Exploring What’s ‘Behind the Little Red Door’ for Georgia Pre-K Week

The 10th year of Georgia Pre-K Week arrives this week, catching us all while the pandemic keeps us learning virtually. Thankfully, that won’t keep me, nor our youngest of scholars from finding out what’s “Behind the Little Red Door.”

As part of the annual celebration of the state’s prekindergarten program, I read from this cute picture book that ponders what kind of adventures and environments might exist just beyond a red door as described by Coy Bowles and illustrated by Joanna Davidovich. Check out the video above to join in the fun!

In years past, Atlanta Public Schools invited our community, our legislators, and our parents into our schools to participate in Pre-K activities. Amid this season of pandemic, we cannot open our schools in traditional fashion, but we can use the week to give a special focus on our Pre-K teachers, students and families, and celebrate them.

Our teachers work tirelessly and passionately to educate our youngest learners, and they deserve all of our thanks and gratitude! They are taking the first steps in developing the citizens and workforce of the future!

Our students and families have tackled the unique challenge of virtual early learning with grace and patience. We are so inspired by the dedication of our families, the creativity of our students, and the collaboration and communication shown by the whole team.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Georgia Pre-K Week, we want to honor all of our teachers’ hard work by saying THANK YOU to Georgia’s Pre-K teachers! I was also excited to celebrate our students and families in one of the best ways I know how – with a story! Our Office of Early Learning chose “Behind the Little Red Door,” and it was a great joy to read!

I hope you join us in celebrating Pre-K Week – you can call our our teachers, schools, families and students online, using the hashtag #GAPreKWeek!

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