The program has 1,170 seats available, which are awarded by lottery the day of registration, according to Audrey Spry, the interim director of Title 1 and Georgia pre-K.
Parents can sign up at all elementary schools in the district except C.T. Walker Magnet School. Students must be Georgia residents and 4 years old on or before Sept. 1.
Gov. Nathan Deal implemented deep cuts to pre-K this year because of dwindling money in the lottery fund that supports it. The state cut 10 days out of the pre-K calendar year and increased class sizes by two students to 22.
The shorter year cut teacher salaries and benefits, which in May led 41 of Richmond County’s 47 pre-K teachers to request a transfer out of the program.
Spry said she did not know how many teachers would request out of the program for next year but encouraged all parents to apply.