Do you have a 4 year old?

The Rockingham County Partnership for Children (RCPC), your local Smart Start agency, is now accepting applications for the current school year for the NC Pre-k Program. If your child will be four years old by August 31, 2018 your child may qualify for the program.

Interested in applying for NC Pre-k?

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available on April 1st.  To have an application mailed to you, click here.


What is NC Pre-k?

NC Pre-k is a state-funded, community-based pre-kindergarten program. NC Pre-k is designed to provide 4-year-old children, who may not otherwise be served, with a valuable educational experience. This part-day program provides young children with access to a specific curriculum and preschool experience to enhance their school readiness. The NC Pre-k Program standards are built on the premise that in order to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the major domains of development outlined by the National Education Goals Panel. Each of these domains is critical to children's well being, in particular for their success in reading and math as they come to school.

The five domains are:

  • health and physical development
  • social and emotional development
  • language development and communication
  • cognition and general knowledge
  • approaches toward learning


NC Pre-k applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be ready on April 1st. If you are interested in having an application mailed to you, please click here