Pre-K | (4 yrs. old)
ZBA parent reads to the class during Dr. Seuss’ Reading Celebration.
GEORGIA LOTTERY FUNDED PRE-K
The first of the National Education Goals states “all children will start school ready to learn.” Keeping in mind the following contexts, Georgia formulated a definition of school readiness. We believe school readiness must be defined within the context of the nature of four year olds and how they learn. We believe it must be defined within the context of families and how they live. School readiness must be defined within the context of communities and the services they provide. And, it must be defined within the context of schools and their readiness for children.
A child’s readiness for school is when…
possible health barriers that block learning have been detected, suspected physical or mental disabilities have been addressed, enthusiasm, curiosity, and persistence toward learning is demonstrated, feelings of both self and others are recognized, social and interpersonal skills are emerging, communication with others is effective, early literacy skills are evident, and a general knowledge about the world, things, places, events, and people has been acquired.
Georgia Pre-K prompts school readiness…
An appropriate program for four year olds is not a watered down kindergarten program. Children learn through play and learning centers which are integral parts of pre-kindergarten classrooms. Pre-K programs reflect an understanding of how children learn by emphasizing active learning, consistent daily routines, and the use of positive behavioral management and assessment strategies. The school readiness goals of the Pre-K program provide appropriate preschool experiences emphasizing growth in language and literacy, math concepts, science, social studies, arts, physical development, and social and emotional competence.
Georgia’s Pre-K Program is offered free to all four-year-old children regardless of parental income. To participate, children must be four years of age on or before September 1 of the school year. Five-year-old children who have not previously attended the Pre-K program and who have late birthdays or developmental delays that impact their readiness for school may also enroll at the request of their parents. The program provides a full 6.5-hour instructional day for children, five days a week, 180 days a year.