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Highlights from the evaluation of Georgia's 2013 Rising Kindergarten and Rising Pre-Kindergarten Summer Transition Programs

Building on the success of Georgia's Pre-K, in 2010 the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning began offering a program for children from low-income families during the summer before kindergarten. In the summer of 2013, this Rising Kindergarten (RK) Program was offered in 122 classrooms and served 1,948 children. In the summer of 2013, services were expanded to offer a Rising Pre-Kindergarten (RPre-K) Program for children who would be attending Georgia's Pre-K at the end of the summer and whose families were low-income and spoke Spanish at home. The decision to create the RPre-K Program resulted from of an evaluation that indicated more supports may be needed for dual-language learners. In 2013, there were 19 RPre-K classrooms, serving 244 children. The overall goal of both the RK and the RPre-K summer programs is to support children's transitions and development, particularly their early literacy skills, through the last few months prior to kindergarten or pre-kindergarten entry. (author abstract)
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