Friday, April 28, 2006

Cox Committed to Early Childhood Education

Cathy Cox is serious about early childhood education. This week, within the major policy initiative, she announced plans to fully fund, through Family Connections collaboratives in every county, early childhood programs. This has the potential to reverse our devastating dropout rate. Here's what she had to say:

A Quality Early Education
Research indicates that students who are not reading on grade level by the end of the third grade are much less likely to graduate from high school. Despite the fact that the greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age five, the majority of Georgia's investments in education are made for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Cox knows t hat the best education will result from an active partnership among parents, teachers, and children.
§ As Governor, Cathy Cox will support and fully fund childcare and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children through the Family Connections Programs in every county.
§ Because every Georgia child is entitled to free preschool, Cox will ensure that every preschool provides real learning opportunities and puts children on track for success at an early age.

2 comments:

Button Gwinnett said...

Cathy's ideas on early childhood education will become popular in other places. Focusing on the key developmental years for the average human and changing the standard curriculum for Georgia students to include more music and art apprecition as well as foreign language is a smart thing to do. We've been behind other parts of the world, such as Europe, on this for too long.

Tim said...

when Cathy was at UGA, she also spoke about child-healthcare with this too and it made a really nice fit. I don't even have kids and I got excited about her ideas.