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The NC Pre-Kindergarten Program provides high-quality educational experiences for eligible four year-olds to better prepare them for kindergarten. Children served by NC Pre-K attend a full school day (6-1/2 hours), full school year program (up to 10 months) and may be served in classrooms in the public schools, private child care programs or Head Start.

The NC Pre-K Program is built upon the belief that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains critical to children's overall well-being and success in reading and math. These five domains are:
  1. Approaches to play and learning;
  2. Emotional & social development; 
  3. Health & physical development; 
  4. Language development & communication; 
  5. Cognitive Development.

The program targets children who:
  • Turn four years of age by August 31
  • Will be entering kindergarten the following school year
  • And who have one or more of the following:
    • Low family income
    • Identified disability
    • Limited English proficiency
    • Chronic health condition
    • Developmental delay 
    • Educational need identified by an Individualized Education Plan