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. All families living in New Hanover County who have a 3 or 4 year old as of August 31, 2022 are encouraged to apply for 2022-2023! 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. 

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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.

 Preschool Special Education 




Shannon Smiles

Director of Early Childhood Education


Adaliz Broadbridge

Administrative Assistant for Early Education Program 

Michelle Gray 

Instructional Specialist


April Patterson

Instructional Specialist


Allison Wine

Behavior Support


Enrollment coordinator


Enrollment coordinator


Milena Cepeda- Andreassen

Support associate iii



4905 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


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