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Hannah Nash
Dare County Schools NC Pre-K  Application Graphic

The NC Pre-K application is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. To apply for the program, students must be a resident of Dare County and be four years on our before August 31, 2023. Eligibility is determined by parents' income level and other risk factors.

Download the Pre-K Application

Please complete and return the application with all required documents to Dare County Schools Central Office or any elementary school in Dare County by May 26, 2023. All documents are required and must be attached in order for your child’s application to be processed. Due to confidentiality concerns, applications will not be accepted electronically. Please do not send photos of documents. 

Dare County Schools
Post Office Box 1508
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

Required Documents

  • Copy of child's birth certificate
  • Documentation of Dare County residency (copy of driver's license, signed lease, or current utility bill)
  • All sources of family income (copy of 2022 tax return/pay stub and documentation of child support, retirement
    compensation, worker’s compensation, unemployment/social security benefits, or public assistance if applicable)

A developmental screening will be conducted as part of the application process. This will occur during the week of June 1st, 2023. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

For additional information, or to schedule an appointment for help in filling out this application please call Dare County Schools Central Office at 252-480-8888 ext. 1954.

About NC Pre-K

Dare County's preschool program is a blended NC Pre-K and Title I funded program. The program serves over 150 students annually in six classrooms at four elementary schools (Cape Hatteras Elementary, First Flight Elementary, Manteo Elementary, and Nags Head Elementary). The program emphasizes kindergarten readiness skills and provides our youngest students with a rich learning environment. For more information about NC Pre-K at Dare County Schools visit our website