Get Georgia Reading Campaign Officially Kicks Off

Posted October 20, 2014
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog Get Georgia Reading Campaign Officially Kicks Off 2014

Geor­gia First Lady San­dra Deal joined state com­mis­sion­ers, edu­ca­tors, par­ents, busi­ness lead­ers and children’s authors in mak­ing a promise to young chil­dren across the state at the Aug. 6 kick­off event for Get Geor­gia Read­ing.

Watch videos from the launch event

Get Geor­gia Read­ing is a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship of par­ents, care­givers, edu­ca­tors and busi­ness, state and local lead­ers com­mit­ted to get­ting all chil­dren in Geor­gia on a path to read­ing on grade lev­el by the end of third grade — by 2020. Two-thirds of the state’s fourth-graders are not pro­fi­cient readers.

More than 100 part­ners gath­ered for the kick­off at Geor­gia Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing in Atlanta. Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Com­mis­sion­er Dr. Bren­da Fitzger­ald promised to use Women, Infants and Chil­dren offices across the state to pro­mote the ear­ly devel­op­ment of lan­guage skills, which is as essen­tial to healthy brain devel­op­ment as nutri­tious food is to phys­i­cal growth. Depart­ment of Ear­ly Care and Learn­ing Inter­im Com­mis­sion­er Amy Jacobs promised to con­tin­u­al­ly strength­en Geor­gia Pre‑K and the state’s oth­er ear­ly learn­ing efforts to pro­vide the youngest chil­dren with a strong foun­da­tion of learn­ing and lit­er­a­cy. State School Super­in­ten­dent John Barge promised to sup­port ongo­ing train­ing and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment for class­room teach­ers in read­ing and lit­er­a­cy development.

Last year, Get Geor­gia Read­ing part­ners col­lab­o­rat­ed to devel­op an agen­da for change to guide the cam­paign in the com­ing years. The result was a com­mon agen­da geared toward mak­ing sure all young chil­dren in Geor­gia expe­ri­ence the con­di­tions nec­es­sary to read on grade lev­el: ear­ly devel­op­ment of lan­guage skills, access to edu­ca­tion­al and sup­port­ive ser­vices, pro­duc­tive learn­ing cli­mates and pre­pared and effec­tive teachers.

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