Bibb County “Bright from the Start” Pre-K

 
Handbook for Administrators

 

What is Georgia's Pre-K Program?
Georgia's Pre-K Program is a lottery funded educational program for Georgia's four year olds to prepare children for Kindergarten.

 

History of Georgia's Pre-K Program

During the 1990 gubernatorial election in Georgia, Governor Miller proposed the creation of the Georgia Lottery for Education. To ensure public support for the referendum, he committed to the Georgia electorate that all funds would be used to supplement - not supplant - existing educational programs. He specifically supported the development of a preschool program and a college scholarship initiative. The voters of Georgia passed the proposal in November 1992. After the referendum passed, the Governor assigned senior staff in his Office of Planning and Budget, leaders of the Department of Education, and staff in the Department of Human Resources to formulate a plan for the preschool initiative.
 

Unlike the development of other statewide initiatives, formative hands-on management came directly from the Governor. The personal involvement of Governor Miller then, and Governor Perdue now, is clearly one of the reasons why a program serving a few hundred children a decade ago has become the most successful prekindergarten effort in the nation today.

 

The Pre-K Program began as a pilot program serving 750 at-risk four-year-old children and their families at 20 sites in 1992. These programs were school-based, center-based, and home-based programs best suited to meeting individual community needs. Three million dollars from state funds paid for the program. In 1993-94, the first lottery funds were utilized to provide prekindergarten programs for more than 8,700 at-risk four-year-old children.

 

The next major prekindergarten milestone took place in September 1995 when the program was universally opened to all eligible four-year-old children, not just at-risk families. The program tripled its expansion efforts from15,500 children in 1994-95 to 44,000 slots during the 1995-96 school year. During this time, the private sector became an integral part of the program allowing the program to expand quickly without utilizing funds for capital outlay on new buildings or expansion facilities. A public/private partnership of this magnitude was a first in Georgia and the nation.

In March 1996, the Georgia General Assembly created the Office of School Readiness to be a one-stop children's department administering Georgia's Pre-K Program, federal nutrition programs, and some early intervention services.

 

The Pre-K program continued to expand under the newly created Office of School Readiness from 57,000 children in 1996-97 to 68,000 children in the 2003-2004 school year. Major improvements in program quality, implementation of learning goals and quality standards, simplified administrative requirements, and intense training initiatives were implemented. The instructional standards children enrolled in Pre-K were revised in 2003 to align with current research, and the program evaluation (Georgia's Pre-K Program Quality Assessment) was updated to assist providers in raising the quality of services and meeting the needs of the children. By of the tenth anniversary of Georgia's Pre-K Program in 2002-2003, over 500,000 children had participated in the lottery funded Pre-K Program.

On July 1, 2004, the Office of School Readiness officially became Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The Department was created when the Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 456 during the 2004 session.   During the 2009-2010 school year, the millionth child entered Georgia’s Pre-K.

 

Bibb County Public Schools Pre-K History of Classroom Placement in Various Schools

 

09-10 Barden, Bernd, Brookdale, Bruce, Burghard, Carter, Danforth, Hartley, Heard, Heritage, Ingram/Pye (2), Jones, Lane, Morgan, Northwoods(new 3 classes), Porter, Rice(2), Riley, Skyview(2),  Springdale, Taylor, Union, Williams.

 

08-09 Barden, Bernd, Brookdale, Bruce, (at a new school) Burghard, Burke, Butler (2),  Carter, Danforth, Heard, Heritage, Ing/Pye (3 classes serving I/Pye, old Hamilton, Hartley), Jones, Lane, Morgan, Porter, Rice, Riley, Skyview (2 classes),  Springdale, Taylor, Union, Williams.

 

07-08 Barden, Bernd, Brookdale, Bruce, (at a new school) Burghard, Burke, Butler (2),  Carter, Danforth, Heard, Heritage, Ing/Pye (3 classes serving I/Pye, old Hamilton, Hartley), Jones, Lane, Morgan, Porter, Rice, Riley, Skyview (2 classes),  Springdale, Taylor, Union, Williams.

 

06-07 Barden, Bernd, Brookdale, Bruce, (at a new school) Burghard, Burke, Butler (2),  Carter, Danforth, Hamilton, Hartley, Heard, Heritage, Ing/Pye, Jones, Lane, Morgan, Porter, Rice, Riley, Skyview,   Springdale, Taylor, Union, Williams. All Lottery Funded.

 

05-06 Barden (BOE), Bernd, Brookdale (BOE), Bruce, (at Weir site) Burghard, Burke, Butler, Carter, Danforth, Hamilton, Hartley (BOE), Heard, Heritage, Ing/Pye, Jones, Lane, Morgan, Porter, Rice, Riley (B OE), Skyview,   Springdale, Taylor, Union, Williams.

 

04-05 Barden (Title 1), Bernd, Bruce, Burghard, Burke, Butler Inclusion Classes (2), Carter, Danforth, Hamilton, Hartley(Title 1), Heard, Heritage, Ing/Pye, Jones, Lane, Morgan, Porter, Rice, Riley (Title 1), Skyview,   Springdale, Taylor, Union, Williams.

 

03-04 Bernd,Bruce,  Burghard, Burke, Butler (2), Carter, Danforth, Hamilton, Heard, Heritage, Ingram/Pye, Jones, Lane, Morgan, Rice, Skyview, Vineville, Williams.

 

02-03 Bernd, Bruce, Burke, Butler (2), Carter, Danforth (2), Hamilton, Heard, Heritage,  Ingram/Pye, Lane, Morgan,  Rice (2), Skyview,  Williams.

 

01-02 Bernd, Bruce, Burke, Butler (2), Danforth (2), Hamilton, Hartley, Ingram/Pye, Lane (3), Rice (2), Williams.

 

01-02 Bernd, Bruce, Burke, Butler (2), Danforth (2), Hamilton, Hartley, Ingram/Pye, Lane (3),Rice (2), Williams.

 

00-01 Bernd, Bruce, Burke (2), Butler (2), Danforth (2), Hamilton, Hartley (2), Ingram/Pye, Lane (3), Rice (2), Williams.

 

99-00 Bernd, Bruce,Burdell, Burke (2),  Butler (2), Danforth (2), Hamilton, Hartley (2), Ingram/Pye, Lane (3),  Rice , Williams.

 

98-99 Bernd, Bruce, Burdell, Burke (2),  Butler (2), Danforth (2), Hamilton, Hartley , Ingram/Pye, Lane (2),Morgan(2), Riley, Williams.

 

97-98 Bruce, Burdell, Burke (2), Butler (3), Danforth, Hamilton, Hartley, Lane, Morgan (2), Murphey, Pendleton, Riley, Williams.

 

96-97 Bruce, Burdell, Burke (2), Danforth, Davis, Hamilton, Hartley, Lane, Morgan (2), Murphey, Pendleton, Riley, Williams.

 

95-96 Bruce, Burdell (2), Burke (2), Danforth, Davis, Hamilton (2), Hartley, Lane, Morgan, Murphey, Pendleton, Riley, Williams, Union (2).

 

94-95 Murphey (2), Davis, Pendleton, Hamilton, Riley, Williams.

 

93-94 Davis, Murphey (2), Pendleton.

 

92-93 Murphey, Pendleton, (Pilot).

 

 

Who is eligible for Georgia's Pre-K Program?

Children four years of age on September 1 of the current school year who are Georgia residents are eligible to attend Georgia's Pre-K Program during this school year. Georgia’s Pre-K Program is voluntary for families and for providers.

 

Because participation in Georgia's Pre-K Program is voluntary for public schools and for private child development centers, there may not be enough spaces in every community for all four year olds who wish to participate. Every effort will be made to contract with eligible centers to create enough spaces for children who want to attend OR to match children with available spaces in other Georgia’s Pre-K Program providers in the area.

  

When are the programs offered?
Pre-K programs usually operate on the regular school system calendar for the length of a typical school day.  Programs may be offered at local public schools or through private providers of preschool services.

 
Extended day services beyond the 6.5 hour instructional day (before- and after-school care) may be available.  Parents should contact their prekindergarten program provider to learn if these services are offered.  This varies from school to school. 

 

REGISTRATION for Bibb CountyPre-K Classrooms 

Bibb County Enrollment Procedures:

 Pre-K registration will be held March 6-30, 2012.  Registration is held at the Bibb County Welcome Center and any other site determined by the Pre-K Director. Children must be four years of age by September 1 of the year of registration.

 Applicants must provide the child’s certified birthcertificate, social security card, and proof of address, according to the Bibb County School Zone Policy. Applicants may apply for their school zone or Northwoods Academy.  At registration, each applicant must address an envelope to themselves for notification purposes.  If a child is not selected in the random computer drawing the child will be placed on a waiting list for the school. No child will be given the number that they are on the waiting list.

 If twins apply and one twin is selected, the other twin will be awarded a slot. If one twin is number 22 and the second twin was not selected, both twins will be placed on the waiting list as number 1 and 2.  If two siblings apply that are Pre-K eligible and live in the same household, this policy will also apply.

 Any child that lives in Bibb County may apply for Northwoods Academy.

 All children may apply for their neighborhood school.  Program Exceptional Students may apply to their neighborhood school.  All students are selected in a random computer selection conducted by the office of Research and Development.   Bibb County Employees are not granted preferential treatment.  Pre-K is not a mandatory program and it is funded by the Georgia Lottery.

 Employees of the school system may apply at their neighborhood school, Northwoods Academy or they may apply at the school wherethe parent works, if a Pre-K class is housed at their school. Out of county employees may apply also to the Pre-K Program. Grandparents may use the employee policy only if the grandparent is the student’s legal guardian and lives in the household with the student.

 If a child is selected at one school and moves to anotherschool zone, the child will be placed on the waiting list of the school towhich the child has moved.

 All parents must attend a mandatory orientation. This is stipulated by the state of Georgia and Bright from the Start, The Department of Early Care and Learning.  If the parentor guardian fails to attend the orientation or the makeup orientation, then the child will be removed from the class.

 The class rosters will be made by the Pre-K Director orby her designee. The waiting list will be maintained by the Pre-K Director.When a vacancy occurs, the Pre-K Director will contact the next person on the waiting list to fill the slot. The slot will be filled in the order of the waiting list.

 Both the rosters and the waiting lists are submitted monthly to the PANDA Office of Financial Services of Bright from the Start, The Department of Early Care and Learning by the director of programs.  Students may not be skipped to the “front of the line” for any reason.

 

What is needed to enroll a child in Georgia's Pre-K Program?
   

Proof that a child is age eligible and a Georgia residentare required to register a child for Pre-K.Acceptable proof-of-age includes birth certificate, passport, and hospital record of live birth, green card, pink card or Federal I-94 card.Acceptable proof-of-residency includes alease, utility bill or letter from a shelter or employer.

Registration for Bibb County Pre-K classrooms occurs throughout the month of February.  All students who are 4 years old before September 1 of the year in which they are registering are able to attend their zoned Pre-K.

 All children enrolled in Georgia's Pre-K Program mus thave hearing, vision, and dental examination certificates (DHRForm 3300) on file within 90 calendar days of program entry. Form 3300 must be signed by a private practitioner or representative of a local Department of Health.

Immunizations (DHR Form 3231) must be up-to-date or affidavits must be on file within 30 calendar days of program entry.

 
Supplies
 
Each classroom will receive $1200.00 from the Georgia's Bright from the Start.  This money will be placed in their school account when it arrives from the state.  This money is to buy materials and items used to meet the requirements of mandated  areas of Pre- K from Bright from the Start.  This money may be used for cooking supplies, art supplies, books, paper, fish food, plants, music, CD's, blocks, dolls, doll clothes, puzzles and any other items that are part of the curriculum of the Pre-K classroom.  See the basic list below for items that must be in a Pre-K classroom to meet the compliance demands.  Teachers will give the purchase requisitions to the school  secretary for entry into the main system.  The principal signs them.  The secretary will then send the requisitions to the director of early childhood programs, Dr. Erin Weaver, at Northwoods.  She will sign the requisitions and then send it to the accounting department.  Teachers should also be reimbursed for moneys spent for items used in their classroom.  The teacher and the principal must discuss this before any moneys are spent.  This money may only be used by Pre-K.  More details are contained in the following document:  http://decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/AppendixI_Basic_Equipment_List.pdf
 
Students are required to bring a complete change of clothes to leave at school, two bath towels for student's use as blankets during rest time, and a back pack (no wheels, please!).  The towels will be sent home each week for laundrying.  This is the parents'/ guardians' responsibility.

  

Discipline

 

Pre-K students are young and need to be taught the expected behaviors of school.  Behaviors must be explicitly taught to small children.  Corporal punishment is NOT an option for redirecting student behavior and is forbidden.  Students may only be suspended for severe behavior and only after notifying the county director.  The principal must fax an explanation of the behavior and the strategies used at the school level and the classroom level  to correct the behavior to the system director at 779-3202. See forms: http://decal.ga.gov/BftS/FormList.aspx?cat=Pre-K

 

Creating a Quality Classroom

 

Bright from the Start has specific and very rigid standards for a Georgia Pre-K classroom.  The following sub-headings  that further explain the requirements in room arrangement, language and literacy, math and manipulative, Dramatic play, art, clocks, science, music and movement, outdoor environment, daily routine, and classroom management can be located at :  http://decal.ga.gov/Prek/LearningEnvironment.aspx

 

Georgia  Pre-K Content Standards

Georgia's Pre-K Content Standards were developed to provide a foundation for instruction in all Pre-K classrooms. They reflect current educational research and are aligned with Georgia's Performance Standards for grades K - 12. These standards can be used for planning instruction and assessing child growth and development. Content standards cover seven key curricular areas: Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Creative Expression, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development.

  

 
Questions
 
Please call Dr. Erin Weaver, 779-3204, for all questions concerning Pre-K in the Bibb County Public Schools. 
Last Modified on March 15, 2012