NC Pre-K Program

Buncombe Partnership for Children administers the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K), (formerly known as the More at Four Program).  (En Espanol)

NC Pre-K provides high quality educational experiences for income-eligible four year-olds, in order to enhance their kindergarten readiness. 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 program targets children who turn four years of age by August 31, will be entering kindergarten the following school year, and who may be at risk for poor school outcomes. Factors that can influence poor school outcomes include: low family income, children with an identified disability, limited English proficiency, a chronic health condition, developmental or educational need. Family income eligibility is based on 75% of the state median income or below.

The NC Pre-K 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 that are critical to childrens' overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school: Approaches to play and learning; Emotional & social development; Health & physical development; Language development & communication; Cognitive Development.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Buncombe County NC Pre-K sites are:

  • Asheville City Schools

    • Asheville City Schools Preschool
    • Haw Fletcher Elementary School
    • Ira B. Jones Elementary School
    • Issac Dickson Elementary School

(Children must live in Asheville City Schools district to attend.)
Coordinator: Polly Bolding
Phone: 828-350-2926

  • Community Action Opportunities/Head Start 
    (Families must meet Head Start income eligibility guidelines.)
    Coordinator: Leslie Hennessee
    Phone: 828-210-0578
  • Eliada Child Development
    Coordinator: Tonia Reed
    Phone: 828-259-5374
  • Verner Center for Early Learning 
    Coordinator: Aimee Spooner
    Phone: 828-298-0808

2016-2018 NC Pre-K SITE Application

Interested in being an NC Pre-K provider in Buncombe County? Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information on how you can serve NC Pre-K children in Buncombe County.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Bailey, NC Pre-K Program Coordinator
Phone: (828) 407-2057
Email: [email protected]

Committee Meeting Schedule:

NC Pre-K Non-Conflicted Subcommittee

November 7 1:00-3:00pm

November 17, 2017


The NC Pre-K Advisory Committee

The NC Pre-K Program requires every county (or region) that chooses to participate in NC Pre-K to establish and maintain a County/Region Advisory Committee. This committee is represented in part by local school boards and systems, the local Smart Start partnership, licensed child care providers, Head Start, Department of Social Service, parent(s) of preschool-age children, county cooperative extension agency, and child care resource and referral agency.

In Buncombe County, the NC Pre-K Advisory Committee meets a minimum of three times a year. Currently all meetings are held at Buncombe Partnership for Children, 2229 Riverside Drive.