Teaching and Learning - Pre-K Early Success Centers

Early Success Centers

General Information

Muscogee County School District’s Pre-K Program

“Excellence in Education Starts Early”

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 School District has 46 classes at 15 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.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible to attend the Pre-K program in Muscogee County, a student must be 4* on or before September 1, 2019 and a resident of Muscogee County.

*Note: 5 year old children who have not previously attended a Georgia Pre-K program may also enroll. A parent acknowledgement form must be completed during registration

Pre-K Registration for 2019-2020 School Year
Students will be randomly selected to by a computer program. Students not selected will be placed on the waiting list. If a vacancy occurs the parents of the next child on the waiting list; will be contacted.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.

Students who register for PreK after March 14, 2019 will be placed on a waiting list. You will have to complete a waiting list application. For additional information, please call Aubrey Cobb at 706-748-2118 or email cobb.aubrey.v@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

Documentation required for registration
(if your child is accepted into the program:)
  1. Certified birth certificate of the child or a passport
  2. Copy of the child’s social security card/or a completed waiver form
  3. Photo Identification of parent/guardian
  4. Proof of address:rental/lease/mortgage agreement and a current utility bill (electricity, gas, water, or home phone) showing the current address
  5. Current Valid Georgia Immunization Form 3231
  6. Georgia Vision, Hearing, Dental, Nutrition Screening Form 3300
  7. 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.

Academics and Curriculum
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 ).

Pre-K Supply List
  • *Book bag
  • *Change of clothes, including underwear
  • *2 towels (beach or large bath towel):used for naptime

Pre-K Centers
15 Pre-K Sites/Centers consists 46 Pre-K classrooms which serve 22 pre-kindergarten students per class. The highlighted schools are zoned for the school listed above in bold type.

Double Churches Elementary
North Columbus Elementary
Brewer Elementary Dawson Elementary
Dimon Magnet Academy
Fox Elementary
Hannan Elementary
Johnson Elementary
Dorothy Height Elementary ** Forrest Road
Reese Road Leadership Academy
Waddell Elementary
JD Davis Elementary
Downtown Magnet Academy
Wynnton Arts Academy
Eagle Ridge Academy
Blanchard Elementary
Lonnie Jackson Academy
Georgetown Elementary
St. Mary’s Road Magnet Academy
River Road Elementary
Allen Elementary
Rigdon Road Elementary
Clubview Elementary
Gentian Elementary
** South Columbus Elementary
Key Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
Mathews Elementary Midland Academy Wesley Heights Elementary
**These schools participate in a partnership with the Head Start Program (blended class). The class sizes for these classes will be 20 students. The following additional documents will be required for enrollment: completed Health Determination Form and Dental Examination Form. A representative from Head Start will be able to assist each family with these documents.
Forrest Road-2 Blended Classes
South Columbus Elementary-1 Blended Class

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

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.

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

Aubrey Cobb Administrative Assistant

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