Lincoln County NC Pre-Kindergarten/Title 1

Lincoln County NC Pre-K is a state-funded, community-based  North Carolina Prekindergarten program.   
This program offers high-quality educational experiences for eligible 4-year-olds and enhances school readiness.

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Lincoln County NC Pre-K Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-2025
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties is the contractor of the Lincoln County NC Pre-K Program (NC Pre-K Lincoln) and Lincoln County Schools administers Title 1.                                                                                                                                                                      

Click here for 2024-2025 online application: 

To apply, please complete the two-step application process that includes:

Please mail your child’s application for pre-k, along with all 3 required documents – (1) copy of certified birth certificate, (2) shot record, (3) verification of income for all parents/step-parents living in the home of the pre-k child (tax return):

Attn: Chrystal Hoyle
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties
120 Roechling Street
Dallas, NC  28034

Step 2: Bring your child to the Pre-K screening. 
Every child who registers for Pre-K must be screened. The process will include asking your child some questions, looking at some pictures together. Once screening is complete, we will look at each child’s information for placement. Although every effort is made to place all children some children who apply may have to be placed on our waiting list. NC Pre-K is offered at the following locations:

A Place to Grow -410 N Poplar St., Lincolnton, NC 28092 
Battleground Elementary School- 301 Jeb Seagle Dr., Lincolnton, NC 28092 (Possible site for 2020)
G.E. Massey Elementary School- 130 Newbold St., Lincolnton, NC 28092
Iron Station Elementary School-4207 NC-27, Iron Station, NC 28080
Kenlin Academy -1796 Hwy 73, Iron Station, NC 28080
Lincoln Park Head Start-140 Industrial Park Rd., Lincolnton, NC 28092
Love Memorial Elementary School-1463 Love Memorial Rd., Lincolnton, NC 28092
Mini Academy @ Denver - 7982 Unity Church Rd., Denver, NC 28037
Norris Childers Elementary School-2595 Rock Dam Rd., Lincolnton, NC 28092
North Brook Elementary School-642 NC-274, Vale, NC 28168
Pumpkin Center Elementary Primary- 3970 King Wilkinson Rd, Lincolnton, NC 28092 
S. Ray Lowder Elementary School- 350 Kennedy Dr., Lincolnton, NC 28092
Union  Elementary School- 4875 Reepsville  Rd, Vale, NC 28168

Click here for 2024-2025 online application: NEW NC Pre-K ONLINE APPLICATION

For your convience we have downloadable PDF copies of your child's dental screening and health assessment. 

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                    Dental Screening Form                                                                                                          Health Assessment  


             2023 2024 NC Pre K App image                                         

 2023-2024 NC Pre-K/Title1 Application         




Smart Start

Smart Start was created in 1993 as a solution to a problem: children were coming to school unprepared to learn. Smart Start is a network of 76 nonprofit local partnerships led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc (NCPC). NCPC works to provide fiscal and programmatic oversight to the local partnerships in all 100 counties. Is it working? Smart Start is producing some measurable results.New Smart Start Logo

  • Childhood obesity-Smart Start is partnering with The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation on a “Shape NC” grant. This is a strategy to create a healthier state.
  • Improving early literacy- Programs like Raising a Reader and Reach Out and Read are providing books to parents to read with their children. Information is also being provided on how to help children develop literacy and language skills.
  • Increasing access to high quality child care for subsided families. In 2012-13, 84 percent of children whose families received help with payment attended 4 and 5 star centers.

The North Carolina Partnership for Children helps all of the local partnerships by providing tools to do business including offering leadership training to Executive Directors, board members and management teams. They also help support child care businesses in improving and achieving higher stars, onsite technical assistance and training. All of these things guarantee that all of NC’s children have the opportunity to benefit from Smart Start.

Child Care Subsidy and Administration

abc blocksThis program purchases child care for children whose families meet local, state and federal requirements.  This program is provided by the Department of Social Services in each county.

Gaston County
Contact our Child Care Coordinator, Nocona Brittain, at 704-862-7836 or come by our office at 330 N. Marietta Street, Gastonia.

Lincoln County
Contact Tony Carpenter at 704-732-0738 or come by our office at 1136 East Main Street, Lincolnton.

Quality Enhancement

quality childcareThis service recognizes that quality child care is an important part of the development of young children.

This project provides on-site technical assistance, training opportunities, and incentives to child care providers to improve quality in child care centers and family child care homes rated four stars or below in Lincoln & Gaston Counties.

Quality Sustainability

It is important in the development of young children ages 0-5 with the current focus for sustaining high quality child care on curriculum, teacher ability and commitment.

This activity provides financial support to sustain four and five star facilities that meet high quality indicators. 

In addition, participating facilities receive on-site technical assistance and staff training to sustain high quality.

Early Learning Tips

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How to Support Early Learning and Language Development


Talking to your child will give them lots of examples of how to use words to share ideas and get information. The more you talk to your child, the more opportunities they have to learn how to express themselves and understand what others are saying.

  • Talk through or comment on your family's routines. For example, when washing hands you can say, "We are washing our hands. We are making lots of big bubbles."
  • Comment on your child's actions or objects.
  • Respond to your child's nonverbal communications with words. For example, you can say, "I see you reaching for the blocks. Would you like to play with the blocks?"
  • Ask questions and pause for answers. If your child isn't talking yet, provide the answers to your questions.


Your home is where your child will get his or her first experiences with books and reading. It's never too early to start, so pick up a book and start reading aloud to your child today!

  • Make reading aloud a part of your daily bedtime routine.
  • Make the story come alive by reading with fun and excitement in your voice. Try loud, soft or silly voices.
  • Go to your local library to get more books. When your child is old enough, let them choose which ones to bring home.
  • Infants (6 months-12 months) do best with board books that are sturdy and brightly-colored. The most suitable books will have pictures of things they see every day - balls, bottles, chairs, dogs, etc.
  • Younger toddlers (12-24 months) enjoy sturdy books that they can handle and carry. They like books that show children doing similar things like sleeping, eating and playing.
  • Older toddlers (24-36 months) enjoy books with pictures and names of many different things, silly books and funny books, books with rhyme and rhythm, and repeated text they can learn by heart.
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years) like books that tell stories. They enjoy reading about going to school or daycare, learning about different places, counting books, alphabet books and search and find books.


"More Than Baby Talk" by Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher
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