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Sonya Hunte is the CEO of Hunte Community Development Consulting LLC, a company specializing in nonprofit strategic program development, community partnership planning, communications and training. She is a requested speaker, author, trainer and consultant. With a career focus in serving women and children, Sonya’s career is in the public sector with a high level of involvement in the non-profit arena. Sonya exudes service and a genuine love for disenfranchised communities and people. In 2011, she was elected to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Georgia, Board of Directors, Member at Large seat. Sonya serves on the Advisory Board for Kennesaw State University’s, Master of Social Work Program and the Board of Directors for Premier Academy Inc., Child Development Centers. Her active citizenship includes The Junior League of Atlanta, Political Affairs Committee. Sonya is a requested speaker on the topics of Child Welfare, Homeless Education, Juvenile Justice and Social Work Practice.

Atlanta’s Premier Academy Inc. Celebrates 40 Years Of Early Childhood Education

Premier Academy Inc. one of Atlanta’s leading early childhood education centers received the distinct honor of being inducted into the Atlanta Business League’s 2011 Hall of Fame. This honor, presented on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 confirmed what fifteen thousand low income children in Atlanta have already experienced; Premier Academy prepares children for academic success. This organization’s mission is clear in that it aims to provide a quality education program that fosters the development of children and youth through a planned learning environment that aims to enhance them physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.

Photo Credit: Premier Academy

Premier Academy, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1971 in Atlanta’s Bedford Pines Community. The need for early childhood education existed and Premier supplied the demand in preparing the city’s children for school. The organization has grown from a research and demonstration project into two thriving Child Development Centers (CDC). Since 1995, Premier has maintained the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation, an achievement held by only 18 other centers in Atlanta.

Parental involvement and community engagement are one of the key ingredients to Premier’s success. Premier works collaboratively with community and governmental agencies to provide comprehensive supports to each child’s family. Over fifty percent of students live below the 200 percent federal poverty level. Yet when each child walks through the doors of Premier, hope is restored.

On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Premier Academy Inc. will be celebrating success in service with the 40th Anniversary Legacy Gala at the Loudermilk Center. This fundraiser will benefit the lives and future of Atlanta’s most vulnerable population. In the spirit of education, this year’s Legacy Gala honorees will be Robin H. Ferst, Founder, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy; Pat Willis, Executive Director, VOICES for Georgia’s Children; and Elaine P. Draeger, CEO and President of Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers. Participation and contributions to this event are welcomed in this season of giving. For more information on this event visit http://premier-academy.org/news_and_events.html.

Downtown Atlanta
Angier Avenue CDC
444 Angier Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30308
Ph. 404.875.9668

Minnie Howell CDC
399 Macedonia Road
Atlanta, GA 30354
Ph. 404.366.3700

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