The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning will again offer a six-week intensive academic program this summer for rising kindergarteners who meet the following criteria:
• Child did not attend a Georgia pre-K or Head Start program during the 2020-21 school year.
• Child attended a Georgia pre-K program or Head Start program but did not attend the entire school year.
• Child attended a Georgia pre-K program or Head Start classroom utilizing a hybrid or full distance learning model of instruction during the 2020-21 school year.
• Child attended a Georgia pre-K program or Head Start program the entire school year and falls into one of the priority groups listed below:
– Child identified as needing additional academic support by their teacher or other data
– Dual language learner (Home language is a language other than English)
– Foster care placement
– Child’s family is without permanent housing (homeless, as defined by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act)
– Child with an Individual Education Program
“The goal of Georgia’s pre-K Program is to prepare 4-year-olds academically and socially for kindergarten, but some students either do not attend Georgia pre-K or Head Start or need additional help. The Summer Transition Program was created to support those students,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “Dedicated pre-K teachers and providers make this program successful, and we appreciate their willingness to participate again this summer.”
“The Summer Transition Program is a great opportunity for these young students to build their skills and confidence before moving into kindergarten,” added Susan Adams, Assistant Commissioner for Georgia’s pre-K Program and Instructional Supports. Adams said the program will begin in early June.
Programs that have a status of compliance and/or good standing with DECAL programs – pre-K, Child Care Services, Nutrition Services, Audits and Compliance, and Child and Parent Services – are eligible to offer a Summer Transition Program.
Providers are chosen to participate through a competitive application process. Applications are available to providers beginning today with a submission deadline of close of business March 12.
Locations chosen to provide the STP will be announced in April. After classes are awarded, a list of STP providers will be posted to www.decal.ga.gov , and parents can register their children directly with the programs.
Summer 2021 will be the 11th year DECAL has offered the summer program. According to independent researchers who have evaluated the STP, the program has significantly impacted the children served, especially in their crucial language and literacy skills.
For more information about the Summer Transition Program, visit the DECAL website at www.decal.ga.gov or email questions about the program to firstname.lastname@example.org .
DECAL is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s pre-K program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated, Georgia’s community powered child care rating system.
The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education. For more information, go to www.decal.ga.gov .