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Pre-K Application Process

6 months ago

When can I apply?

The Pre-K application period begins in February of each year.  Priority will be given to applications received on or before the last day of the school year.  Pre-K applications received after the last day of school will be placed on the waiting list for the program year.  We encourage you to apply early!

What makes a complete application?

  • Completed application form
  • Childs's certified Birth Certificate
  • Proof of address (acceptable proof of address includes utility bill, lease or rental agreement, property tax, and /or property deed)
  • Documentation of income (tax records,  1 recent month of paystubs, letter from employer, etc)
When will I find out if my child is enrolled in Pre-K?
After screening in May/June, a selection committee will put together Pre-K class rosters based upon federal- and state-mandated eligibility requirements.  Families will be contacted regarding their enrollment status as soon as possible over the summer, typically in August as we wait for confirmation of funding for the program.  Pre-K staff will call families of those children selected for enrollment in a Pre-K classroom.  Families of children not enrolled in the program will receive a notification letter through the mail.

How do I turn in the application?

5 months ago

Mail to:

GCPS PreK Program

PO Box 927

Oxford, NC 27565

Scan and Email to:

Hand-Deliver to:

GCPS Central Office

101 Delacroix Street in Oxford

PreK Screening

3 months ago


Due to COVID-19 school closures and the current stay-at-home order, PreK screenings scheduled for May 1st have been cancelled.  

Program staff will contact families to schedule screening as soon as firm dates are set.

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Contact Us

4 months ago

Vickie Hines
Early Childhood Coordinator
(919) 693-1103 Ext. 101290
(919) 892-5222

Parents as Teachers
Kim Landis
PAT Coordinator
(919) 693-4613

Parent Resources

6 months ago

  • Tips on preparing your child for starting school.  While you are there, take a look at the Reading Rockets site.  It provides a wealth of information regarding early literacy and preparation for Kindergarten.

  • NAEYC for Families

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children has a portion of their site dedicated to the needs of families.  Take a look around...excellent articles and book recommendations.
  • Zero to Three - Parent Resources

    A collection of resources for families with children from birth to age 3.
  • NC Division of Child Development and Early Education

    Look here for information regarding NC licensed child care and NC Pre-Kindergarten.

Pre-K Classroom Locations

6 months ago

Butner-Stem Elementary

201 East D St, Butner


Creedmoor Elementary

305 E Wilton Ave, Creedmoor


Mt Energy Elementary

2652 NC Hwy 56 E, Creedmoor


Stovall-Shaw Elementary

7696 Hwy 15, Stovall


Tar River Elementary

2642 Philo White Rd, Franklinton


West Oxford Elementary

412 Ivey Day Rd, Oxford


Welcome to GCPS Early Childhood Programs!

4 months ago

We believe...
Learning begins long before a child enters Kindergarten.

are the first teachers.

Programs available for granville county families:

Parents As Teachers

A home-visiting parent education program for families with children from birth to 5 years


A classroom setting for children turning 4 by August 31st of the program year


6 months ago

Is my child eligible for the program?

To be considered eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, a child...

  • must be 4 years old by August 31st of their Pre-K year, and
  • must reside in Granville County. 

Children will be selected for participation in the Pre-K program based upon multiple criteria, including a developmental screening, parent report of social/emotional behaviors, and teacher observation. 

What happens in Pre-Kindergarten?

Pre-Kindergarten is a place that turns ordinary experiences into extraordinary moments of learning!  Play is very important in establishing a learning environment for young children.  Granville County Public Schools’ Pre-K programs provide developmentally appropriate environments for daily activities, while providing children the support and experiences needed to prepare them for Kindergarten. 

Our Pre-K programs use the comprehensive curriculum, Creative Curriculum, as a basic structure for the day.  The school day includes activities related to the following areas:

Literacy Center supports access to many different types of books and opportunities for listening and storytelling.

Art Center affords an area for creative artistic expression and eye-hand coordination development through many varied materials.

Block/Building Center encourages building, designing, cooperative play and math exploration.

Dramatic Play Center presents an area for social interaction and role-playing.  This is where imaginations take flight.

Science Center offers an area for observation, experimentation and encourages curiosity.

Writing Center provides pre-writing materials, story dictation, bookmaking and exploration with print and illustrations.

Manipulative Center encourages active learning with games, pattern blocks, counting materials and other items that promote problem solving and mathematical exploration.

Technology Center provides learning through software aligned to the curriculum.

Music Center encourages creative movement and imagination development.

How much is tuition?

There is no cost to parents for our Pre-Kindergarten programs.  Pre-K is federally- and state-funded through Title I and NC Pre-Kindergarten.

What is the program schedule?

Generally, the Pre-K program follows the traditional schedule of Granville County Public Schools.  On the first day of school for the district, Pre-K begins with scheduled Parent Meetings and Staggered Entry into the classroom.  After a week, when the children begin attending full-time, the schedule will follow the individual school calendar for the remainder of the year.
The school day for Pre-K students is the same length as the other students at each school.  The daily schedule will vary within each classroom, but will include time for at least the following:  group time, center activities, breakfast, lunch, rest time, “special” activities, and outside play.