LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Georgia's pre-k programs are excelling in all aspects.
Research done by the Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina found that, on average, children's skills in language and literacy, math, self and general knowledge that they gained during pre-k helped them throughout kindergarten.
The pre-k program in Lee County has more than 200 students.
Kimberly Pearce has been teaching pre-k for the past 23 years.
"I have had children that I've had before that when they got to my classroom they didn't know anything and by the end I felt really good about them. You feel relieved that they do know it," said Lee County pre-k teacher Kimberly Pearce.
Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly feel a key part of the success is the teacher.