Local school systems
- Require you to be a resident of the school system’s district
- Generally accept registration applications between January and mid-March
- May limit how many schools your child may be considered for when you apply to the system’s Pre-K program
Child care learning centers
- Are not part of the local school system
- Have no state limit to how many centers you can apply to
- May offer programs besides the state-funded Georgia Pre-K Program, so make sure you’re applying to the no-cost program
- Do not have county residency requirements
- Generally accept registration applications around the same time as the local school system
Georgia’s Pre-K is a free, state-funded program for four-year-olds.
The Georgia Pre-K Program provides a 6.5-hour instructional day, 5 days a week, 180 days a year at no cost to families. You must apply to be considered for a spot in a Pre-K program.
Each Pre-K provider sets its own application processes, registration deadlines, and selection criteria. Some may include lotteries, wait lists, and other processes to accept students. Contact the provider directly to learn more.
Pre-K is voluntary, not compulsory.