Let’s Help #GaKidsSpeakUp

Let’s Help #GaKidsSpeakUp

Published: Apr 25, 2016   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

Did you know that nearly 80% of the children in Georgia who need behavioral health services don’t get them? May 5th is Children’s Mental Health Day, and together we can change the conversation about children’s mental health, and help more kids get the services they need.

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Georgia Pre-K Week 2015: A Delicious Dish

Georgia Pre-K Week 2015: A Delicious Dish

Published: Nov 1, 2015   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

After taking a big heaping serving of early learning, now is the time to sit back and relax after the big meal. The fifth annual Georgia Pre-K Week, October 5-9, has officially come to an end. Georgia Pre-K Week celebrates the importance of early education in laying the foundation for all future success, in school, in the workforce and in life.

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

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

Published: Oct 7, 2015   |   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. 4

Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 4

Published: Oct 2, 2015   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

By Dr. Stanley W. DeJarnett, Executive Director Georgia Vision Project “Dad, read it to me one more time.” As the father of three, now grown, girls, I bet I have heard that a thousand times over the years. I was a teacher when they were young so I spent my days at school teaching other people’s […]

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Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 3

Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 3

Published: Sep 28, 2015   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

My Daughter’s Hero By Julie Allen, Voices Board Member When my daughter was four years old I was pregnant with my third child.   It was a busy time in our household, balancing the needs of my other children and taking care of myself through what turned out to be a high-risk pregnancy. I must confess […]

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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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