For the past eight years, the first week of October has been known as Georgia Pre-K Week.
Georgia’s Pre-K Program was started in 1992 by Governor Zell Miller. The lottery-funded program served 750 four-year-olds in the state. Georgia Pre-K is a voluntary, free program available to all of Georgia’s four-year-olds, regardless of parental income. Now, 26 years later, the program has impacted the lives of approximately 1.6 million children.
However, in 2010, the Georgia Legislature nearly cut the program due to funding constraints. That’s when Voices for Georgia’s Children, along with partner organizations like Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning, launched Georgia Pre-K Week. The goal is to emphasize the importance of quality early childhood education by providing opportunities for leaders to engage with Pre-K classrooms in their local communities.
This year, more than 200 legislators, Congressional leaders and other community officials stepped into classrooms across the state to read to students and see early learning in action.
Read the stories here from:
- Georgia Pre-K Week, WALB
- Georgia’s Pre-K Celebrates Pre-K Week, The Union-Recorder
- As Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal has read to more than 850 classes, Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Georgia Rep. Buddy Harden visits Matt Arthur Elementary students for Pre-K Week, Fox24 WGXA-TV
- Georgia State Representatives help kick off Pre-K week, WRDW
- Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visits Forsyth County for Georgia Pre-K Week, Forsyth County News
- Opinion: Looking back on Ga. Pre-K Program, Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Ralston visits MVE to read as part of Georgia Pre-K Week, FetchYourNews.om
- GA state representatives visit Columbus school, read to students, WTVM
- How Gainesville City Schools are celebrating pre-K expansion, Gainesville Times
- State leaders celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week, The Brunswick News
- Coweta Schools Celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week, The Newnan-Times Herald