First 2,000 Days Campaign

GAYC is a Campaign Leader for Georgia’s public awareness campaign to spread the message about the importance of a child’s first 2,000 days of life. We are excited to share more information soon, but you can learn how to partner with us here: https://geears.org/initiatives/first-2000-days/

Support Children’s Mental Health Day and help #GaKidsSpeakUp

Did you know that nearly 80% of children in Georgia who need behavioral health services don't get them? May 5th is Children's Mental Health Day, and together we can change the conversation about children's mental health, and help more kids get the services they need. Voices for Georgia's Children is launching a campaign to support children and raise awareness of … Continue reading Support Children’s Mental Health Day and help #GaKidsSpeakUp

Going on a job hunt? GAYC is not afraid, are you afraid?

Career Builders and Indeeds and Monsters….OH MY! Going on a bear hunt or a job hunt?  These nationally-known career sites can help you find just about any job, in any field and in any salary range. Just thinking about that can make your head spin with so many possibilities. You can spend hours or even … Continue reading Going on a job hunt? GAYC is not afraid, are you afraid?

GAYC Participates in 4th Annual Legislative Reception

On February 27th, 2014 Voices for Georgia’s Children and 24 partner organizations celebrated the 4th Annual Legislative Reception honoring Georgia’s Leadership for Young Children and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Attendees heard remarks from Governor Deal, First Lady Deal, DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle and the Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s … Continue reading GAYC Participates in 4th Annual Legislative Reception

Disability Day at the Georgia Capitol

Disability Day at the Capitol was a great success!  Over 2,000 citizens with and without disabilities gathered in a community rally to make their voices heard and to promote access, opportunity and meaningful community living for all Georgians, including young children with disabilities and their families.

Children’s Day at the Capitol 2014

Ayanna Hawkins, Vice President for Program and Professional Development, represented GAYC at Children’s Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 23. The event, sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children, was a chance for organizations with an interest in public policy for children to make connections with each other and share ideas. Thanks, Ayanna!

Strong Start for America’s Children

Don’t miss your last chance to sign our Open Letter to Congress showing your support for the Strong Start Legislation. Only 800 more are needed for us to reach 6,000 signatures! This letter will be presented to Legislators on Monday, December 23 – so please act now! To access the: Strong Start for America's Children … Continue reading Strong Start for America’s Children

Effects of economic insecurity on children

According to a new report from the Urban Institute,  the rate of child poverty increased from 18% in 2007 to 22% in 2010. The report, written by Lisa Dubay and Elena Zarabozo, documents how many children in the U.S. are living in economically insecure families, how economic insecurity changed between 2007 and 2010, and which children were … Continue reading Effects of economic insecurity on children

NAEYC Children’s Champions Federal Funding ALERT

The federal government shutdown. We know that many early childhood providers and other services that children and families receive have had funding cuts from sequestration, and now have the added blow of cuts to programs or furloughs of important governmental staff as a result of the federal government shutdown. Twenty-three Head Start programs did not … Continue reading NAEYC Children’s Champions Federal Funding ALERT

Impact of the Federal Government Shutdown on ECE

On October 1, 2013, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown. As of today, it is not clear how long this shutdown will last, nor what kinds of effects it might have on early care and education. A brief shutdown may have only minor effects, but a shutdown longer than a week could make … Continue reading Impact of the Federal Government Shutdown on ECE