STRATEGY 2:

SCHOOL READINESS

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:

School readiness makes the transition to school less traumatic for children and families and gives students a strong foundation on which to build their educational future.

GOAL:

All Troup County four and five-year-old children are prepared for Kindergarten and First Grade

ACTION PLAN

  • Promote certified Pre-K programs in the community

  • Offer 5 hours of certified professional training focusing on early childhood education for local childcare programs.

  • Provide developmental screenings prior to kindergarten for childcare centers not part of the L4GA Grant.

HELP NOW

PROGRAMS WITH THIS FOCUS

Quality Rated Day Care Centers

Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the quality of programs that provide child care. Quality Rated assigns one, two, or three stars to early education and school-age care programs that meet or exceed minimum state requirements. Our goal is for all children enrolled in a daycare to be enrolled in a Quality Rated daycare.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

In 2019 we will perform vision and hearing screenings on second and fifth graders and are looking for volunteers. 

Talk With Me Baby

Talk With Me Baby is a partnership of public and private organizations all working to bring the concept of language nutrition into public awareness, and educate parents and caregivers on the importance of talking with their babies.

Blocks

Babies Learning on Course for Kindergarten Success (BLOCKS) is an initiative of the Magnolia Society focusing on early learning education. We believe every child in West Georgia should be ready for kindergarten.

Success By Six

Success by Six is an initiative of the United Way of West Georgia. With a focus on children ages three and four, this program helps prepare children who will soon begin formal schooling

Bright by Text

Bright by Text provides free tips, information, and resources to help all parents and caregivers give every child a bright beginning. Text the word BRIGHT to 274448 to register.

Troup County School System

The Troup County School System works hard to promote school readiness in the community. Through various early start programs, our local schools help parents prepare their little ones to learn.

Early language exposure sets the foundation for cognitive ability, literacy, and school readiness and is the single strongest predictor of third grade reading proficiency.