Voices for Georgia’s Children presented a special report entitled “The Whole Child Primer” to a joint hearing of the House Juvenile Justice, House Health and Human Services, and House Education committees.
Focusing on the Whole Child
Our work is guided by our belief that all children deserve to have their needs met, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential. We focus on the “Whole Child,” which allows us to identify how different policies impact children and to propose solutions that benefit children on multiple levels.
Our work is guided by our belief that all children deserve to have their needs met.
Research is clear – quality pre-k learning has a profound impact on a child’s future. Children deserve high-quality pre-Kindergarten education so they have the best start in life.
Did you know asthma is the number one reason children miss school? Did you know 60% of youth do not receive the mental health services they need? Children in our state deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare.
We know adverse traumatic experiences in childhood can affect a child’s brain development. Did you know with the proper support and opportunity a child can overcome the challenges of trauma?
Did you know effective and restorative discipline and intervention can be the difference between helping a child understand and improve their behavior and a life in the criminal justice system? We know when children receive guidance and support, they are better prepared to be productive and responsible citizens.
High quality afterschool and summer learning programs provide youth a safe place to go outside of the classroom, as well as the opportunity to explore new interests and engage in hands-on learning. This work is led by the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN).
News and Events
Don't have time to dive deep into what is going on at the Capitol every week? Let us do it for you! Advocacy Director Polly McKinney breaks down the week's events at the Capitol in just two(ish) minutes.
Georgia sees one of the nation’s greatest increases in the kids’ uninsured rate.
In the second episode of our Challenges for Children podcast series, residents of Dougherty County discuss the barriers children there face when trying to access healthcare. Voices has a few select policy solutions, which could mitigate some of the challenges children and families face, outlined in the report, Barriers to Healthcare for Georgia’s Children.
This report outlines the 10 most commonly discussed barriers to healthcare for Georgia's children, complete with corresponding quotes, relevant data points and potential state-policy solutions.
Check out the weekly updates from under the Gold Dome, complete with summaries of what each bill entails, where it is in the legislative process and links to the full bill text.
The Whole Child Primer
Voices for Georgia’s Children and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network have teamed up to bring to you The Whole Child Primer, a guide for child policy in Georgia. It is a good introduction to child policy: where Georgia stands; what we are doing that works well; what to be aware of when designing laws, rules, regulations, and funding for children and youth; and where we want to go to help our kids succeed.