Pre-Kindergarten

  • Union County offers several high-quality programs to prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond. If you are in need of a preschool for your student, please use the chart below to identify the program that best fits your child’s needs. 

    Applications are posted at the bottom of this page.



    Which program is best for your child?

    Pre-K Program Chart



  • Exceptional Children's Preschool Program

    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. Enrollment in the Exceptional Children's Preschool is based on decisions made by an IEP team and does not guarantee full-time enrollment in preschool. Please call Caroline Price 704-282-6259 ext. 7 for more information.


    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. An expanded pilot program will accept applications for children who will be 3 on or before August 31 as well as 4 year olds at all peer pal sites.  Please call Caroline Price 704-282-6259 ext. 7 for more information.

     

    Title I Pre-K Program 

    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 eight of our nine Title I schools (see application for specific locations). Classroom size is limited to eighteen students. 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, 2021.

    Union County Title I Pre-K applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted from January 19 through March 19, 2021.  Please contact lori.spruiell@ucps.k12.nc.us  (Title I) with any questions.

     

    NC Pre-K Program  

    NC Pre-K is a free, high quality state program designed to strengthen classroom, academic and social/emotional skills for eligible children who are four years old by August 31, 2021.  Family income must be 75 percent of the state median income to qualify for the program.

    Classes are offered at eight participating childcare sites,  Walter Bickett Education Center, Waxhaw Elementary, and Indian Trail Elementary.  Classroom size is limited to eighteen students.

    NC Pre-K eligibility and frequently asked questions may be found under NC Pre-K at www.theAllianceforChildren.org.

    Families are encouraged to apply during the spring as classrooms and sites fill quickly.  Applications are open all year.   

    The Alliance for Children office is currently closed to the public. Here are options to return completed application packets:

    In an envelope placed through the document slot at the front door: NC Pre-K/Alliance for Children, 2661 West Roosevelt Blvd., Suite A, Monroe NC

    By fax: 704-226-1369 - By US mail: Alliance for Children/NC Pre-K, PO Box 988, Monroe NC 28111

    The state NC Pre-K program is available through the Alliance for Children, a partner in the Smart Start network.

    Call Alliance for Children at 704-226-1407 ext. 30 (NC Pre-K) with questions about North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten. 


    Pre-K Standards

    All Preschool classrooms in Union County Public Schools utilize and support the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development document.  Foundations provides teachers and parents with goals for all young children’s development and learning, no matter what program they may be served in, what language they may speak, what disabilities they may have or what family circumstances occur.  

    Pre-K Curriculum

    All of our Pre-K classrooms in Union County Public Schools use the The Creative Curriculum to design and implement curriculum for Preschool students.  The Creative Curriculum supports active learning and play in a well-designed classroom environment.  Preschool teachers use Teaching Strategies GOLD as part of the formative assessment of Creative Curriculum. 


    Application Packets:

    2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten Application Packet (English)

    2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten Application Packet (Spanish)