New Hanover County Schools




Early Childhood Education

PreK Enrollment Apply Now

The Early Childhood Education Program offers preschool classrooms in both public schools and private child care sites across the county. This variety of placement locations helps our parents make the most convenient choice for classroom placement during the school year. NHCS Early Childhood Program provides services through the NC Pre-K Program, which is a state funded program, Head Start, which is a federal program, and through our local New Hanover County commissioners. To enroll your preschooler for the 2022-2023 school year click the apply button below. 

Apply for Pre-K 

Applications for the 2023-2024 School Year will Open February 1, 2023

 For more Information          Preschool Special Education 

If you suspect your child has a disability or if you have developmental concerns in the areas of language, cognitive, social-emotional , motor or adaptive behavior and your child is 3-5 years old and not age eligible to attend kindergarten, please contact our Child Find Office. At no cost to families, children suspected of having a disability will be evaluated and if eligible, will be provided special education services. If you have questions regarding your preschool aged child, contact the child find office at 910-254-4236.
Shannon Smiles
Director of Early Childhood Education
Diane Anttila 
Enrollment Coordinator
Nichole Garcia
Enrollment Coordinator
Michelle Gray 
Instructional Specialist
April Patterson
Instructional Specialist
Allison Wine
Behavior Support


4905 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: 910-254-4340
Phone: 910-254-4119



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