(Current year (16-17) applications are available in our office at 170 Pine State Street in Lillington.)

The NC Pre-K Program is a program of the Division of Child Development and Early Education in the NC Department of Health and Human Services.NC Pre-K is funded by the state of North Carolina and is free to eligible families. 

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-olds. The goal of NC Pre-K is to reach at- risk children and give them a chance to grow socially and educationally before entering kindergarten. ‚Äč


The NC Pre-K standards are built on the premise that in order to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the major domains of development: 

  • Health and physical development

  • Social and emotional development

  • Language development and communication

  • Cognition and general knowledge

  • Approaches toward learning

To meet these standards, the Harnett County NC Pre-K program requires the use of Creative Curriculum, a state approved curriculum for pre-kindergarten.


NC Pre-K teachers are qualified teachers with early childhood education and experience. Teachers without terminal degrees are offered the opportunity to go back to school and further their education. 


For more information about NC Pre-K, contact the Harnett County Partnership for Children at 910-893-2344.