Legislators visit Coweta Pre-K classes
by Celia Shortt
In honor of Georgia Pre-K week, State Representative David Stover and State Senator Mike Crane each read to and visited a Pre-K class in Coweta County last week.
Georgia Pre-K week was a week-long celebration of the state’s Pre-K program and its 20th anniversary. The celebration was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. In that time, over 100 state leaders had signed up to read to various Pre-K classes throughout the state.
In Coweta County, Representative Stover visited the Pre-K class at Welch Elementary, and Senator Crane visited the Pre-K class at Discovery Point in Summer Grove.
Georgia’s Pre-K program is an educational program for 4-year-old children that began in 1992 for families who lived below a certain income level. It was opened to all families in 1995. The program is funded by the Georgia Lottery and is administered by Bright from the Start, the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
Since it began, Georgia’s Pre-K has educated over 1.2 million children. In the 2012-2013 school year, it served 81,683 children in 3,809 classes. This school year, it is estimated to serve 84,000 children in 3,819 classrooms.