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COLLABORATIVE MEETINGS

MACON COUNTY FAMILY CONNECTION MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL BE THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 10AM-11AM. NEW PARTNERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. NEXT MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY APRIL 30, 2019 AT 10AM. LOCATION IS PRESTON WILLIAMS CENTER IN MONTEZUMA GA. ADDRESS: …
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25 Things You should Know about Region 8

Collaboratives in the 16 counties located on the central western border of the state are working together to bring change for those living in poverty by providing food and essentials—and bringing hope—to children and families in need. Read more

Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program in 2015-2016 Now Available

Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program in 2015-2016 Now Available Deadline for Submitting Applications is 5 PM EDT, April 21, 2015 Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has posted the application packages for Georgia’s …
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Quality Rated Welcomes 500th Rated Program

Quality Rated Welcomes 500th Rated Program Especially for Kids Christian Academy in Riverdale is 500th Child Care Program to Receive Quality Rating From left: DECAL Deputy Commissioner for System Reform Kristin Bernhard, Pre-K lead teacher Garyson Striggers, Senator Valencia Seay, …
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Reading Into a Partnership

Georgia Family Connection Partnership Hosts Get Georgia Reading Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) became the new host organization of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign this month. Taking over from The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site, GaFCP will lend …
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Percentage of Students Passing Georgia High School Writing Test Increases

Percentage of Students Passing Georgia High School Writing Test Increases The percentage of 11th-grade first-time test takers meeting or exceeding the standard on the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) increased from 94 percent in 2013 to 96 percent this …
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Georgia Family Connection Conference Unlocks the Possibilities and Power of Its Statewide Network

More than 400 Georgia Family Connection Collaborative members, local and state partners, and a contingency from partner organization Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) gathered for the 2014 Georgia Family Connection Conference in Augusta, October 22 – 24. The conference, hosted by …
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Report Shows GA Improving in Educational Achievement, But must Close Gaps to Catch up with Nation

Report Shows GA Improving in Educational Achievement, But must Close Gaps to Catch up with Nation Printable version The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which The Annie E. Casey Foundation released last week, ranks Georgia 40th in the nation in …
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Georgia Launches a Campaign to Get All Kids in the State on a Path to Reading Proficiency by 2020

Georgia Launches a Campaign to Get All Kids in the State on a Path to Reading Proficiency by 2020 Get Georgia Reading Campaign partners gather with a group of third graders from Canongate Elementary School in Coweta County. Back row, …
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Selection Process Underway for Early Education Empowerment Zones

July 11, 2014   Selection Process Underway for Early Education Empowerment Zones Four Regions Will receive over $1-million in Early Childhood Education Resources ATLANTA, Ga.—Site visits and interviews are underway this summer to help determine the location of four Early …
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State to Invest in Early Childhood Teachers

July 10, 2014   State to Invest in Early Childhood Teachers Program will award scholarship incentives for advancing their educations Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) have announced the launch of additional financial support …
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GaFCP Board Member Garry McGiboney Discusses School Climate on WSB-TV’s Being Bullied Program

  GaFCP Board Member Garry McGiboney Discusses School Climate on WSB-TV’s Being Bullied Program Dr. Garry McGiboney, a Georgia Family Connection Partnership Board member and associate superintendent for Policy & External Affairs at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), joined Channel …
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Georgia 4th-grade Reading Scores Improve

January 28, 2014   Georgia 4th-grade Reading Scores Improve But Widening Proficiency Gap Threatens Georgia’s Future Prosperity A KIDS COUNT data snapshot released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation warns that the proficiency gap between low- and high-income children …
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Ga. Students Hold Steady, Move Closer to National Averages on NAEP

Ga. Students Hold Steady, Move Closer to National Averages on NAEP** Georgia’s students showed slight gains from 2011 in all four areas tested, according to national test results released today. The results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress …
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State School Superintendent names 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council Members

**State School Superintendent names 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council Members State School Superintendent John Barge today named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council (PAC). As members of the council, these parents will meet …
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Georgia Requires Human Trafficking Hotline to be Posted

  1-888-373-7888 Text to BeFree (233733)   Human trafficking is something that happens out there, but never in our own neighborhood, right? After all, how could slavery still exist in this century? How could that possibly be a reality in …
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Collaborating to Eradicate Childhood Obesity and Close the Literacy Gap in Georgia

Collaborating to Eradicate Childhood Obesity and Close the Literacy Gap in Georgia Georgia spends $2.4 billion each year treating obesity-related diseases, and for the first time in U.S. history, children are expected to live shorter lives than their parents due …
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Childcare Ratings System Unveiled in Georgia

Childcare Ratings System Unveiled in Georgia   Bill Valladares, GaFCP Communications Director   Whether I’m in Chik Fil A or in a fancy steak house, my first order of business is to check out the rating. A high score or …
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Georgia’s High-School Graduation Rate Increases

*Georgia’s High-School Graduation Rate Increases According to a story released today by the Georgia Board of Education, Georgia’s public high-school graduation rate rose more than two percentage points over last year—from 67.4 percent in 2011 to 69.7 percent in 2012. …
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The Cost of Obesity in Georgia

*Georgia Spends Billions on Obesity in a Year Task Force: All Georgians Must Have Access to Healthy Foods Printable version Georgia spends $2.4 billion each year treating obesity-related diseases, and for the first time in U.S. history, children are expected …
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