New Hanover County Schools




Early Childhood Education

PreK Enrollment Apply Now

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. 

For the 2022-2023 school year, if you have a child who is 3 or 4 years old by August 31, 2022, consider applying for our program!



Shannon Smiles

Director of Early Childhood Education


Michelle Gray 

Early Childhood Education Specialist


Allison Wine

Behavior Support


Enrollment Coordinator

Heather Pellicie


Enrollment Coordinator

Genesis Lazo 


Support Associate III

Milena Cepeda-Andreassen 



4905 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


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