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Welcome to GCPS Early Childhood Programs!

over 2 years ago

We believe...

Learning begins long before a child enters Kindergarten.

are the first teachers.

"Young children need meaningful learning opportunities to develop skills,
competencies, a sense of self, and a foundation for learning throughout life."
--National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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


over 2 years ago

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 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.

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 observation, and teacher observation. 

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 same schedule as the rest of Granville County 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.

When is registration?

Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten begins in March/April of each year.  Kindergarten registration is ongoing throughout the year, but the deadline for summer screening for Pre-K is the last day of the school year.  Pre-K applications received after the last day of school will be screened and considered after our initial enrollment.  We encourage you to apply early!

See our Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration page for current details. 

What should I bring to registration?

  • 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 (recent check stubs, tax forms, letter from employer, etc)
  • Child's immunization record

When will I find out if my child is enrolled in Pre-K?

After screening in 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.

Where are the Pre-K classrooms?

Granville County Schools hosts 7 classrooms within 7 elementary schools in the district.  Please note that C.G. Credle Elementary and Wilton Elementary do not currently host a Pre-K classroom.

Butner-Stem Elementary

201 East D St, Butner

(919) 575-6947

Creedmoor Elementary

305 E. Wilton Ave, Creedmoor

(919) 528-2313
 Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary

8176 Hwy 96, Oxford

(919) 693-8935
Mt. Energy Elementary

2652 NC Hwy 56 E, Creedmoor

(919) 529-0586

Stovall Shaw Elementary

Hwy 15, Stovall

(919) 693-3478

Tar River Elementary

2642 Philo White Rd, Franklinton

(919) 528-2767 

West Oxford Elementary

412 Ivey Day Rd, Oxford

(919) 693-9161 

It is our goal to place children in a Pre-K classroom at the school in their regular “attendance zone” whenever possible. 

Contact Us

over 2 years ago

For more information about our early childhood programs, contact...

Parents as Teachers

Kim Landis
PAT Coordinator
(919) 693-4613

Nancy H. Russell
Preschool Coordinator
(919) 693-1103 Ext. 101290


over 3 years ago

  • Early Years are Learning Years

    A variety of articles written for families and other adults working with young children.

  • Helping Young Children Start School

    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.