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Beginning of Year Information Updates


K-12 Enrollment

Apply for Preschool

Our preschool program is a full-day program with experienced, licensed teachers that enables children to engage in an exciting curriculum and a stimulating learning environment.

There are many different preschool options: see the details below for information on all of them.

Qualifying for NC PreK and Head Start requires children to be 4 (3 or 4 for Head Start) by August 31st of the school year. See the information below for more risk factors associated with qualifying for these programs.

The most convenient way to apply is through the online portal, links are in the green box below.

Ways to Apply

Families with an email address can now apply ONLINE. Click on the following links:


Paper applications are available at our office, at all elementary schools, or can be printed from the links below. Complete and mail the application and supporting documentation to:

210 East Fremont St, Burgaw, NC 28425

Or fax: 910-259-7606

Scan and email to:

If you do not have access to these, please utilize the email above and let us know your situation. Alison Davis will contact you to complete the application over the phone.

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Head Start Program

  • 3 or 4 by August 31

  • 100% of poverty level and below(see

  • Homeless

  • Receive Public Assistance (TANF, SSI)

  • Family status (single, step, foster)

  • English language learner

  • Identified disability (IEP)

  • Chronic health problem

  • Family education level

Head Start classrooms are blended with NC PreK and are located at the following sites:

  • Cape Fear Elementary

  • CF Pope Elementary

  • Malpass Corner Elementary

  • North Topsail Elementary

  • Rocky Point Elementary

  • South Topsail Elementary

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Employee Paid Program

  • 3 or 4 by August 31

  • $150 per week paid through check or online payment system, or $540 per month (Aug-May) payroll deduction (still $150 per week but spread out over 10 checks for 36 weeks of school)

  • First come, first serve registration

  • Registration April 1-June 30

  • If opened to the public (any unfilled slots starting July 1st):

    • $160 per week paid through check or online payment system

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NC Pre-K Program

  • 4 by August 31

  • 75% state median income level

  • Identified disability (IEP)

  • English language learner

  • Educational need

  • Chronic health problem

  • Military

Classrooms which are NC PreK funded are required to be NC childcare licensed; all 8 licensed NC PreK sites are 5-star centers.


  • Cape Fear Elementary

  • CF Pope Elementary

  • Malpass Corner Elementary

  • North Topsail Elementary

  • Rocky Point Elementary

  • South Topsail Elementary

SUB-CONTRACT NC Pre-K Sites (private childcare centers):

  • Creative Minds (2)

  • EXCEL #13 (1)

  • Little Town Learning Center (2)

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Exceptional Children's Program

  • Must have qualifying Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • Not all IEPs require placement in a classroom, some services can be provided on site on a schedule

Exceptional Children's Program classes are not an application process, but a qualification process through referral, testing, eligibility and placement meetings via the EC Department.

These classrooms are not Head Start or NC PreK funded and include one Inclusive classroom (50% or less EC qualifying children, 50% or more paid slots)

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We accept applications year-round! Get your application to our office as soon as possible.

We will start placing children as early as April 1st:

  • Head Start eligible 4 year olds April 1st

  • NC Pre-K eligible 4 year olds May 15th

  • Employee Paid slots registration April 1st-May 31st

  • Head Start eligible 3 year olds June 1st

  • Public Paid slots (if any employee slots are unfilled) accepted April 1- June 30 or until filled

Applications are available at ALL elementary schools, at our office at 210 East Fremont St in Burgaw, at Smart Start of Pender County, Department of Social Services, and at the Public Library in Burgaw.

Please visit the Preschool Admin Office at 210 East Fremont Street in Burgaw to pick up a paper application.

Pender County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, immigrant status, English-speaking status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or N.C. law in its programs or activities. For questions regarding the nondiscrimination policies, call 910-259-2187, or write Pender County Schools.

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