Moore County's Preschool page


Preschool Programs:

NC Pre-K:
NC Pre-K is a FREE preschool program for at-risk children. Acceptance is based on need and number of seats available NOT first come first served. NC Pre-K provides high-quality pre-kindergarten classes for at-risk four year old's through the Moore County Schools preschool program. Children enrolling in the NC Pre-K Program must be determined eligible, and awarded a slot by the Moore County NC Pre-K Committee. The program serves children who are 4-years-old by August 31 of the program year and are considered at risk for poor school outcomes.

Eligibility Requirements for NC Pre-K:


  • You must be a Moore County resident
  • Your child must meet one or more of the following risk factors:
    • Low Income
    • Chronic Health Condition as Diagnosed by a Doctor
    • Limited English Proficiency
    • Current IEP for Speech Services or for a Developmental Delay
    • Military 
  • Your Child is NOT Currently Enrolled in a Childcare Center, Preschool or Headstart Program 

NC Pre-K application is currently open for the 24-25 school year. The application will close April 30, 2024. Submitting an application does not guarantee a spot  in one of our locations.  Tuition based preschool information is available at the bottom of this page. Please note that NC PRE K and tuition based preschool are two different applications.
NC PRE K 24-25 Application

Additional Forms:
Shared Housing Affidavit       Afidavit De Casa Compartida

Moore County Schools offers tuition preschool spots to eligible children. Annual registration and weekly fees apply. Children in a tuition slot must pass a developmental screen (educational and speech/language) prior to enrollment. 

Priority is given to children of Moore County Schools Employees. 

Classes for the Tuition Pre-School for the 2023-2024 school year have openings at select locations. If you are interested in tuition pre-school, please complete the Tuition application

Fill out our tuition Pre-school application

Click here for a list of Moore County Schools Pre-school Sites.

Free Developmental Screenings for 3-5 year old's (must be 5 years old after 8/31/2023.)
Do you have a concern regarding your child's development? Stop by one of our screenings sponsored by our Pre-school Assessment team. Be sure to bring your child's birth certificate or passport. Each location will be available for screenings from 8am to 11am on the dates listed below.

April 15th Vass Lakeview Elementary 

Click here
for additional resources.

Regional Child Care Referral Line 1-877-230-3024 or Search for Child Care Online

For questions, please contact:
Preschool Specialist
910-947-2342 Ext. 200239
Dr. Laura Shipman

  • Moore County Schools
  • 5277 Hwy. 15-501 South, Carthage, NC28327
  • 910-947-2976
  • 910-947-3011
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