The mission of the Houston County Pre-Kindergarten Program is to provide developmentally appropriate educational opportunities for four-year old children and their families.  The program will promote a partnership among the child, family, school and community to encourage life-long learning.      

Houston County School Pre-K

The Houston County School District Pre-K Program strives to ensure that every child in every school has access to a high-quality education that promotes their academic, social, emotional, and physical development. We are committed to helping your child reach his or her fullest potential, prepared to enter kindergarten.  In partnership with our parents, we strive to meet each child's needs in all areas.  Together, we can accomplish great things and take pride in your child's success.

 

We welcome your questions and concerns. 

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Pre-K LOTTERY Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year:

2021-2022 Pre-K Registration flyer

The Houston County School District will accept applications for the 2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten program March 1 - 26, 2021.  Approximately 1,300 children are expected to register for Pre-K.

Pre-K students must be four years of age on Sept. 1, 2021.  Children who will be 5 years old on Sept. 1, 2021, and are not currently enrolled in one of the school district’s Pre-K classrooms, should register as a kindergarten student for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Beginning Feb. 26 at 4:00 p.m., parents may schedule an appointment and pre-register on the district’s Central Registration webpage.  Parents are asked to follow three steps: 

     1. schedule an appointment online;

     2. pre-register online; and

     3. on the day of the appointment, bring the proper documents to Central Registration.

Central Registration hours are:  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Unless announced otherwise, appointments will be conducted in person.  Parents and guardians are asked to observe the 3 Ws: wear a face covering; wait at least 6 feet apart; and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Applicants will be entered into a computer system for a lottery drawing giving no priority. All Pre-K applications submitted by Mar. 26 will have an equal chance of computer selection, regardless of the application date. Parents will be notified by mail of acceptance or waiting list status by mid-May. 

Pre-K registration must be completed by the parent or legal guardian and requires the following items:

  • Parent/guardian photo ID
  • Certified birth certificate, passport, or other proof of age
  • Guardianship/custody orders if the child does not live with his natural parents
  • Two Proofs of Residency: 

1. Lease or mortgage and

2. One of the following:

      • Utility bill (electric, water or cable bill)
      • Property tax statement or income tax statement
      • Automobile registration or insurance
      • Mail from any government agency
  • Social Security Card or waiver.

The following documents will be required once a child becomes enrolled if not available during registration:

  • Ear, Eye, Dental and Nutrition Screening, Georgia Form 3300 completed after August 3, 2020 (available from a doctor or the Health Department); and
  • Immunization Certificate, Georgia Form 3231 (available from a doctor or the Health Department).
  • Proof of eligibility for Medicaid, SSI, TANF or food stamps, if applicable.

For more information about the application and registration process, please contact Central Registration at 478-741-3610; for information about the Pre-K program, contact the Coordinator for Special Programs at 478-988-6330, or blanche.lamb@hcbe.net

Pre-K Registration for 2020-2021 School Year:

The Houston County School District has openings at several schools.  Only students who reside within zoned schools with openings can apply for slots.  To apply, parents must provide a:

·      completed waiting list form available at the zoned school;

·      child’s birth certificate for proof of age; and

·      current utility bill for proof of residency.

Once all items above are prepared, please complete the online Registration Appointment form.

Please note, your child must be four years of age on September 1, 2020, to attend a Georgia Pre-K Lottery funded school for the 2020-2021 school year.  Children who are five years of age on September 1, 2020, should be registered for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.

All About Pre-K

Preparing for Pre-K

What should my child know and be able to do at this age?

Is there some type of free screening I can administer myself if I have concerns about my child's development?

How can I help prepare my child for Pre-K?  

PREPARING FOR PRE-K AND HEALTHY PRACTICES

Families are strongly encouraged to practice handwashing with their child so the child can independently wash his or her hands. 

Below are some conversation starters or “social stories” to teach physical distancing, wearing masks or having temperature taken.

I Am Going Back to School

We Wear Masks

Wearing a Mask To School

Time to Come in Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing

Video Teaching the Importance of Handwashing and Other Resources

Pre-K Beyond Houston County Schools

Visit GA BFTS DECAL Page to locate other Pre-K programs.

GA Pre-K Activities for home

Georgia Pre-K Resources for Parents:

Pre-K Learning: