Our allies in Georgia are leading the conversation on what drives successful outcomes for children birth through eight. 

State Allies:

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students • Atlanta, GA
Top Priorities for 2020

Support recommendations from the study committee on infant and toddler social and emotional health

Increase funding for IECMH services, early intervention services, and home visiting

Increase funding for child care subsidies

In Georgia, our allies are making sure there’s growing focus on — and funding for — the strategies that drive early childhood success.

  • $15 million to increase salaries for lead teachers in Georgia’s pre-k classrooms by $3,000
  • Helped pass legislation creating a House Study Committee on Infant and Toddler Social and Emotional Support
  • Helped to create and plan agendas for the New House Study Committee on Infant and Toddler Social and Emotional Health to examine the prevention, early Intervention, and treatment of mental health challenges in young children

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Georgia early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from Georgia:


Proposed Pre-K Budget Cuts in Georgia Defeated through Strategic Advocacy

Using strategic communication, research, and media outreach, our ally in Georgia helped overturn proposed budget cuts to the state’s pre-k program, secured funding for a new children’s mental health position at the state department, and extended postpartum Medicaid coverage. This victory is especially significant as states face drastically falling revenues.

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Georgia Legislators Benefit from First Early Learning Legislative Academy

The January 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly welcomed a newly elected Governor and many new members of the legislature, and we were determined to ensure that our policy makers kept the needs of Georgia’s infants and toddlers at top of mind. Thus, on the second day of the 2019 session of the Georgia General Assembly, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and the Metro Atlanta Chamber worked with two early education champions, Representatives Katie Dempsey and Robert Dickey, to host our first Georgia Early Learning Legislative Academy.

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