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North Carolina’s Pre-Kindergarten Program (formerly known as the More at Four Pre-K Program)  is a state-funded initiative for at-risk four-year-olds designed to help them to be more successful when they enter elementary school.  Its purpose is to provide a high quality, classroom-based educational experience during the year prior to kindergarten entry.  NC Pre-K targets at-risk children from low income families who are not served or are underserved in preschool programs.  Eligibility for the program is determined by income, parent(s) military service,  and other risk factors such as low English proficiency, identified disability, chronic health condition, and/or developmental delay.

High quality preschool services are making a significant academic difference that extends at least through third grade, according to the latest statewide evaluation of this nationally recognized program.  The evaluation, conducted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showed that students served in the More at Four Pre-K Program who were considered economically disadvantaged in third grade in 2006-07 or 2007-08 and who attended More at Four for more than 70 percent of the 2002-03 or 2003-04 school year achieved statistically significant higher scores, on average, than economically-disadvantaged children who did not attend More at Four.   In addition, economically-disadvantaged third graders who attended More at Four narrowed the achievement gap with their non-economically disadvantaged peers by up to 40 percent.

The full report, “Long-term Effects of the North Carolina More at Four Pre-Kindergarten Program Children’s Reading and Math Skills at Third Grade” is available online at http://fpg.unc.edu/project-related-resources/2863.

The NC Pre-K Program is administered in Cleveland County by Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc.  During the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Partnership holds contracts  with the following entities to provide the NC Pre-K  services  to children and their families: Cleveland County Schools, Cleveland County Head Start, Apples of Gold South Child Development Center,Inc.,
BerryLand Clubhouse, KiddieLand Child Development Center of Shelby, Inc.,  and Restoration Learning Academy.

For more information on Cleveland County’s NC Pre-K classrooms and services, please contact the Partnership for Children at 704-734-2052. 

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The Cleveland County Partnership for Children is now accepting applications for the local North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program (NCPre-K).  For more information click here.
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