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CALi the Puppy Barks for Pre-K Week Blast Off

DSC_2983On Wednesday, March 2nd, Georgia Pre-K Week 2016 was officially announced at the Georgia State Capitol with the helping paws of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)’s new mascot, CALi! The sixth annual Georgia Pre-K Week is scheduled for October 3-7, 2016. During the launch event, CALi wandered the halls of the Capitol passing out cookies and taking pictures with admirers to get everyone excited to participate in October!

As part of the launch, every legislator received a copy of “Harry the Dirty Dog” generously donatGA-Pre-K-Logo_stacked_color (2)ed by the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and a copy of this year’s official Pre-K Week book and a childhood favorite of many, “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. The new Pre-K Week logo seen here premiered at the launch to great success!

What is Georgia Pre-K Week?  Pre-K Week is a weeklong celebration of Georgia’s Pre-K Program and other quality early education programs in Georgia.  During this week, leaders from across the state get to experience first hand the quality learning that takes place in classrooms across the state. Leaders visit pre-K classrooms, read books to students, and sometimes even participate in that day’s activities!

Who participates in Georgia Pre-K Week? Governor & First Lady Deal, state legislators, Congressmen, commissioners, school board members, businessmen, mayors, councilmen and other community leaders have all visited Pre-K centers during Georgia Pre-K Week.  One representative has described it as “my favorite part about being a legislator!”

Who Sponsors Georgia Pre-K Week? Georgia Pre-K Week is organized by Voices for Georgia’s Children and endorsed by DECAL. We are proud to have Synovus and Georgia Power as corporate sponsors for the third year in a row and to receive additional support from our non-profit partners.

Stay tuned to learn more about ways you can get involved!

For your reading pleasure, rejected titles for this blog post from the Voices’ team:

  1. Out of the Dog House, into the State House
  2. Dog Needs no Leash, to kick off Pre-K Week
  3. Dog Finds Home at the Gold Dome

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