The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced Wednesday that it would use $1.7 million in federal stimulus money to improve Pre-Kindergarten classrooms across the state.
That money will go toward purchasing equipment, supplies and learning materials for the more than 3,800 classrooms that have been part of the state’s Pre-K Program for at least 10 years.
In addition, new and old classrooms will receive a one-time payment of $400.
Officials say the American Recovery and Reinvestment Acts money will provide a much needed boost to the minimal budget Pre-K educators receive for supplies each year.
Georgia’s Pre-K Program is responsible for close to 82,000 4-year-olds. It is funded by revenue from the state lottery.