Universal PreK

McDowell County Schools Preschool Programs

Universal PreK is designed to prepare 4-year-olds for Kindergarten. Acceptance is based on income eligibility and other criteria. Universal PreK is a child-centered program providing the highest standard of learning available for 4-year-olds. 

You can still register your child for the 2022-2023 school year!!! We are excited to annouce that PreK is provided at NO COST for all families of children turning 4 on or before August 31, 2022! 

We have prek classrooms at all Elementary Schools, First Baptist Children's Center, and MTCC Child Development Center. Slots are available at no cost to qualifying families at MTCC Child Development Center and First Baptist Children's Center. Extended day options are available at some locations with a small fee. 

Please pick up a packet at your local elementary school. You will need to turn in a birth certificate, proof of income (W2s or paycheck stub), current well-check, and immunizations to complete the application process. If the student's birthday is between now and August 31, 2022, you can return the Health Assessment and Immunizations after turning in your packet. All completed packets need to be turned in at Pleasant Gardens Elementary's main office or emailed to lorrie.smith@mcdowell.k12.nc.us. 

We look forward to helping you register your child!

Please contact Lorrie Smith at (828)442-2415 for any further questions.


NC PreK Committee Meeting Schedule

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be held in the McDowell County Schools Boardroom

August 30, 2021, at 11:00 am

November 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

February 8, 2022 at 9:00 am

May 17, 2022 at 9:00 am

Site Selection Process

The NC PreK Contractor Agency will hold a community meeting for
Site Selection on February 18, 2022 at 8:30 am in the McDowell County Schools Boardroom.
If you are interested in learning more about NC PreK requirements please join us then.
You may also contact Lorrie Smith at (828)442-2415 for more information. 

Notice of Public Meeting

McDowell County Schools Preschool Programs

Notice of Public Meeting

The McDowell County NC PreK Committee will meet on May 17, 2022 at 9:00 am

in the Conference Room at the McDowell County Schools Central Office,

334 S. Main Street Marion, NC 28752

The process of this meeting will be to reivew enrollment numbers and provide program updates.

Registeration for 2022-2023

McDowell County Universal PreK will begin registering on January 10, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. Please pick up a packet at any of the elementary schools or at The Office of Early Learning located at 2111 Sugar Hill Rd Marion, NC 28752.


For information on additional child care centers in McDowell County - click HERE (ncchildcare.ncdhhs.gov)