ATLANTA (AP) -- A new national study says Georgia met all quality benchmarks in its state-run prekindergarten program last year.
It is the first time ever that the state has met all 10 standards established for early education by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. Researchers, however, say the state will slip back to eight benchmarks in next year's report because of class size increases and cuts to length of the school year.
Gov. Nathan Deal has made early education one of his priorities since taking office last year. He has added 10 days back to the pre-k calendar this year and is promising to put more money into the program.
Georgia's program, which opened in 1993, became the nation's first universal preschool program for 4-year-olds in 1995.