DeKalb County School District Lottery Funded Pre-Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions


What is the age requirement for a student to enroll into Pre-K?

To be eligible for the 2021-2022 school year, your child’s date of birth should be on or between the following dates: September 2, 2015 -September 1, 2016.

If my child lives outside of the DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) attendance zone, is he/she eligible to participate in the Pre-K program?

No. If your home address is not zoned for DeKalb County School District, you are not eligible to participate. If you are unsure if your address is zoned for DCSD, please visit the school locator to verify.

Am I allowed to register for more than one school?

No. You may register for either a theme school, if applicable, or your home school. If you choose to register for a theme school and are not selected, you will automatically be placed on the wait list. After the first week of school, if there is room at your home school, you are welcome to register for a seat at your home school.

What if my child is eligible for Kindergarten, but did not participate in a state funded Pre-K program, are they still eligible to enroll into Pre-K?

To be eligible for the 2021-2022 school year as a Pre-Kindergarten student your child must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that identifies the need to spend their Kindergarten year in an inclusion (co-taught) Pre-K classroom.

Does my child have to be potty trained to enroll in Pre-K?

Your child is expected to be able to take care of self-help tasks such as dressing, undressing, and toilet needs. Children should be potty trained prior to entering Pre-K. Parents will be called should an accident occur and will be required to come to school to change their child. Students are not to wear pull-ups to school unless outlined as a part of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan and the child is in a collaborative class, so he/she can be assisted by a special needs’ teacher/aide.

As a DCSD employee do I receive automatic enrollment into the Pre-K lottery?

No. As a DCSD employee you must go through the same lottery process as everyone else. However, there are specific stipulations before employees can enter the Pre-K lottery. Please contact your school principal or the Early Childhood Office for the DeKalb Pre-K Lottery Employee Participation Memo.

My child has an IEP and is not currently enrolled in the DCSD. Will they remain at my home school if he/she is picked in the lottery?

If an applicant with a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is selected to attend a Bright from the Start (BFTS) general education Pre-K classroom, the applicant may possibly be moved to a BFTS inclusion classroom based on the student’s individual needs. NOTE: Theme schools do not house BFTS inclusion classrooms

My three-year-old child has an existing IEP and is already enrolled in a DCSD exceptional needs class, should I register for Pre-K?

No. If your child has an existing IEP and is currently being serviced in the three-year-old classroom they will be rolled into a Pre-K class based upon their IEP needs.

What documents are requirement for a student to register for the Pre-K lottery?

Proof of birth, proof of legal guardianship (if parent/guardian name is not on the birth certificate), parent/guardian proof of identification, and proof of residency. A comprehensive list of all required documents, with detailed information, can be found on the Pre-K lottery registration website,


My child was selected in the lottery, what do I do next?

Your next step is accepting the seat and take your acceptance letter you received along with the remaining registration documents to your school on the indicated date to complete your registration. This next step is vital to complete within the timeframe allotted or you risk losing your seat to the next person on the wait list.

What if my child was not selected for the lottery?

Any student that was not selected for a lottery seat is automatically placed on the wait list. The system numerically orders students on the wait list and a letter is generated to notify the parent of their place on the wait list. As seats are declined or forfeited, the system generates an acceptance letter to the next person on the wait list. At that time, you will be required to complete the next steps to secure your lottery seat.

What if I can’t provide the Health Immunization form 3231 by the indicated registration date on the acceptance letter?

DCSD policy states that a child must have their Health Immunization form 3231 on file within 30 days of the child starting school or the expiration date. If it is not provided, the child will not be able to return to class without the form or proof of an appointment. The child will not be able to return after the appointment without an updated form. Should the child be absent for 10 consecutive days due to this form not being provided the child’s seat in Pre-K will be forfeited.

What if I can’t provide the Hearing, Vision, Dental and Nutrition Form 3300 by the indicated registration date on the acceptance letter?

DCSD policy states that this form must be on file within 90 days of the child starting school or the expiration date. If it is not provided, the child will not be able to return to class which may result in the child losing their spot in the program.

What if my child must take prescribed medicine during the day?

Upon registering your child for their Pre-K seat, be sure to bring the medical information with you. The school will have someone on site to talk to you about medical forms and the procedures to administer prescribed medication.

What happens if my child is not present for the first day of school?

All lottery selected students are expected to be present and accounted for on the first day of school. If your child is not in attendance by 10:00 AM on the first day of school, the seat will be forfeited and given to the next person on the wait list.

Is there an attendance policy for Pre-K students?

Yes, students are expected to be in attendance for the full instructional day during the entire school year. Children who do not attend class or are late ten consecutive days without a medical excuse, must be removed from the class as per state guidelines. Additionally, students who exhibit a pattern of chronically late or early release may be in jeopardy of forfeiting their seat and will be referred to the counselor and/or social worker.

Are there any participation requirements for Pre-K parents?

Yes, parents are expected to participate in all scheduled parent meetings and parent conferences at least twice a year and more often if necessary. (These activities will last approximately one hour).

What if I have a question that has not been addressed in the FAQ?

Feel free to contact the Office of Early Childhood @ 678-676-0147

Why Pre-Kindergarten?

The DeKalb County School District’s Pre-Kindergarten Program helps children become independent, self-confident, enthusiastic learners. Participation in the program encourages children to develop good habits and daily routines. It encourages teachers to adopt child-centered instructional practices based on the interests and the skill levels of each child.

The vision of the Office of Early Childhood Education is to support caring and effective personnel who transform learning by creating engaging instruction, cultivating individual potential, and galvanizing resiliency and compassion for all early childhood students.
The mission of the Office of Early Childhood Education is to advance the practice of teaching and learning by promoting the understanding of early childhood development that supports the healthy progression of social, emotional, academic, and physical growth of the child.