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Georgia's early education teachers needs a raise. That’s one of the findings of a new report from the University of California at Berkeley.

The Early Childhood Workforce Index says most states don’t pay early education teachers well enough. Megan Gunnar, a professor of childhood development at the University of Minnesota, helped develop the index. She says it takes strong teachers to work with kids under the age of five.

Martha Dalton/WABE News

Teachers of Georgia’s youngest students could soon be eligible for bonuses if they choose to go back to school. State education officials are offering one-time bonuses for preschool teachers who earned higher degrees.

Martha Dalton / WABE

State officials have revised education standards for children ages 5 and under just in time for the new school year. Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning hopes the change will better prepare pre-Kindergarten students for Kindergarten.

Department standards coordinator Laura Evans says the new standards are more closely-aligned to each other and to K-12 standards.

State Rolls Out Child Care Program Ratings

Jul 2, 2013
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Georgia rolled its new voluntary ratings system for child care facilities in the state Monday.

Out of Georgia’s 6,000 licensed and registered childcare programs, about 20 percent have decided to participate in the new system. About 200 hundred of those have already received ratings. Bobby Cagle is Commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning.

Elly Yu/for WABE

 The U.S House of Representatives voted against its own version of the farm bill Thursday. That raises questions about funding the nation’s farm and nutrition programs this year.

The house bill would have cut more than 20 billion dollars over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as foods stamps.

Bill Bolling is the executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes more than 30 million pounds of food a year.


Georgia is leaving about $15 million in federal funds on the table that could go to feeding low-income kids during the summer months.

That's according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center in Washington D.C.

There are two main federal programs aimed at feeding low-income kids when school is out of session: the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option and the Summer Food Service Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers both. 

School is out.

And while that may mean sun filled days of playing and enjoying the summer break, for many Georgia kids and their families it also means facing hardships when it comes to meals.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports on the importance of summer feeding programs from Atlanta to rural parts of the state.

During the school year many students get at least two meals a day through the free and reduced lunch program.

In Atlanta, that’s 78 percent of the student population.

And for DeKalb County it’s 71 percent.

President Obama Is In Decatur

Feb 14, 2013

Education and the economy highlight President Obama’s visit to Decatur today.

The trip comes after the President mentioned Georgia in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

President Obama visited to Decatur’s College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center to promote his plan to bolster preschool. In his address to Congress this week, President Obama said Georgia and Oklahoma are two states where early education is a priority.