NC Pre-K

​What is NC Pre-K?

Moore County Schools offers NC Pre-K, a free preschool program for children whose families meet eligibility requirements. We are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. For more information or to apply click here or contact Judy Heffner at Moore County Schools at (910) 947-2342 or

Who is eligible to apply?

Your child must be 4 years old by August 31, 2023, be a Moore County resident and meet one or more of the following: low income; chronic health condition; limited English proficiency; a current IEP; parent is active duty military; no prior preschool experience.

How do I apply?

Click below to complete the application online. 

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


Visit the following locations on the date and time specified to submit an application in person. 

2023-2024 Application In-Take Dates & Locations:

Vass Lakeview Elementary March 7, 2023 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Robbins Elementary March 9, 2023   8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aberdeen Elementary March 14, 2023 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Carthage Elementary March 16, 2023 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Southern Pines Elementary March 21, 2023 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
West End Elementary March 23, 2023 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

You will need to submit copies of the following documents with your application:

  • child's birth certificate and Social Security or Medicaid card
  • parent's photo ID
  • verification of parents' income (2022 tax records or a month of pay stubs)
  • proof of Moore County residency (driver's license, utility bill or rental agreement)
  • if applicable, documentation of chronic health conditions, military service, or IEP


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

Moore County NC Pre-K Committee

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 & Families, 7720 NC Hwy 22, Carthage, NC 28327

This committee is a public body subject to open meeting and public records laws. For details on how to log in to virtual meetings, please contact us at

​For questions, please contact:

Judy M. Heffner, Ed.D.
Moore County Schools
Preschool Specialist
910-947-2342 Ext. 200285