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Posted: February 4, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Pre-K registration set for end of the month

Pre-kindergarten registration will soon be open in Newton County, for parents and guardians eager to register their little ones for school.

The Newton County School System will hold registration for its Georgia lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program Feb. 24-28.

Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24, Feb. 26, Feb. 27, and Feb. 28; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Parents should register their children at the elementary school they are zoned to attend next year, a news release from the school system said.

Newton County Schools has 608 Pre-K slots available at its 13 elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year. School system officials said children will not be placed on the roster for possible selection until all required documents are submitted. Only custodial parents and legal guardians may register a child for Pre-K. Registration does not guarantee children a slot in the Pre-K program.

Once registration has concluded, students with all documents submitted will have their names placed in a lottery drawing for their school zone for possible selection. Only students with completed registration packets will be eligible for participation in the school system’s lottery selection process.

Pre-K enrollment is determined by school attendance zones. Once all slots are filled, the remaining names will be placed on a waiting list in the order they were drawn during the lottery process, and called if and when spaces become available.

Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to qualify for enrollment. To register a child for the Newton County Pre-K program, parents should bring a certified birth certificate and two proofs of residence/address. Additional information about required documents may be downloaded from the Pre-K department page on the school district’s website at

For more information, call Velinsie Burden at 770-787-1330, ext. 1268.

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