Free, state-funded Pre-K program in Chatham County

268 students waitlisted for Pre-K @ Savannah-Chatham public schools

Scoring a coveted spot on the already difficult to get in free, lottery-funded pre-K @ Savannah-Chatham public schools has become even more difficult.

SCCPSS Academic Affairs department presented the following update on Pre-K enrollment at the April 12 2023 Informal School Board meeting:

1,483 Pre-K applications were submitted for 2023-24 school year – an increase of 343 applications over last year – and 1,140 students were accepted.

30 PreK sites including Oatland Island, Woodville, and Windsor Forest High School
• 1,483 Pre-K applications submitted for 2023-24 school year
• Increase of 343 applications from last year
• 1,140 students accepted for SY 2024 with 268 waitlisted

About Georgia Pre-K

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.

To participate, children must be four years of age on or before September 1 of the school year that they want to attend Georgia’s Pre-K. 

Pre-K is voluntary, not compulsory.


Limited free pre-k available @ YMCA of Coastal Georgia

YMCA of Coastal Georgia branches also offer the free, lottery-funded pre-k program. Limited spots available for 2023-24 school year.

Learn more here.

To register, please visit the YMCA site you wish your child to attend. You will be required to submit the following materials for registration:

Application for enrollment 

Birth certificate

Social Security card

Proof of residency (electric, water or gas bill)

3231 Immunization record

EED Form 3300

Find more information here or contact the YMCA you wish to attend:

Effingham YMCA: Matthew Brown, 912-826-2199

Golden Isles YMCA: Shaisha Walker, 912-265-4100

Habersham YMCA: Gloria Stanley, 912-660-4388

West Chatham YMCA: Sara Kennedy, 912-748-9622

Learn more here.


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