nc pre-K

giving children a chance

One in four of kids in Johnston County live below the poverty line – that’s 25% of all of our children. There are thousands of kids with special needs coming up into our school system. There are children stressed by a parent deployed in the military, some have parents with physical or  emotional challenges. Most of them won’t be ready for school unless we give them a chance.  And if we don’t, the rest of the classroom will pay the price.

any child participating must be
four years old on or before August 31st

About NC Pre-K

The Partnership for Children administers the NC Pre-K program, funded by the State of North Carolina, in Johnston County. There are specific eligibility requirements and limited funding. Priority is given to children from low income families, children with disabilities accompanied by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or has been identified as being “at-risk” by state criteria.

Any child participating in NC Pre-K must be four years old on or before August 31st and the family must meet specific income guidelines set by the State of North Carolina.

How To Apply

A parent or guardian must complete the NC Pre-K Application and provide all of the applicable supporting documentation listed below. If you do not have access to a printer to print the application. 

  • Pick-up an application form from the information box located by our office door
  • Email to request an application be mailed to you (please include your name and complete mailing address)
  • Please call (919) 975-2522 if you have any questions

NOTE: Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year are now available for children who turned 4 years old by August 31st. Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year will be available March 1st, 2022.

Supporting Documentation

Child’s Birth Certificate
Legal Custody / Guardianship Papers
(If Applicable)
Proof of Residency
  • Utility bills
  • Rental/lease agreements
  • Mortgage/tax statements
  • Proof of Residency Form (use if above can’t be provided)

Proof of Income

  • Current pay stubs for one month
  • Verification of our income received: child support (even if for another child), SSI, Disability, Veterans benefits, etc.
  • Employment Verification
  • Proof of Residency form

Health Assessment Forms

  • This must be completed by your child’s doctor for a well child check with in the past 12 months.
  • Hearing, vision and dental screenings are required
  • Follow-up screens to be used if screenings were done at a specialists office or as a follow up to a well child visit

Immunization Records

Child’s up to date immunization (shot) record. The doctor’s office can print this for you. 

Children With
Special Needs
(If Applicable)
Verification of children diagnosed special needs
  • Letter from the child’s therapist
  • Copies of progress notes from a therapist
  • Copy of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) document

We Can Help

If you are unable to make copies, you may scan and email them to us.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted

Applications may be mailed in, dropped off in the Red NC Pre-K Drop box at our office, or by appointment. If you need assistance in filling out the application, please call or email to set up an appointment.

The application must be signed in all designated areas or it is considered incomplete

Completed Applications

helpful resources

The NC DHHS – Division of Child Development and Early Education is a great source for information.