Onslow County Partnership for Children: We will begin accepting applications for preschool services in Onslow County for the 2017-2018 school year on March 7, 2017

We are a private non-profit agency that advocates and provides services for the healthy development of children, by building the strengths and capacities of families, care-giving professionals, and the communities in which they reside.

We Are Now Accepting Applications for Preschool Services in Onslow County

 Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017 in order to be age eligible.  Other eligibility factors and income qualifications must be met.  

Children with identified disabilities and children with other documented risk factors may also be eligible.  All families, including military families, are encouraged to apply.

Preschool standards are built on the premise that in order to be academically successful in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the major domains of development outlined by the National Education Goals Panel. Each of these domains is critical to children's well being, in particular for their success in reading and math as they come to school. The five domains are:

  • Health and physical development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Language development and communication
  • Cognition and general knowledge
  • Approaches to learning

All preschool programs operate on the public school calendar. Children are required to have a health assessment, including dental and vision, upon enrollment. A developmental assessment is also provided to identify special needs and monitor growth in the program. Children also receive family support, and other community resources as needed.

What Do the Preschool Programs Offer?

Some of the features of the programs include:

  • A high quality early childhood learning environment for children with developmental, social, and familial risk factors that may affect their success in school.
  • High-quality childcare centers, with degreed teachers and state-approved curricula. 
  • Small class sizes, with no more than 18 children, and two teachers in each classroom.  The preschool day is 6.5 hours Monday through Friday.
  • Family support regarding health, nutrition, developmental screening and placement for children with special needs.
  • Kindergarten Transition Coordination to support families and children as a child moves from pre-kindergarten to ensure a successful start in school.

For more information, contact 938-0336.