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DECEMBER 2020

From the Director

As 2020 draws to a close, we encourage you to explore a report the Annie E. Casey Foundation released this week. It shows how families in Georgia are coping during the pandemic and the data reveal food, income, and housing insecurity; mental health concerns; and a lack of access to health care.

Get Georgia Reading Campaign communities are finding new, innovative ways to reach Georgia's children and families and provide crucial resources, pivoting in the moment to translate in-person programs to a virtual model, and increasing access to quality, affordable early care and learning programs.

We will continue to work together to ensure that children learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Because we know it’s not just an education issue—it’s an urgent priority for anyone who cares about children’s health and well-being.

With gratitude,
Arianne

#GetGAReading this Month

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The holiday season can be distressing for those without loved ones and those struggling with their mental health. If you or someone you love is struggling with the #holidayblues, encourage them to seek help. Download the My GCAL app and the NotOK app. linktr.ee/freeyourfeels #freeyourfeels



Mental health advice for the holidays: Take care of yourself first. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and take the time you need to relax and recharge. Need to chat with a professional? Download the My GCAL app: linktr.ee/freeyourfeels #freeyourfeels

YOUR STORIES

Mommy & Me Fun Day Urges Parents to Get Meriwether Reading

During a recent Mommy & Me Fall Fun Day event, Get Meriwether Reading partners signed families up for book programs, distributed resources and baby items, and provided updates on the newly launched wraparound centers, which are offering a wide range of supportive services in area schools. The goal is to create an environment where all children are healthy and ready to read when they arrive at pre-K.

Kids, Families, and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond

Georgia has the highest percentage in the nation of families with children concerned about losing their housing in the next month due to income loss from the pandemic, according to a new report developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data show that families across Georgia and the nation are struggling on multiple fronts.

Collaboration Brings Books to Children in Glynn County

The Glynn County Book Buddy Videos program, organized by the Early Education and Child Care Collaborative of Glynn County, evolved from an idea to purchase books for the communitys 4 year olds into the creation of a website that offers numerous literacy education resources. A wide array of readers were enlisted to record book readings for the program. The books, videos, and activities are intended for use in classrooms and at home.

Taking Care of Georgia’s Youngest Citizens

Research shows that Georgia loses $1.75 billion in economic activity annually due to parent challenges with child care. The Georgia Municipal Association outlines how local leaders in Savannah, Athens, and East Point are leveraging Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning programs to make high-quality child care more accessible and affordable. Access to quality child care can be a strong economic development tool for cities.
RESOURCES
Visit getgeorgiareading.org/coronavirus for a list of timely resources.
 

Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the Pandemic

While the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is lower for young Americans, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. Child Trends offers resources for caregivers to help them support children’s mental health and emotional well-being during stressful times.
 

New Remote Learning Plans Now Available

The Georgia Department of Education recently launched a second round of K – 12 Remote Learning Plans from several content areas. The plans, which are written by Georgia teachers, are easy to use and include both “plugged and unplugged” activities to keep Georgia learning.
 

Georgia Expands Online and Delivery Options for Food Stamp Recipients

Just in time for the holidays, the Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will now be able to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to expand their online grocery shopping capabilities through in-store, curbside pickup, and delivery options with ALDI through Instacart as well as Walmart and Amazon.
WHAT'S HAPPENING

GLR Learning Tuesdays Webinars

Jan. 12, 19, and 26; 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. This series now includes two sessions on most Tuesdays. Register Now

Crucible of Practice Salons
Jan. 12, 12:30 p.m.
This GLR 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

We Want to Hear from You

Our partners are the heroes in this work, and we want to help connect you with each other and with resources that can help you get even greater results. And we want to hear more stories. Please share yours with us so we can post it to getgeorgiareading.org. Send your stories—or any questions about the Campaign—to Arianne Weldon at arianne@gafcp.org.
 
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