VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and several South Georgia counties now have more money for early childhood education.
A $1.2 million grant was presented at the college Thursday morning to help increase access to early childhood education in Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, and Lowndes Counties.
The counties were selected because they have agreed to work with various state agencies to help improve Georgia's early education system. "We're gonna try new things here and we're gonna test them and improve them and hopefully scale them state wide. So, this will be a state wide effort but we're gonna start here because we know that we have the great partnerships here to make things work," said Amy Jacobs, Interim commissioner at "Bright from the Start", part of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
The grant is part of the department's Early Education Empowerment Zone initiative. Three other zones across the state will receive similar grants from the department. The north zone includes Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, and Gilmer Counties. The east zone includes Clarke County and the central zone includes Bibb County.
The grant money for each zone will be distributed over the next three and a half years.