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Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) meets the child care and early education needs of the state's children and their families.


2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE, 754 East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334

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What programs does the department offer?

DECAL manages Head Start and Pre-K programs, as well as the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program.

How old does my daughter need to be before I can enroll her in the Pre-K Program, and how do I sign her up for the program?

Your daughter must be 4 years old on September 1. Before the first day of the program, make sure to provide the child care center you've chosen with an age verifying document, such as a birth certificate, passport, green card, or pink card. Additionally, you'll need to make sure that your daughter's immunizations records and hearing, vision, and dental exams are up to date.

Not every public school or private child care center houses a Pre-K program, and so spaces are limited to participating centers. For that reason, you should prepare all your documents, contact the center you like most and register your daughter directly with the center as early as possible. Begin your search for Pre-K Program centers in your area.