By Deborah Williams
The state of Georgia offers free pre-k education to all of its young children. The Bright Start Program is funded with money from the lottery. With major concern about the long-term sustainability of the program, Georgia legislators called for a study to determine its effectiveness. Writer Nancy Badertscher reports on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website that the results of a two-year study show that Georgia preschoolers outperform the nation’s preschoolers in almost every area, and that includes language and math.
The Bright Start Program’s aim is to prepare its preschool population for success in kindergarten and beyond by addressing a number of areas. They believe that preschoolers are ready for kindergarten when the following are evident within a child:
- Possible health barriers that block learning have been detected,
- Suspected physical or mental disabilities have been addressed,
- Enthusiasm, curiosity, and persistence toward learning is demonstrated,
- Feelings of both self and others are recognized,
- Social and interpersonal skills are emerging,
- Communication with others is effective,
- Early literacy skills are evident, and
- A general knowledge about the world, things, places, events, and people has been acquired.
Learn more about Georgia’s Pre-K program: