The Onslow County Schools Preschool Program is comprised of four program components (Title I, Exceptional Children (EC), Head Start, and NC Pre-K). The administrators and staff work together to provide equal opportunities and services to eligible children in the least restrictive environment. Funding and program requirements are determined by the state and/or federal offices.
E.S.E.A. Title I is a federally funded educational program for elementary and secondary schools. The students served must be 4 years old on or before August 31. Each child is administered screening instrument(s) to determine his/her educational need. Students are selected through the review of multiple selection criteria, including the developmental screening. All children selected for the Title I program must live in the Onslow County Schools attendance area.
Head Start is a federally funded educational, health, and social program designed to work with families who are economically disadvantaged. The students served are 3 and 4 years old. There are many classrooms throughout the county. All students selected for the Head Start program must live in the Onslow County Schools attendance area.
Exceptional Children's Preschool Program serves students who have developmental delays, speech/language delays and/or other delays that affect their education. The program serves children in a variety of settings throughout the county. All students served by the Onslow County Schools Preschool Program for Exceptional Children must live in the Onslow County Schools attendance area.
Before a child enters any preschool program, an application, certified birth certificate, immunization record and eligibility requirements must be on file. The preschool programs are designed to provide developmentally appropriate experiences, which enhance educational opportunities prior to entry into kindergarten. The purpose of the preschool program is to prepare the students for a successful school career.