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 child in preschool click the apply button below. If you have any issues accessing the application or have general questions please reach out to our office at 910-254-4173.

Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year will open February 1, 2024


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
Terra Shiles
Adminstrative Assistant
Sean Perkins 
Enrollment Coordinator
Leola Pierce 
Enrollment Coordinator
Jessica Mullins 
Pre-K Coordinator
Michelle Gray 
Instructional Specialist
April Patterson
Instructional Specialist
Allison Wine
Behavior Support


4905 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: 910-254-4173

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