Wiregrass Pre-K welcomes Lisa Tomberlin for Georgia Pre-K Week

October 8, 2012

WGTC Provost, Lisa Tomberlin
Wiregrass Provost Lisa Tomberlin spent time reading to Pre-K classes during Georgia Pre-K Week..
Lisa Tomberlin

Fitzgerald, GA — To celebrate Georgia's Pre-K program and its 20th Anniversary, Lisa Tomberlin, Provost of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, visited the WGTC Child Development Center on Wednesday, October 4. October 1-5 was the state’s second official year of Georgia Pre-K Week, sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children (www.georgiavoices.com) and its Pre-K Week partners. “We are so honored that Mrs. Tomberlin took time away from her demanding schedule to spend some time with us,” said Susan Hogan, director of WGTC Child Development Center. “We need leaders like her and throughout our community to be vocal about the positive effects that early childhood education programs have on the future success of the child, and of our community.”

“Georgia’s Pre-K is an exceptional education program that serves 84,000 4-year-olds throughout Georgia,” said Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a child advocacy organization. “Pre-K is a milestone in a child’s early education. Studies show that early education programs for children age birth to five — in all income groups — will have long-term impact on a child’s education. We are proud that Georgia Pre-K is making a difference in the lives of so many of our youngest learners, preparing them for future success in school and in life.”

The Child Development Center has been in operation for nearly ten years on the Ben Hill-Irwin campus of WGTC. The center offers two Georgia Pre-K classrooms and serves 44 children through the program. The center also offers an after-school program for pre-k and school-age children through the child care program. This program provides care during school holidays and summer break to school age children. Child care is available daily for children one through four years of age. WGTC students are eligible for child care tuition scholarships for the early learning program when funds are available. To find out more call 468-2066.

Information on Voices for Georgia’s Children:

Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices) is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. Voices is an information resource, convener, coalition builder, and advocate to lawmakers and community leaders for specific policies that will ensure Georgia’s children grow up safe, healthy, educated, connected to their family and community, and employable.

Joining Voices for Georgia’s Children as partners on Georgia Pre-K Week are Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (www.ferstfoundation.org), Georgia Association for Young Children (www.gayconline.org), Georgia Child Care Association (www.georgiachildcare.org), Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (www.geears.org), Georgia Family Connection Partnership (www.gafcp.org), Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (www.gpee.org) , Georgia Public Library Service (www.georgialibraries.org), JumpStart(www.jstart.org), Multiple Junior League Chapters (gajlspac.org), Quality Care for Children (www.qualitycareforchildren.org), United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta (www.unitedwayatlanta.org) and YMCA (www.ymcaatlanta.org).