Policies must include supports from birth for families, schools, and communities as well as access to high quality early learning.
Research has demonstrated a direct link between early experiences and later success in life. The relationships, environments, early experiences, and supports that children receive have a profound impact on their development. From birth, there are multiple factors that together impact a child’s capacities for communication, self-regulation, learning, and social interaction. These factors include good heath; safe, stable, and nurturing relationships; appropriate learning environments; and supportive communities. A lack of high-quality early learning opportunities and responsive interactions puts children at risk for poor mental and physical health, behavior problems, and school failure.
KIDS COUNT Data Center, Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2017.
These are a collection of health indicators for the state of Georgia collected by the KIDS COUNT Data Center through the Annie E. Casey Foundation. These indicators reveal conditions on early care and the state’s youngest children.
These are a collection of indicators on the state of early learning for Georgia’s youngest children.
Georgia Head Start Association, 2017 | DECAL, Bright from the Start, 2017 | KIDS COUNT Data Center, 2017 | Natl. Institute for Early Ed. Research, 2017
Continue to support statewide coalitions to align the work being done across all policy areas, including health, education, and family well-being.
Continue the support and expand the Georgia Pre-K Program.
Continue to support the work developed under the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant after the grant period ends.
Increase access to quality early learning programs, especially for low-income children, and continue to expand Quality Rated.
Implement recommendations for early learning made by Governor Deal’s Education Reform Commission.
Fully leverage the opportunities under the every student succeeds act (essa) to enable and encourage states, districts, and schools to strengthen and expand connections between early learning programs and elementary schools, improve instruction, and measure progress.
Georgia must increase access to health supports for young children and their families, including access to insurance and providers as well as mental an oral health support.
Increase access to family supports.