Issues That Affect Children and Families

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Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (GCAPP)
Provides information on programs, advocacy work, and goals to empower Georgia's youth to become immersed in education, armed with knowledge, and strengthened with the tools to make positive, successful life decisions.

Georgia Children’s Health Alliance (GCHA)
This public private partnership in Georgia is working to improve the health of Georgia’s children by fostering a culture of statewide collaboration and addressing three key health issues: healthy births, childhood obesity, and child abuse and neglect.

Georgia Division of Public Health (DPH)
The lead agency entrusted by the people of the State of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.

Georgia Health Information, Georgia Department of Community Health
The Web site provides access to the cost and quality of health care services in our state, as well as educational tools that provide information about a variety of health topics.

Georgia Office of Child Fatality Review (OCFR)
OCFR provides direction, oversight, and training for each of the 159 Child Fatality Review Committees. Each local CFR Committee provides a confidential forum to determine the cause and circumstances around child deaths, review the circumstances of deaths, and identify opportunities for prevention and education. 

Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA)
A non-profit corporation comprised of public health professionals and organized for the purpose of promoting the public and personal health of the citizens of Georgia. 

Georgia Rural Health Association
A non-profit network of individuals and organizations united by a commitment to improve health and healthcare for rural Georgians who promote rural health as a distinct concern in Georgia; serve as advocates for rural health by promoting improved health status and an improved healthcare system for rural Georgians; and encourage the development of appropriate healthcare resources for residents of rural Georgia.


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Offers information and current policies on the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults to parents and professionals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This leading federal agency works to protect the health and safety of all people. Its site includes an A-Z listing of health topics, including infant and children's health issues.

National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)
Conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.

Nemours Foundation/Kidshealth 
Developed by pediatric medical specialists, this site offers information for children, parents, and medical professionals on child health. The parents section includes information about specific illnesses and parent support groups.

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Children Ready for School


Better Brains for Babies  
Promotes awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children. 

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Administers the Georgia Pre-K Program, licenses child-care centers and home-based child care, administers federal nutrition programs, manages the voluntary quality enhancement programs, houses the Head Start Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with child-care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education.

Smart Start Georgia
Develops and implements a long-term plan to increase school readiness with the aim of having all children ready to succeed in school by the time they enter kindergarten.


Child Trends 
Provides research briefs, fact sheets, and data to inform decision-making that improves the lives of children and families.

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute 
A multidisciplinary organization for the study of young children and families. The institute conducts research that makes a difference in children's lives, helps families, and informs policies. Scientists there produce groundbreaking work that has shaped how the nation cares for and educates young children.

I Am Your Child, Parents Action for Children
Provides information regarding key issues in child development, parenting questions, expert advice, resources and a community action campaign.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation's largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC aims to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high-quality early childhood programs.  

National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
This clearinghouse and technical assistance center is a service of the Child Care Bureau that links parents, providers, policymakers, researchers and the public to early care and education information. 

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research to ensure that every American child can receive a good education at ages 3 and 4. NIEER offers independent research-based advice and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. 

Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
A leading resource on the first three years of life. Its aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners, and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.

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Children Succeeding in School


Communities in School in Georgia (CISGA) 
This network of nonprofit organizations provides support and services to students and schools. The ultimate goal is to see that all students in Georgia are successful in school and complete their education at least through high school.

Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI)
A public/private initiative helping education leaders achieve desired results. GLISI provides innovative, performance-focused, systemic solutions (training, consulting, initiatives and tools) that help education leaders positively impact student achievement and organizational effectiveness, and ensure that schools have workforces that can meet the needs of 21st-century communities.

Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership 
This statewide initiative of the Georgia Department of Education builds effective family, school, and community partnerships that lead to greater achievement for students, especially those with disabilities.

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE)
A nonprofit, non-partisan independent organization that consists of business, education, community, and government leaders who are focused on efforts to shape policy and reform public education in the state.


America's Promise Alliance
The nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative organization dedicated to the well-being of children and youth. Partners work collaboratively to ensure that young people receive a healthy start, an effective education, guidance and support from caring adults, live in safe places, and have opportunities to help others.

Community in Schools (CIS)
CIS is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. Its mission is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

Connect for Kids
Provides solutions-oriented coverage of critical issues for children and families.

Search Institute
An independent nonprofit organization that provides leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

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Stable, Self-sufficient Families


Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI)
An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives to raise the level of public policy debate. GBPI uses research, analysis, and education to advance policies and practices that improve the quality of life for all Georgians.


Child Trends, Inc. 
This nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization studies children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analysis.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
A national nonprofit organization devoted to the development and promotion of policies and programs designed to protect America's children and strengthen America's families.

Children 's Defense Fund 
A private, nonprofit organization that provides a strong, effective voice for all children, educates the nation about children’s needs, and encourages preventive investment before children get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown.

Children's Institute International (CII) 
A private, nonprofit organization that provides child abuse prevention and treatment services, professional training, research, and advocacy.

Family Support America 
Provides clear, concise articles and essays on topics related to family support from Family Support America.

Foundation for Child Development
Provides the latest research and policy news available to inform your work on children and families.

The Future of Children
Promotes effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.

Harvard Family Research Project 
Features publications, research and evaluation designed to strengthen family, school, and community partnerships, and early childhood care and education.

RAND Corporation
Serves as a gateway to RAND research on children's issues from prenatal to age 18, and provides easy access to objective information that will help improve policy and decision-making.

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Strong Communities


Voices for Georgia’s Children
This independent, nonprofit organization works to improve outcomes for children and youth by engaging lawmakers and the public into building a sustained, comprehensive, long-term agenda to impact the lives of Georgia’s children.


Chapin Hall Center for Children
This research and development center at the University of Chicago focuses on policies, practices, and programs that affect children, families, and communities.

The Future of Children
Promotes effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
The nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children at the state and national levels. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization that develops and promotes private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.

Voices for America's Children
This national organization is devoted to building the capacity of state and local child advocacy organizations. It establishes links between state and local child advocates and national experts, and provides a clearinghouse of information on issues affecting children and effective advocacy.

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