Pre-K Week 2018 Launched at the Capitol!

Out of the Dog House, into the State House! On Tuesday, February 13, Georgia Pre-K Week 2018 was officially announced at the Georgia State Capitol with DECAL’s mascot, CALi, and the Pre-K Teachers of the Year, Nathan Leatherwood and Jodi McNamara!
The eighth annual Georgia Pre-K Week is scheduled for October 1-5, 2018. This year’s Pre-K Week launch was particularly special because we were celebrating the 25th birthday of Georgia’s Pre-K Program!

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. CALi was particularly excited to see so many children dressed to the nines at the Capitol getting a peek at their legislators, scavenger hunting, and munching on her cookies!
As part of the launch, every legislator received a copy of “While You Were Sleeping” generously donated 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, “Click Clack Moo Cows that Type” by Doreen Cronin generously donated by Reach Out and Read Georgia in partnership with All About Books. Reach Out and Read Georgia is a nonprofit that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
If you took pictures with CALi and would like to download them please visit our page here!
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!”