In a unique program that seeks to get an early start on school readiness, the Heard County School System is creating a formal outreach program to parents and babies. The goal is to capitalize on the unique brain development that occurs between birth and age 3, a period in which research now shows it’s possible to increase IQ and cognitive ability.
Heard Superintendent Rodney Kay says, “Like all school systems in Georgia, Heard County has wrestled with the idea of improving student achievement. We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on remediation programs, after-school tutoring, cram-and-slam study sessions and summer school. We have built remediation time into the daily schedules at most of our schools. Yet, we are still not satisfied with our results.”