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Apply Pre-K 2017-18

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  • To be selected to participate in the pre-K program your child must:

    • be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017,
    • live with parent or guardian in Forsyth County, and
    • attend a developmental screening appointment.
    • Application Period: February 1-March 31, 2017

      Step one: Complete the application and include the required documents. Step two: Return the completed application to Smart Start of Forsyth County. Step three: Schedule a developmental screening appointment for your child when you return the application to Smart Start.

    Pre-K 2016-17 Application Link Active February 1

    NC Pre-K 2017-18 Applications will allow families to apply for all Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Smart Start/NCPK and Family Services Head Start Prekindergarten locations. Please refer to Pre-K 2017-18 Application for complete information.


    Community Pre-K Assessment Screening Appointments

    Families interested in Title I classrooms located within Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools must schedule a Pre-K developmental screening assessment for their child.


    Your child will be screened using a developmental assessment designed to measure gross and fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, language development and learning disposition behaviors.  We call this experience "playing games with a teacher." The assessment usually takes about 30 minutes. During this time parents will complete a survey to rate the child's self-help and social-emotional development.



    About half the district’s classroom spaces are reserved for children who demonstrate they will gain the most educationally from a high quality pre-K experience. Applicants are rank-ordered, offered placement, and when all classrooms in the county have been filled, a rank order wait list is maintained to fill vacancies as they occur.


    Screening events

    To meet family needs, appointments will be available two Saturdays, April 9, and April 23, 2016. Please schedule your child's developmental assessment appointment at Smart Start, 7820 North Point Boulevard Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC, when you return your completed application.

    Questions about the developmental screening? Contact Pre-K at 336-748-4000 ext. 34242.