Building a Georgia where every child believes their future should be limitless
We are ready to imagine more for our children than simply an adequate education. Georgia must invest in addressing the needs of the whole child from cradle to career – and our investment must extend beyond the walls of a classroom to acknowledge the totality of their needs. Urban, suburban, and rural families all face the challenge of accessing quality education. This begins with high-quality affordable childcare and universal access to pre-kindergarten programs, continues through K-12 and must prepare students for higher education. But too often, a family’s income or zip code determines if their child has a strong beginning or receives an education to power a lifetime of opportunity. We must guarantee an excellent education as the best guarantee for mobility and success.
- NEW: The Bold Action for a Brighter Future Plan: Georgia has the resources to serve our children – and as Governor, Stacey Abrams will have the vision and will to educate bold and ambitious children as our best legacy. The new Bold Action for a Brighter Future Plan is a proposal to extend access to high-quality child care programs, ensure affordable options for children ages 0-3, increase access to pre-K, improve the livelihoods of teachers and expand statewide access to afterschool programs. Our children will be proof of our investment, and our workforce will be more productive. Read more about the newly released child care plan HERE.
- High-Quality Day Care: Learning begins at birth, which means we have to start our commitment to education with high-quality, affordable child care. Georgia can afford to offer tax credits and subsidies to our working parents to take care of our youngest citizens. Quality early care has been tied to school readiness, graduation rates, reading proficiency, and college-going rates.
- Universal Pre-K: As Governor, Stacey is committed to reaffirming the promise of universal pre-K for four-year-olds.
- Excellent Public Schools: Public education is the beating heart of our state and a fundamental obligation. We must invest in excellent public schools by providing early and regular assessment of student’s capacity to learn: supporting their physical, emotional and mental health rather than simply testing their ability to take tests. As Minority Leader, Stacey advocated for fully-funded quality public education that promotes excellence, demanded comprehensive support for struggling schools and opposed attempts to privatize our public schools. Georgia leaders cannot stand up for public education and simultaneously vote for private vouchers; diversion of funds to private schools undermines our government’s responsibility.
- Post-Secondary Pathways: Providing Georgians with access to affordable higher education is essential to building a strong workforce in our state. As Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams negotiated the inclusion of a 1% low-interest loan program for higher education and remedial classes for technical college students, and she fought for a need-based aid program in the state. As Governor, she will push for free access to technical college, debt-free four-year college, and need-based aid as a priority in Georgia. Under her leadership, Georgia will expand access to apprenticeships and invest in adult literacy options.