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Premier Academy is happy to be able to celebrate our upcoming 50th year anniversary with the theme “Then, Now and Forever…” Our 50 year celebration will be highlighted in the coming months so that we can “Tell The Story” of our rich history, including the accomplishments we have been able to make throughout the community and also acknowledge the village that has made it possible.

50th Anniversary Gala
Save The Date: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 – 7pm

Our Story:
In 1971, Bedford Pine was started by a group of parents in the Atlanta community with the hopes of providing adequate education to kids in under-served communities. In the early 1980’s, John Lewis as well as councilwoman Elaine Valentine toured the Bedford-Pine Daycare Center which had just been built on Angier Ave. N.E. John Lewis was quoted saying that “This is the future of the Atlanta community. Children as a whole, are not old enough to vote or lobby but those of us in a position to do so must speak out and lobby for them”. This statement affirms the beliefs and goals of Bedford Pine, then, now, and forever of Premier Academy. All children deserve a high quality and affordable education.

By 1984, Bedford Pine had gone through two name changes and was officially known as Bedford Pine Child and Family Resources Center, under the leadership of the first Executive Director, Leola Tanks. Ms. Tanks’ leadership responded to the community need of early learning opportunities by the opening of several facilities that included the David T. Howard Center, Children’s World of Discovery and then the construction of the Angier Ave. Center.

In 1996, The Board of Directors of Bedford Pine Child & Family Resources Center selected their second Executive Director, Cindra K. Taylor. This change contributed to long-standing partnerships, processes and updates to the organization’s plans for the future. Bedford Pines’ name change in 2001 reflected the expansion and updates the center had received and thus, was changed to Premier Academy, Inc. Adding to the excellence in 2004, A million dollar support campaign, Brilliant Future, was created to help fund the center’s responsibilities as they aligned with the National Association of Education of Young Children. (NAEYC) and entered into a newly renovated facility known as the Minnie Howell Child Development
Center.

In 2018, the Angier Ave. facility which was built and constructed with the support of the City of Atlanta and other federal funding, was sold and relocated to what is now known as the Renaissance Child Development Center. Both locations operate under the corporate name of Premier
Academy. Premier Academy has provided a cooperative and collaborative approach to our services by forming partnerships, including Easter Seals of North Georgia and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. These partnerships helped to enhance and expand Premier Academy’s ability to meet the ongoing needs of children, provide support and resources, and facilitate access to affordable, high-quality childcare.
Premier Academy has crossed many milestones during our 50 year history, but one that is most noted is our 3-Star Quality Rated status, which is the highest level of the Georgia Quality rated program. This accomplishment has positioned us to receive accolades, such as being inducted into the
Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame, recognition as a Center of Distinction with the Department of Early Care and Learning, as well as a host of other awards and honorable mentions.

Please be on the lookout for all of the future releases of our newsletter, as we continue to celebrate the legacy of Premier Academy, then…now and forever”