Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 5

Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 5

Published: Oct 7, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! By Debbie Hillman, Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta When I was a little girl growing up in Covington, GA, neither preschool nor kindergarten were options for children of color. We had to wait to enter public school in grade one. Private kindergarten was available for other children; but, “our” money […]

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Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 1

Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 1

Published: Sep 18, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

The ROOLS By Emily Pelton Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children When I was pregnant with my daughter, fretting over the advice in my parenting books, my mother told me, “You are making this way too complicated.”   “Here’s what your grandmother told me when I told her you were on the way,” she said.  “There […]

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Afterschool Programs Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

Afterschool Programs Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

Published: Aug 4, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

By Jodi Grant One of the sternest and most persistent challenges confronting education policymakers is finding a solution to the “achievement gap,” which leaves so many children from low-income families without a strong or reliable path to success. That was evident during this year’s congressional push to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly […]

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From Skittles to Helicopters, Zero Robotics Reshapes Space Program

From Skittles to Helicopters, Zero Robotics Reshapes Space Program

Published: Jul 8, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

   From The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network What do you get when you combine stickers, skittles, a helicopter, funny hats and robots? A Zero Robotics field day for middle school students. On June 15th, students from six metro Atlanta summer programs traveled to Georgia Tech for a hands-on, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field […]

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Children's Mental Health: What it Looks Like

Children's Mental Health: What it Looks Like

Published: Apr 23, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

As a clinical psychologist, children’s mental health has dominated many of my discussions over the past decade. Sometimes these discussions start with a story about a relative’s son or daughter who has autism; others share about a friend in high school who struggled with substance abuse and addiction, a few have spoken of a close […]

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The Assembly, Wile E. and Me

The Assembly, Wile E. and Me

Published: Apr 23, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

When people hear what I do for a living, namely lobbying children’s issues at the state house, their eyebrows raise,  a lot of times their heads tilt, and with a slight, full-body tremor, they say, “Wow. I don’t know how you do (read: “stand”) it.”   I smile and tell them how much I love my […]

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ESEA – What it is and how it impacts afterschool

ESEA – What it is and how it impacts afterschool

Published: Feb 6, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

   From the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network Blog Congress is back at it! After launching the ESEA reauthorization process a few weeks ago in the U.S. Senate, Representative Kline (R-MN) introduced his draft ESEA reauthorization bill in the House this week. Representative Kline’s proposed “Student Success Act” is similar to Senator Alexander’s draft “Every Child […]

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