New Hanover County Schools




Early Childhood Education

If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, 2020, consider applying for our program!

We welcome families of children of all abilities to apply. 


How to complete an application for the the 2020-2021 school year?

  • Option 1→ If you are prepared to complete the online application click the button!
    • Using a phone will allow you to submit all the of the required documentation by taking a photo & uploading. 

    • The application must be completed in one sitting. 

Preschool Online Application 

  • Option 2 → If you have a paper copy of the application along with the supporting documents, then that can be emailed to

  • Option 3→ If submitting the application electronically does not work, an ECE team member will glady complete the application over the phone!

E Notary                                                            Order Birth Certificate Online 


Our 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.

We encourage all families living in New Hanover County who have a 3 or 4 year old as of August 31st to apply for the Early Childhood Education Program. 

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. Click the boxes below to learn more about these programs. 

Head Start Program Performance Standards

NC Pre-K Guidance

Early Childhood Education Program Office

Dale K Spencer Building 
1802 South 15th Street
Wilmington, NC  28401
*Contact Numbers Below*


Contact Our Team

  Position in Early Childhood Department  Contact
Shannon Smiles Director
Samantha Kea  Administrative Assistant  910-254-4390 
Gloria Lee-Taylor NCPRK Specialist  910-254-4340
Michelle Gray Early Childhood Specialist/Enrollment Lead
Beth Peddle Instructional Coach



Allison Wine  Behavior Specialist
Milena Cepeda-Andreassen Parent Liaison/Enrollment
Sandra Sarmiento Bilingual Family Specialist/ERSEA

Johnson Pre-K Center
910-251-6155 ext 209

Remote Working Number: 
(984) 355-0607
Amarillia Martinez Cordova    Bilingual Family Specialist/Family and Community Partnerships

Johnson Pre-K Center
910-251-6155 ext 211

Remote Working Number: 
(910) 999-7224
Melody McNeill Family Specialist/ Health Services

Johnson Pre-K Center
910-251-6155 ext 210

Michelle Pledger Family Specialist/Enrollment CRA@Mosley Pre-K Center
910-251-6161 ext 105