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Teaching and Learning - Pre-K Early Success Centers
Funded through the Georgia Lottery, Muscogee County Schools’ Pre-K Program provides positive learning experiences and skill development. Our focus is to provide our four-year-olds with learning experiences that will prepare them for kindergarten and academic success throughout their educational journey. We strive to provide enriching experiences for young children that will give the best possible start to school readiness.
Muscogee County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten program helps children become independent.
Muscogee County School District has 46 classes at 16 different schools. Our program provides a full day (6.5 hours) of appropriate instructional services to students for the regular school calendar year.
A maximum of twenty-two (22) students receive services in each class. Each classroom has a qualified lead teacher and trained teacher assistant. More information about the Georgia Lottery funded Pre-k program can be obtained by going to www.decal.ga.gov.
- Children who are four (4) years of age on or before September 1, 2021 and live within the Muscogee County Schools attendance zone are eligible to enroll in the program.
- Children are eligible to attend Georgia’s pre-k for one year only.
- Children with a late birth date and are not eligible to attend kindergarten may be eligible to enroll-September 2, 2016-December 31, 2016. A parent acknowledgement form must be completed during the application process. Please contact the Pre-K Department for the form. If you are the parent of twins, triplets, etc., you are required to submit one application per child.
- If your child is pulled as number 22 on the list, you will have the option to accept one seat for one twin and place the other on the Waiting List. The second option is to wait until all siblings are offered a seat.
Pre-K Elementary Schools
Registration 2021-2022 school year
February 15, 2021 – March 15, 2021
Steps in the Pre-K Lottery Process
- Apply on-line for a Pre-K seat. Email confirmation will be sent to the parent when application is complete.
- All applications received during the window will be entered into the computerized lottery drawing.
- Parents receive email notification of results on March 26, 2021- acceptance or placed on the waiting list.
- If accepted, parents are required to upload required documents using Infinite Campus from April 1-9, 2021.
Online Pre-K Lottery Application
Students will be randomly selected to by a computer program. Students not selected during the lottery process will be placed on the waiting list. All parents will receive email notification on March 26, 2021. If a vacancy occurs the parents of the next child on the waiting list; will be contacted via telephone. Parents will be provided 24 hours from the time of the school’s contact to notify the school of their decision to either accept or decline the seat offered. If the seat is declined, the next name on the waiting list will be contacted.
Parents who wish to apply after March 26, 2021 must complete a waiting list application. When an opening becomes available, you will be contacted via telephone. For additional information, please call the pre-k department secretary, Thalia Carey at 706-748-2118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documentation required for enrollment, if your child is accepted into the program:
- Proof of age-birth certificate or passport
- Muscogee County Proof of residency-- enrolling parent/guardian:(mortgage or lease agreement and current utility bill (power, water, land line phone, or cable)
- Picture identification (ID) of Parent/Guardian
- Copy of the child’s social security card/or a completed waiver form
- Current Valid Georgia Immunization Form 3231
- Georgia Vision, Hearing, Dental, Nutrition Screening Form 3300
- If applicable:If you receive any state or federal assistance, please provide a copy of one your eligibility cards (Peachcare, SSI, Food Stamps, TANF, and Medicaid).This is used for Pre-K funding purposes only.
Note:if your child is accepted in a Blended Pre-Kindergarten Classroom, the following additional documents will be required for enrollment: Health Determination Form and Dental Examination Form. A representative from Head Start will be able to assist each family with these documents.
The Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) form the foundation for Muscogee County Schools Pre-K instruction. They are developmentally appropriate, attainable standards for Georgia’s youngest learners and are designed to be flexible enough to support children’s individual rates of development. The GELDS are correlated to Georgia's Kindergarten Standards and to the Work Sampling assessment indicators, thus promoting a seamless educational program for early learning. (For more information: http://gelds.decal.ga.gov ).
Please watch the Pre-K Parent Orientation below. It will explain what to expect in a GA Pre-K Classroom.
Frog Street Curriculum
Second Step Curriculum Program
Pre-K School Supplies
Backpack without wheels (large enough to fit a folder and towels/blankets)
Plastic folder (to send papers to and from school)
2 Standard Beach Towels or 2 Small Blankets for Rest Time-The towels or blankets will remain at school until the end of the week to be washed and returned each Monday.
Extra set of clothes-- underwear, socks, and pants in a large Ziploc Bag; Please label the bag with your child’s name.
Recent picture of your child and/or family for the classroom family board
Documents and Resources
Reading Tips for Parents of Pre-K Students
Ordering a Birth Certificate
GA Form 3300-Vision, Hearing, Dental, Nutrition Screening Form
GA Form 3231-Certificate of Immunization
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 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chronic tardiness is defined as late arrival or early departure more than once per week.
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.
Pre-K providers cannot charge a registration fee for the 6.5 hours instructional day.
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.
Continue to monitor the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) website.
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.
Kimberly Thomas Pre-K DirectorDepartment of Early Success Centers
Muscogee County Public Education Center
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
Thalia Carey Administrative AssistantDepartment of Early Success Centers
Muscogee County Public Education Center
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906