GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

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GEEARS is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization operating to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning and healthy development for all children ages birth through five. 

Our mission is to support high-quality early learning and healthy development for Georgia’s youngest children, from birth to five, by championing policies, promoting innovative and evidence-based practices and building public will.

GEEARS’ vision is, by 2020, all students in Georgia will enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and on a path to read to learn by third grade.

GEEARS was established in 2010 to help business, civic and government leaders maximize the economic return on the state’s investments in early care and learning. GEEARS is an independent successor group to the United Way’s Early Education Commission chaired by Dennis Lockhart, the Head of the Federal Reserve of Atlanta and Beverly Tatum, former President of Spelman College.

Our current initiatives include:

First 2000 Days Campaign
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. GEEARS is leading a statewide public awareness campaign to spread the message about the importance of a child’s first 2,000 days of life. We are continuously seeking new partners, champions, and supporters. #GAFirst2KDays 

Frontiers of Innovation (FOI)
Applying the latest knowledge about how the process of healthy development unfolds, how it can be derailed by adversity, and how to get it back on track.

GEEARS Speaker Series
Through our speaker series, the goal is to promote the development of policies and practices that will enhance the development and well-being of Georgia’s children.

Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a program that promotes literacy skills and vocabulary enrichment in children ages birth through eight and their families.

Readiness Radar
The Readiness Radar is a set of tools that allow users to explore a range of data relevant to early childhood and school readiness in Georgia.


Your donation will support our current advocacy, research, and public awareness efforts and also allow us to expand and increase our efforts to support more young children and families across the state. Please encourage friends and family who know a child age 0-5 to donate to GEEARS, the organization leading the movement on quality early learning and healthy development across Georgia.

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