• Pre-K Registration Update
    Appointments for Pre-K Lottery are being postponed until further notice. In light of the Effingham County Board of Education closing of schools and associated events effective immediately, Pre-K Registration and the lottery drawing have been postponed. As soon as we have more information, we will contact you regarding rescheduling your appointment. This will NOT impact the results of the lottery process.

    You can make your future appointment time more efficient by following these steps:

    • Use this time to make sure that you have ALL of your documents – including birth certificate and a proof of residency that is current within 30 days of your appointment. All required documents must be brought to your appointment to complete your registration.
    • Be on the lookout for future emails regarding NEW appointment dates so you can reschedule your appointment.
    • If you have not already submitted your application, please do so as soon as possible. You should have received a confirmation email stating that your application was submitted. Go to www.effinghamschools.com/crc for instructions.
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  • Pre-K Program

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    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 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 a developmentally-appropriate curriculum. Students will learn and discover skills that will help prepare them for kindergarten and future learning. 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.  The Board of Education and School Policies/Procedures are applicable to Pre-K students. Examples: 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) apply, procedures for visitors, etc.  However, there is an exception to the Dress Code Policy requirement for school uniforms – Pre-K students MAY but 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 25 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 - three classes; Rincon Elementary - four 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 check the BOE website for transportation information. If you are unable to determine the district, please call Bus Transportation at 912-754-3574.  

    Please Note - Your child must be 4 years old on or prior to September 1, 2019 in order to participate in the 2019-2020 Georgia State Funded Pre-K Lottery Program. Also, please remember that you may submit only 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 working with you and your child this year. By working together, we can ensure a great educational experience for your child.
    For 2020-2021 Pre-K information, see 2020-2021 Application and Registration information on the left-side navigation panel.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call 912-754-5677 or your school district Data Clerk (see school directory page for school phone numbers).


    Thank you,


    Terri S. Johnson

    Early Learning and Student Support Coordinator

    Effingham County Board of Education

    405 North Ash Street

    Springfield, GA 31329


Last Modified on March 18, 2020