The Bright from the Start Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program and the Effingham County School System continues to serve four-year-old children and their families in our area with an academic emphasis on school readiness. Certified teachers and trained paraprofessionals provide active learning experiences for the children by helping them become familiar with skills and activities. This is accomplished through specially designed developmentally-appropriate curriculum. Students will learn and discover through play many skills that will help prepare them for kindergarten. Manipulatives and study centers provide a wide range of academic activities that will enable the students to comprehend both math and reading skills.
This program is a five-day-a-week, regular school day program. Breakfast and lunch may be purchased from the school's cafeteria, and snacks are provided. Board and School Policies and Procedures are applicable to Pre-K students. For example, book bags are required to be clear or mesh only; attendance requirements (both Bright from the Start and Effingham County policies for excessive absences/tardies/early pick-up), procedures for visitors, etc. However, there is an exception to the Dress Code Policy requirement for school uniforms – Pre-K students do not have to wear school uniforms, but they are expected to follow the Dress Code policy for wearing non-uniform items to school. The Pre-K Program will furnish school supplies such as pencils, crayons, paper, and rest mats.
Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of each current school year to be eligible for the Effingham County Pre-K Program as required by the Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning.
Currently, our Pre-K Program has a total of 23 classes that are housed at the school campuses as follows : Blandford Elementary - three classes; Ebenezer Elementary - three classes; Guyton Elementary - three classes; Marlow Elementary - three classes; Sand Hill Elementary - two classes; Rincon Elementary - three classes; South Effingham Elementary - two classes; and Springfield Elementary - two classes. Effingham County High School has one Springfield Elementary class and South Effingham High School houses one class from South Effingham Elementary School.
If you are not sure which school district your child resides in, please call Bus Transportation at 912-754-3574.
Please Note - Your child must be 4 years old on or prior to September 1, 2015 in order to participate in the 2015-2016 Georgia State Funded Pre-K Lottery Program. Also, please remember, you may only submit one application (per child) for the school district in which you live. If you submit an application for more than one school district, you may risk losing your placement. We look forward to having your child in our state Pre-Kindergarten Program as well as working with you toward helping your child have a great educational experience.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 912-754-5628 or your school district Data Clerk (see school directory page for school phone numbers).
Dr. Sandra W. Nethels
Special Programs Coordinator
Effingham County Board of Education
405 North Ash Street
Springfield, GA 31329