After taking a big heaping serving of early learning, now is the time to sit back and relax after the big meal. The fifth annual Georgia Pre-K Week, October 5-9, has officially come to an end. Georgia Pre-K Week celebrates the importance of early education in laying the foundation for all future success, in school, in the workforce and in life.
This year marked an amazing show of support for early learning from state and local leaders, the business community, and public and private organizations. A total of 139 state leaders including Governor and First Lady Deal, 78 representatives, 28 senators, 7 congressmen, and 18 members of the governor’s staff made 216 confirmed visits. A total of 546 Pre-K centers participated, including 376 that registered with Voices to host their own events. Visitors to these Pre-K centers included mayors, city council members, local businessmen, firemen, policemen, and members of the Armed Forces.
As a part of a new school board pilot and partnership with the Georgia School Boards Association, school board members from 20 target school boards were invited to participate. A total of 21 school board members made 24 visits to Pre-K centers in their districts.
We are grateful to our corporate sponsors, Georgia Power, Scholastic, and Synovus for making this event possible. We also would like to give special thanks to the Georgia School Boards Association and acknowledge our other Georgia Pre-K Week partners, Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Georgia Association on Young Children, Georgia Child Care Association, GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Vision Project, Multiple Junior League Chapters around Georgia, Quality Care for Children, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
Thanks to everyone who participated in Georgia Pre-K Week 2015 and joined Voices for Georgia’s Children in celebrating the importance of early learning in Georgia. Together we can make sure the value of early learning is cooked throughout the state! Mhmm, delicious!