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Free GA Pre-K (Ages 4yrs.– 5yrs.)

What is Athens, GA Pre-K Program?
Athens, GA Pre-K Program is a lottery funded educational program for Athens, GA four year olds to prepare children for Kindergarten.

Who is eligible for Athens, GA Pre-K Program?
Children four years of age on September 1 of the current school year who are Athens, GA residents are eligible to attend Athens, GA Pre-K Program during this school year. Athens, GA’s Pre-K Program is voluntary for families and for providers.

Because participation in Athens, GA Pre-K Program is voluntary for public schools and for private child development centers, there may not be enough spaces in every community for all four year olds who wish to participate. Every effort will be made to contract with eligible centers to create enough spaces for children who want to attend OR to match children with available spaces in

When are the programs offered?
Pre-K programs usually operate on the regular school system calendar for the length of a typical school day. Programs may be offered at local public schools or through private providers of preschool services.

Extended day services beyond the 6.5 hour instructional day (before- and after-school care) may be available. Parents should contact their prekindergarten program provider to learn if these services are offered.

What do I need to enroll a child in Athens, GA Pre-K Program?
Proof that a child is age eligible and a Athens, GA resident is required to register for Pre-K. Acceptable proof-of-age includes birth certificate, passport, hospital record of live birth, green card, pink card or Federal I-94 card. Acceptable proof-of-residency includes a lease, utility bill or letter from a shelter or employer.

Parents/guardians should contact their local public school system or private child care providers to learn where Pre-K programs are offered in their community and how they can enroll their child. You can also call Bright from the Start: Athens, GA Department of Early Care and Learning at 404-656-5957 or toll-free at 1-888-4 GA-PREK.

All children enrolled in Athens, GA Pre-K Program must have hearing, vision, and dental examination certificates (DHR Form 3300) on file within 90 calendar days of program entry. Form 3300 must be signed by a private practitioner or representative of a local Department of Health.

Immunizations (DHR Form 3231) must be up-to-date or affidavits must be on file within 30 calendar days of program entry. Only health departments and physicians licensed in Athens, GA can obtain blank immunization certificates (Form 3231). Take your child’s personal immunization record to a health department or Athens, GA physician and they can complete the form and give any required vaccines.

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