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Pre-K Registration Update

“Excellence in Education Starts Early”

The Lottery Drawing has been completed for Online Applications submitted February 26th thru March 9th.

If you applied online, letters were mailed out on Friday, March 23rd advising you of your child’s status. They were either assigned a seat to attend the Pre-K Program in 2018-2019 or placed on the waiting list.

If you applied during the online application period and have not received a letter, please contact the Pre-K office at 706-748-2118.

If you received a letter advising you that your child was accepted to attend the Pre-K Program, you must accept your child’s seat by enrolling them at the appropriate Early Success Center no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Your child’s school assignment will not be final until we have received your child’s birth certificate, social security card, and two proof of residency documents.

To accept a seat in the Pre-K program, it is important that you verify your child’s assignment by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

This can be done any weekday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 p.m. at the Pre-K Registration Site assigned to your child's Early Success Center (see below). Please ask for the Early Success Center clerk when you visit the school.

Pre-k List

You will need to bring your acceptance letter and the documentation listed below to accept your child’s seat assignment.

  • Student's birth certificate
  • Student's Social Security Card
  • Parent/legal guardians' state issued photo I.D. (e.g. Driver's license, passport, military I.D.)
  • Two proofs of residency: lease or mortgage and current utility bill
  • Form 3231 – Current Georgia Certificate of Immunization (if completed)
  • Form 3300 – Certificate of Ear, Eye, Dental, and Nutrition Examination (if completed)
  • If applicable, proof of benefits for: Food Stamps, SSI, Medicaid,Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Child and Parent Services (CAPS) program, or Peach Care for Kids.

Assignments that are not accepted, with the required documents, by April 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM, will become eligible for reassignment to Pre-K children currently on the waiting list.

Unfortunately, we do not have space to accommodate all children applying to the program and you may have received a letter advising you that your child is being placed on the waiting list.

Applications for those on the waiting list have been separated by attendance zones and assigned to the corresponding waiting list via lottery. Your child will remain on the waiting list until a seat becomes available or you choose to have him/her removed. Please note that we fill vacated seats as they become available throughout the school year.

If you did not apply online and have completed a paper application, your child will be placed on the waiting list. Again, these applications have been separated by attendance zones and assigned to the corresponding waiting list in the order they were received (date and time) and will remain on the list until a seat becomes available or you choose to have him/her removed.

If you have any questions regarding Pre-K acceptance, enrollment, or programming, please call Patti Jenness at (706) 748-2118 or Aubrey Cobb at (706) 748-2139.

Documents and Resources

2018-2019 Board Approved Early Success Centers and Feeder Schools
Attendance Policy
Pre-K Application Flyer for 2018
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

Kimberly Thomas Coordinator

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

Patti Jenness Administrative Assistant

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