• 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. 

    Which program is best for your child?

    Pre-K Program Chart

    *Please note that for the 2020-21 school year, the Title I Pre-Kindergarten and NC Pre-Kindergarten programs will use a universal application process. 

  • 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.

    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, 2020.

    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 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, 2020.

    Union County Title I Pre-K applications for the 2020-2021 school year are closed.  Please contact  (Title I) with any questions.


    NC Pre-K Program  
    The NC Pre-K program is a free, high quality state 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 childcare sites. Eligibility details may be found under NC Pre-K at 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, 2020. Applications are open all year. Families are encouraged to apply during the spring and summer as classrooms and sites fill quickly. 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.