Department of Early Learning (Pre-k)

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Welcome to the Early Learning Department

  • The Department of Early Learning serves over 1500 children ages 3 through 5 in Guilford County.  Our programs include both NC Pre-K/Title 1 classrooms, Exceptional Children's classrooms, and itinerant services for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the Guilford County community.


    2023-2024 NC Pre-K Application Information

    Applications for all Guilford County Schools, Guilford Child Development Head Start and Private Child Care sites are accepted all school year. 

    This application is for children who will be four years old on or before August 31, 2023.

    Applying for 2023-2024 NC Pre-K slots at Guilford County Schools?

    The deadline to apply for “first round” NC Pre-K classroom placement with Guilford County Schools is Friday, April 28th. Applications are available on the Guilford Partnership for Children's website at: At the beginning of the NCPK application, you will have to select the year you are applying for, under the drop down menu, at the top of page 1: *Year Applying For / Año de Solicitud* Please select  2023-24 for the School year starting in August 2023.

    Save time and apply on-line today, GCS spaces are limited! 

    Use the locator tool to find schools closest to home or work.

    If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please call the Guilford Partnership for Children at (336) 274-5437.

    The Guilford County School's Pre-k office is open to the public to answer any questions and assist with the completion of the application process, but we do not accept applications at our location. The Guilford Partnership for Children accepts and processes ALL NCPK applications. Their office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am -4pm. They have a drop box at their office that can be used anytime between the hours of 8am- 5pm.

    If you fill out a paper form, return the completed original application and copies of documentation by mail or drop box to:

    Guilford County Partnership for Children
    500 West Friendly Avenue, Suite 100
    Greensboro, NC 27401

    Faxed and emailed applications are NOW being accepted. The Guilford Partnership for Children's fax number is 336-274-5447 and you can email them at


    2023-2024 NC Pre-K Application
    Let’s Get Started!

    Who is eligible for NC Pre-K?

    Children who will be four years old on or before August 31, 2022 for the school year 2022-23 or Children who will be four years old on or before August 31, 2023 for the school year 2023-24. Slots are limited, and we encourage you to apply in early Spring.

    Before you begin the application process...

    We recommend that you have all the required information and documentation prepared
    BEFORE you begin the application process. Once you have the documentation needed to apply, it is easiest to complete the online application using a computer or your smart phone.

    What You Will Need:

    1. Proof of Birth (copy of birth certificate OR medical records OR immunization records)
    2. Proof of Residency (copy of current utility bill OR rental agreement)
    • Documentation must have the same physical address listed on the application.
    3. Proof of Income (copy of 2022 1040 OR 2022 W-2 OR 4 recent, consecutive paystubs)
    • Additional income, if applicable, such as court-ordered child support,
    unemployment benefits, workers compensation, and/or SSA/SSI/SSDI.
    4. If Applicable – Documentation of chronic health condition, parent’s military service,
    development or educational needs, and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 



    NC Pre-k 2022-2023 Application QR Link

    NC Pre-k 2022-2023 Application QR Link

    2022-2023 NC Pre-k Application PDF Download

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Contact Us

  • 617 W. Market St.
    Greensboro, NC 27401

    Phone: 336-370-2362
    Fax: 336-370-8938

    Amy Pendergrass
    Director of Early Learning

    1401 Summit Avenue
    Greensboro, NC 27405

    Phone: (336) 294-7473 
    Fax: 336-378-4445

    Debika Dillard
    Director of Exceptional Children (EC) Pre-k

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