Talking to babies and toddlers will nourish their brains and improve their chances for literacy, said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald when she spoke to TEDx Atlanta. Language distinguishes humans from every other species. Children learn to read through third grade and read to learn after third grade. This matters because seventy percent of Georgia children of all ages cannot read at the third grade level. Fitzgerald is Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner and former chair of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation board. This speech is a great resource for everyone who wants to understand what can be done to give every child a better start.
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is our state’s leading organization promoting government transparency. The Secretary of State’s office shares the Foundation’s commitment to transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, which is why our agency was the first in Georgia to publish its budget and spending data on a public transparency website.