North Carolina Pre-K (NC Pre-K)

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What is NC Pre-K?

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. The NC Pre-K Program Requirements are built on the National Education Goals Panelís premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains that are critical to childrenís overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school:

  • Approaches to play and learning

  • Emotional and social development

  • Health and Physical Development

  • Language development and communication

  • Cognitive development

The NC Pre-K Program Requirements are designed to ensure that a high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom experience is provided for eligible four-year-old children in each local NC Pre-K Program and that, to the extent possible, uniformity exists across the state.  Programs are also required to meet the NC Child Care Rules.  North Carolina is one of four states with a Pre-K program that meets all 10 National Institute of Early Education Research Benchmarks (NIEER).  Benchmarks include comprehensive Early Learning Standards; staff meet education/licensure requirements, professional development; 1:9 staff/child ratio; developmental screens and referral; evidence-based curriculum and formative assessments; monitoring and nutritional requirements. 

Who do I contact for information about the NC Pre-K Program?

The NC Pre-K Program is administered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services under the Division of Child Development and Early Education, Early Education Unit.

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children.  NC Pre-K programs must meet the NC Child Care Rules, including specific rules for administrators and teachers, the NC Pre-K Program Requirements and other state-level policy. The NC Pre-K Program is administered at the county or regional level by Local Education Agencies, Smart Start Agencies, or Community Action Agencies and operated in 4- and 5-star-rated classrooms in public schools, child care centers and Head Start programs.  Lead Teachers in these classrooms must hold or be working toward a North Carolina Birth-through-Kindergarten or Preschool Add-on Standard Professional II license.

How do I know if my child is eligible to participate in NC Pre-K?

The child must be four-years old on or before August 31st of the program year.  A child that meets the age requirement is eligible for NC Pre-K if the child is from a family whose gross income is at or below 75% of the State Median Income (SMI).  Children of certain military families are also eligible without regard to income.  In addition, up to 20% of age eligible children enrolled may have family incomes in excess of 75% SMI if they have documented risk factors in specific categories including developmental disability, Limited English Proficiency, educational need, or chronic health condition.

Although a child may meet one or more eligibility factors, placement is not guaranteed in an NC Pre-K classroom. Waiting lists exist in counties when funding is not sufficient to serve all eligible children.  Local NC Pre-K contract administrators can provide specific information about the enrollment process, available programs that meet NC Pre-K Program Requirements, and other specific information related to participation in NC Pre-K in your county, as well as other options for early childhood education services (e.g., Child Care Subsidy, Child Care Resource and Referral, Head Start, Preschool Exceptional Children, Smart Start, Title I Preschool).
This page has the most current information and updates about the NC Pre-K Program, local contact information, and supporting structures, including the Early Educator Support, Licensure and Professional Development (EESLPD) Office. The EESLPD Office is the statewide education and licensure office serving NC Pre-K teachers employed in nonpublic schools.  

Where can I find results of the Statewide Evaluation of the NC Pre-Kindergarten?

Results from the 2013-2014 NC Pre-K Evaluation Study indicate children enrolled in the NC Pre-K Program made significant gains from pre-k through kindergarten across all domains of learning. Children showed gains in language and literacy skills (receptive vocabulary, expressive vocabulary, letter-word identification, phonological awareness), math skills (math problem-solving, counting), general knowledge (basic self-knowledge), and behavior skills (social skills).

Source:  http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/general/mb_ncprek.asp

 

Visit DCDEE:  NC Pre-K Website for the latest updates

 

 

Surry County Information

Surry County Early Childhood Partnership, Inc. (Smart Start) is the contract administrator for North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) program in Surry County.   For the 2010-2011 school year, Surry County was allotted 258 More at Four slots.  For the 2011-2012 school year, Surry County was allotted 207  NC Pre-K slots due to the reduction in the State Budget for NC Pre-K.  For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, there were 5 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 17 sites and 22 classrooms. 

Beginning July 1, 2012, payment rates per child were determined by the site type.  The NC Pre-K program in Surry County provided high quality childcare free of charge for 266 slots for at-risk children during the 2012-2013 fiscal year with the initial funding and expansion funds.

For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, there are 5 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 17 sites and 21 classrooms.  Initial funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year will serve approximately 224 at-risk children.  The 2013-2014 expansion funding will serve approximately 27 additional children for a total of 251 at-risk children.  A total of 271 children were served during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, there are 4 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 17 sites and 21 classrooms.  Initial funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will serve approximately 254 at-risk children.  The 2014-2015 expansion funding will serve approximately 16 additional children for a total of 270 at-risk children.  A total of 290 children were served during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, there are 4 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 17 sites and 21 classrooms.  Initial funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year will serve approximately 254 at-risk children. The 2015-2016 expansion funding will serve approximately 7 additional children for a total of 261 at-risk children.  A total of 294 children were served during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, there are 4 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 17 sites and 21 classrooms.  Funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will serve approximately 261 at-risk children. A total of 293 (unduplicated) children were served during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, there are 4 NC Pre-K Providers consisting of 17 sites and 21 classrooms.  Funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will served approximately 261 at-risk children.

 

 

NC Pre-K Providers

Elkin City Schools (336-835-2756)

Mount Airy City Schools (336-789-9046)

Surry County Schools (336-386-8211)

YVEDDI (Headstart) (336-367-4993)

 

SCECP - NC Pre-K Forms

NC Pre-K Program Requirements

NC Pre-K Financial Contract Manual

 

MAF Publications and Presentations

 

2015-2016 State Evaluation

2015-2016 Executive Summary

 

 

 

To contact us:

Phone: 336-786-1880
Fax: 336-786-1879

Email: smartstartofsurry@embarqmail.com