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Pre-K Week 2017 Results & Accomplishments

The seventh annual Georgia Pre-K Week took place on October 2-6, 2017. Georgia Pre-K Week 2017 continued to build on the success of previous years and was a huge win for raising the awareness of early childhood education in Georgia. Voices is proud to report that 139 elected officials and other state leaders made 220 confirmed visits to Pre-K centers in their communities during the month of October as part of Georgia Pre-K Week 2016. The collective success of the last five years adds up to 78% of all current state legislators as well as countless other state, local, and business leaders having a personal experience with Georgia’s Pre-K.

Key Leader Visits

A total of 139 state leaders made 220 confirmed visits to Pre-K centers during the month of October as a part of Georgia Pre-K Week 2017. A couple highlights include:

  • Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal read to a Pre-K Class at North Fulton Child Development Center, one of the original pilot sites of Georgia’s Pre-K, in Roswell, GA on Monday, October 2nd.
  • Seven key state agency/organization heads participated including Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Education Executive Director Carrie Ashbee, DFCS Director Bobby Cagle, DHS Commissioner Robyn Crittenden, DBHDD Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald, DPH Acting Commissioner J. Patrick O’Neal, GOSA Executive Director Martha Ann Todd, and State Superintendent Richard Woods.
  • Five members of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation participated in Pre-K Week 2017, including Representatives Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, John Lewis and Rob Woodall.
  • 82 Representatives (representing 48 percent of the currently occupied seats in the House) made 143 confirmed visits to Pre-K centers in their districts.
  • 22 Senators (representing 41 percent of the currently occupied seats in the Senate) made 29 visits to Pre-K centers in their districts.

Partners

Georgia Pre-K Week is made possible through the active participation and support of many partners.  This year, Voices was joined by a record-breaking 19 non-profit and four sponsors.

  • Georgia Power and Synovus both returned for the fourth year as platinum sponsors.
  • Junior League of Atlanta and Reach Out and Read Georgia joined as gold sponsors of the event.
  • Georgia Pre-K Week 2017 had 19  community partners, which actively participated in accompanying legislators, inviting local leaders to Pre-K centers, and raising the profile of Pre-K Week through traditional and new media. Our community partners include: Black Child Development Institute- Atlanta, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Georgia Association on Young Children, GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Vision Project, JumpStart for Young Children, Junior League of Athens, Junior League of Cobb/Marietta, Junior League of Columbus, Junior League of DeKalb, Junior League of Douglas, Junior League of Gwinnett/  N. Fulton, Junior League of Savannah, Literacy for All, Quality Care for Children, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

Center Participation

  • 517 Pre-K centers registered as independent participants in Georgia Pre-K Week.
  • Registrants received signage, and online resources from Voices to host their own Pre-K Week celebrations.
  • Examples of local leaders that visited centers included: mayors, superintendents, county commissioners, city councilmen, judges, school board members, business leaders, district attorneys, elementary school principals, firemen, lawyers, law enforcement, librarians, members of the military, pastors, and parents.
  • Due to legislative/leader visits and additional visits organized by community partners and corporate sponsors, a total of 654 Pre-K centers participated in Georgia Pre-K Week.
  • Over the last 6 years, 96% of Georgia’s counties have participated in Georgia Pre-K Week.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Georgia Pre-K Week 2016 and joined Voices for Georgia’s Children in celebrating the importance of early learning in Georgia. Together we can make all children in Georgia have access to high-quality early education!

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