Peer Pals

  • Union County Public School’s Exceptional Children’s Preschool Program reserves a limited number of spaces in some of our classes for typically developing children for the provision of inclusion. EC Preschool classes are located at various elementary schools throughout the county. Each potential peer pal will be screened and observed to determine if they are a good fit for the program. There is no guarantee of acceptance at a particular school. The EC Preschool classrooms serve students with a variety of challenges, including, but not limited to, speech-language delays, physical impairments, cognitive challenges, behavioral concerns, and medical needs. Peer Pals will learn alongside students with disabilities.

    Program Details

    • Certified teachers have specialized training in Birth-Kindergarten Education.
    • The Creative Curriculum and NC Foundations for Early Learning are used to plan classroom instruction.
    • Classrooms utilize the principles of Conscious Discipline.
    • Peer Pals learn alongside children who have special needs.

    General Information and Guidelines

    • Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31 of the current year.
    • There is a monthly charge for the program.
    • Applicants must be fully potty trained.
    • Families must provide transportation.
    • No before or after-school care is provided on the school campus.
    • The Peer Pal program follows the UCPS calendar for Traditional or Year-Round schedules according to the school attending.


    “I fully credit the Peer Pal program with my daughter’s smooth transition into kindergarten. Not only was she comfortable with the school environment, but she was also more than prepared socially and academically. The Peer Pal program has also made my daughter a more compassionate child; she loved getting to know the other students in her class and celebrating everyone’s successes.”

    - Amy Rogers

    "Our daughter, Mollie, has been able to build amazing friendships with some very special people. Mollie had a good base knowledge coming into the program, but the individual attention and small class size that she has been privy to with the peer-pal program has really caused her exuberance for school and thirst for knowledge to grow.”

    - Shannon Wright