Sandra Deal Kicks Off Georgia Pre-K Week on September 30 with Visit to Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta

Local Learning Academy Selected From More Than 3,800 Pre-K Classrooms for Special Appearance by Georgia's First Lady

September 26, 2013 // // Atlanta – Kids 'R' Kids International is proud to announce that Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal will visit Kids 'R' Kids # 28 in Alpharetta on Monday, September 30 to kick off the 3rd Annual Georgia Pre-K Week. Mrs. Deal will be joined by Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning's Bright From the Start Commissioner Bobby Cagle. Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Georgia's Pre-K Program, September 30 through October 4 marks the state's official Pre-K Week when attention will be turned to the tens of thousands of Georgia's youngest children in celebration of the important work they are doing to prepare for their future educational success in Kindergarten and beyond.

First Lady Deal is one of nearly 150 officials who will visit some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties in Georgia throughout the week. While at the school – located at 3455 Webb Bridge Rd in Alpharetta – Mrs. Deal will participate in a reading activity with the children, take a tour of the facility, talk with the staff, and get an up-close look at the many ways that Kids 'R' Kids is supporting early learning. She is slated to be at the school from approximately 8:30 a.m. until about 9:15 a.m. and will be presented with a handmade book by the students before the conclusion of her visit.

"We are so honored to have been named among the state's Top 10 performing Georgia Pre-K programs for the third year in a row," said Shelan Meheux, Owner of Kids 'R' Kids # 28. "We are also humbled that Mrs. Deal is taking time away from her demanding schedule to visit with our students. We need more leaders like her to be vocal about the positive effects that early childhood education programs have on the future success of the child and of our community. Congratulations to all of our Pre-K students and teachers Ashley Stewart, Mercedes Byl, Debbie Jonker and Basanti Saha on this wonderful accomplishment. Kids R Kids of Alpharetta provides an excellent staff and exceptional programs for all of our children in hopes of fostering the best possible foundation for their future."

Georgia Pre-K Week is hosted by child advocacy organization Voices for Georgia's Children and its partners, Black Child Development Institute Atlanta (, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (, Georgia Association for Young Children (, Georgia Child Care Association (, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (, Georgia Family Connection Partnership (, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (, Georgia Public LibraryService (, JumpStart (, Multiple Junior League Chapters (, Quality Care for Children (, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta ( and YMCA(

"Georgia's Pre-K program is an exceptional program that can serve as a model for our country," said Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia's Children. "About 84,000 four year olds in Georgia benefit from this remarkable program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age 8."

As a Georgia State, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited preschool, Kids 'R' Kids #28 currently provides two Georgia Pre-K classrooms – representative of 22 students each. To be named among the Top 10 performing Georgia Pre-K programs, the school had to undergo classroom assessments and meet criteria for specific performance indicators outlined by Bright From the Start. Beyond its Pre-K classrooms, Kids 'R' Kids #28 features eight additional classroom suites, a cafeteria, a resource room, a large activity gym for before and after school students, and four large play areas separated for age groups. The school is a locally owned and operated franchise that provides innovative facilities and effective educational programs for children 6 weeks through 12 years of age.

In the early 1990's, Kids 'R' Kids International was instrumental in pioneering the Georgia Pre-K Program with then Governor Zell Miller. Today, 38 Kids 'R' Kids Academies throughout Metro Atlanta are pleased to offer the Georgia Pre-K Program to their students.

About Kids 'R' Kids International

Established in 1985 and headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, GA, Kids 'R' Kids Academies provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Through its signature "Hug First, Then Teach" philosophy, the provision of state-of-the-art facilities that boast interactive whiteboard technology and secure internet classroom monitoring for parents, and the employment of a highly trained teaching staff, Kids 'R' Kids encourages its students to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. In 2013, the early education provider was proud to unveil its revolutionary and proprietary curriculum rooted in brain development called Brain Waves™. AdvancED Accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family owned and operated organization that is comprised of 160 locations in 14 states. For more information about Kids 'R' Kids International, please visit

About Voices for Georgia's Children

Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia's Children ( is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Our mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia's children.

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