North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) is a state-funded, community-based pre-kindergarten program designed to provide 4-year-old children, who may not otherwise be served, with a valuable educational experience for 6.5 hours per day. Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31 of the program year in order to be eligible, and must meet income qualifications.
Children with identified disabilities and children with other documented risk factors may also be eligible. All families, including military families, are encouraged to apply.
The NC Pre-K Program standards are built on the premise that in order to be academically successful in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the major domains of development outlined by the National Education Goals Panel. Each of these domains is critical to children's well being, in particular for their success in reading and math as they come to school. The five domains are:
NC Pre-K operates on the public school calendar. Children are required to have a health assessment, including dental and vision, upon enrollment. A developmental assessment is also provided to identify special needs and monitor growth in the program. Children also receive family support, and other community resources as needed.
Some of the features of the program include:
The NC Pre-kindergarten program in Onslow County serves over 700 children in community-based child care and public school settings.
Applications are received and process throughout the year. Applications are processed to determine program eligibility and child priority for placement. Families are notified of their eligibility and placement throughout the summer and program year. Once we have placed all of the NC Pre-K allocations we will notify families of their eligibility and waitlist status.
For more information, contact Shelley Hardison via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (910) 333-0612