The Columbia County School District’s Pre-K program is sponsored by the State of Georgia’s Lottery Funds. Children must reside in the zone of an elementary school that offers a Pre-K program to participate in the lottery drawing or the Pre-K program.


Beginning February 26 - March 22, 2024, please contact your zoned school with a Pre-K program to register for the drawing. The following schools host a Pre-K program:


  • Baker Place Elementary
  • Brookwood Elementary
  • Euchee Creek Elementary
  • Grovetown Elementary
  • North Columbia Elementary
  • North Harlem Elementary
The Pre-K drawing will take place March 29, 2024, and results will be posted by the end of the day at the school and on the school's website.
This will direct you to the Department of Early Care and Learning state website.

The following CCSD Schools will provide Pre-K Services for the 2024-2025 school year:

Baker Place Elementary
Brookwood Elementary 
Euchee Creek Elementary
Grovetown Elementary
North Columbia Elementary
North Harlem Elementary
If you are interested in viewing a list of private centers that offer the lottery-funded Pre-K program, visit the Department of Early Care & Learning website at , click on the Programs tab at the top, click on Georgia Lottery Pre-K, Find a Location, and enter your address to begin the search. 

Pre-K registration for the drawing for the 2024-2025 school year is scheduled for February 26 - March 22, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at your eligible zoned school listed above. 

This registration affords parents an opportunity to enter their child's name into a random drawing for the limited number of slots available at each school's zoned site. It does not guarantee a Pre-K seat at the school. Each child will be assigned a unique Pre-K drawing number upon registering for the drawing at the child's zoned school. This number will be used during the digital drawing on March 29, 2024, at the Columbia County Board of Education. Results for each drawing will be posted on school websites and at the school by 4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2024.  Parents do not need to attend the drawing. 

After receiving notification that your child's name was selected for a Pre-K seat, parents MUST then complete the additional new student registration information. 

Online registration to be entered into the drawing is not available due to state required forms in the packet.  Parents can access a link to printable blank forms so they can complete, sign, and bring the forms to the school. Anyone wishing to register after the drawing, March 29, 2024, will be added to the bottom of the waiting list in the order in which the registration forms are received. 

Pre-K Eligibility

Children must be four years old on or before September 1, 2024, to participate in the 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 search Find My Bus Stop.  

Please bring TWO of the following preferred documents to the school to confirm that you live in the zone in which you are registering:

  • current property tax receipt
  • power or gas bill
  • home mortgage note  
  • lease or rental agreement 
While a driver's license is an acceptable proof of residence for our school district, it is not accepted by Bright from the Start. Please be sure to provide two of the above when registering for the drawing. 
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. This must be completed and notarized by school personnel. The person you live with will need to provide two of the above documents to confirm their address. This process must be done at the school with all involved parties present.
Also, bring the following documents pertaining to your child:
  • 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
If your child is selected through the Pre-K drawing, you will be required to submit the following forms during the online school registration process. These forms are not required to participate in the drawing.
  • The Georgia Certificate of Immunization (3231)
  • The Georgia Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental, and Nutrition (3300)