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 now register your child for the 2023-2024 school year!!!

MCS Universal PreK is provided at NO COST for tuition to all families of children turning 4 on or before August 31, 2023! 

NC PreK classrooms are located 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. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost to MCS students.

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, 2023, you can return the Health Assessment and Immunizations after turning in your packet. All completed packets need to be turned in at the Office of Early Learning 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

2023-2024 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be held in the McDowell County Schools Boardroom

July 13, 2023 at 9:00 am

October 6, 2023, at 9:00 am

January 4, 2024 at 9:00 am

April 11, 2024, at 9:00

2024-2025 Meeting Schedule

July 11, 2024, at 9:00

Notice of Public Meeting

McDowell County Schools Preschool Programs

Notice of Public Meeting

The McDowell County NC PreK Committee will meet on July 11, 2024 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, provide program updates and prepare for the coming school year.


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