21st CCLC initiative eliminated in ESEA draft bill

21st CCLC initiative eliminated in ESEA draft bill

Published: Jan 30, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

   From the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network Blog ESEA – What it is and how it impacts afterschool  After years of debate and gridlock, the most sweeping education-reform legislation is up for reauthorization. Teachers, policy makers and providers know it as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), to everyone else it’s known as No […]

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Introducing: Polly's Two-Minute Take

Introducing: Polly's Two-Minute Take

Published: Jan 13, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

[youtube]https://home/georgiav/public_html.youtube.com/watch?v=r92VK7Zl9SY[/youtube]Welcome to Polly’s Two Minute Take, a new (hopefully) weekly video series here at Voices for Georgia’s Children featuring Voices’ own Advocacy Director, Polly McKinney. Your lives are busy and your time is limited –– we get it, and that’s part of the reason we are starting this video series. Each week we will give […]

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Biggest Wins for Children in 2014

Biggest Wins for Children in 2014

Published: Jan 1, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

The life of a child advocate is busy, and your time is limited –– we understand. So when emails and news articles announcing the latest and greatest kid-related developments in Georgia hit your inbox during the last year, maybe sometime you just saved them for later. Other times, you might have even (gasp) deleted them. […]

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Even More Good News for Georgia Babies

Even More Good News for Georgia Babies

Published: Dec 11, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

The announcement on December 10 about Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning receiving a national Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant was just part of the story.  Seven additional Georgia organizations from Fort Valley to Cartersville and Columbus to Augusta will also receive grants ranging from $900,000 to $5.6 million.  Final amounts are still […]

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Maximizing Opportunities for Access with School-Based Health Centers

Maximizing Opportunities for Access with School-Based Health Centers

Published: Nov 24, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

Voices’ comprehensive policy agenda for children has always included an objective for all children to have health coverage and access to quality, affordable health services.  Implementation of school-based health centers provides greater access to services for children with and without public or private health insurance. Voices is proud to serve on the board of the […]

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Voices Advocates to Get Georgia Reading

Voices Advocates to Get Georgia Reading

Published: Aug 6, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

A successful life is a likely result of a successful start. A healthy child who learns language, enjoys others, and manages his own behavior will learn to read and read to learn by third grade and eventually achieve the skills and motivation to be a productive person and a good citizen. Getting there is not […]

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Advocacy 2.0  Beyond the Juvenile Code:  More Steps to Get Youth on a Positive Path

Advocacy 2.0 Beyond the Juvenile Code: More Steps to Get Youth on a Positive Path

Published: Jul 18, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

By Pat Willis, Executive Director  Here’s a lesson from Advocacy 2.0:  “The making of a law is as important as the law itself.”  It’s like strategic planning – it’s not the plan but the joint decision-making about values and priorities and objectives for the plan that bind the planners together and create the culture that […]

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1070 MPH Plus –– and still not fast enough for my kids.

1070 MPH Plus –– and still not fast enough for my kids.

Published: Jul 17, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

By Polly McKinney, Advocacy Director  A few months ago, I was hanging out in my 14 year old daughter’s extremely eclectic and extremely decorated room.   We had a brief but fascinating conversation which has dogged me ever since.  It went something like this: Her:     “Mom, what is my age group called?” Me:      “Teenagers.” […]

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Electoral 2 Minute Ask for July 22 Runoff

Electoral 2 Minute Ask for July 22 Runoff

Published: Apr 28, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

Georgia’s 2014 elections kicked off on May 20 with the party primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Now that primaries are over there are a number of runoff elections happening on July 22 and we do not want to miss an opportunity to let candidates know that children’s issues, such as child health, […]

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Was Charles Dickens at the 2014 Legislative Session?

Was Charles Dickens at the 2014 Legislative Session?

Published: Apr 4, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

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What’s Up With CHIP? (PeachCare) + An Advocacy Ask

What’s Up With CHIP? (PeachCare) + An Advocacy Ask

Published: Apr 4, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog

The Why Currently the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides insurance coverage for about 220,000 children in Georgia through the state’s PeachCare for Kids program (CHIP covers 7.7 million children nationwide).  Funding for the program, however, is in a precarious position.  By choosing not to appropriate federal dollars for CHIP in the 2016-2019 budgets, Congress […]

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