Pre-K is for children aged 4 by August 31st of the upcoming school year.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available April 20, 2021.  Parents should submit their child’s application before the end of June in order to be considered in our first round of placements.  However, we continue to receive applications well into the school year as we keep a waiting list of eligible children.  Then as openings occur during the school year we pull names from the waiting list in order to serve more children.

Beginning April 20, 2021, parents can fill out and print the Pre-K application from our website at www.harnettsmartstart.org/application-information . Parents can also pick up an application from the red Information Box attached to the black metal Drop Box located right outside the front door entrance to our office located at 170 Pine State Street in Lillington. Our normal business office hours are 8:30-4:30 pm on Monday – Friday.

You can mail your completed Pre-K application with the required supporting documents to our office at:

Harnett County Partnership for Children, Attn: NC Pre-K Staff, 170 Pine State Street Lillington, NC 27546.

You can also hand deliver your application and documents in a large envelope to our office and place it in our black metal Drop Box located right outside the front door entrance to our office. Please note: We cannot accept emailed or faxed applications as we must have original signatures on these documents.

This is easy as 1 – 2 – 3 !  Simply provide in addition to your completed and signed application…

  1. Copy of your child’s birth certificate
  2. Address Verification – copy of water bill, electric bill, or rental agreement.
  3. Income Verification – proof of all income for the household (2 current pay stubs or tax documents)

Please note that incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

YES!  Parents must provide the completed Health Assessment form (which we provide here on our website and in person when you apply for Pre-K).  Please click here to print a copy of this form.

Please note that hearing, vision, and dental screenings are all part of the NC Pre-K requirement for Health Assessments and must be filled out on this form to be considered complete.

Verification of the child’s physical must be provided on this Health Assessment form with the doctor’s signature and date and it must have been completed within the last 12 months.  Parents must also provide a copy of the child’s up-to-date Vaccination Record.

Parents can bring the Health Assessment form and Vaccination Record to Pre-K orientation as these documents must be on hand by the first day of attendance in Pre-K.

Pre-K classes are held in both public schools and private child care settings all over Harnett County.  Parents can list their top three site preferences on our application.  Although we cannot guarantee your first choice of placement we certainly take this and your physical address into consideration during the placement process.  Please click here for a list of our current amazing Pre-K providers in Harnett County. 

We do not provide transportation for Pre-K in Harnett County; however, the program is provided free of charge for children that qualify.

We will notify parents as to if and where their child has been placed in a Harnett County Pre-K class with a mailed letter by July 20, 2021.   Parents can expect to receive:

  1. a placement letter with details about the Pre-K location their child has been assigned to
  2. or a waiting list letter verifying that their child does qualify for Pre-K in Harnett County but has been placed on our waiting list.

Placement in our Pre-K program is not on a “first come-first served” basis.  Children from low-income families are given FIRST priority for placement in Pre-K in Harnett County.  This is in compliance with North Carolina’s program requirements regarding priority and determining eligibility for Pre-K.  Children can qualify for Pre-K based on several other factors (such as when the child has:  an identified learning disability or developmental delay, a chronic illness, limited English proficiency, a parent that is an active duty military or disabled veteran).

This number is determined by funding provided by the state and can change from year to year. For the 2021-2022 school year, Harnett County was allotted funding for 359 Pre-K children. 

Pre-K classes follow the Harnett County Schools calendar and are held Monday through Friday. The daily schedule is typically from 8:00 or 8:30 am to 2:00 or 2:30 pm; however, please note that arrival and departure times vary from site to site. This information will be fully explained at your Pre-K orientation appointment.

We offer a play based creative curriculum for our young Pre-K children, focusing on developing each of them socially and emotionally, so that they will succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.