After the tremendous success of last year's symposium, Smart Start, the early
childhood division of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, grantee for three
Early Reading First projects in Georgia, is sponsoring a two-day Symposium.
The symposium is designed to meet the needs of the instructional staff from the
Dream, Readers and Light projects and other professionals in the field of early
I am a recent graduate of the Smart Start Substitute Teacher Program. I graduated on June 28, 2011. This program is a great opportunity for all, whether you are a professional or a high school graduate. If you are in school to become a teacher or educator, then this program gives you vital, current and detailed information needed to help and support your choice. Some of the best instructors in the education field prepared and presented the lesson plan daily. At the end of the program an opportunity to get hands on experience was provided. Today I have so much information on how children learn and the different ways that influence learning. I also got certified for CPR & First Aid through this program. I can't express enough how amazing this program is; and how crucial it is for the continued success of this program. The unbelievable fact is this program is free to everyone who is qualified. I am truly grateful, that I was able to be a part of this terrific community effort. I strongly suggest to all, take advantage of this opportunity, it can be the answer that will change your life. To everyone who made it possible, donors, directors, coordinating staff and the instructors, I THANK YOU.