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

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

Published: Sep 18, 2015   |   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   |   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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Summer Days: What They Mean for Parents & Kids

Summer Days: What They Mean for Parents & Kids

Published: Jul 8, 2015   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

I can still hear that fake organ recording of “Turkey in the Straw,” intermingling with the sound of the oscillating sprinkler, calling me to the ice cream truck at the end of the street. I remember tearing out of our “secret fort” so I could scour the sofa and junk drawers to round up enough […]

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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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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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21st CCLC initiative eliminated in ESEA draft bill

21st CCLC initiative eliminated in ESEA draft bill

Published: Jan 30, 2015   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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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