Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Becoming a Georgia’s Pre-K Program Provider

Becoming a Georgia’s Pre-K Program Provider - The first steps in becoming a provider, the requirements and guidelines to adhere to, and application information.

Summary: Read about how to become a Georgia’s Pre-K Program provider, the guidelines that must be met, and the application information.

Applies to: Providers, Pre-K Application, Pre-K Provider’s Operating Guidelines

Downloads: Georgia Pre-K Application

The 2016-2017 Georgia’s Pre-K Program Application will be posted on March 28, 2016. Mail completed application to:

Bright from the Start:
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Pre-K Application Enclosed
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 754, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Who is eligible to apply to be a Georgia’s Pre-K Program provider?

Child care centers with licensed capacity for 22 children, local school systems, charter schools, and other public institutions (e.g. universities, military bases) are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

The Pre-K application details the requirements for providers and gives information on the funding process. Additional information on requirements and funding can be found in the Providers' Operating Guidelines.

The 2016-2017 Pre-K Application Package for new programs will be posted on March 28. Once the application is posted, you can review and download by clicking here.

When will I know if I have been awarded a Pre-K class?

All new applicants will be notified by mail after the Georgia General Assembly approves and the Govenor signs the state budget. This process usually takes place in late spring.

What operating guidelines must I follow?

To ensure program compliance and quality service, all Pre-K providers must be familiar with and implement the current school year Pre-K Providers' Operating Guidelines. This document is intended to reduce paperwork, to provide clarity, and to offer guidance to current and new Pre-K providers.