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

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

Published: Oct 9, 2018   |   Author: Suzanne Wooley   |   Category: Media   |   Tags: , ,

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, […]

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Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 5

Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 5

Published: Oct 7, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! By Debbie Hillman, Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta When I was a little girl growing up in Covington, GA, neither preschool nor kindergarten were options for children of color. We had to wait to enter public school in grade one. Private kindergarten was available for other children; but, “our” money […]

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Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 1

Why Early Ed. Matters –– Blog Series: Pt. 1

Published: Sep 18, 2015   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

The ROOLS By Emily Pelton Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children When I was pregnant with my daughter, fretting over the advice in my parenting books, my mother told me, “You are making this way too complicated.”   “Here’s what your grandmother told me when I told her you were on the way,” she said.  “There […]

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Voices Advocates to Get Georgia Reading

Voices Advocates to Get Georgia Reading

Published: Aug 6, 2014   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags:

A successful life is a likely result of a successful start. A healthy child who learns language, enjoys others, and manages his own behavior will learn to read and read to learn by third grade and eventually achieve the skills and motivation to be a productive person and a good citizen. Getting there is not […]

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The Early Learning Challenge Grant – Wasted Time?

Published: Dec 18, 2011   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Blog   |   Tags: ,

As many of you may have heard, Friday, our state did not win one of the nine highly competitive, federal Early Learning Challenge grants. Hundreds and hundreds of hours were spent by government officials from a breadth of agencies, child advocates and experts, and even a few elected officials readying the application, which was then submitted […]

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Fact Sheet: A Quick Look at Childcare Subsidies in Georgia

Published: Mar 1, 2011   |   Author: Georgia Voices   |   Category: Factsheets   |   Tags:

In response to revenue estimates for the Georgia Lottery, Governor Deal is proposing to reduce Georgia’s pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program day from 6.5 hours to 4 hours per day, leaving many families in need of extended day care while parents work or attend school. Past budgets of Georgia Pre-K have included up to $2.5 million of […]

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