Free Pre-K Programs
Our schools in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina offer state sponsored Pre-Kindergarten programs for children that are four years of age by the required deadline as determined by each state. To participate in these programs, providers must meet rigorous standards that include teacher credentials, classroom standards, curriculum requirements, and much more. The programs are free to parents. However, in some cases, you must meet the state eligibility requirements and follow a detailed application process. Demand for these programs exceeds the available classroom space. Parents are encouraged to enroll early to secure their slot for the upcoming academic year.
Childcare Network is proud to offer these programs to our parents. To learn more about your state’s requirements, see the information below. If you want to enroll with any state Pre-K program click here.
Georgia's Free Pre-K Program
What is Georgia's Free Pre-K Program?
Georgia's Pre-K Program is a lottery funded educational program for Georgia's four year olds to prepare children for Kindergarten.
To check availability by school, click here.
Who is 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 Georgia's Free Pre-K program. Enrollment in the Georgia Pre-K program is entirely voluntary and there are no income eligibility requirements. 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. For a listing of our current openings by location, click the link below. If space is not available at your desired location, we encourage you to still register as openings may become available throughout the year. At which time, the available opening would be offered to the first child on the waiting list.
Florida's Free VPK Program
What is VPK?
VPK stands for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program. If you live in Florida, and your child turns four years of age by September 1st, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's free Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program.
Highlights of the VPK Program
- No registration fee
- Parents may choose a participating private child care or public school provider
- Early language and literacy focus
- Focuses on reading, writing and social skills
- Prepares children to be ready for Kindergarten
VPK Program Options
- Option 1: School-year VPK - 540 instructional hours. Option 2: Summer VPK – 300 instructional hours.
- Parents have the option of choosing the provider that meets their own family’s needs.
- Options include: private and faith-based child care centers, private and public schools, and licensed family child care homes
- All VPK providers must meet high standards required by law.
- Ratios are 1 instructor to 11 children.
- Class size will not exceed 20 children in the school-year program, and will not exceed 11 children for the summer program.
- All VPK instructors must have a minimum of a child development associate for the school-year program, or a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or related fields for the summer program.
- Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation
Click here for more information about Florida's VPK program.
North Carolina Pre-K
What is NC Pre-K? (Formally More at Four)NC Pre-K is a voluntary pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare four year olds in North Carolina for success in school. High quality child care centers partner to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum and structured environment for students.
For further information please refer to the specific county listed below in which you are interested.