Early Head Start/Head Start
Premier Academy has partnered with Easter Seals of North Georgia to expand our program for families facing barriers to high-quality childcare and educational services. For nearly 100 years, Easter Seals has served children with disabilities and special needs through its rich educational programming, fostering learning environments that encourage children to grow and succeed. Through our partnership with Easter Seals, we strive to promote school readiness in young children of all abilities from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines. Together, we encourage children’s social and intellectual development through the integration of education, mental health services, nutrition, family enrichment and other supportive services at our two child development centers. This collaboration supports and maintains shared goals and best practices, as well as gives our children additional opportunities for success in school and life.
School Transition Program
Research shows that children who start kindergarten behind their peers academically and socially often remain behind throughout their schooling. Our School Transition Program (STP) provides children who either did not attend a Pre-K program or who require additional services with an intensive summer program that teaches social and academic skills so that children are ready for the rigors of kindergarten. The STP also provides valuable resources to parents who might be unfamiliar and uncomfortable with navigating the public school system, and hosts meet-and-greets with local school administrators and teachers.
On average, children lose two months of reading and math skills over the summer months. In an effort to reduce the negative effects of summer loss, our rigorous and stimulating academic and enrichment summer camp provides children in K-5th grade ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential math and reading skills-all while having fun with their peers in a safe and nurturing environment.
Children participate in the following activities:
- Grade-level academic tutoring and skill development by degreed teachers
- Enrichment activities including dance and karate
- Weekly field trips
- Wellness and physical fitness
- Foreign language exploration
- Arts & crafts
Childhood Acute Mental Health Program (CAMP)
Premier Academy is concerned with the healthy development of the total child. Through a collaborative partnership with licensed child and family mental health providers that was created in 2013, we have offered an innovative school-based mental health counseling program to children ages 3 to 5 years old, their siblings, and parents. The CAMP program provides free comprehensive and individualized counseling services to children who are facing stressors in the home that are affecting their behavior and performance at school. Parents also receive counseling services to effectively cope with common stressors they might face and to provide an emotionally stable and nurturing home environment for their children.
Scholarship Assistance/Temporary Hardship Assistance
Premier Academy is committed to removing the barriers to high-quality childcare many low-income families face. Through generous grant funding from the United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Goizueta Foundation, we are able to reduce the gap between childcare subsidies and a family’s ability to pay program fees by offering qualified families bridge and temporary scholarship assistance. We believe all children, regardless of their socio-economic background, deserve to be prepared for kindergarten.
Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program
The Georgia Pre-K Program is funded and governed by Bright from the Start Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. This free statewide program serves eligible 4-year old children (birthdays on or before September 1st) and is available at local elementary schools and private childcare centers across Georgia. Our degreed teachers use the state-approved Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum to ensure children receive instruction that is well-aligned with the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) and are prepared for a seamless transition to kindergarten possessing age-appropriate and emerging age-appropriate literacy, math and social skills.