Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal Pays Special Visit to Pre-K Students at Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta

Local Learning Academy Makes the List of Top 10 Pre-K Programs in the State and is Selected From More Than 3,800 Pre-K Classrooms to Help Kick Off 3rd Annual Georgia Pre-K Week

October 02, 2013 // // Atlanta – On Monday, September 30, the Pre-K students at Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta were treated to a very special visit from Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal. Accompanied by Bright From the Start Commissioner Bobby Cagle, Mrs. Deal was at the school to kick off the 3rd Annual Georgia Pre-K Week, which runs from September 30 through October 4. Over the course of the week, nearly 150 officials will visit some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties in Georgia. Kids 'R' Kids International is extremely honored that one of its schools was listed among the Top 10 performing Pre-K programs in the state and chosen to play host to Commissioner Cagle and Mrs. Deal, wife of Governor Nathan Deal and former educator.

"It was a really great event," said David Vinson, founding family member of Kids 'R' Kids International. "Students, teachers, and Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta owners Shelan Meheux and Herrick Nero were all honored to welcome our distinguished guests. While there, Mrs. Deal read a book to the children, took a brief tour of the school and was able to witness firsthand Kids 'R' Kids’ commitment to fostering a love of learning in our young students while providing them with a strong foundation for their future success in Kindergarten and beyond. Before she left, the students presented Mrs. Deal with a handmade book and she seemed truly delighted. Everyone at Kids 'R' Kids International is particularly proud of the hard work and dedication that our students and Pre-K teachers have displayed to garner the attention of Bright From the Start and Voices of Georgia’s Children, earning the school a well-deserved spot in the Top 10 performing Pre-K programs for the last two years in a row."

Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their families, which includes the administration of the nationally recognized Georgia Pre-K Program. To be named among the Top 10 performing Georgia Pre-K programs, Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta had to undergo classroom assessments and meet criteria for specific performance indicators outlined by Bright From the Start. Voices of Georgia’s Children,  a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization concerned with the health, well-being and education of children throughout the state, established Georgia Pre-K Week to celebrate an exceptional program that benefits nearly 84,000 four year olds in Georgia.

School owner Shelan Meheux gives a great deal of the credit for the success of the Pre-K program at Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta to its teachers – Ashley Stewart, Mercedes Akers, Debbie Jonker and Basanti Saha. The school – located at 3455 Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta – provides two Georgia Pre-K classrooms, representative of 22 students each. Beyond its Pre-K classrooms, Kids 'R' Kids of Alpharetta 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. It is a Georgia State, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited early learning academy that serves the children and families of Alpharetta. It is one of 38 Kids 'R' Kids Academies throughout Metro Atlanta that are pleased to offer the Georgia Pre-K Program to their students. Kids 'R' Kids’ history with Georgia Pre-K dates back to the birth of the program in the early 1990’s when the early education franchise pioneered it with then Governor Zell Miller.

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

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