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Pre-Kindergarten Program Accepting Applications

For more information and to apply to the Pre-K program, go to Pre-K.

Spencer 4 JULY 2, 2020 – If your child will be 4 years old by Aug. 31 and you live in Forsyth County, you are invited to apply to have your child participate in the Pre-Kindergarten program.

The Pre-K program operated by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is designed to help children prepare for kindergarten.

“We want to get our buddies ready for ‘big school,’” said Elia Spencer, the Interim Director of Pre-K.

As part of the Pre-K program, children will learn such literacy skills as recognizing letters and learning to write their name and such social-and-emotional skills as learning to share and to take turns.

The program is taught by certified teachers.

“All of our pre-kindergarten teachers are highly qualified,” Spencer said.

Whether children will participate in person, virtually, or both in person and virtually remains to be seen. The state of North Carolina and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system are still working on the guidelines that will determine that.

The school system works in partnership with two other community organizations – Head Start and Smart Start – to operate the Pre-K program in Forsyth County.

In previous years, Pre-K might already have more than 1,000 applications for the 700 openings.

This year, fewer applications have come in so far, Spencer said.

Kind 4 Sponsors worry that some parents may not have applied because they think that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pre-K program will not be held this year.

She wants to assure them that it will be.

“We are still here,” Spencer said. “We still want to support our community.”

The goal is to make sure that children are ready for kindergarten and ready to learn.

“Whether that is remote or in person, we will still be here to do that,” she said.

The Pre-K program is held throughout the county at elementary schools and other locations. As part of the application, parents can say what location and program they want their child to participate in. Stating a preference does not guarantee placement in that program.

Partners for the program include NC Pre-K. Money for the program also comes from Project Impact,  a community initiative created to provide money to WS/FCS to help address critical student achievement gaps, and from Title , a federal program created to provide money to school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families.

For more information and to apply to the Pre-K program, go to Pre-K