What is Georgia Pre-K Week?
In 1992, Governor Zell Miller launched a pilot program called Georgia Pre-K. 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, 27 years later, the program has laid a solid foundation for academic excellence and future success in 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.