Georgia Pre-K Program
Georgia's Pre-K Program is a lottery funded educational program designed to prepare eligible four year olds for kindergarten. The program begins in August, just like the school system, and operates on a similar schedule of 6.5 hours per day, Monday-Friday, 180 days a year. It is designed to develop and master the skills necessary for children to be successful in Kindergarten.
Is My Child Eligible for Georgia's Pre-K Program?
Children four years of age by September 1st of the current school year, who are Georgia residents, are eligible to attend. Enrollment in the Georgia Pre-K program is entirely voluntary and there are no income eligibility requirements.
When should I register?
Due to the popularity of the program, space is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis. Classrooms typically fill up prior to the start of the school year, so it is important to register early. If space is not available at your first choice of school, we can help find availability at a nearby location, or we recommend putting your name on our waiting list as space may become available during the year.
What to Bring to Register for Georgia’s Pre-K Program.
Proof that a child is age eligible and is a Georgia resident is required to register for Pre-K. Acceptable proof-of-age includes a birth certificate, passport, hospital record of live birth, green card, pink card or Federal I-94 card. Proof of residence can be provided in the form of a current lease agreement or a recent utility bill with your name and address. In addition, all children enrolled in Georgia's Pre-K Program must have hearing, vision, and dental examination certificates on file within 90 calendar days of program entry, as well as,up to date immunizations within 30 days of entry.
The Pre-K Classroom
Each Georgia Pre-K classroom at Childcare Network is required to have a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Each teacher must have passed both state and federal background checks and must be over 21 years of age. Lead teachers are required to have their BS in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education, and assistant teachers must have a minimum of their Child Development Associates Certificate (CDA).
The Georgia Pre-K curriculum that we use at Childcare Network has undergone review and been approved by Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start). It incorporates large group, small group, outside time, center time, 2 story times, phonological awareness, music and movement, large group literacy, and closing time throughout each day.
A USDA approved healthy breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided for your child during their day. We do not allow children to bring food into the school. lf your child has special diet requirements related to medical or religious reasons, we encourage you to speak to the director of the school. You can learn more about our USDA Food Program here.
What if I need care for a full day?
We are excited to announce in the 2015-2016 school year, we will offer Fast Track
, an accelerated school readiness program for students who need extended care before and after the typical GA Pre-K day. Our Fast Track program creates more excitement about learning for your child and guarantees advanced preparation for Kindergarten. Parents with children enrolled in this program will have care available from open until close, depending on the hours of your location. Pricing is different per location, so please ask your director during your tour to get more information.