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Although Georgia has taken steps to improve the lives of children, there is still a lot of work to do. According to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book, Georgia ranks 37th among states for child well-being – a figure that is steadily improving, but still a disappointment for Georgia’s kids. If we want Georgia’s children to compete both nationally and internationally, we must start at the beginning and support children and their families from birth into young adulthood.

At Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices), we have developed a long-term, comprehensive policy agenda focused on early childhood, child health and transitioning youth to foster change in five measures of child well being (see table below).  We have learned through research that certain interventions positively impact more than one measure; therefore, we believe the following three components of our policy agenda will improve outcomes for children in all five areas:

  1. Early Childhood. We believe that investing in children from birth until school-age is essential for improving child well being and education in Georgia. We propose a public agenda for the state that supports young children and their families with a focus on family supports, good health, and early care and learning. Learn more about our Zero to Five Policy Framework in our publication, Compounding Interest.

 

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