Onslow County Schools Preschool Program

  • Onslow County Schools preschool programs are designed to provide developmentally appropriate experiences, which enhance educational opportunities prior to a child's entry into kindergarten.  The purpose of the preschool program is to prepare the students for a successful school career.  

    Our administrators and staff work together to provide equal opportunities and services to eligible children in the least restrictive environment.  Funding and program requirements are determined by the state and/or federal offices.

    Onslow County Schools Preschool consists of 3 program areas and Exceptional Children Services for eligible children.


    Click here to Apply for Preschool!


    Onslow County Preschool programs:

    Head Start

    The Head Start program is a federally funded educational, health, and social program designed to work with families who are economically disadvantaged. The students served are 3 and 4 years old on or before August 31st. All students selected for the Head Start program must live in the Onslow County Schools district attendance area. Eligibility is determined using Federal income guidelines. Breakfast and lunch are provided. No meals from home. Two home visits and two conferences are required. * Special diets will be reviewed individually.  Head Start website.

    Title I

    The Title I program is a federally funded educational program for elementary and secondary schools. The students served must be 4-years-old on or before August 31st. Each child is administered a developmental screening assessment to determine his/her educational need. Students are selected for the Title I program must live in Onslow County Schools attendance area. There may be a cost for meals. No meals from home. Two home visits and two conferences are required. * Special diets will be reviewed individually.

    NC Pre-K

    NC Pre-K is a state-funded, community-based pre-kindergarten program administered by One Place. It is designed to provide 4-year-old children, who may not otherwise be served, with a valuable educational experience for 6.5 hours per day. Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31st, to be eligible to apply, and must meet income qualifications to be served in select child care locations across the county. In collaboration with One Place, Onslow County Schools dual enrolls preschool students with NC Pre-K funds to enhance services for children and families.                                                                          


    Additional OCS Preschool Services

    Exceptional Children (EC)   

    The Exceptional Children's preschool program serves students who have developmental delays, speech/language delays and other delays that affect their education.  The program serves children in a variety of settings throughout the county.  All students served by the Onslow County Schools Preschool Program for Exceptional Children must live in the Onslow County Schools attendance area.


    Onslow County Partnership for Children Preschool Programs

    Three School

    Onslow County Three School is funded through One Place - Smart Start.  Children who turn 3 on or before August 31st and meet income and eligibility guidelines are encouraged to apply.


    Before a child enters any preschool program, the following is required to be completed and on file:

    • A completed application for the programs listed above
    • Certified birth certificate
    • Proof of residency documents


    When applying for preschool, all the information you have provided will be used to determine if your child can be served in Onslow County Preschool through one of these funding sources.


    For additional information regarding any of the programs or services, please contact:


    Onslow County Schools Preschool Department

                     Phone 910.455.5530                                                                                                                              



    Onslow County School PreK Exceptional Children

                     Phone 910.326-6222

                            ext. 21034


    One Place

                    Phone 910.938.0336