The NC Pre-K Program provides free high quality pre-kindergarten education for four-year-olds who may not have had the opportunities that prepare them for success in school.  The program is built on the belief that all children can learn if given the opportunity, but many children have not had the same level of opportunity as other children. 

The program requires that children be prepared in the following five domains:

  1. Approaches to learning
  2. Emotional and social development
  3. Health and physical development
  4. Language development and communication
  5. Cognitive development

Application Process

Your child must be 4 years old on or before August 31. Eligibility is also based on income. For more information or to obtain an application for enrollment please contact Smart Start Rowan at 704-603-3369 or visit their website at