• Pre-K Registration for 2021-22

    All parents interested in the Effingham County Schools Bright From the Start Pre-Kindergarten program are required to complete an online application. Please note that cell phones and tablets are not recommended for submitting your online application.

    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. Only valid Effingham residents or full-time ECSD employees (Georgia residents only) are eligible for the Bright from the Start Pre-K Program.

    Please note that due to COVID vaccine administration, the Effingham County Health Department will be providing services and exams needed for Pre-K registration (Immunizations, EEDN, etc.) on Wednesdays (8:00 am -11 am, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm) and Fridays (8:00 am - 1:00 pm). Please be patient as healthcare staff work to manage the high volume of appointments.

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    Pre-Kindergarten Application and Pre-Registration Instructions

    1. Complete an online application and upload all appropriate documentation using a desktop or laptop computer. Cell phones are not recommended for completing the application. If you are not able to upload directly in the application, you can use Google Upload form to upload your documents. This form can be accessed from a cell phone, but please be sure to use a secure wifi connection when uploading sensitive documents.
    2. Once your application has been submitted and viewed, you may receive an email or call from Central Registration about the status of your application.
    3. If your child's immunizations are not current or were last issued in another state, call to schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider or the Effingham County Health Department.  Be sure to call for immunization appointments at least 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure that your child's immunizations are received prior to your registration appointment.  If your child turns 4 after March 19, 2021, we will temporarily waive the immunization requirements until after your child has attained the age of 4.  However, if your child turns 4 on or prior to March 19, 2021, you will be required to submit a current immunization certificate as a condition of being included in the Pre-K lottery drawing.

    4. All first time Pre-Kindergarten students are required to have a Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutritional Screening (Form 3300). You may choose to have your child's health care provider conduct this exam, or the exam may also be completed at the Effingham County Health Department.  The Health Department charges $30 for this exam and will conduct the exams on 3-year-old children; however, many private physicians and dentists will not complete this exam until the child has turned 4 years of age.  If you plan to use the Health Department, please go ahead and complete this step now.  If you intend to use a private physician and your child turns 4 after March 19, 2021, we will temporarily waive the requirement until after your child has attained the age of 4.  However, if your child turns 4 on or prior to March 19, 2021, you will be required to submit a Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutritional Screening (Form 3300) as a condition of being included in the Pre-K lottery drawing.

    *NOTE:  Many physicians will not complete the dental portion of the screening, requiring parents to also visit a dentist for that portion of the form. The Effingham County Health Department will conduct the entire exam.

    In addition to completing your application online, please supply any action plans that apply to your student(s). If your child has severe allergies, asthma, seizures, or diabetes, the applicable healthcare action plan must be completed by your child's physician and returned prior to the first day of school attendance.

    *If your child has any other serious medical condition which requires or may require treatment by a medical professional during school hours, please submit a specific action plan from your child's physician.

    Be sure to submit all items listed below as part of the required documentation. Your child's name will NOT be placed on the waitlist for the Bright from the Start Pre-Kindergarten program unless all registration requirements are met!

    Immunizations must be completed as part of the registration process. If your child turns 4 on or before March 19th, proof of Immunizations will be required. If applicable, a waiver may be issued so that the Immunizations can be completed.

    In addition to completing your application online, please review the forms below and print any that apply to your student(s). If your child has severe allergies, asthma, seizures, or diabetes, the applicable healthcare action plan below must be completed by your child's physician and returned prior to the first day of school attendance:

    Health Services website

    *If your child has any other serious medical condition which requires or may require treatment by a medical professional during school hours, please submit a specific action plan from your child's physician.

    Required Registration Documents

    Be sure to upload all items listed below as part of the required documentation. Your child's registration will not be complete unless all registration requirements are met.

    Proof of Residency: (must be no older than 30 days)

    Current (within 30 days) utility bill such as GA Power with physical address of residence. Utility service must be in the name of the registering parent or that person’s spouse. Cell phone bills or mortgage statements are not accepted.
    Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted as valid proof of residence.
    Certified copy of student's original birth certificate or other acceptable evidence of age as specified in Effingham County Board of Education Policy JBC: School Admissions. (The state of Georgia requires that students must be 4 years old on or before 9/1/2021 to enroll in Pre-kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.)
     
    A copy of the enrolling student's social security card. (Parent may elect to sign a form at the time of registration stating the individual does not wish to provide the social security number, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-150.)
     
    Completed Georgia Immunization Form and EEDN (Eye, Ear, Dental & Nutritional) Form (when available).
     
    Permanent custody papers through the court if student lives with anyone other than the natural parents.
     
    Any court orders that prevent or limit access of a parent to the child or the child's educational records.
     
    Any restraining orders or other legal documents specifically limiting the access of any individual to the student(s) being enrolled.
     
    Picture ID of parent or legal guardian registering child.
     
    If the family is living in the household with someone else, you must submit a notarized 'Family Residency Affidavit' stating that the parent and child(ren) live in the house with them, along with valid proof of residency. We are working to make arrangements for this document to be notarized remotely, so if you need assistance with this form please email registration@effingham.k12.ga.us.
     
    Documentation of any health concerns or allergies of which the school should be aware.
Last Modified on April 20, 2021