Union County offers several high-quality programs to prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond.
If you are need of a preschool for your student, please use the chart below to identify the program that best fits your child’s needs. Please note that pre-kindergarten applications and registration information will be posted in early January 2019.
Which program is best for your child?
The UCPS Title I Pre-K program is a full-day program designed to provide a rich, child-centered literacy-focused program to ensure all children enter kindergarten ready to learn. There is no charge for children who qualify for the program and classes are offered in each of our nine Title I schools. To be eligible, students must demonstrate a need for education experience as indicated on the state-approved pre-kindergarten screening. Applicants must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019.
The NC Pre-K program is a free, high quality program designed to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. Family income must be 75 percent of the state median income to qualify for the program and classes are offered at Walter Bickett Education Center, Waxhaw Elementary, Indian Trail Elementary and participating child care sites. The NC Pre-K program is available through the Alliance for Children, a partner in the Smart Start network. Applicants must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019.
The Exceptional Children’s Preschool Program serves children three to five years old who have been evaluated, found eligible for special education and require specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. There is no charge associated with participation in this program.
Preschool Peer Pals
In the Preschool Peer Pals program, typically developing children learn alongside children who have special needs in an inclusive environment. Preschool classes are located at various elementary schools throughout the county and there is a $275 monthly charge to participate in the program. Applicants must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019.