New Hanover County Schools


Engaging Students, Achieving Excellence


Early Childhood Education

Update 3/25/2020

Dear families and caregivers, check in with your child's teacher directly about weekly learning activities. They are working on many amazing plans for you to try out with your preschoolers! In the coming days and weeks, your child's teacher will send you an invitation to Ready Rosie- a video library of activities to try with your child. Be on the look out for this :) 

In the meantime, below are activities you can do with your preschooler that do not require internet access! 

Preschool Activities 

Wishing you safety and fun during this time! 

3/20/20 During this crisis, we will supply families with resources for learning opportunities that promote intentional play. While there is no online equivalent to preschool, it is imperative that families make time to interact with their children daily by reading a book together, playing a board game, or simply taking a walk outside! The Early Childhood program has curated a Google presentation with resources for you and your families. This slide deck is located directly below by clicking the blue button. We will update this resource as needed and as information becomes available.

In addition, ECE Department will provide ongoing communication via Twitter @nhcsprek including daily tips and activity suggestions focusing on early literacy, math, play skills and social and emotional learning. Check in with your child’s preschool center about specific learning activities and materials accessible for families that are related to their current learning studies and curriculum. 

For families interested in applying for Pre-K for next school year, please fill out this brief form and our office will be in touch with next steps. 

Interested in Pre-K

Emergency Response Resources for Preschool Families 

Recursos En Español 

2020-2021 Preschool Information



Our program offers Public School Classrooms and Private Childcare 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. 


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
Amarillia Martinez Cordova    Bilingual Family Specialist/Family and Community Partnerships Johnson Pre-K Center
910-251-6155 ext 211
Melody Shaw 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