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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, the amount of space required, and the application information.

Applies to: Georgia's Pre-K Program, Families, Children, School Readiness, Enrollment, Provider Search, Lunches, Learning Activities, Field Trips, Special Needs, Teachers, Providers, Pre-K Applications

Downloads: Georgia Pre-K Application

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.

What curriculum do I choose?
All approved curricula are listed in the application. You must choose one curriculum to implement before sending in your completed application. The contact information for each curriculum is available in the Curriculum document found on the Curriculum page. or by calling 1-888-4GA-PREK.

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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.

This year applications for new programs will be released on March 25th. Once the application is ready, you can review and download by clicking here. Centers must have licensed space for 22 children.

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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.

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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.

For additional information regarding the guidelines go to:
Pre-K > Providers' Operating Guidelines.

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