Parents encouraged to jump on Early Learners program

Published 4:54 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2016

From Staff Reports

The Post-Searchlight

Parents, grandparents, caregivers, guardians and their early learners joined Dr. Seuss and his friends for an evening of fun, hands-on learning and Family Engagement during The Decatur County School System’s Early Learners Workshop Series Kickoff Event, held on Nov. 14. Elcan King Elementary School was the host school for this district-wide event and over 104 participants were in attendance.

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Families are encouraged to participate in The Early Learners Workshop Series that are being held at one of the five elementary schools on a bi-monthly basis throughout the school year. No matter who the host school may be for these bi-monthly workshops, all parents, grandparents, caregivers, guardians (district-wide) and their early learner students are invited to attend.

Third grade is when children are expected to make the shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Along with the state of Georgia, the Decatur County School System is determined to increase the number of students who are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. To prepare our early learners to become Georgia’s next generation of leaders, we are asking our families to be engaged in their student’s education rather than simply being involved.

To begin learning how to become more engaged in your student’s education, participating in our Early Learners Workshops is the perfect way to begin. These series of hands-on learning opportunities are designed with a child’s first teacher in mind, the parent. While parents and guardians participate in the Early Learners Workshop Series, important skills and hands-on activities will be learned that can easily be included in the Early Learner’s daily routine at home to increase literacy.

There are many ways to be engaged in your student’s education, such as attending these and other workshops being offered, attending parent-teacher conferences, becoming a trained volunteer, participating in decision making at the student’s school and much more. With each of us working together, as partners in education, academic success will be the result! 

If you have any questions concerning the Early Learners Workshop Series or desire to learn more about Family & Community Engagement, Dr. Cheryl Guy, District Parent Involvement Coordinator, may be reached at or 229-243-6847.