Thu., October 29, 2009 1:19pm (EDT)

Pre-K Program Gets $1.7 Million In Stimulus Money
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.   —  
The  Department of Early Care and Learning will distribute $1.7 million to pre-k classrooms across the state. (Image courtesy of DECAL)
The Department of Early Care and Learning will distribute $1.7 million to pre-k classrooms across the state. (Image courtesy of DECAL)
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.