Bibb County named Early Education Empowerment Zone

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County is receiving a federal grant to improve early education.

Amy Jacobs from The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning said this is part of the statewide effort to make sure children learn the importance of education and staying in school.

Bibb County leaders and The Department of Early Care and Learning made a commitment to work together on early childhood education.

Bibb County is named as one of the four early education empowerment zones in Georgia. This is part of the “Race to the Top” grant awarded to the state.

“That’s going to be a lot of resources coming into the state for early learning. They screened all of the counties in Georgia and identified 11 areas that fit their first round of criteria,” explained Tammie Collins, Executive Vice President of Community Impact with United Way of Central Georgia.

Collins said this is when the United Way of Central Georgia decided to get involved. 

“We led the charge to build the public will and get the interest in the community to become designated as one of the zones,” explained Collins.

All of the community support is what influenced the state school officials’ decision to make Bibb County one of the early education empowerment zones.

“They were selected because of their strong collaboration and partnerships in the community,” explained Jacobs.

Bibb County will receive more than one-million dollars in resources. Some of these resources are additional pre-k spots and summer transition program slots. 

The main focus for this initiative is making sure children are on track when it comes to reading. 

“Children who are reading at grade level are more likely to graduate high school,” explained Collins.

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