From the Director

It’s wonderful to see back-to-school pictures and hear about the excitement for new friendships and connections. The social interactions and relationships forming now in early learning and the early grades are boosting engagement, which is intrinsic to healthy development, learning, and success.

After more than a year of unprecedented challenges, we’re excited to share a collection of videos designed to help educators and others who interact with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and K – 12 students understand how to gauge and enhance social and emotional engagement, which simultaneously nurtures the mental health and well-being of all children.

Share how you and your partners are fostering what Emily Rubin of Communication Crossroads describes as the “fuel for learning” in your community during this back-to-school season.

With gratitude,

#GetGAReading this Month

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Fueling Learning With Engagement

Schools have been faced with mitigating learning loss due the impact of the pandemic. Emily Rubin, director of Communication Crossroads, said as we press on this fall, we need to consider strategies to maintain our social emotional engagement so that we are all “refueled.” So how do we enhance each other’s engagement?

Get Ready to Start Livin’ La Vida Okra

Farm to School Month in October is a statewide celebration coordinated by Georgia Organics. 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. The first 300 people to sign up will receive seeds and more.

L4GA Podcasts Inform Efforts to Advance Literacy

The Georgia Department of Education is producing podcasts that explore strategies and resources that can inform efforts to advance literacy. Panelists discuss promoting literacy in unexpected ways, how schools can strengthen partnerships with libraries, how to support learning at home, and more. Listen in now.

Clean Water for Georgia Kids Program Opens

The Clean Water for Georgia Kids Program, a partnership between Georgia Department of Education and RTI International, is helping schools test and provide recommendations on how to remove lead from drinking and cooking water where children learn and play. The program is enrolling schools now.

Advancing Equity in Early Care and Education Systems

The Children’s Equity Project released a set of two reports that provide an actionable equity policy agenda for early care and education. The goal is to build more equitable learning systems by ensuring equitable access to high-quality early care and education; positive, fair experiences within these learning systems; and outcomes that aren’t associated with demographic characteristics.

Understanding the Impact of Telemedicine on Access to Care in Rural Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant increases in the use of telemedicine, increasing access to health services for many who previously faced barriers, with some surveys showing high levels of patient satisfaction. This study explores how rural communities with limited access to high-speed internet were able to take advantage of telemedicine and their levels of satisfaction with this approach.

Certified Literate Community Program Application Is Open

With the launch of the new Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) application, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will now approve CLCPs according to a four-year cycle. The grant provides TCSG-approved CLCPs with funding to support community-based literacy efforts that address the needs of adult learners and their families. The application portal closes on Friday, Sept. 3.

Promoting Housing Stability During the Pandemic

The Georgia Rental Assistance Program has nearly $1 billion in funding to provide financial relief to landlords and tenants who fell behind on rental and utility payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Program funding will be paid directly to landlords and utility providers, and eligible applicants can receive up to 18 months of payment relief. To be eligible, individuals must qualify for unemployment or have experienced a financial hardship during COVID-19; demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income.

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 2021
Libraries are a year-round resource supporting lifelong learning, K – 12 education, distance learning, workforce skills, and much more. High-speed internet access at libraries―and even in their parking lots―has kept Georgians connected and learning throughout the pandemic, and libraries have stepped up to provide additional virtual programming and online resources, including the e-Read Kids digital library. Get Started


Attendance Awareness Month

September 2021
The pandemic has increased chronic absence and contributed to significant learning loss, so finding meaningful ways to engage students and their families is even more critical this year as we
Rebound With Attendance! Attendance Works has developed Pathways to Engagement: A Toolkit for COVID-19 Recovery Through Attendance, which offers a framework, tools, and resources for engaging students in person, remotely, or with a hybrid model. Get Started

GLR Learning Tuesdays Webinars

September 7, 14, 21, and 28; 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. 7 session is called “Meeting the Moment: Accelerating Equitable Recovery and Transformative Change,” and the Sept. 14 session is called “Re-engaging Young Students and Families: Keeping Kids Safe, Healthy and Showing Up for Learning.” 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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