Pre-K Registration

2020-21 Registration Process

UPDATE – March 2, 2020: Applications closed Feb. 28, 2020,  for 2020-21 Pre-K (for children turning four years old by Sept. 1, 2020).

For schools where the number of applicants exceeds the space available, a drawing is set for March 13, and ALL registrants — those accepted and those assigned to the waiting list — will be notified by U.S. mail after that date with information about their status.

Please contact your child’s school for additional information.

There are a limited number of spaces in the Pre-K program, and completion of the application process does not guarantee enrollment. Application forms are available annually at each school (they are not available electronically because of state requirements). Only completed applications that have been returned by the deadline are considered.

If you have a question about the school for which your residence is zoned, please call us at 706-367-5151.

You will need the following items to complete the application process:
  • Proof of residency in the parent/guardian’s name. The following are acceptable:
    • Copy of home settlement statement or mortgage statement.
    • Copy of current lease agreement signed by the landlord (handwritten notes are not accepted).
    • Copy of current utility bill/service connection with parent/guardian’s name and service address.
    • Copy of current homeowner’s insurance statement with parent/guardian’s name and address.

Should living arrangements be a multi-residence household or a shared household, and the parent/guardian is not the homeowner or head of household, a Student Residency Questionnaire and a Certificate of Multi-Family Residence form must be completed, notarized, and on file. The school can provide notary if needed.

  • Student’s Birth Certificate, hospital-issued birth record, or religious birth record.*

Proof of Guardianship/Custody Agreement is required when both birth parents are listed on the birth certificate but do not live in the same household.

  • Child’s Social Security Card or signed waiver

SSN waiver available at the time of registration

  • Parent/guardian proof of identification

Examples are: Photo ID, passport, work badge, etc.

Available through/conducted by the local health department or a Georgia physician. Required for children entering Georgia schools for the first time.

  • Georgia Immunization Form 3231. Available only through the Health Department or a Georgia physician.

If your child was born in Georgia, the Vital Records Department of Jackson County, which is part of the Probate Court, can provide a certified copy of the birth certificate for a small fee. With proper ID and $25, you can get a certified copy of the birth certificate on the spot — even if there are issues you can usually get one within ~72 hours.

Click here to read more, BUT don’t be put off by the “download and mail this form” statement — you CAN go in person and get the BC on the spot or apply in person for the 72-hour version. If cost is an issue, contact Rachel Duke, our lead social worker, at 706-367-5151.

If your child was NOT born in Georgia, check with the Vital Records office in the state of birth; many states offer similar services online.

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McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.
If the McKinney-Vento Act applies to your family, the school registrar/school social worker will be able to assist with the registration process.If you have further questions regarding registration, please contact the school the student will be attending.