Synovus Bank Joins Statewide Celebration of Early Learning During Georgia 2015 Pre-K Week October 5-9

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, COLUMBUS, GA – Synovus Bank will join leaders from around the state to show its support for early childhood education by visiting early learning classrooms as part of this year’s Georgia Pre-K Week, October 5-9, 2015.

Launched five years ago, Pre-K Week’s support from government, business, and community leaders grows every year. This is the second year Synovus Bank has sponsored Pre-K Week, joining Georgia Power, Scholastic, and the Georgia School Boards Association as lead supporters. The week-long focus on early learning also counts among its key supporters Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal.

“We are proud to support Georgia’s investment in early childhood education by taking part in Pre-K Week again this year,” says Becky Rumer, Synovus chief administrative officer. “Supporting children’s education in the early years builds the foundation for a successful future for all of us in the community.”

“The support of such influential public and private organizations is a powerful statement about the value of children’s education and learning in the early years,” said Emily Pelton, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, the child advocacy organization that organizes Pre-K Week each year, along with its partners. “Investment in early childhood education creates the foundation necessary for a child to succeed in nearly every phase of life, from learning to read successfully by third grade to graduating high school and entering the workforce.”

During the state’s official Pre-K Week, hundreds of state, business, and community leaders will visit Pre-K centers across the state to witness early learning in action and engage children and educators. Many will read a favorite children’s book to young learners. The statewide celebration, which includes all 159 counties, draws attention to early learning, including Pre-K, a hallmark program that was pioneered in Georgia 22 years ago.

Georgia Pre-K Week is developed with the support of Scholastic and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Joining Voices for Georgia’s Children as partners on Georgia Pre-K Week are Black Child Development Institute Atlanta, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Georgia Child Care Association, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Vision Project, multiple Junior League Chapters, Quality Care for Children, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

About Synovus Bank:

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank, together with its affiliates, provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 258 branches, and 341 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank was named one of America's Most Reputable Banks by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2015. See Synovus Bank on the web at synovus.com, on Twitter @synovus, and on LinkedIn. Equal Housing Lender.

About Voices for Georgia’s Children

Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia’s Children (www.georgiavoices.org) is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Our mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well being of all Georgia’s children.