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.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Will your child be four years old by August 31?
  • Is your family income at or below 75% of the state median income?
  • Locally, NC Pre-K prioritizes serving children who are currently not enrolled in care.
  • Additional consideration (even if not income eligible) is given to children who have an identified disability, speak limited or no English, have a chronic health condition, and/or have a developmental or educational need.

WANT TO APPLY?

Check out our 2017-2018 child application here.  One NC Pre-K application needs to be completed per child. Families can submit applications directly to the providers or to the NC Pre-K Program Coordinator. Applications must include proof of the child’s birth date (copy of birth certificate, Medicaid card, or medical record) and proof of family income (tax records, pay stubs, SSI statements, etc.) Applications for the current school year are accepted through December. Applications received in late Spring/Summer for the following school year are processed by late June, and families are typically notified in July about acceptance into the program for the upcoming school year.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM?

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

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

Asheville City Schools (Children must live in the Asheville City Schools district to attend these particular sites.)
Asheville City Schools Preschool
Haw Fletcher Elementary School
Ira B. Jones Elementary School
Issac Dickson Elementary School
Coordinator: Polly Bolding
Phone: 828-350-2926

Community Action Opportunities/Head Start (Families must meet Head Start income eligibility guidelines and must apply directly to Head Start to attend their sites.)
Coordinator: Leslie Hennessee
Phone: 828-210-0578

Eliada Child Development
Coordinator: Tonia Reed
Phone: 828-259-5374

Verner Center for Early Learning
Coordinator: Kaitlyn Gruyer
Phone: 828-298-0808

INTERESTED IN BEING AN NC PRE-K PROVIDER? 

Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information on how you can serve NC Pre-K children in Buncombe County. Click here for the newest site application.

 

Committee Meeting Schedule:

NC Pre-K Non-Conflicted Subcommittee

November 7 1:00-3:00pm

November 17, 2017

9:00am-11:00am


THE NC PRE-K ADVISORY COMMITTEE – The NC Pre-K Program requires every county (or region) that chooses to participate to establish and maintain an 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, and the 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.