLASP looks at access to child care scholarships through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program finding that only 14.8% of income-eligible children in Georgia receive CAPS.
- ZERO TO THREE publishes an annual State of Babies Yearbook, which provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers, and their families are faring with respect to these three developmental domains: good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences.
- The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) publishes an annual State of Preschool Yearbook, which provides data on state-funded prekindergarten programs around the country.
- Pay for Success is an emerging strategy for financing early childhood initiatives.
- Developed by the Reinvestment Fund, Childcare Analysis for Metro Atlanta looks at the supply and demand for child care in metro Atlanta.
- Child Care and Early Education Research Connections houses an extensive and frequently updated collection of research on early education. The website provides free access to more than 25,000 resources, including empirical articles, government reports, fact sheets, issue briefs, datasets, and instruments.
Research on Early Care and Learning in Georgia
- Quality Rated Validation Study
The Quality Rated Validation Study reviews the effectiveness of Quality Rated on a number of different measures, including program quality, children’s development over the school year, and work climate.
In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly authorized an evaluation of Georgia’s Pre-K program. Researchers at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been conducting a series of ongoing studies that measure the impact of the program.
In addition to the series of ongoing studies, DECAL worked with Child Trends to compare third-grade scores on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade (EOG) standardized achievement test for children who had and had not participated in Georgia’s Pre-K.
- Georgia’s Cross-Agency Child Data System
Georgia’s Cross Agency Child Data System (CACDS) aligns critical data from programs and services across state agencies for children zero to five and their families, including Babies Can’t Wait, Georgia’s Pre-K, Children’s 1st, and Preschool Special Education.
- Economic Impact of Early Care and Education in Georgia
Researchers from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University conducted a study examining the impact of the early care and education industry on Georgia’s economy.
Maternal-Child Health Resources
- Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Death from March of Dimes is a solutions-based look at how to prevent maternal deaths.
- EPSDT: A Primer on Medicaid’s Pediatric Benefit from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University provides basic information about Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT).
- Early Childhood Home Visiting from the American Academy of Pediatrics outlines the history and current status of this evidence-based, preventative approach to promoting positive early experiences and relationships.
- The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature, models, and outcomes.
- Georgia’s MIECHV Program FY2017 from the Health Resources Services Administration: Maternal and Child Health provides a brief overview of MIECHV-funded home visiting programs in Georgia.
- Vaccine Resources for Parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a comprehensive guide to vaccinating their children.
- Georgia Snapshot of Children’s Coverage: How Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA cover Children from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University covers the basics of children’s health insurance coverage in Georgia and how these programs serve at-risk children.
- 2019 State of the State of Maternal and Infant Health in Georgia from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies provides key data points on maternal and infant health in Georgia, addresses ongoing challenges, including disparities based on race, ethnicity, age, and geographic location.
Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Resources (IECMH) Resources
- Basics of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Briefing Paper from ZERO TO THREE reviews how positive experiences and relationships can make a lifelong difference for young children and provides recommendations to policymakers to improve IECMH.
- SAMHSA’s Center for Excellence on IECMH Consulting provides evidence-based resources and research for implementing a systems-wide approach to infant and early childhood mental health services.
- Developed by ZERO TO THREE, DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood was created so medical professionals have the ability to provide early interventions and treatment specific to disorders and social-emotional challenges experienced during children’s earliest years.
- Using Medicaid to Ensure the Healthy Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University gives a background on Medicaid’s role in IECMH.
Toxic Stress & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Resources
- The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. Almost two-thirds of study participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one in five reported three or more ACEs.
- Compiled by the CDC, “Adverse Childhood Experiences Journal Articles by Topic Area” is a sample of select ACEs-related journal articles by topic area.
- “Adverse childhood experiences are different than child trauma, and it’s critical to understand why” is a blog from Child Trends covering the difference between ACEs, trauma, and toxic stress.
- A Guide to Toxic Stress from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has a number of resources on the basics of toxic stress, the science and social causes of toxic stress, and preventing and addressing toxic stress.
- Tackling Toxic Stress from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is a series of articles on how programs and services for young children, such as Early Head Start and pediatric care, can tackle toxic stress.
- The Science of Resilience Brief from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is an overview of how resilience can reduce the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development.
- U.S. Department of Education: Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles 2018 provides a snapshot of early childhood data available for children who are experiencing homelessness in each state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
- Dual Language Learners: A Demographic and Policy Profile for Georgia from the Migration Policy Institution is a snapshot of young DLLs in Georgia under the age of eight and risks to their academic success.
- State Policy Update: 2018 Organized by state, the update provides a snapshot of advocates’ birth-to-five policy priorities along with state budget and policy changes from November 2017 through September 2018.
- Child Trends authored this report for the Alliance for Early Success delineating The Research Base for a Birth through Age Eight State Policy Framework.
- 2019 Kids Count Profile – GA looks at the state of Georgia’s children on a number of different metrics in the areas of economic well-being, family and community, health, and education.
- The Thirty Million Word Gap refers to discrepancies in exposure to words and vocabulary development observed in a well-known study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley. Young children living in poverty heard significantly fewer words and demonstrated lower levels of vocabulary knowledge than their affluent peers.
- The Alliance for Early Success works to improve state policies for children birth through eight by bringing state, national, and funding partners together.
- Annie E. Casey Foundation is a national thought leader on education issues, particularly on the importance of reading on grade level by the end of third grade.
- The Build Initiative supports states around the nation, including Georgia, as they work to set policy, offer services, and advocate for children birth through age five.
- Child Trends works to improve outcomes for children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing results with practitioners and policymakers.
- Georgetown Center for Children and Families is a national leader on health policies, such as Medicaid, EPSDT, and CHIP, that impact children.
- Harvard Center on the Developing Child, GEEARS’ partner in our Frontiers of Innovation–Georgia efforts, works to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for young children facing adversity.
- Institute for Child Success is a research and policy organization dedicated to the success of all young children.
- Mission: Readiness is a nonpartisan organization led by senior retired military leaders who advocate for smart investments in our nation’s young children.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
- National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of understanding and addressing poverty for the next generation.
- National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and shares research to support high-quality effective early education for all young children.
- Ready Nation works to improve business competitiveness by helping children get a good start in life, educating policymakers and the public to advance better policies for children and youth.
- The Ounce advocates for quality early learning for children birth to five and is a leader in developing innovative high-quality programs for young children.
- ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life and houses such initiatives as DC: 0-5 and Think Babies.
- Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is Georgia’s state agency responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. DECAL administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated.
- Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) works to increase public awareness of the importance of early childhood education and improve the quality of programs for young children through learning opportunities for early childhood educators. GAEYC is the Georgia affiliate for NAEYC.
- Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (GAAAP) is the membership organization of pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in Georgia.
- Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA) is a membership organization for child care providers in Georgia that provides targeted advocacy, public awareness, partnerships with community leadership, and professional development.
- Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is Georgia’s State Agency responsible for promoting health and well-being. DPH houses several programs that serve Georgia’s young children, including Children 1st, Project Launch, home visiting, and WIC.
- Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) seeks to inform and influence Georgia leaders through research and non-partisan advocacy to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement.
- Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GAFCP) works toward measurably better outcomes for our children, families, and communities through its local collaboratives in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. GAFCP houses Georgia’s KIDS COUNT data.
- Georgia Head Start Association supports Georgia’s Head Start programs in delivering high quality comprehensive services to children and their families.
- Get Georgia Reading works to ensure that all children in Georgia become proficient readers by the end of third grade through collective action, innovation, and data. Get Georgia Reading is the Georgia affiliate for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) seeks to improve maternal and infant health through advocacy, education, and access to vital resources.
- Quality Care for Children (QCC) works to improve the quality of child care in Georgia and helps ensure parents can access and afford high-quality care.
- United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) brings together people and resources to drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children and families. To do this, UWGA developed a set of measures, known as the Child Well-Being Index, to track their progress and determine what levers are the most effective in improving child well-being.
- Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices) is a comprehensive policy and advocacy organization that works on behalf of the whole child, including issues such as early childhood, child health, and child welfare.