Georgia Power has partnered with the nonprofit organization Voices for Georgia’s Children and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning for the ninth consecutive year to celebrate Pre-K Week across the state.

This year will be the first in-person week since the pandemic began in 2020. The goal of Pre-K Week is to reinforce the importance of quality early childhood education and to give legislators and local leaders around the state a chance to visit and read in classrooms for a first-hand experience in their communities.

“Georgia Pre-K week helps to ignite an excitement for reading in young children, while also setting them up for success in education,” said Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power.

“As Georgia continues to grow, we need a workforce ready to lead the innovation, new technology and more coming to our state. Early childhood education is incredibly important to a child’s success and how we lay the foundation to shape the workforce of tomorrow. That’s why, at Georgia Power, we are committed to supporting programs such as Pre-K Week to ensure that kids across the state are well prepared to lead us in the future.”

Georgia’s Pre-K program is administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). The program is also responsible for meeting the childcare and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families.

This year’s official Pre-K Week book is Hey Georgia by Malcom Mitchell. Georgia Power’s Learning Power team will be reading the book Look Now, Wonder, Wow! Georgia Power created the book, working with a Georgia author and illustrator, specifically for use in a Pre-K environment.

Additionally, Georgia Power volunteers are encouraged to read at various Pre-K centers, where they will be reading other children’s favorites.

“The only thing more gratifying than seeing such appreciation and commitment to Georgia’s Pre-K students and teachers by community leaders, branches of government and private businesses is the fantastic return-on-investment evidenced by the millions of happy, healthy, and thriving four-year-old’s Georgia’s Pre-K continues to serve,” said Polly McKinney, Advocacy Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children.

“A considerable amount of research over the years has proven that children from quality early learning settings consistently arrive at kindergarten prepared and ready to learn. We are excited to show our Georgia Pre-K Week visitors a little bit of how that happens.”

For more details visit: https://georgiavoices.org/georgia-pre-k-week/