Buncombe Partnership for Children administers the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K), formerly known as the More at Four Program, in Asheville. (En Español)
NC Pre-K is a free, state-funded high quality early care and education program that aims to enhance children’s school readiness. The program is offered for 6 ½ hours a day for 10 months. Programs are located at public schools, private child care programs, and Head Start centers. Limited options for wrap-around care are available.
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? (How do I know this? Look below)
- 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?
The 2020-2021 child application is here!
For the application, make sure you first save as “Your Child’s Name NC Pre-K Application”, fill it out completely, and then email it to Stacey Bailey as an attachment at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can print it and mail it to Buncombe Partnership for Children, 2229 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC 28804.
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 Director. 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.
Income Eligibility for NC Pre-K
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
For more information, please contact:
NC Pre-K Program Director
Phone: (828) 407-2057
For the 2018-2019 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 Primary School
Hall Fletcher Elementary School
Ira B. Jones Elementary School
Issac Dickson Elementary School
Coordinator: Polly Bolding
Childcare Network #177-Fairview
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
Eliada Child Development -West Asheville
Coordinator: Tonia Reed
Irene Wortham Center-Shiloh
Coordinator: Aimee Spooner
Phone: 828-274-7518 ext. 166
The Christine Avery Learning Center-Downtown
Coordinator: Cici Weston
Phone Number: 828.232.7433
Verner Center for Early Learning-East Asheville
Coordinator: Kinsley Culbertson
Phone: 828-298-0808 ext 101
Coordinator: Denise Purcell
Phone Number: 828.254.7206 x106
INTERESTED IN BEING AN NC PRE-K PROVIDER? Site applications are now being accepted for new providers interested in being part of the NC Pre-K program. Deadline for application submission is Friday, June 28, 2019.
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.
NC Pre-K Committee Meeting Schedule for 2019-2020*
(The second Friday of each month from 9am-11am at Buncombe Partnership for Children)
*This meeting schedule is subject to change.
Get In Touch
2229 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28804