Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Orders Social-Emotional Kits for Nearly 2,000 Georgia Pre-K Programs

Staff Report

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

The pandemic has resulted in both academic and social-emotional developmental declines among the nation's youngest children. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is tackling children's social-emotional developmental needs head-on with the purchase of Pyramid Model Preschool Classroom Kits to provide to 3,800 Georgia Pre-K classrooms. The kits are funded by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

This educational toolkit is made possible through a partnership between The Discovery Source and The Pyramid Model Consortium. The Discovery Source is the only authorized publisher of these materials.

"Over the course of the pandemic, we have heard from teachers across our state that they need more support for taking care of children's social-emotional and behavioral needs. To help meet this need, we're providing a Pyramid Model Preschool Classroom Kit to every one of Georgia's Pre-K classrooms. This kit contains materials teachers can use to foster the social-emotional development of the children," said Susan Adams, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning's Deputy Commissioner for Pre-K and Instructional Supports.

The kits, which have been shipped to 1,857 Georgia Pre-K Programs across the state provide tools and resources so educators can teach social-emotional development skills using age-appropriate materials, including: Tucker Turtle Kit, Problem Solver Solution Kit, Super Friends Kit, Classroom Visual Display Kit, and the Emotional Literacy Kit.

"Our mission is to help give young children the best start in life, which often begins with understanding their emotions and how to manage them. We're grateful to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning for ordering these kits, which will help educators and children foster the social-emotional development that is necessary for learning," said Dave Scahill, Founder of The Discovery Source.