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 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Children are eligible to attend Georgia’s pre-k for one year only.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
*Note: If you are the parent of twins, triplets, etc., you are required to submit one application per child.

Pre-K Elementary Schools

Pre-K Elementary Schools

Registration 2021-2022 school year

February 15, 2021 – March 15, 2021

Steps in the Pre-K Lottery Process
  1. Apply on-line for a Pre-K seat. Email confirmation will be sent to the parent when application is complete.
  2. All applications received during the window will be entered into the computerized lottery drawing.
  3. Parents receive email notification of results on March 26, 2021- acceptance or placed on the waiting list.
  4. 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 carey.thalia.l@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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.
Blended Pre-k Classrooms are offered at South Columbus Elementary (1 class) and Forrest Road Elementary (2 classes).This is a partnership between Muscogee County Schools and Enrichment Services/Headstart.The maximum number of students per class- 20.

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.

Program Overview

Muscogee County School’s Pre-Kindergarten program provides child who are 4 years of age with the learning experiences they need in order to prepare for kindergarten. We focus on social emotional development, reading/writing, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, and physical development.

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.

Curriculum Resources

Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards
Frog Street Curriculum
Conscious Discipline
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

Columbus GA Daycare with Lottery Funded GA Pre-K
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

Helpful Websites

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

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.

Contact Information

Kimberly Thomas Pre-K Director

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

Keasha Wooten Administrative Assistant

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