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 olds 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:

  • Your child must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2023.preschool
  • 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 

2023-2024 Application In-Take Dates & Locations:
Vass Lakeview Elementary       March 7      11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Robbins Elementary                   March 9         8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aberdeen Elementary                March 14     11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Carthage Elementary                 March 16     11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Southern Pines Elementary    
March 21     11:00 am - 5:00 pm
West End Elementary                 March 23     11:00 am - 5:00 pm

NC Pre-K 2023-2024 Application
NC Pre-K para 2023-2024 Aplicacion

Additional Forms:
Shared Housing Affidavit       Afidavit De Casa Compartida

The deadline for completed application submission is April 1, 2023.
 Parents will be notified of student selection by May 15, 2023.

Moore County Schools offers tuition pre-school 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 2022-2023 school year are full. If you are interested in putting your child on the Tuition Waiting List, please complete the Tuition Wait List Form

Click here for a list of Moore County Schools Preschool Sites.
Click here for additional resources.

Kindergarten Registration Day for the 2023-2024 school year is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2023.  Click here for more information.
Please note that any child who will enter kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2023.

Moore County NC Pre-K Committee Meetings 2022-2023
October 12, 2022
December 14, 2022
February 15, 2023
April 12, 2023

Location: Partners for Children and Families
7720 NC-22, Carthage, N.C. 28327

Please call 910-949-4045 if you would like a link to the meeting so you can join virtually.
Regional Child Care Referral Line 1-877-230-3024 or Search for Child Care Online

For questions, please contact:
Judy M. Heffner, Ed.D.
Preschool Specialist
910-947-2342 Ext. 200285
[email protected]

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  • 5277 Hwy. 15-501 South, Carthage, NC28327
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