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APRIL 2021

From the Director

The end of a school year unlike any other is approaching, and Get Georgia Reading Campaign communities across the state are already working to ensure that all children eat healthy, stay safe, and continue to learn during the summer months.
 
Families in Georgia can register to join Renaissance myON’s digital reading platform beginning on May 3 and already have access to Get Georgia Reading at Home, a comprehensive online catalog that offers early learning resources for children from birth through age 5 and helps develop skills for students in grades K – 3.
 
Our partners will again launch GeorgiaSummer.org in May to give every family in Georgia access to this online toolkit.
 
With gratitude,
Arianne

#GetGAReading this Month

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Get Georgia Reading at Home offers early learning resources for children from birth through age 5, learning resources for grades K – 3, and guidance for parents and caregivers on food access, health care, and financial assistance. https://bit.ly/3xgtDlk

Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most influential teachers. Get Georgia Reading at Home features at-home online resources, getting ready for school activities, and more. https://bit.ly/3xgtDlk #GetGAReading

YOUR STORIES

Summer for Georgia Readers Starts on May 3

Get Georgia Reading partner Renaissance is again delivering thousands of free books—plus engaging daily news articles—to computer and mobile devices. Young readers can search from several different categories and genres, including books for struggling readers and Spanish and bilingual titles. We’re challenging Georgians to read for 1.5 million minutes from May 3 – July 31.

Get Georgia Reading at Home Offers Guidance for Parents and Caregivers

Recognizing that parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most influential teachers, Get Georgia Reading Campaign partners assembled an array of fun activities parents and caregivers can use to connect with their children at home. The initiative helps parents and caregivers partner with kids in the learning process.

At-Home Reading Resources Help Families in Rural Hancock County

As one of five Georgia Family Connection county Collaboratives selected to pilot the Get Georgia Reading at Home initiative, Hancock County Family Connection-CIS is helping families whose struggles with food insecurity and internet access in rural areas were compounded by the pandemic. The initiative promotes a strong learning foundation at school and at home.

Books, Barbers, and Beauticians Promote Literacy in Floyd County

Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth introduced the Books, Barbers, and Beauticians program at two locations this spring with the aim of promoting literacy in a fun and functional way. Kids choose a book to read to their barber or beautician, and then receive incentives like snacks and gift cards. The Collaborative's executive director said the growing initiative is about more than just books.

Get the Children Reading

Police officers in Columbus and Muscogee County drive around with children’s books in their cars, ready to stop and offer them to kids. Each month, businesses in Hahira host StoryWalks, posting pages of a children’s book in their windows. The Georgia Municipal Association highlights local efforts to help encourage reading and dives into the far-reaching effects of literacy on communities and the economy. Learn how to advocate community involvement.
RESOURCES
Visit getgeorgiareading.org/coronavirus for a list of timely resources.
 

Comprehensive School-Based Health Center Program Funding Available

PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health at Emory University and the Georgia School-Based Health Alliance, Inc. released a request for proposals for funding and technical assistance to stimulate planning and facilitate collaboration and community discussion to expand the number of school-based health centers in Georgia. Proposals are due June 7.
 

Engaging Families to Accelerate Learning at Home and School

Parents have long been viewed as their child’s first and most important teacher. Springboard Collaborative has developed a methodology and set of tools to help early grades educators team up with families to support learning at home. Family-Educator Learning Accelerators are cycles lasting 5 – 10 weeks during which teachers and parents share a game plan to help kids reach growth goals.
 

Considerations for Supporting the Kindergarten Class of 2021

Among the many ways in which schools are being transformed by COVID-19, the change in public school kindergarten is one likely to have consequences in classrooms this fall. The academic and nonacademic skills students develop in preschool and early elementary school are foundational to longer-term outcomes, so finding ways to support our youngest learners is critical. A report by NWEA offers timely considerations for district, school, and classroom leaders.
 

Aspen Institute Grants Support Students Who Are Parents

Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Technical College System of Georgia have received a $150,000 grant from the Aspen Institute to increase economic mobility and well-being for students who are parents. Lessons learned at the community level will inform state-level policy and practice changes. Listen to the latest DECAL Download podcast about this new partnership.
 

No Kid Hungry Georgia Offering School and Summer Meals Grants

The No Kid Hungry Georgia campaign offers a school nutrition grant opportunity to enable districts and schools to maximize the child nutrition programs and other emergency food programs to ensure that children and families have access to healthy meals at school and at home. Average grant amounts typically range from $5,000 – $30,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
WHAT'S HAPPENING

Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Virtual Summit

Tuesday, April 27 – Saturday, May 1
This year’s summit features dynamic education sessions highlighting gardening, cooking with kids, local procurement, curriculum integration, and more. The summit is hosted by DECAL and Georgia Organics and presented by the Georgia Farm to School Alliance and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition. Register Now
 

GPB Writers Contest

Applications due Friday, April 30
GPB invites all Georgia students in kindergarten through third grade to create a great story, illustrate it, and enter it in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, families, and teachers, including activity sheets and checklists to inspire children during the brainstorming process. Get Started
 

Mental Health Month

May 2021
Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness each year. During May, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Georgia is organizing events and activities across the state to raise awareness of mental health to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Learn More

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday – Friday, May 3 – 7
While every day is a good day to say “thank you” to teachers, the first week of May is a time to celebrate educators who have continued to support and inspire students during a school year unlike any other. PTO Today offers ideas, printables, and planning tools to help parents and community members #ThankATeacher this year. Start Planning

GLR Learning Tuesdays Webinars

April 27; May 4, 11, 18, and 25; 3 p.m.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s (GLR) series of online learning events for the GLR Network helps lift up the best science, ideas, and programs to inform local efforts. The April 27 session is called The Fall K–3 Classroom: What the Data Imply About Composition, Challenges & Opportunities,” and the May 4 session is called “Technology To Accelerate Learning: Tech-Enabled Solutions to Address Learning Loss.” Register Now


Crucible of Practice Salons
May 11; June 8; 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. The May 11 session is called “Big Lift Inspiring Summers: Literacy, Learning and FUN in 2020.” Register Now


Funder-to-Funder Conversations
May 18; June 15; 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 more national counterparts. 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 getgeorgiareading.org. Send your stories—or any questions about the Campaign—to Arianne Weldon at arianne@gafcp.org.
 
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