The National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Georgia as No. 3 in the country for access to quality preschool education. (Oklahoma and Florida ranked higher.)
Georgia has long received high marks for its universal pre-K, which uses lottery money to provide free education to more than half of the state’s 4-year-olds.
But that doesn’t mean the program is perfect.
Parents have long complained that the state doesn’t provide enough money to keep up with growing interest in the program. Many families say they can’t get into the classes in their neighborhoods or near where they work.
The state agency over pre-K, Bright from the Start, has said that while some programs have waitlists others have space for additional children. The agency says all programs use the same standards and curriculum.
I’ve heard other parents worry that not enough of the teachers hold bachelor’s degrees, a criticism mentioned in the national report.
What do you think of the state’s universal pre-K? Has the program improved education in Georgia?