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Child Well-Being/Poverty's Impact on Education

Dr. Garry McGiboney, Deputy Superintendent, External Affairs and Policy, Georgia Department of Education, discusses Child Well Being Issues at the Georgia Partnership’s Media Symposium in January.


Another subject that is gaining more attention is a child’s overall well-being when he or she comes to school.  There are many factors that can detract from the ability to learn… hunger, family dysfunction, physical and mental health issues as well as poverty. We will be posting stories that will hopefully provide visitors new insights.  Inclusion here does not indicate Georgia Partnership support of particular research.


School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance
University of California

As detailed in this report, economists set out to determine whether healthier school lunches affect student achievement as measured by test scores. Related story. (March 23) 

Why boosting mental health for the youngest children is attracting federal — and private — investment

A recent parenting class was part of a federally-funded initiative called Project LAUNCH that aims to help parents, preschool teachers, pediatricians and other adults in Adams County boost mental health in young children. (March 10)

You Won't Believe How Poorly Area Children are Faring
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(Subscription may be required.) Research by the United Way of Atlanta and community partners about the state of our children contains much food for thought - some heartening, some down right alarming. (March 7)

Student Mental Health - Time for Action
Georgia Family Connection Partnership

("Stay Informed" Blog) Georgia students' mental health is vital to their ability to succeed in school and in life. Check the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's Top Ten Issues to Watch report - Issue 8 Student Mental Health - Time to Take Center Stage. (March 7) 

Cartersville school district gains new staff member - a robot named Milo
The Daily Tribune News

Cartersville is the first school system in Georgia to employ Milo, a social-therapy humanoid robot that works with autistic students on understanding emotions and expressions and learning social behaviors. (February 1)

Youth gun violence taking toll on Clayton County
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(Subscription may be required.) Can young people effectively learn in the classroom when they often see fellow classmates fall from violence in their neighborhoods?  Clayton officials are looking for answers and help. (January 30)

Learning from Summer - Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Program on Low-Income Urban Youth
The Wallace Foundation

Besides offering evidence on effectiveness, both causal and correlational, the study offers guidance to practitioners on how to increase the benefits of summer learning programs of this kind. Introduction.  Research brief. Related story. (September 7)

A new program will give 100 New York schools extra mental health training

The conversation about infusing New York City schools with mental health services often centers around “community school” programs that pour extra funding into low-performing schools and provide social workers or health clinics. (September 7)

Shortage of school psychologists in Georgia threatens academic and mental health needs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(Subscription may be required.) School psychologists in Georgia are struggling to meet the demands of high caseloads due to a severe shortage of professionals in the field. (September 6)

3 Nashville schools to offer laundry services for families

Three Nashville public schools will soon give students and parents without a regular way to do laundry a chance to wash and dry their clothes at school. (September 2)
Earlier relating story:
St. Louis school sees 90% of their students' attendance increase because of washing machines
Daily KOS 

Anybody with kids and anybody without kids who doesn’t own a washing machine knows how much of a bummer washing clothes can be. It’s not cheap, it’s not usually convenient, and when you aren’t able to get clothing washed you can feel pretty awful about yourself. (August 29)

Mental Health in America's Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions of Students
National Public Radio (Part 1)

You might call it a silent epidemic. one in five kids living in the U.S. show signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. (September 1)

America After 3 p.m. Special Report: After School in Communities of Concentrated Poverty
Afterschool Alliance

There may be an access gap to after-school programs among low-income families living in areas of concentrated poverty. Executive summary. Related story. (September 1) 

Fault Lines - America's Most Segregating School District Borders

This report explores the most staggering educational fault lines in the country – specifically, the pairs of contiguous districts where the distance between the haves and the have-nots is greater than anywhere else, nationally and within each state. Related story. (August 30)