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Georgia’s Universal Pre-K Marsha Moore, Executive Director Office of School Readiness. Target Population. Georgia’s Pre-K Program is open to all four year olds regardless of family income. In 2002-2003 Georgia’s Pre-K Program Served:. 65,900 Children Over 28,600 Category I

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Georgia s universal pre k marsha moore executive director office of school readiness

Georgia’s Universal Pre-K

Marsha Moore, Executive Director

Office of School Readiness

Target population

Target Population

Georgia’s Pre-K Program is open to all four year olds regardless of family income.

In 2002 2003 georgia s pre k program served
In 2002-2003 Georgia’s Pre-K Program Served:

  • 65,900 Children

  • Over 28,600 Category I

  • In all 159 counties in Georgia

Benefits of universal access
Benefits of Universal Access

  • Expanded pool of Pre-K providers

  • Removal of stigma associated with an “at-risk” program

  • More diversified student population enriches learning experience for all children

  • Trickle down effect on services to younger children as high quality Pre-K classes operate in the private early care and education sector

  • Increased school readiness for ALL children

Help for working families
Help For Working Families

  • Provides a cost effective high quality educational program for children and eliminates barriers faced by many low-income parents who need time to pursue work or education related opportunities

  • Allows low and middle income families to send children to Pre-K

  • Guaranteed before and after school child care subsidies for eligible families

  • Expansion of Head Start program services

  • Improved quality in classrooms serving younger children

Economic development
Economic Development

  • Pre-K funds are used as matching funds to increase access to federal education, nutrition, Medicaid and child care funds.

  • Pre-K strengthens the fragmented fragile system of early care and education.

  • Pre-K is a model of a successful education program that will improve all education outcomes in the state.

  • A stronger education system will, in turn, attract business.

  • Participation in high quality preschool programs has been linked to reduced high school drop out rates.

Challenges of universal access
Challenges of Universal Access

  • Funding in unstable economy

  • Ensuring access in all areas

  • Oversight and program quality

Office of school readiness governance
Office of School ReadinessGovernance

  • Independent State Agency

  • Executive Director appointed by Governor

  • Reports Directly to Governor

  • Operates Without Board of Directors

  • Independent of the State Department of Education

  • Uses Volunteer Advisory Groups

Office of school readiness responsibilities
Office of School Readiness Responsibilities

  • Universal Pre-K Program

  • Child Care Services

  • Nutrition Services

  • Head Start Collaboration Project

  • Standards of Care Program

Unique features of governance in georgia
Unique Features of Governance in Georgia

  • Lottery Proceeds Provide Dedicated Funding Stream

  • Successful Public/Private Partnership

  • Voluntary Program

  • Family Support Services Provided

  • Interagency Collaboration to Coordinate Service Delivery at the Community Level

Advantages of the governance structure
Advantages of the Governance Structure

  • Allows Focus to Remain on Early Education

  • Fast Response to Issues

  • Eliminates Some Bureaucracy Associated With Large State Agency

  • Ability to Treat Public and Private Providers as Independent Contractors

  • Equalizes Footing Between Public and Private Providers

  • Funding Formula Flexibility

Challenges of the governance structure
Challenges of the Governance Structure

  • Political Pressures

  • Viewed as “Not Real School”

  • Perception of Difference Between Public and Private Pre-K Programs

  • School Systems Involved With Additional State Agency (DOE and OSR)

  • Perceived as Having Too Much Autonomy


  • Georgia Lottery for Education

  • Legislation Mandates How Lottery Proceeds Spent

  • Georgia General Assembly Allocates Funds Annually

Flow of funding for georgia s pre k program
Flow of Funding for Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Citizens of Georgia

Georgia Lottery For Education

Pre-K Providers

State of Georgia


  • HOPE Scholarship

  • Technology

  • Educational Reserves

Pre k funding formula
Pre-K Funding Formula

  • The Pre-K funding formula is divided into salary and non-salary components and pays for the following types of expenses:

    • teacher and teacher assistant salaries

    • classroom supplies and materials

    • administration (maximum 6%)

  • Pre-K providers must spend all Pre-K funds on the provision of Pre-K services but have flexibility once certain expenditure controls are met.

Funding formula rates
Funding Formula Rates

  • Pre-K funding is based on a standard formula established by OSR.

  • The amount paid to providers is based on the number of children served.

  • The per child rate varies according to the lead teacher credential, location within the state and provider type.

  • The base formula rate is $2481 to $3566.

Public private partnership
Public-Private Partnership

  • Pre-K is a successful public-private partnership.

  • Private sector providers serve more than 50% of the publicly funded Pre-K program children.

  • Private sector participation significantly enhances program capacity and support in cost effective ways that expand private industry interests and maximize the use of limited state resources.

  • The partnership saves facility construction costs and strengthens the local child care industry.

Unique features of georgia pre k
Unique Features of Georgia Pre-K

  • Lottery funds provide dedicated monies

  • Successful public/private partnership

  • Voluntary program

  • 180 days, 6.5 hours a day

  • The goal is to prepare children to be successful in school.

  • Family support services are provided.

  • Interagency collaboration to coordinate service delivery at the community level

For additional information about georgia s pre k program visit our website at www osr state ga us

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