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Event Details

10/3/18
Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Week
Audience: Homepage and Homepage
Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Location: Contact: 912-212.8558

Bulloch celebrates its youngest learners

Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is Oct. 1 -5

 

Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is October 1-5, and Bulloch County Schools' pre-k faculty and students look forward to celebrating the 26th year of this early learning program in our state. The school system’s Pre-K sites are set to welcome parents, special guests and elected officials into their classrooms during the first week of October. In its eighth year, Georgia Pre-K Week showcases the state-funded pre-kindergarten program which was started in 1992, and heralded as a national model. Since that time more than 1.6 million students have been served statewide.

 

Legislators Support Pre-Kindergarten & Encourage Literacy

Celebrity readers including more than 100 legislators statewide will visit pre-kindergarten centers in their districts to read to children, meet with teachers, tour classrooms and observe learning. Legislators have made reading to students during Pre-K Week an annual tradition. This year’s state-adopted book is Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, by Doreen Cronin.  It's a fun tale of Farmer Brown, his hilarious herd, and the old typewriter in the barn, which gives the cows a voice to share their demands.

 

Classrooms will incorporate book-themed activities

Below you will find a schedule of events: 

  • Moo-sical Monday - Use music to sing, dance, and learn.
  • Tasty Tuesday - Encourage healthy eating choices.
  • Work Together Wednesday - Use collaboration activities to build social and early literacy skills. 
  • Thinking Thursday - Use thinking skills while engaging in STEM and art activities.
  • Family Friday – Engage in fun activities with the children and their families.

Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Program

Bulloch County Schools has 19 pre-k classes located at 12 sites on the district's elementary and high school campuses. The classes serve a total of 416 students. Bulloch County Schools also serves special needs students through its Preschool Intervention Program. The school system has 38 pre-k teachers and assistant teachers. Principals and assistant principals serve as site directors at their campuses, and Dr. Yvette Ledford is the school district’s director for the program.  

 

History of Georgia Pre-K Week

Founded by former Governor Zell Miller, the Georgia Pre-K Program is a free and voluntary early learning option for all of the state’s four-year-olds regardless of parental income.  The program has been a national model, and it continues to lay a solid foundation for academic excellence and future success for children.

 

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.  Corporations like Synovus and Georgia Power Company help sponsor the statewide event.

 

Voices for Georgia's Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Their mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well being of all of Georgia’s children.