NCPre-K is a free pre-kindergarten program for eligible children that support children’s development and literacy skills.
Smart Start of Transylvania County administers the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K), (formerly known as the More at Four Program).
To access the 2017-2018 NC PreK Application and Instructions, please click below:
NC Pre-K provides high quality educational experiences for income-eligible four year-olds, in order to enhance their kindergarten readiness. Children served by NC Pre-K attend a full school day (6-1/2 hours), full school year program (up to 10 months) and will be served in classrooms in private childcare programs, county childcare program, or Head Start.
The program targets children who turn four years of age by August 31, will be entering kindergarten the following school year, and who may be at risk for poor school outcomes. Factors that can influence poor school outcomes include: low family income, children with an identified disability, limited English proficiency, a chronic health condition, and developmental or educational need. Family income eligibility is based on 75% of the state median income or below.
The NC Pre-K Program Requirements are built on the premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains that are critical to children’s overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school: Approaches to play and learning; social and emotional development; health & physical development; language development & communication; cognitive development.
Interested in being an NC Pre-K provider in Transylvania County? Please contact September Ferguson Fisher for more information on how you can serve NC Pre-K children in Transylvania County.
For more information, please contact:
September Ferguson Fisher, NC Pre-K Program Coordinator
Phone: (828) 877-3025
The NC Pre-K Advisory Committee
The NC Pre-K Program requires every county (or region) that chooses to participate in NC Pre-K to establish and maintain a County/Region Advisory Committee. This committee is represented in part by local school boards and systems, the local Smart Start partnership, licensed childcare providers, Head Start, Department of Social Service, parent(s) of preschool-age children, county cooperative extension agency, and/or childcare resource and referral agency. In Transylvania County, the NC Pre-K Advisory Committee meets a minimum of three times a year. Please reference the news section of the website for dates that the meetings are scheduled.