GAB: Organization holds education forum

Organization holds education forum

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Georgia School Boards Association will hold a half-day session Aug. 28 at UGA-Gwinnett Campus for area school board and state legislative candidates as well as community leaders.

The program was presented earlier in the summer across the state including the Atlanta area, and is being repeated for candidates and others who missed the first session.

The Education Policy Forum is designed to provide current and future education decision makers with non-partisan, factual, research-based information on which to develop positions. Attendance is free. Registration is requested but walk-ins will be accepted.

The Forum, which begin in the 2002 election year and has been repeated in each election year since, features experts who address areas that are consistently local and statewide items of interest. The local event will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the college located at 2530 Sever Road, Room 119. Refreshments will be available.

Registration is available at the Georgia Partnership website, www.gpee.org, and the Georgia School Boards Association site, which offers an online registration process: www.gsba.com.

For more information call 404 223-2280 or 770 962-6843.

Quality Care is afterschool program resource

ATLANTA — Quality Care for Children, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization working to improve accessibility and quality in childcare programs, is offering parents a free resource to help them find a high-quality afterschool program that fits their needs.

According to the Georgia Afterschool Investment Council, more than 1 million of the state’s children spend time away from their parents during the 3 to 6 p.m. hours, a timeframe for which the most violent juvenile crimes occur.

Leaders with the nonprofit organization encourage parents to call 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS or visit www.allgakids.org for assistance in finding a program in their area.

“For many children, the gap between the end of the school day and when their parents get home from work is between 20 to 25 hours per week,” said Pam Tatum, chief executive officer for Quality Care for Children. “Those hours in the afternoon are just as important as their time in school, and parents need to know that their children are safe and receiving the support they need — such as help with homework, a nutritious snack and some free play — during that time.”

For more information, visit www.qualitycareforchildren.org or call 404 479-4200.

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