The NC Pre-K Program is a program of the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-olds. The program requirements are built on the premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains outlined by the National Education Goals Panel. Each of these domains is critical to children’s well-being and for their success in reading and math as they come to school. The five domains, as reflected in Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies for Guiding Their Success are:
  • Approaches to learning
  • Emotional and social development
  • Health and physical development
  • Language development and communication
  • Cognitive development

Applications & Forms

The requirements are designed to ensure that a high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom experience is provided for eligible four-year-olds in each local NC Pre-K Program and that, to the extent possible, uniformity exists across the state.

NC Pre-K Sites

Private Sites

Carrboro Early School
Daron Council
(919) 929-9998
310 Lloyd St. Carrboro, NC 27510

Community School for People under 6
Anna Mercer-McLean
(919) 929-1543
102 Hargraves Ct. Carrboro, NC 27510

Spanish for Fun Academy
Adriana Martinez
(919) 969-9055
1101 S. Columbia St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

KidSCope Early Learning Center (KELC)
Melanie Henderson, Director
(919) 644-6590
1712 Willow Dr. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

CHTOP Head Start

Central Elementary
154 Hayes St. Hillsborough NC 27278

Efland Cheeks Elementary
4401 Fuller Rd. Efland NC, 27243

Pathways Elementary
800 Eastowne Dr. Suite 105 Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS)

Carrboro Elementary School
125 W. Martin St. Suite 200 Carrboro, NC 27510

Ephesus Elementary School
Ephesus Church Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Estes Hills Elementary
500 N. Estes Dr. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Frank Porter Graham Bilingue
101 Smith Level Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

McDougle Elementary School
800 Old Fayetteville Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Northside Elementary School
350 Caldwell St. Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Rashkis Elementary School
601 Meadowmont Ln. Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Mary Scroggs Elementary School
501 Kildaire Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Seawell Elementary School
9115 Seawell School Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Orange County Schools

Central Elementary School
154 Hayes St. Hillsborough, NC 27278

Efland Cheeks Elementary School
1914 New Hope Church Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

New Hope Elementary School
1900 New Hope Church Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Pathways Elementary School
431 Strouds Creek Rd. Hillsborough, NC 27278