Ga. families faced with scaled-back pre-k

ATLANTA (AP) - Parents across the state are scrambling to figure out how they'll find extra care for their 4-year-olds this fall as the state looks to scale back its pre-kindergarten program to a half-day.

Gov. Nathan Deal proposed the cut last week under a plan to help rein in costs for programs funded by the Georgia Lottery, which are facing massive shortfalls if changes aren't made.

Deal has proposed shortening the pre-k day from six and a half hours to four hours. He said schools can eliminate naps and lunchtime for students to make sure they get more time in the classroom.

The scaled-back program would make 5,000 more slots available, which would slash through half the state's 10,000-student waiting list for pre-k classes.

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