Senator Heath Celebrates Pre-K Week at Stonebridge Academy

ATLANTA (October 2, 2013) – Senator Bill Heath (R –Bremen) visited  Stonebridge Academy on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 as part of Georgia Pre-K Week. This year’s 3rd annual Georgia Pre-K Week runs from Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4.

“I am pleased of the work the Stonebridge Academy and pre-k programs throughout the state are doing to ensure our students are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Senator Heath. “Participation in early childhood education programs has proven to significantly increase student performance and overall academic achievement.”

Sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children and Pre-K partners throughout the state, Georgia Pre-K Week focuses on the important role of Georgia’s Pre-K program on future academic achievement.

While visiting Stonebridge Academy, Senator Heath took a guided tour of the facility, spoke with teachers and staff and received an up-close look at the many ways the center is supporting early childhood education.

“Georgia’s Pre-K program is an exceptional program that can serve as a model for our country,” said Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children. “About 84,000 four year olds in Georgia benefit from this remarkable program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age 8.

To celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week, Senator Heath was one of nearly 150 state officials who visited some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties across Georgia.

For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2013

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