Chatham County Partnership for Children

“If you care for your own children, you must take an interest in all, for your children must go on living in the world made by all children.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

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NC Pre-Kindergarten Program

What is the NC Pre-K program?

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide at-risk, four-year-old children with an opportunity for quality preschool education. This school day program is designed to provide young children with access to a structured curriculum and preschool experience that will enhance their readiness for school. The Chatham County Partnership for Children supports NC Pre-K classrooms throughout Chatham County in select public schools and in licensed child care centers.

Where does the NC Pre-K program take place?

Children may attend any one of the programs offered throughout the county by our NC Pre-K program partners:

  • In northern Chatham County NC Pre-K classrooms are located in the preschool programs at North Chatham School and Perry Harrison School.
  • In Siler City, NC Pre-K classrooms are located at Siler City Elementary School, Virginia Cross Elementary School, Children First Learning Center, and Telamon Head Start. 
  • Robyn's Nest Creative Learning Center and The Children's Early School also have NC Pre-K classrooms in   their Pittsboro locations.
  • There are also NC Pre-K classrooms at Moncure School, Bennett School, and Silk Hope School.

Who is Eligible for Chatham's NC Pre-K Program?

At-risk is the first priority for enrolling children. At-risk is defined as family income at or below 75% of the State Median Income. 

Other eligible children can be enrolled after all at-risk children have been enrolled.

Eligible children are those with Limited English Proficiency, have a Chronic Health Condition, demonstrate development or educational need based on the results of an approved assessment tool, or who have a parent who is on active military duty or has been seriously injured while on active duty military in the recent past. 

When does the program begin?

  • The NC Pre-K Program operates on the public school calendar.
  • Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis and according to space availability at each site.

How do I enroll children?

Applications for enrollment are accepted beginning in January each year. To enroll your child, or to find out more information, please contact:

  • Chatham County Partnership for Children, Marianne Nicholson: 919-542-7449, ext 31
  • Chatham County Schools, Cindy King: 919-663-3610
  • Robyn's Nest Creative Learning Center, Amber Best: 919-542-9977
  • Chatham Child Development Center, April Alexander: 919-663-2221, press 0
  • Children First Learning Center, Jan Lowe or Tania Taylor:  919-742-5680 
  • The Children's Early School, Danielle Tyner: 919-545-5511
  • Chatham County Head Start, Carolyn Gray: 919-742-5316