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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program
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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

The first day of classes varies, depending on the state's different school systems and child care provider calendars. Students in Rockdale County began their school year Monday. Additional starting dates in metro Atlanta include:

Friday, Aug. 1
* Floyd County
* Newton County

Monday, Aug. 4
* Atlanta Public Schools
* Bartow County
* Cherokee County
* Cobb County
* Decatur City Schools
* Henry County
* Paulding County

Tuesday, Aug. 5
* Gwinnett County

Wednesday, Aug. 6
* Coweta County
* Douglas County
* Marietta City Schools

Thursday, Aug. 7
* Buford City Schools
* Carroll County
* Clayton County
* Fayette County
* Forsyth County

Friday, Aug. 8
* Hall County

Monday, Aug. 11
* Clarke County
* DeKalb County
* Fulton County

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