Cobb Pre-K Programs To Be Reassigned To Private Sites

The Cobb County School District’s Pre-Kindergarten classes will be relocated to state-designated private locations after the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year. The District currently operates 26 Pre-K classrooms in 19 schools. Those classes will not be offered at Cobb schools for the 2007-2008 school year, but Pre-K classes will continue to be available at state-designated private facilities. A separate program that serves special-needs Pre-K students will continue to be offered at 39 of the District’s elementary schools.

Because the cost of the Pre-K program is not fully funded by the state, and because classroom space is at a premium in Cobb County, the District no longer can provide resources for a successful Pre-K program and still meet the requirements for regular elementary students. The District’s Pre-K program slots will be transferred to the Georgia Department of Education for reassignment to other private pre-school providers in Cobb County for 2007-2008. All 26 existing Pre-K classrooms in Cobb serving approximately 519 students will complete this school year with current staff and funding.

“There is tremendous value in exposing children to a learning environment before they begin kindergarten,” said Chief Academic Officer Diane Bradford. “While Pre-K classes will no longer be available in Cobb schools, they will continue to be available elsewhere in the community and we encourage parents of young children to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Parents seeking Pre-K classes for the 2007-08 school year may visit the Bright From the Start Web site at www.decal.state.ga.us to search a directory of local providers, or call (404) 656-5957.

1. Visit http://www.decal.state.ga.us.
2. Click on Pre-K (upper left box)
3. Click on Families
4. Click on “Site Location Finder”
5. County
6. Zip Code
7. Search