The COE Early Learning Center is committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for young children by meeting national standards of quality in the UWG preschool program. The Pre-K program is accredited by the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC). The teachers and staff work in partnership with the Early Learning Center’s research lab toward implementing evidence-informed practices in a laboratory school model.

The preschool program is for children who are residents of Georgia and are four years of age on or before September 1. The program is regulated under guidelines set by Bright from the Start , a division of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. UWG Pre-K operates on a regular school system calendar for the length of a typical school day. A lottery system is used to form class rosters.

Why Choose the UWG Pre-K for your child?

uwg pre-k informational imageResearch-based curriculum: In addition to using the curriculum, Ready to Advance, the UWG Pre-K classrooms implement research-based interventions, guided by the Early Learning Center’s early childhood research lab.

After-school care: UWG Continuing Education offers a program after school for families who benefit from an extended day.

Social-emotional focus: The UWG Pre-K teachers understand the importance of building knowledge and skills for social and emotional growth and have received training in positive behavior intervention and student engagement programs.

UWG faculty and students: Our expert faculty and undergraduate/graduate students are continuously involved in the preschool for improved programming and special events including research projects, speech/hearing screenings and work groups, family engagement programs, and more! Early childhood and special education faculty are on-site for supporting the program.

Coming soon! Early Childhood Makerspace: Children learn by doing. In this student-led renovated space, preschoolers will have the opportunity to innovate and collaborate with coding equipment, building projects, and other research-based makerspace materials.


About the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted beginning February 22, followed by a lottery drawing on March 15, 2021.
  • A total of 44 spots are available for children of both community members and UWG faculty.
  • An after-school program is available and optional for all enrolled students, monitored and supported by UWG Continuing Education.
  • The UWG Pre-K will continue to operate a traditional (e.g., face-to-face) model. A current health and safety protocol for the UWG Pre-K has been developed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines in the protocol are consistent with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Bright from the Start. Additional health and safety measures that are recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) were also considered.

Contact Us

Location Education Annex
Location University of West Georgia 
Phone (678) 839 - 6563