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ATLANTA (AP) -

The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has posted application packages for new and returning providers of Georgia's Pre-K Program for the 2014-2015 school year to its website at www.decal.com Georgia's Pre-K Program is a lottery-funded educational program for age-eligible four-year-old children in Georgia.

Georgia's Pre-K Program normally operates on the regular school system calendar for the length of a typical school day. This year, approximately 84,000 four-year-olds are being served through Georgia's Pre-K Program in over 3,800 funded classes.  

The purpose of the program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. Programs are offered at local public schools or through private providers of preschool services.    

Existing providers of currently funded classes can request expansion classes while new providers can receive important information about the application review, award process, and grant funding.  Currently, there are 1,819 Pre-K sites statewide.  

"Georgia's Pre-K Program significantly improves school readiness skills in language, literacy, math, and general knowledge," said DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle, pointing to a recent study.  "By acquiring these skills early on, our students stand a greater chance of reading on grade level, which better positions them for future academic excellence."  

For more information about becoming a provider in Georgia's Pre-K Program, please call 404-656-5957 or 1-888-4GA-PREK and ask for the Pre-K Consultant of the Day. 

You may also e-mail questions to prek@decal.ga.gov