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Early Success Centers

General Information

The ABC's of Pre-K

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The goal of the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) Pre-K Program is to provide children who are four years of age by September 1st of each school year with the learning experiences they need for continued success in kindergarten. The program is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery for Education.

Since 1993, the Muscogee County School District has consistently provided quality Pre-K services. Our classroom lead teachers are certified early childhood education professionals. There are currently 9 Pre-K centers within the Muscogee County School District.

There are always more children seeking spaces in Pre-K than there are slots available. For that reason, the school system uses a lottery process as the fairest method of filling classes. Our Pre-K classes use the High Scope Curriculum, which emphasizes a child-centered environment allowing children to make learning choices and to interact appropriately with the school environment. High Scope involves active learning and provides the children with age appropriate materials.

As a Georgia resident choosing to have your child participate in this educational initiative funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education, you can be proud that Georgia is leading the nation in providing preschool options for our four-year-old children.

General Application Process and Information

Online Applications for Pre-K are available during the Month of March for the 2017-2018 school year application Lottery Process.

If you are in need of additional information, please contact the Pre-K offices at 706-748-2118.

2017-2018 Pre-K Application Process and Information

Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017. The student's birth date must fall between September 2, 2012 and September 1, 2013.

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2017 and end at 5:00 PM on March 31, 2017. Applications can be completed online or they may also be completed at one of the nine Early Success Centers or the Public Education Center. All applications received during this time will be eligible for the lottery.

Because space is limited, the classes are filled using a lottery process. Priority is given to students living in the school’s attendance zone and to applications submitted March 1-31, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Parents and legal guardians will be notified of admission status by April 10, 2017. Acceptance into the program is based on available funding and classroom space.

Parents will be notified via postal mail or an email to state if their child has been accepted into the Pre-K program with the Muscogee County School District. The acceptance letters will include time sensitive information regarding registration guidelines and requirements. If you receive an acceptance letter, please read the entire contents of the letter and respond as requested.

The below listed documents must be presented on the day of registration:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • 2 Proofs of Residency
  • Immunization Records (Form 3231)
  • Eyes, Ear, Dental, and Nutrition Screening Form (EED Form 3300)
  • Additional documents requested for registration

The two (2) proofs of residency should be:

  1. A current/valid lease or rental agreement, mortgage statement, or property tax statement. These documents must contain the name and address of the parent/guardian/legal custodian.
  2. A current utility bill (gas, electric, water). These documents must contain the name and address of the parent/guardian/legal custodian.

If you, the parent(s), live with someone else and the proof of residency documents are in their name, you and the person you live with must visit the office of your assigned Early Success Center or the Muscogee County School District to complete an Affidavit of Residency. Please bring the above required proof of residency documents. You will not be able to complete registration for Pre-K, otherwise.

If you receive any of the following services, we require proof of benefits at the time of registration:

  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • TANF
  • SNAP
  • Peachcare
  • SSI
  • CAPS

***The Pre-K Department and the Early Success Centers will not be able to process registration paperwork without a birth certificate and social security card or waiver***

We are committed to quality programs for our young children and look forward to providing a positive experience for your child.

Documents and Resources

Early Success Centers - Determine school assignments
Attendance Policy
Pre-K Application Process
Columbus GA Daycare with Lottery Funded GA Pre-K
Reading Tips for Parents of Pre-K Students
Preparing for Pre-K (http://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/learning-path/pre-k)
Phonological Awareness in Pre-K (http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target/phonologicalphonemic)
Preschool Reading Readiness (http://www.greatschools.org/preschool-reading-readiness.topic?content=4980)
Reading Readiness for Kindergarten (http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Pre_Kindergarten_Reading_Skills/)
Bright from the Start Georgia Early Learning Development Standards - GELDS (http://gelds.decal.ga.gov/Default.aspx)
DECAL Bright from the Start (http://decal.ga.gov/Prek/PreKHome.aspx)
Funbrain Reading and More (http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html)
Get Ready to Read! (http://www.getreadytoread.org/)
Starfall Reading (http://www.starfall.com/)
PBS Kids Reading Games (http://pbskids.org/games/reading/)

Kindergarten Transitioning Tips (http://archives.gadoe.org/DMGetDocument.aspx/Transition%20to%20Kindergarten%20Handout.pdf?p=6CC6799F8C1371F6968B33B622C6AC062E478F6F9D49B440AD8088E282AEA642&Type=D)
Scholastic Kindergarten Readiness Tips (http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/what-to-expect-grade/ready-kindergarten)
Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developmental Skills - GKIDS (https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/GKIDS.aspx)
Georgia's Kindergarten Performance Standards (https://www.georgiastandards.org/standards/Pages/BrowseStandards/GPS_by_Grade_Level_K-8.aspx)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements to enroll in Georgia's Pre-K Program?

Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current year. (Birthdate must fall between September 2 of the previous year and September 1 of the current year.)

What is considered acceptable documents for proof of age?

Examples of acceptable proof of age include: Original/certified birth certificate, passport, green card, pink card, or Federal I-94 card and hospital record of live birth. Immunization forms and Medicaid cards are not acceptable documentation for proof of age.

What is acceptable documentation for proof-of-residency? ‎

Examples of proof of residency include: current lease, mortgage documents, property tax notice, current Peachcare eligibility documents and any utility bill listing the residence as the service address. A cell phone bill or a driver’s license are not acceptable proof of residency.

Does my child have to have a social security card/number to attend?

No, social security cards/numbers are not required to enroll in Georgia’s Pre-K; however, parents must sign a waiver for Bright from the Start and Muscogee County School District.

Can I pick up my child early a few days a week?

Georgia’s Pre-K Program operates just like a school classroom. Parents commit to sending their child to school for the complete 6.5 hours day 180 days per year. Children can be disenrolled for being chronically tardy in the morning or being picked up prior to the end of the instructional day.

Can I bring lunch for my child?

Georgia’s Pre-K requires centers and schools provide a complete nutritional meal for children. Local schools/sites may set policies regarding bringing food to school. If your child has identified special food requirements, contact your Pre-K provider for individual guidance.

What is "excessive" in regards to the tardy policy?

Chronic tardiness is defined as late arrival or early departure more than once per week.

What should I bring to registration?

Child's Birth Certificate, Child's Social Security Card (please be prepared to sign a waiver if you do not have your child’s card), 1st Proof of Residency (Mortgage statement, lease/rental agreement, or property tax document), 2nd Proof of Residency (Current utility bill), Immunization form 3231, Georgia certificate of ear, eye, dental and nutrition form 3300.

How much does it cost to register for Pre-K?

Pre-K providers cannot charge a registration fee for the 6.5 hours instructional day.

Will my child participate in graduation at the end of Pre-K?

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning does not recommend “graduation” for four-year-old children as an appropriate activity. More appropriate activities include, but are not limited to, a field day, an open house, family/child picnic, dinner, etc.

When will Pre-K Registration be held?

Continue to monitor the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) website.

What do I need to know to enroll a child in Georgia's Pre-K Program?

Please visit Enrolling in Georgia's Pre-K Program for more information.

The Pre-K class I wanted is full. What do I do now? ‎

We maintain a waiting list of students who are interested in attending Pre-K at the Muscogee County School District (MCSD). We will contact you directly if a slot becomes available for your child. You may also search for additional pre-k sites in your area by using the online Provider Search (instructions provided on the search page) or calling 404-656-5957 (toll-free at 1-888-4GA-PREK) and asking for the Pre-K consultant of the day. If you need additional assistance, please call the department (1-888-4GA-PREK) and ask to be connected with the Pre-K consultant assigned to your area.

Contact Information

Sadiyah Abdullah Director

Department of Early Success Centers
Muscogee County Public Education Center
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
706-748-2158 Fax

Dottie Lenhart Administrative Assistant

Department of Early Success Centers
Muscogee County Public Education Center
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
706-748-2158 Fax