NC Pre-K Program

The NC Pre-K Program, originally began in 2001, providing high-quality, classroom-based educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year old children.

SSFC administers the NC Pre-K Program in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County through direct-service contracts with Family Services, Inc., the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, and a number of local, independent, private childcare facilities.

The Forsyth County NC Pre-K Committee sets overall policy and designs the annual program plan. The Committee is co-chaired by Matt Britt, MBA, vice chair of SSFC’s board of directors (appointed by Elizabeth Dampier, MPA, Chair, SSFC, Inc.’s board of directors), and Janie Costello, EdD (appointed by Beverly Emory, EdD, Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools).

The NC Pre-K Program statewide eligibility requirements reflect the reality that, to be successful academically and socially in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains outlined by the National Education Goals Panel. Each of these domains is critical to children’s well-being and for their success in reading and math as they come to school. The five domains, as reflected in Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies for Guiding Their Success are:

  • Approaches to play and learning
  • Emotional and social development
  • Health and physical development
  • Language development and communication
  • Cognitive development

Age Requirements

Children to be enrolled must be four years of age on or before August 31st of the program year.

Income Requirements

A child that meets the age requirements 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 level.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Children of Eligible Military Families: Any age-eligible child who is a child of either of the following shall be eligible for the program, without regard to income:

  1.  an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States,including the North Carolina National Guard, State military forces, or a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who was ordered to active duty by the proper authority within the last 18 months or is expected to be ordered within the next 18 months or
  2. a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the North Carolina National Guard, State military forces, or a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty.

Additional Eligible Children:

In addition, up to 20% of age-eligible children enrolled may have family incomes in excess of seventy-five percent (75%) of the state median income if the child has one of the risk factors identified below:

  • Identified developmental disability.
  • An educational need as indicated by the child’s performance results on an approved developmental screening.
  • A chronic health condition as indicated by the diagnosis from a professional health care provider.

All services are available in English or Spanish.

Additional Resources

For more information, contact:

Sherri Jones, Family Intake Coordinator

For further information, contact 336.714-4377 or email sherrij@smartstart-fc.org

To search for licensed childcare services in Forsyth County or North Carolina, click here.

Apply Online for the NC Pre-K program

If you are interested in applying for the NC Pre-K program, please download the Pre-K application PDF, fill out and upload it in the form below:

Please note, in addition to the NC Pre-K application, you must attach the following documents:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Forsyth County residence (most current utility bill or lease under parent’s name)
  • Four (4) recent wage or check stubs for parents living in the household who are working
  • If you are a court-ordered legal guardian of the child, please provide a copy of the court order

An incomplete application will not be accepted.

  • 2020-2021 NC Pre-K Application

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