VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - Georgia leads the nation when it comes to providing free pre-K education.
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning says pre-school services are free across the state.
Georgia Lottery has funded it for the last 30 years.
A new White House proposal would bring free pre-K to other states.
It was proposed Wednesday as part of a $200 billion investment in the American Families Plan.
DECAL Deputy Commissioner Susan Adams said there’s proof pre-K helps.
“There are mountains of research that shows investing in the first five years of a child’s life has a significant return of investment. Not only being ready for kindergarten, but being prepared, being a strong reader in third grade, and also research shows it makes a benefit for kids into adulthood. So, we know investing in young children and having the high-quality experiences make a difference for children,” said Adams.
They serve about 80,000 kids across the state.