Valdosta Daily Times

State News

February 2, 2011

Commissioner: Ga. pre-K has waiting list of 10K

ATLANTA — The head of the state’s early learning department says there are 10,000 children on a waiting list for Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program.

Bobby Cagle, the newly appointed commissioner of the Department of Early Care and Learning, told state lawmakers Tuesday that nearly 60 percent of 4-year-olds in Georgia are enrolled in the lottery-funded program.

But the waiting list likely won’t get shorter any time soon as state lawmakers grapple with how to rein in the costs of lottery-funded programs like pre-kindergarten and the HOPE scholarship. The pre-kindergarten program has an enrollment of more than 83,000.

The state’s lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program began in 1992 with 750 children. The HOPE scholarship pays for tuition at any Georgia college for high school graduates with a B grade point average.




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