Onslow County Schools preschool programs are designed to provide developmentally appropriate experiences, which enhance educational opportunities prior to a child's entry into kindergarten. The purpose of the preschool program is to prepare the students for a successful school career.
Our 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.
There are 4 program components in the Onslow County Schools Preschool program.
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.
Exceptional Children (EC) - The Exceptional Children's preschool program serves students who have developmental delays, speech/language delays and 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.
Head Startis a federally funded educational, health and social program designed to work with families who are economically disadvantaged. All students selected for the Head Start program must live in the Onslow County Schools attendance area. Head Start website.
NC Pre-Kis a state-funded, community-based pre-kindergarten program administered by the Onslow County Partnership for Children. It is designed to provide 4-year-old children, who may not otherwise be served with a valuable educational experience for 6.5 hours a day. Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31 in order to be eligible and parents must meet income qualifications.
Before a child enters any preschool program the following is required to be completed and on file: