North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • Pitt County offers free Pre-K services to  as many qualified children as space and funding permits. 

    North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program

    This is North Carolina’s Pre-Kindergarten program for At-Risk four year olds.  Students must be 4 years old by August 31st.  Priority is given to children who have never been served in an educational setting before (ie. daycare, Head Start). North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education has determined that there are several risk factors that impact future school success. Eligibility for the Pre-K Program is based upon poverty, Limited English Proficiency, chronic health conditions, special needs, social risk factors, and low language and cognitive skills. 

    Parents are responsible for  providing transportation. Public school buses cannot be used to transport Pre-K students.

    Qualifications for the NCPK program   

    Parents must reside in the Pitt County attendance area and provide the following documentation:

    · Documentation of date of birth

    · Immunization record (up to date)

    · Income Verification (one of the following)

           * Recent Tax Return

          * One month - most recent pay stubs

          * Award letters from the Social Security Administration

          * Award letters from the Employment Security Commission

          * An employer statement as to your current pay rate & hours worked per week.

          * If you are unemployed please complete the PCS NCPK program income statement provided by Sadie Saulter.



    Applications for the NCPK program are available in March of every year coinciding with the elementary kindergarten applications.  You can pick up applications at Sadie Saulter Educational Center, from any Elementary School, Department of Social Service,  Health Department, Community Center in Moyewood, and Sheppard Memorial Library.  


    Applications may be turned in at any school that has a Pre-K classroom or at Sadie Saulter Pre-K Center. Screening appointments are scheduled during the summer to determine eligibility. The first screening will be in June and the second screening will be in July.  Applications received after July will be screened on as needed bases. If your phone number or address changes please call Sadie Saulter at 252-758-4621. Failure to provide updated information will delay the application process or possibly result in non-placement.


    You will receive a phone call giving you an appointment time.  Your child will do an assessment activity with a Pre-K teacher for about 40 minutes, while you fill out forms to complete the application process.


    After the assessment, you will receive a letter stating what school your child was placed at. 

    If you don't receive a letter within the first 3 weeks in August, your child has been placed on the waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as a slot becomes available.

    If your child has been placed, the letter will tell you the school and the teacher’s name.  Every attempt is made to place children at the school where they will attend kindergarten or at the closest school with an NCPK classroom. 

    QUESTIONS?     Call Sadie Saulter Pre-K Center at 252-758-4621.


    NCPK Health Assesment