North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten

NC Pre-K (formerly known as More at Four) is a program of the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) in North Carolina’s Division of Health and Human Services that is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four year-olds.


The program serves children who are four years old by August 31 of the program year. Children age eligible for kindergarten cannot be served with NC Pre-K funds. A child that meets the age requirements is eligible for NC Pre-K if the child meets one of the criteria below:

  • Is from a family whose gross income is at or below 75% of the State Median Income level;
  • Has an identified disability or has a developmental need;
  • Has Limited English Proficiency (LEP);
  • Has a chronic health condition;
  • Has at least one parent or legal guardian who is active military duty or whose parent or legal guardian has been seriously injured or killed while on active duty.

The priority of NC Pre-K is to serve children who are “at-risk.”

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