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. We currently have PreK in  8 of our elementary schools and two community partners (First Baptist Children's Center and Child Development Center at McDowell Technical Community College).

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year has started!!!! We are excited to annouce that PreK will be FREE for all children turning 4 on or before August 31, 2021!

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, 2020, 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

Our NC PreK Committee meeting is scheduled for August 30, 2021, at 11:00 am in the McDowell County Schools Boardroom. 



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