Child Advocacy and Policy Fellowship

Child Advocacy and Policy Fellowship

Published: Oct 17, 2019   |   Category: Blog

As an extension of our work surround the Barriers to Healthcare for Georgia’s Children report, Voices is proud to announce that we have officially kicked off our very first cohort of the Child Advocacy and Policy Fellowship! The Fellowship continues the feedback loop between Voices and communities in the state and strengthens community champions’ ability to advocate […]

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First Lady Marty Kemp Kicks Off Georgia Pre-K Week

First Lady Marty Kemp Kicks Off Georgia Pre-K Week

Published: Oct 8, 2019   |   Category: Blog

First Lady Marty Kemp kicked off the ninth annual Georgia Pre-K Week on October 7, 2019. It was Mrs. Kemp’s first official visit during Georgia Pre-K Week, a statewide event to highlight the importance of early education in Georgia. Georgia’s Pre-K Program began as a pilot program in 1993, serving just 750 children at 20 […]

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Voices Testifies at House Study Committee on Infant Mental Health

Voices Testifies at House Study Committee on Infant Mental Health

Published: Sep 23, 2019   |   Category: Blog

Voices’ Executive Director, Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff, testified at the inaugural session of the House Study Committee on Infant and Toddler Social and Emotional Health. The committee is looking at how, and why, the state can encourage better models for early childhood development. A child’s brain develops at a remarkable pace between birth and age […]

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New child-relevant laws in effect July 1

New child-relevant laws in effect July 1

Published: Jun 28, 2019   |   Category: Blog

Hundreds of new laws go into effect in Georgia on July 1, 2019, including more than two dozen pieces of child-relevant legislation. Many of the laws change processes and procedures, but several will have a significant impact on the kids in our state. HB 346 protects renters from being kicked out of the homes when […]

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Assessment of Rates of Child Maltreatment in States with Medicaid Expansion v. States Without Medicaid Expansion

Assessment of Rates of Child Maltreatment in States with Medicaid Expansion v. States Without Medicaid Expansion

Published: Jun 25, 2019   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: , ,

Read the entire study here    Reducing a child’s exposure to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect gives a child the best opportunity to grow into a happy and healthy adult. There are several factors that may increase the chances of a child experiencing one or more of these, such as living in poverty, […]

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Senate Bill 48 Signed into Law

Senate Bill 48 Signed into Law

Published: May 3, 2019   |   Category: Blog, News   |   Tags: , , ,

Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 48 into law, which ultimately would require all Georgia’s elementary schools to screen every kindergartener for dyslexia and a few other learning disorders (namely, aphasia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia) following a three-year pilot program to be started in 2020-2021.  Additionally, training and teacher professional development will be updated to increase […]

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Top Ten Wins for Kids from the 2019 Legislative Session

Published: Apr 22, 2019   |   Category: Blog, News

Voices for Georgia’s Children followed about 250 pieces of child-relevant legislation, as well as an array of federal issues, bills and acts during the 2019 Legislative Session. Millions of dollars in the state budget were allocated to child-relevant issues, including children’s mental health, preparing for the 2020 census, and items to improve child learning outcomes. […]

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Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms

Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms

Published: Apr 9, 2019   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: , , , ,

They’re known as a superfood source of powerful nutrients. Fresh mushrooms are a healthy addition to everyone’s plate. In fact, mushrooms provide many of the same nutritional benefits as vegetables. And they are this month’s Harvest of the Month. Before we get to some fun kid-friendly mushroom recipes, let’s talk about the facts. Mushrooms are: […]

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Dueling at the Captiol?

Dueling at the Captiol?

Published: Feb 11, 2019   |   Category: Blog

It is the week of Valentine’s Day, which makes me think about love. Love of country, love of friends and family, and love of work. — Wait a minute. Let’s reflect on that last one. What, exactly, do I love about my job? Is it the lost weekends of neurotic bill reading? Is it the […]

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Harvest of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

Harvest of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

Published: Nov 6, 2018   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: , , , ,

Can you smell it? The turkey cooking in the oven. The sweet potato casserole cooling down on the counter? Thanksgiving is almost here, and it is a great opportunity to introduce kids to new foods that they might not have tried before. Appropriately, this month’s Harvest of the Month is sweet potatoes. These sweet, starchy […]

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Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black Visits Little Ones Learning Center

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black Visits Little Ones Learning Center

Published: Oct 26, 2018   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: , , ,

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black stopped by Little Ones Learning Center during October to celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week. While there, Commissioner Black took a moment to read Click Clack Moo to one classroom and Our Community Garden to another. He also got a first-hand look at the learning center’s on-site garden and took part in a taste test with […]

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