From the Director

Our kids need to be healthy to fully participate in their education and developmental opportunities. They thrive when they have access to nutritious food and consistent medical care. As a result of the pandemic, kids are missing well-child visits and recommended childhood vaccinations—and it’s critical they get caught up.

Here are some helpful resources from the CDC to encourage families in your community to catch up on well-child visits and recommended vaccinations. The page features information and infographics that outline why these health measures are so essential along with vaccine schedules by age group.

Share your stories of how you’re working to ensure that children and families in your county aren’t missing these important visits.

With gratitude,

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Research has proven that early childhood experiences and education shape the brain. That's one of the many reasons that quality early learning is essential for young children. Quality early learning for young children improves third grade reading proficiency and increases high school graduation rates. Join us Oct. 4 – Oct. 8 in celebrating quality early learning for the 11th annual #GaPreKWeek.

Did you know: In the first few years of a child’s life, 700 new neural connections are formed every second. Early learning is the foundation for all future success in school, in the workforce, and in life. #GaPreKWeek


Georgia Rental Assistance Program Provides Relief

The Georgia Rental Assistance Program is providing rental and utility assistance to tenants, landlords, and utility providers statewide. Nearly $1 billion in funding is available to all tenant households whose finances have been negatively impacted during the pandemic. Check out the criteria.

Cohort Addresses Growing Kin Care Population’s Needs

Kinship care, a temporary or permanent arrangement in which a relative or non-relative adult who has a long-standing bond with the child takes responsibility to raise the child when biological parents cannot provide adequate care, has been on the rise in Georgia. In 2019, nine counties were selected to be part of Family Connection’s Kin Caregiver Support Cohort.

Expanding Literacy Opportunities in Troup County

Get Troup Reading, in partnership with Troup County School System (TCSS), infused summer camps with literacy opportunities through their EXPAND Summer Literacy Program. TCSS also provided funding to Success by 6 to offer a similar program to child care centers. The plan is to continue this partnership with after-school programs next year.

State and Local Leaders Work to Get Students Back on Track

2020-2021 Georgia Milestones scores released last month show slight decreases compared to 2018-2019, the last year the tests were administered, but results must be interpreted in the context of the pandemic and associated learning disruptions, along with differences in participation. State and local funds have been dedicated to address learning loss.
Visit for vaccine updates and a list of timely resources.

Updated COVID-19 Guidance Available for Georgia Child Care Facilities

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has joined the Georgia Department of Public Health in updating COVID-19 guidance for Georgia child care facilities, covering topics such as prevention strategies, promoting vaccinations, and consistent and correct use of masks.

How Georgia’s Families Are Navigating Child Care and Employment Impacts in the Era of COVID-19

In July 2021, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students commissioned a statewide survey of 400 Georgia parents with children ages 0 – 4, which focused on a range of topics including child care arrangements and satisfaction levels, preferences for child care, and financial and employment impacts in relation to child care.

Elementary School Test Scores Linked to High School Outcomes

A new study by the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research uses panel data from three states to investigate how accurate early test scores are in predicting later high school outcomes. The study found that third grade tests predict 10th grade test achievement, the probability of taking advanced math courses, and high school graduation with a high degree of accuracy.

Farm to School Month

October 2021
October is Farm to School Month, and Georgia Organics is helping schools and early care centers start “Livin’ La Vida Okra.” Gain access to an online toolkit to plan and implement educational activities, along with resources including Georgia standards-based lessons, fact sheets, growing guidance, and recipes. Learn More


Georgia Pre-K Week

Oct. 4 – 8
Every year, Voices for Georgia’s Children celebrates Georgia’s pre-K program that’s available at no cost to Georgia’s 4-year-olds. Legislators and other leaders are invited to visit Georgia pre-K sites virtually and read with children. Learn More


Georgia Maternal Health ECHO

Oct. 13, Nov. 10; 12 p.m.
Georgia Department of Public Health hosts virtual learning sessions to address high-impact topics related to maternal morbidity and mortality in Georgia. Upcoming sessions include “Hypertensive Complications of Pregnancy: Making Connections for Improved Care” on Oct. 13 and “Cardiac Complications of the Perinatal Period: Community Coordination and Models for Optimal Care” on Nov. 10. Register Now


GLR Learning Tuesdays Webinars

Sept. 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12; 3 p.m.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) hosts weekly sessions that lift up the best science, ideas, and programs to inform local efforts. The Sept. 21 session is called “The Centrality of Relationships: Tutors, Mentors, Coaches, and Parents,” the Sept. 28 session is called “The Kindergarten Exodus: Why, Where, and What We Can Do Now,” and the Oct. 5 session is called “Trauma-Informed Practices and the Construction of the Deep Reading Brain.” Register Now

Peer Learning Exchange Conversation
Sept. 28, Oct. 26, and Nov. 23; 12:30 p.m.
This monthly CGLR webinar series is designed to allow “fish bowl” style sharing of pilots and other early-stage solutions for common challenges. The upcoming session is called “Ensuring Digital Access: How CGLR Communities Are Addressing the Digital Divide.” Register Now

Crucible of Practice Salons
Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14; 12:30 p.m.
This monthly CGLR webinar series provides a deep-dive exploration of how community coalitions are approaching and moving the work to improve the early school success prospects of children from economically challenged families, neighborhoods, and communities. Register Now

Funder-to-Funder Conversations
Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16; 12:30 p.m.
This monthly CGLR webinar series engages and informs the local, state, and national funders that support early learning, grade-level reading, and early school success, providing opportunities for shared learning, collaboration, and co-investment between and among local funders and with their national counterparts. The upcoming session is called “Assume Collaboration: Philanthropic Opportunities for Aggregating Impact.” Register Now

We Want to Hear from You

Our partners are the heroes in this work. We want to help connect you to each other and to resources that can help you get even greater results. Please share your stories with us so we can post them to Send your stories—or any questions about the Campaign—to Arianne Weldon at
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