North Carolina Pre-K (NCPK) is a state-funded, community-based voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare eligible four-year olds in North Carolina for school success through high-quality early education. Programs have to meet high quality standards and utilize a specific curriculum to strengthen children’s literacy, math, pre-writing, physical development, and problem solving skills. NCPK, formerly known as More at Four, was established to provide quality early learning experiences for the children in our state who exhibit the most need.
NCPK classrooms are located in public schools, licensed child
care centers and Head Start programs in New Hanover County.
There are a total of ten pre-k sites serving approximately 525
students. These high quality classrooms have teachers certified
in the education of children who are birth-kindergarten age. The
student to staff ratio is one adult for every nine students. The
maximum class size is 18 students with a teacher and a teacher
assistant. Programs have a parent education component that
requires attendance at parent workshops and monthly volunteer
time in classrooms.
Learning in a Pre-Kindergarten Classroom
The learning that takes place in an NCPK classroom is based on North Carolina’s early learning standards for preschoolers called Foundations. The five areas included in Foundations that are the basis of learning and school readiness are:
Students in pre-kindergarten classrooms have active, center-based environments that encourage them to: