Applications for Savannah-Chatham FREE pre-K 2010-11 not available until April

 Let the madness begin.

The confusing and nerve-wrecking  application process for the FREE pre-k-handprint.gifGeorgia pre-k program is not expected to start until April. It was intially supposed to start in February. But now the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education BOE Web site reads the application process will be Monday, April 12, 2010 through Friday, May 7, 2010.

Applications are expected to be available April 12 at the Savannah-Chatham public schools that offer the free, full-day program and at 208 Bull St.

Children 4-years-old prior to or on Sept. 1, 2010 are eligible for funded (i.e. FREE) pre-K in Georgia. (Did we mention it’s free?) You can only apply to TWO different schools and your first choice must be the school in your public school attendance zone.

Children will be selected through a lottery process, which will be held May.

To get a list of the designated attendance zone, click on this school locator and put in your address. If you have any questions, call the Savannah-Chatham School’s pre-K program director LaWanda Ransom @ 912. 395.1154 or 912. 395.5635 or email her @

Private schools also offer the free pre-K program including Maggies’ Morning School, Savannah Youth University, Candler’s  The Children’s House, and  YMCA Childcare Plus: but many have a different application process. If you’re interested in a private child care that has it, call the school to find out when their applications are due.  Many are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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