NC Pre-K North Carolina Prekindergarten Program
On July 1, 2011, North Carolina General Assembly transferred the More at Four Pre-Kindergarten Program to the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and renamed it the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K).
The Region A Partnership for Children administers the NC Pre-K program in the seven far most counties of North Carolina.
The NC Pre-K Program is a program of the Division of Child Development and Early Education in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
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 NationalEducation 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
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.
What is NC Pre-K?
The NC Pre-K Program is a high-quality pre-kindergarten program that serves children who are at-risk and prepares them for success in school. All NC Pre-K programs have the highest star ratings awarded by the State (4 or 5 stars). Lead teachers must have a Bachelors degree in Birth- Kindergarten and Assistants must have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. An approved curriculum and developmental screening is used in each classroom.
Who qualifies for NC Pre-K?
- Age Requirements: Children must be four years old on or before August 31st in the year served.
- Income Requirements: Four year old children in families with annual incomes at or below 75% of the State Medium Income (SMI) level are eligible for NC Pre-K services.
- Other Eligibility Criteria Include: Children of Eligible Military Families; Limited English Proficiency; Identified Disability (IEP); Chronic Health Condition; and/or Developmental/Educational Need
For more information about NC Pre-K, please contact Barbara Jefferys at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (828)-586-0661.
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