The Columbia County School System’s Pre-K program is sponsored by the State of Georgia’s Lottery Funds.
You are still eligible to participate in the Pre-K Registration process if you reside in one of the following eight elementary zones that have a Pre-K program:
- Baker Place Elementary
- Brookwood Elementary
- Euchee Creek Elementary
- Grovetown Elementary
- North Columbia Elementary
- North Harlem Elementary
- South Columbia Elementary
- Westmont Elementary.
If you are interested in viewing a list of private centers that offers the lottery-funded Pre-K program, visit the Department of Early Care & Learning website @ www.decal.ga.gov
, click on the Programs tab at the top, click on Georgia Lottery Pre-K, Find a Location, and select Columbia County from the drop-down menu, or any county in Georgia that you are willing to drive to daily for drop-off and pick-up that has an opening.
Pre-K Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for February 24, 2020 - March 20, 2020
from 9:00am until 2:30 p.m. at your zoned school. Online Registration is not available for Pre-K due to many State forms in the packet. However, you can click here
to print the blank forms, complete, sign, and bring with you to the school. Anyone wishing to register on/after March 23
will be added to the bottom of the waiting list in the order in which the registration forms are completed.
Children must be four years old on or before September 1, 2020
to participate in this lottery-funded program. To register to attend Pre-K at a particular school, the child must reside with his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in that school zone. For exact zoning information click here
Please bring the following documents to the school to confirm that you live in the zone in which you are registering:
- Your child’s original certified birth certificate from Vital Records at the Health Department.
- Your child’s Social Security card or tax document showing the child’s number
- Your current gas or electric bill showing your name and your service address
- Your current lease, rental or mortgage agreement
(If you live with someone, and the home and utilities are in their name, they will need to come with you to the school to complete the Affidavit of Residency to be notarized; they will provide No.’s 3 and 4 at that time also.)
This registration affords you an opportunity to participate in the drawing for the limited number of slots available at your zoned site. Each child will be assigned a unique Pre-K Drawing Number when you register that will be used during the drawing on March 31 at The Columbia County Board of Education building. Results for each drawing will be posted on school websites and at the school by 4:00 p.m. on March 31. Parents do not need to attend the drawing.
Bus transportation is available within your zone only and is provided as long as there is an adult at the bus stop with the child for pick-up / drop-off.
Program times are Monday through Friday, 8:40 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
(You can also listen to this information by calling 706-541-2723 ext. 5999. If you have additional questions, please press “0” for Sondra Hogan, Pre-K Program Coordinator, for Scott Weinand, Program Director.)