Georgia Pre-K Week Draws Legislators to Pre-K Classrooms Across the State

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.

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