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The Atlanta metro area is an increasingly popular destination for college-educated young adults, including new moms, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber. This demographic has declined by 9 percent nationally, but in Atlanta, the group has increased by 20 percent. With high-ranking public and private schools, professional and social opportunities and plenty of culture, moving to A-Town seems to make sense for moms.
If your family is new the to city, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you settle in. Feel free to consult the following for meeting like-minded moms, tackling your post-move “to do” list and scheduling some time for fun.
Get schooled. The Georgia Department of Education provides school reports, news from Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning, and new student requirements. It’s a great starting point when researching schools, curriculum and assessment information. You can also look into schools in your neighborhood, regional scholarships and the vaccinations necessary in your district.
Have an after-school plan. The City of Atlanta runs an afterschool program in 10 locations throughout the city for kids ages 5 to 12. The program incorporates education, recreation and cultural aspects and provides a safe, supportive and structured environment. For City of Atlanta residents, it’s $35 per week; for non-residents, it’s $110 per week.
Explore the city. When you’re new to a big city, the list of area attractions can be overwhelming. This site breaks down the top 50 outings for families. Whether you decide to hike through the 3,200 acres of natural beauty at Stone Mountain Park, play in the miniland exhibit at LEGOLAND, or learn more about the tens of thousands of animals at the Georgia Aquarium—this list of kid-friendly to-do’s has you covered.
Organize a playdate for kids and moms. There are plenty of kid-friendly spots around town where you can let your kids play while you meet up with other moms. Consider the historic Fourth Ward Park playground or spend the afternoon getting creative with crafts at The Little Nook. Check out the Atlanta playgroups for more information on meetups near you.
Meet other moms with multiples. The North Metro Mothers of Multiples Club is a group of more than 200 local women with twins, triplets or more. The club meets at Chicago’s Restaurant on the third Monday of each month to discuss topics, host guest speakers and participate in roundtable discussions. Check out the Meetings page for details about upcoming meetings. The club also has morning coffee meetups once a month at various coffee shops across the city. Nowamom is another local organization for parents of multiples.
Push your moving boxes aside and start exploring your new city. Local school programs, city attractions you can’t miss, and meetups with other local moms can help you feel more at home in no time.
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