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About Basics DeKalb County

Basics DeKalb County is housed at the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education and is a community-based and county-wide initiative that relies on the support of charitable donations, agency and business partners, and family engagement. We offer FREE resources and supports to families, caregivers, and local organizations so that ALL children in DeKalb County will have a great start in life.

Basics DeKalb County is part of a comprehensive early learning initiative known as the DeKalb County Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative ( that was founded as part of a collective impact movement at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. We are inspired by the fact that 80% of brain growth occurs in the first three years of life. Everyday interactions between children, their parents, caregivers, and any adult in the community can provide rich opportunities to boost brain development in DeKalb County children. Every child from every background can benefit.

Basics DeKalb County is an affiliate of the Basics Learning Network (, a nationally-recognized initiative that provides strategies for whole communities to support vibrant learning and brain development among infants and toddlers.