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Georgia’s Universal Pre-K Marsha Moore, Executive Director Office of School Readiness. Target Population. Georgia’s Pre-K Program is open to all four year olds regardless of family income. In 2002-2003 Georgia’s Pre-K Program Served:. 65,900 Children Over 28,600 Category I

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georgia s universal pre k marsha moore executive director office of school readiness
Georgia’s Universal Pre-K

Marsha Moore, Executive Director

Office of School Readiness

target population

Target Population

Georgia’s Pre-K Program is open to all four year olds regardless of family income.

in 2002 2003 georgia s pre k program served
In 2002-2003 Georgia’s Pre-K Program Served:
  • 65,900 Children
  • Over 28,600 Category I
  • In all 159 counties in Georgia
benefits of universal access
Benefits of Universal Access
  • Expanded pool of Pre-K providers
  • Removal of stigma associated with an “at-risk” program
  • More diversified student population enriches learning experience for all children
  • Trickle down effect on services to younger children as high quality Pre-K classes operate in the private early care and education sector
  • Increased school readiness for ALL children
help for working families
Help For Working Families
  • Provides a cost effective high quality educational program for children and eliminates barriers faced by many low-income parents who need time to pursue work or education related opportunities
  • Allows low and middle income families to send children to Pre-K
  • Guaranteed before and after school child care subsidies for eligible families
  • Expansion of Head Start program services
  • Improved quality in classrooms serving younger children
economic development
Economic Development
  • Pre-K funds are used as matching funds to increase access to federal education, nutrition, Medicaid and child care funds.
  • Pre-K strengthens the fragmented fragile system of early care and education.
  • Pre-K is a model of a successful education program that will improve all education outcomes in the state.
  • A stronger education system will, in turn, attract business.
  • Participation in high quality preschool programs has been linked to reduced high school drop out rates.
challenges of universal access
Challenges of Universal Access
  • Funding in unstable economy
  • Ensuring access in all areas
  • Oversight and program quality
office of school readiness governance
Office of School ReadinessGovernance
  • Independent State Agency
  • Executive Director appointed by Governor
  • Reports Directly to Governor
  • Operates Without Board of Directors
  • Independent of the State Department of Education
  • Uses Volunteer Advisory Groups
office of school readiness responsibilities
Office of School Readiness Responsibilities
  • Universal Pre-K Program
  • Child Care Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Head Start Collaboration Project
  • Standards of Care Program
unique features of governance in georgia
Unique Features of Governance in Georgia
  • Lottery Proceeds Provide Dedicated Funding Stream
  • Successful Public/Private Partnership
  • Voluntary Program
  • Family Support Services Provided
  • Interagency Collaboration to Coordinate Service Delivery at the Community Level
advantages of the governance structure
Advantages of the Governance Structure
  • Allows Focus to Remain on Early Education
  • Fast Response to Issues
  • Eliminates Some Bureaucracy Associated With Large State Agency
  • Ability to Treat Public and Private Providers as Independent Contractors
  • Equalizes Footing Between Public and Private Providers
  • Funding Formula Flexibility
challenges of the governance structure
Challenges of the Governance Structure
  • Political Pressures
  • Viewed as “Not Real School”
  • Perception of Difference Between Public and Private Pre-K Programs
  • School Systems Involved With Additional State Agency (DOE and OSR)
  • Perceived as Having Too Much Autonomy
funding
Funding
  • Georgia Lottery for Education
  • Legislation Mandates How Lottery Proceeds Spent
  • Georgia General Assembly Allocates Funds Annually
flow of funding for georgia s pre k program
Flow of Funding for Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Citizens of Georgia

Georgia Lottery For Education

Pre-K Providers

State of Georgia

Pre-K/OSR

  • HOPE Scholarship
  • Technology
  • Educational Reserves
pre k funding formula
Pre-K Funding Formula
  • The Pre-K funding formula is divided into salary and non-salary components and pays for the following types of expenses:
    • teacher and teacher assistant salaries
    • classroom supplies and materials
    • administration (maximum 6%)
  • Pre-K providers must spend all Pre-K funds on the provision of Pre-K services but have flexibility once certain expenditure controls are met.
funding formula rates
Funding Formula Rates
  • Pre-K funding is based on a standard formula established by OSR.
  • The amount paid to providers is based on the number of children served.
  • The per child rate varies according to the lead teacher credential, location within the state and provider type.
  • The base formula rate is $2481 to $3566.
public private partnership
Public-Private Partnership
  • Pre-K is a successful public-private partnership.
  • Private sector providers serve more than 50% of the publicly funded Pre-K program children.
  • Private sector participation significantly enhances program capacity and support in cost effective ways that expand private industry interests and maximize the use of limited state resources.
  • The partnership saves facility construction costs and strengthens the local child care industry.
unique features of georgia pre k
Unique Features of Georgia Pre-K
  • Lottery funds provide dedicated monies
  • Successful public/private partnership
  • Voluntary program
  • 180 days, 6.5 hours a day
  • The goal is to prepare children to be successful in school.
  • Family support services are provided.
  • Interagency collaboration to coordinate service delivery at the community level
for additional information about georgia s pre k program visit our website at www osr state ga us
For additional information about Georgia’s Pre-K Program, visit our website at:

www.osr.state.ga.us

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