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Your 4-year-old child may be eligible to attend preschool.

Stokes Partnership for Children administers the NC Pre-K program. This means that all applications for NC Pre-K are processed and eligibility determined at Stokes Partnership for Children. Classrooms are located in the public schools, Head Start, and private child care centers.

Families can now apply online using a computer, tablet or smartphone using the link below. We also accept paper applications, which families can download (PDF fillable version below) and complete. Families may also request an application be mailed to them. Families with questions can reach Stokes Partnership for Children NC  Pre-K staff by email at or by calling 336-985-2676.  

NC Pre-K is a statewide initiative to provide a high quality pre-kindergarten experience for at-risk 4 year olds to prepare them to enter school the following year.  It is a full-day (6.5 hours) program, Monday – Friday, following the Stokes County School system’s calendar year.
Age Requirements

1.    A child must turn 4 years old on or before August 31st of the program year.
2.    Children who are age eligible for kindergarten cannot be served with NCPK funds. 


Income Requirements: A child that meets the age requirements is eligible for NC Pre-K if the child is from a family whose gross income is at or below 75% of the State Median Income level.
Additional Eligibility Criteria

  • Children of Eligible Military Families:

  • Any age-eligible child who is a child of either of the following shall be eligible for the program, without regard to income:  an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States OR a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who was injured or killed while serving on active duty.

Additional Eligible Children:
Once all income eligible children are served, age-eligible children may be enrolled who have family incomes in excess of 75% of the state median income if the child has one of the following risk factors:

  • Identified developmental disability (has Individualized Education Plan)

  • Limited English Proficiency as indicated by the family and/or child speaking limited or no English in the home.

  • An educational need as indicated by the child’s performance results on an approved developmental screening

  • A chronic health condition that the professional health care provider has diagnosed and identified to interfere with a child's development and learning



NC Pre-K classrooms in Stokes County are located at:
Danbury Head Start
King Elementary
London Head Start
Mt. Olive Head Start
New Life Center (Walnut Cove)
Pinnacle Elementary
Poplar Springs Elementary
Sandy Ridge Elementary
Walnut Cove Elementary


NC Pre-K requires certain documents to verify eligibility. Families can securely upload these to the online application. They can also submit them via mail to Stokes Partnership for Children at PO Box 2319 in King, fax to 336-985-3302, email to or drop off in a locked dropbox outside the Stokes Partnership for Children office at 151 Jefferson Church Rd., Suite 104 in King.
Information needed to complete the application:

1.    Completed/Signed Application
2.    Verification of all Household Income (pay stubs or 1040 tax forms, child support, etc.) 
3.    Verification of birthdate (Copy of Child’s Certified Birth Certificate or Immunization Records) 


*Applications will not be complete until all required documentation is received.*


Although applications will continue to be accepted, the first deadline for eligibility and placement determination will be May 14th.


NC Pre-K Application for School Year 2023-24:

Complete & Submit Online Application in English

(Preferred Method)


Download PDF Fillable Application Now for 2023-24 

Health and Dental Forms will be required only if your child is accepted into the NC Pre-K Program, but may be submitted with application. 

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