Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
December 14, 2004
Albany- There's no doubt Joel and Tyree know how to color.
But it's moments like this that also teach them to communicate and socialize. Educators in Georgia are doing a good job teaching pre-kindergartners.
"Georgia was one of the few states that took the initiative to invest in early childhood education," said Rochelle Bush, director of pre-kindergarten program for the Dougherty County School System.
The state's lottery funded free pre-k program like this one in Dougherty County makes Georgia a national leader.
"The sooner you can acclimate children to what's going to be expected in school, the better that they adjust," Bush said.
Dougherty County educators know that's what happens in their program. That's why they put in a bid to control the Head Start program. Albany State University has also put in a bid for the Head Start program. Those students will likely end up in Dougherty County classrooms anyway, so it makes sense for the system to help with getting them started.
"Then they will come to kindergarten much better prepared," she said.
If the school system takes over Head Start, the money will be handled at the central office. But recently, the system has come under fire for the mishandling of millions of dollars for child nutrition.
"The controls will be put in place to be sure that the money is fully monitored and every penny is accounted for efficiently," said School Board Member David Maschke.
Maschke wrote a letter of recommendation that's included with the system's bid.
"If we do such a good job for these 200 kids that we should certainly make every effort to do a good job for as many more children we are able to accommodate," he said. "The Head Start program has done a wonderful job in serving our children and serving our families."
Now the school system wants to safeguard the quality of that program and touch the lives of more pre-kindergartners, working with their minds and their masterpieces.