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Preschool and Pre-K should be about more than letters, numbers and colors. It’s time to engage children in a new way. It’s time for Read Right from the Start.
65% of Georgia 3rd graders can’t read at grade level, which means they’re more likely to dropout, leading to another generation trapped in poverty. We all have a responsibility to turn things around for Georgia’s children.
Produced by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, Read Right from the Start is a free online continuing education program for Georgia preschool and pre-K teachers that offers any educator the power to change the trajectory of children’s lives.
Easy to Learn and Apply
Each lesson features videos from real world classrooms using the Read Right from the Start program, so you’ll find something new to apply in your own classroom every time you watch. There’s no deadline to complete Read Right from the Start courses, so you can watch and interact with these lessons at your own pace. Current courses are designed for Georgia preschool and pre-K teachers, but all educators are welcome to sign up and participate.
Free Continuing Education for Georgia Teachers
Read Right from the Start is certified by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) so preschool and pre-K teachers earn continuing education credits for completing our courses.
We appreciate teachers and the difference you make for children, so we’re here to support and empower you through these courses and beyond.
“If you’ve got language and literacy skills, your education is ready to go, we’re starting you on the right foot. If you don’t, it all stops. Nothing else happens with education without language and literacy skills.”
“Read Right from the Start will give you practical tools to dramatically benefit the children in your classrooms, giving them the power to be successful in elementary school and well beyond.”
“I just thought it would be a program for teaching kids to read, but it’s beyond anything that I’ve experienced. I think every preschool in the world should have Read Right from the Start as part of their curriculum because it allows children to really grow.”
Read Right from the Start’s positive impact was reported through a review of the program’s effectiveness with local preschool and pre-k children and teachers. At the end of the school year, an independent evaluation by the Georgia State University’s Urban Child Study Center found:
82% performed at or above average in vocabulary
More than 70% performed at or above average in oral language and reading readiness
95% performed at or above average in print and alphabet knowledge
Our 2020 Promise
With your help, by the year 2020, every early childhood educator in Georgia will have the skills to effectively prepare our children to meet or exceed grade level reading requirements by the end of 3rd grade.