84,000 kids to attend Pre-K program

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ATLANTA - About 84,000 4-year-olds are attending Georgia’s Pre-K program this fall.

The first day of 2013 Georgia’s Pre-K will vary based on school system and child care provider.  It starts as early as July 22 and runs through the week following Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013.  During the 2012-2013 school year, 66 percent of all 4-year-olds in Georgia were served by state Pre-K and Head Start, with a statewide Pre-K enrollment of nearly 83,000.

“Over the past two years, Gov. Deal and state legislators have taken steps to bring the pre-k school year back to 180 days in the 2013-2014 school year,” said Bobby Cagle, commissioner Bright from the Start, the state agency responsible for administering the program.  “As the availability of lottery revenues becomes clearer, additional strategic decisions will be made concerning future investments in Georgia's Pre-K program.  We would all like to see improvements in class size, teacher salaries, and family engagement and support.”

About Bright from the Start
 
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.
 
The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education. For more information, go to www.decal.ga.gov.