School system seeking grant for HeadStart - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

School system seeking grant for HeadStart

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
  • Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:19:35 GMT
    Valerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School PrincipalValerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School Principal
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
  • Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:28 GMT
    Imaya FreeloveImaya Freelove
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. 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.

posted at 10:54 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com