Georgia’s lottery-funded pre-k program is turning 20 this year and parents are invited to a panel discussion of whether the investment in early childhood education has paid off, who should have access to free pre-k and what a successful pre-k classroom looks like. All parents and teachers are welcome. The event is free.
The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Midtown. It is sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and PNC Bank.
Panelists are: Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop; Bobby Cagle, Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning; Regina Bowie, pre-kindergarten teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Fulton County; Dr. Gary Henry, Patricia and H. Rodes Hart Distinguished Professor of Public and Higher Education Policy, Department of Leadership, Policy and Organization, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Kevin Riley, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will moderate. Attendance is free and open to the public. To inquire about available seats, visit ajc.com/go/ajcpncforum.
The forum will be broadcast on GPB on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Parents what do you think: Do you think the lottery funded pre-K is a good program? Did your kids go through it? What are your thoughts on the program? If you are from another state, how is your pre-K handled?