Please read below to find important facts about the Pre-K Program.
Building Blocks of Brain Development
GA's Pre-K Midpoint in Early Learning
Economics of Early Care in Georgia
Community Leaders at Appling County Schools
Celebrated Georgia Pre-K Week October 7 – October 11
Now in its ninth year, Georgia Pre-K Week raises awareness for the importance of a quality early childhood education. Community leaders and elected officials commemorate the occasion by visiting Pre-K programs to see early learning in action and read a favorite children’s book to the young learners. Key supporters include various state commissioners and elected officials.
Several community readers visited the Appling County Pre-K Program at Altamaha Elementary, Appling County Primary, and Fourth District Elementary Schools. Pre-K appreciates each reader who took time out of his or her busy schedule to share a book with the students. The community readers included the following: Dr. Scarlett Miles-Copeland, Dr. Sandy Dominy, Stewart Reeves, Reid Lovett, Lee Lewis, Shelly Roppe, Melody Lewis, Mark Melton, Pam Dupree, Karen Mills, Cindy Stewart, Melinda Harvey, Melissa Howard, Regenia Warren, Jill Davidson, Pam Williams, Kristen Lassiter, Mary Alice Landmon, Marissa Orvin, Tori White, Dr. Edie Baxley, Cheryl Barlow, Jessica Edenfield, Marshall Hulett, Christian Williams, Bryan Horton, Holley Rentz, Benji McReady, Patricia Scarborough, Patricia Flowers, and Lydia Taylor. Crystal Godfrey, Education Coordinator from Georgia Power, read a story to the students and discussed how to help preserve energy at home as well. Pictures of the presenters are posted on the district and school websites as well.
Georgia’s Pre-K Program was the brainchild of Governor Zell Miller in 1992 and has grown from serving 750 children in its first year to approximately 81,000 annually. Launched seven years ago, Pre-K Week draws attention to Georgia’s Pre-K Program by giving hundreds of state, business, and community leaders a chance to visit Pre-K programs and witness quality early learning in action.
“We are proud to help lay a sturdy foundation for our children that will ensure they get a strong start both academically and in life,” said Dr. Scarlett Miles Copeland, Superintendent of the Appling County School System. “The enthusiasm and support we receive from partners across the state and local community not only makes the children and staff feel good, it also reminds us how important it is to value early learning so that children can continue through school and life able and ready to learn.”
“The broad and diverse base of support from around our state is evidence that Georgia’s leaders care about and understand the long-term impact of quality early learning on each child,” said Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children. “Research consistently shows that children entering kindergarten from quality early learning settings are more prepared and ready to learn, which our leaders see first-hand during Pre-K Week.”
Georgia Pre-K Week is organized each year by Voices for Georgia’s Children, a policy and advocacy non-profit organization, with the full support of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
Please enjoy a short video from our Pre-K Week!!