During Georgia Pre-K Week, New GEEARS Poll Shows Early Care and Education is Pivotal, Bipartisan Issue for Georgia Voters

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In advance of its Early Education Summit on Monday, October 13 with candidates Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Jason Carter, Michelle Nunn, Valarie Wilson and Richard Woods, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) today unveiled the first of a series of poll results that shows that nearly 90% of Georgia voters support the use of lottery funds to provide pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds.

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“Georgia voters overwhelmingly support early education programs as an investment in Georgia's future,” said Mindy Binderman, Executive Director of GEEARS.

Coinciding with Georgia Pre-K Week, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) today unveils the first of a series of results from a new poll that points to early care and education as a critical issue that generates strong, bipartisan support among Georgia voters.

“Georgia voters overwhelmingly support early education programs as an investment in Georgia's future,” said Mindy Binderman, Executive Director of GEEARS. “Our new poll of Georgia voters shows that 87 percent support the use of lottery funds to provide voluntary pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds. This is key data that should inform policy decisions to expand and strengthen Georgia pre-k.”

The full survey results will be shared during the October 13 “GEEAR Up for the Future: An Early Education Summit” in Atlanta, which will feature one-on-one Q&A sessions on early care and education with gubernatorial candidates Governor Nathan Deal and Senator Jason Carter. U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, State School Superintendent candidates Valarie Wilson and Richard Woods, and other national and local speakers from the business, law enforcement and research communities also will share their views on educational issues.

"We continue to see evidence of the universal support for early education," said Pat Willis, executive director of Voices for Georgia's Children. "This week, hundreds of leaders are in Georgia pre-k classrooms as part of Pre-K Week, a week of celebration that shines a spotlight on both learning and community support."

To register and learn more about the “GEEAR Up for the Future: An Early Education Summit,” visit http://geears.org/initiatives/summit/.

About GEEARS
The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) was established in 2010 to help business, civic and government leaders maximize the economic return on the state’s investments in early care and learning. Guided by a growing body of research documenting the high-dollar return on investment associated with early learning and care, GEEARS is working to position Georgia as a national leader in ensuring that all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and on a path to read to learn by third grade.

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