Georgia’s pre-kindergarten teachers are no longer rushing for the exit door now that cuts to the program’s school year — and thus to their salaries — have been rescinded, new data shows.
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More than 100 state and local officials are visiting some of the state’s 3,800 pre-kindergarten classes as part of Georgia Pre-K Week.
As part of the week drawing attention to the popular lottery-funded program, officials are reading “Pete the Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons” to 4-year-olds. Gov. Nathan Deal is slated to take his turn Thursday at the Northeast Intown YWCA in Atlanta.
Sept. 30-Oct. 4 is the state’s official Pre-K Week, hosted by the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Georgia’s Children and its Pre-K Week partners.
Pat Willis, executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children: “Georgia’s pre-k program is an exceptional program that can serve as a model for our country. About 84,000 4-year-olds in Georgia benefit from this remarkable program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age eight.”
Bobby Cagle, commissioner, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning: “Research shows that the early education of children from birth to age five proves critical to their success in kindergarten and elementary school. As a result, we believe investing in our youngest learners is important not only to their personal success but also to the long-term economic growth and potential of Georgia.”