October 3-7 is Pre-K week in Georgia, and the Coweta County School System’s 25 Pre-Kindergarten classes are welcoming visitors throughout the week.
Parents, community members, legislators and school leaders are visiting schools to read to Pre-K students and tour classrooms.
“Georgia Pre-K Week allows state leaders to experience first-hand the quality learning that takes place in classrooms across the state,” said Lisa Copeland, who monitors the Coweta School System’s 25 Pre-K classes. “Numerous studies show that quality pre-kindergarten programs result in greater school success and an improved workforce.”
Pre-K Week is a weeklong celebration of Georgia’s Pre-K Program and other quality early education programs in Georgia. During this week, leaders from across the state get to experience first hand the quality learning that takes place in classrooms across the state. Leaders visit pre-K classrooms, read books to students, and sometimes even participate in that day’s activities!
Pre-Kindergarten classes are open to students who are four years old on or before September 1 (Kindergarten students must be five years old by the same date to register for that program). Pre-K teachers are certified with a least a four-year degree in Early Childhood Education. Teachers provide instructional activities and learning experiences in the areas of language and literacy, math, art, science, social studies and creative expressions. Each Pre-K class features a lead certified teacher and an assistant.
The Coweta County School System has provided elementary Pre-Kindergarten classes for 23 years, since the program’s inception in Georgia.