Leaders for GEEARS discuss combating poverty, improving child care

Leaders of Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) are pushing for more legislation that supports Georgia families. (Erika Fletcher)

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) is a local nonprofit leading a collaborative effort to foster quality early learning and healthy development for children from birth to five-years-old.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Stephanie Blank, the board chair for GEEARS, and Mindy Binderman, the executive director for GEEARS, told show host Rose Scott that the first five years of a child’s life is critical for their development and long term outcomes. Blank and Binderman say there needs to be a stronger investment in children—starting with policy that helps to fight against poverty and uplifts Georgia families.

During the conversation, they discussed the work of their organization, the state of early childhood education in Georgia and possible solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of the state’s children.