What is Georgia's Pre-K Program?

    The Pre-Kindergarten Program is a federal program funded by the Georgia Lottery and operated by the Bright From the Start, Department of Early Care and Learning. The focus is to provide our four-year-olds with the learning experiences they need in order to prepare for kindergarten and succeed academically throughout their educational experiences. Sites are available in both public school systems and private child care centers.  

    The Hart County Charter System has 5 Pre-K classrooms (one at Hartwell Elementary, two at North Hart Elementary, and two at South Hart Elementary) which each serve 22 students. 

    Who is eligible for Georgia's Pre-K Program?

    Children four years of age on September 1 of the current school year who are Georgia residents are eligible to attend Georgia's Pre-K Program during this school year. Georgia’s Pre-K Program is voluntary for families and for providers.

    Because participation in Georgia's Pre-K Program is voluntary for public schools and for private child development centers, there may not be enough spaces in every community for all four-year-olds who wish to participate.

    How can I enroll my child in Georgia's Pre-K Program?

    Registration for the Pre-K Program is held in April each year. However, a waiting list is maintained throughout the school year. To have your child placed on the Pre-K waiting list for the current school year, the following documents are required:

    • Pre-K Registration Packet - Available at Pre-K Registration Site
    • Proof of age -  Original Birth Certificate
    • Proof of Georgia residency - Current (within 60 days) utility bill from Georgia Power, Hart EMC, or HTC; property tax bill; deed or lease agreement; non-contingent sales contract; or notarized statement of residency if parents and student live in a home belonging to another. 
    • Georgia Certificate of Immunization - Form 3231
    • Social Security Card
    • If applicable, please bring:
      • Custodial papers or legal guardianship documentation
      • Medicaid card
      • Proof of food stamps, TANF, and/or SSI


    For more information, please contact the Hart County Board of Education office at 706-376-5141.