NC Pre_K

Apply today for NC Pre-K!
Space is limited. 

Click here for the 2020-2021 NC Pre-K Application

The NC Pre-K program offers free preschool for families who qualify. NC Pre-K operates on the public school calendar and classrooms are offered at participating Cumberland County Schools, Head Start programs and licensed four and five-star private centers. There are a limited amount of openings in Cumberland County for the 2020-2021 school year.  NC Pre-K services are offered at no charge to eligible children.

How do I know if my child might be eligible?

For the 2020-2021 School Year, eligible children must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2020

One of the following must also be true:

  • The child’s family meet income eligibility OR
  •  The child has limited English proficiency, an identified disability, a chronic health condition or a developmental or educational need OR
  •  Is a military dependent of an active duty service member or a military service member who has been seriously injured or killed while on active duty

Steps to apply:

  1. Download the application. 
  2. Complete the application.
    • You will choose up to eight (8) NC Pre-K sites where you would like your child to attend.  Use the school locator tool to find locations that work best for your family.
  3. Email or mail the application.  Due to recent outbreak of COVID-19, we have suspended all in-office application submission process until further notice.  We are currently accepting applications via email or mail.  Please email your application with supporting documents to or mail to:

NC Pre-K Unit

RE: 2020-2021 Child Application

351 Wagoner Drive, Suite 200

Fayetteville, NC 28303


Need assistance? We’re here to help!

Currently we are able to offer one-on-one application email assistance.  Please email for assistance.

What documentation do I need to provide along with my application?

  • Copy of child’s official birth certificate
  • Proof of income:
    • Employed individuals
      • Pay Stubs for a complete month (if paid weekly – bring 4 consecutive pay stubs; if paid twice a month – bring 2 consecutive pay stubs; if paid monthly – submit at least 1 full month’s pay stub)
      • Tax records (W-2; 1040EZ-line 4; 1040-Adjusted Gross line 37; 1040A-Adjusted Gross line 21)
      • Employer written statements signed by the employer (on letterhead, if available)
    • Self-Employed individuals
      • Tax records or 1099
      • Business bank statements
    • Unemployed individuals
      • Award letter from the Employment Security Commission
      • If you don’t have any documentation, you will be asked to sign a statement of $0 income
    • Disabled individuals
      • Award letter from the Social Security Administration
    • Proof of receipt for child support and/or alimony
  • If applicable:
    • Court Ordered Custody Papers
    • Proof of military dependent status (DEERS form or LES)
    • Military Special Power of Attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders
    • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
    • Disability documentation/Chronic Health Condition

Who do I contact for more information?

You can fill out this online form or call and leave a message at 910-826-6444.

*Although a child may meet one or more eligibility factors, placement in an NC Pre-K classroom is not guaranteed. Placement in your preferred location is also not guaranteed.

For more detailed information, including income guidelines, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services guide to NC Pre-K Program Requirements

For more information, call:
(910) 826-6444