Every October, Georgia government officials visit prekindergarten classrooms across the state during a weeklong event meant to draw attention to the importance of early childhood education.
During the event, members of local and state offices visit the pre-K classrooms of a variety of providers, including KinderCare, to read to children, tour the center, talk with staff and get an up-close look at the many ways that center is supporting early learning.
Several KinderCare centers in the Atlanta area hosted government officials from Oct. 5-9, including Rep. Scott Holcomb, who visited the Old Chamblee-Tucker KinderCare in Atlanta; Jen Talaber, Deputy Communications Officer for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who visited Concourse Parkway KinderCare in Atlanta; and Clayton County Commissioner Gail Hambrick, who visited the Jonesboro KinderCare.
The event allows leaders to experience firsthand the quality learning that takes place in classrooms across the state. The statewide celebration, which includes all 159 counties, draws attention to early learning, including pre-k, a hallmark program pioneered in Georgia 22 years ago.
According to Voices for Georgia’s Children, the organization that sponsors the annual event, numerous studies show that quality prekindergarten programs result in greater school success and an improved workforce.
“The support of such influential public and private organizations is a powerful statement about the value of children’s education and learning in the early years,” said Emily Pelton, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, the child advocacy organization that organizes Pre-K Week each year, along with its partners. “Investment in early childhood education creates the foundation necessary for a child to succeed in nearly every phase of life, from learning to read successfully by third grade to graduating high school and entering the workforce.”