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To receive more information about Pre-Kindergarten, please contact:

Linda Olinger
Director - Pre-K
Family Resource Center
617 W. Market St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 370-2362
(336) 370-8938 fax


Pre-K Program Application Process

Applications for children eligible current school year accepted through March 1, 2011

Use Application 2010-11 to apply for children age eligible in the current school year only. A separate application will be available for parents interested in prekindergarten 2011 beginning February 19.

Applications 2011 available February 19-April 15, 2011
Applications are widely available during the application period at the district prekindergarten office, regional offices, elementary schools, the Magnet Fair Magnet Schools, Parent Days Fair, Guilford County's health and social services departments and at various community partner locations including Guilford Child Development and Guilford Partnership for Children.

You may fill out the application on line and fax, mail or deliver it to the district prekindergarten office. To be assigned a screening appointment you must return your application to the GCS Pre-K office by the April 15, 2011 deadline.

Pre-K screening appointment
Parents/guardians who complete and return an application form during the application period will receive a letter notifying you of the date, time and site for your child's screening appointment.  Screening appointments will be scheduled in Greensboro at the Family Resource Center and in High Point in the Western Region administration building.

At the screening appointment your child will be screened for school readiness by a teacher using a developmental assessment. The assessment is a series of activities which create a picture of your child’s language, cognitive and motor development based on age. You may supply additional information which will be helpful in considering placement of your child.

After you apply a letter will be sent to your home confirming your child’s screening appointment time and will list documents you will need to bring to the screening appointment including your child’s certified birth certificate and proof of residence in Guilford County.

Parents/guardians will learn about GCS developmental pre-K program as well as other community resources available to parents of four year olds. To determine if your child is eligible for the preschool program for school year 2011-12 parents/guardians must complete the pre-K screening process with your child. 
Pre-K placement
Priority placement is based on need for school readiness after the children have completed the screening process.  Parents/guardians of children screened will receive a letter by US mail from the district prekindergarten office notifying you of the status of your child’s application. Letters will be mailed by July 1 and must be returned to the prekindergarten office by July 31 to accept placement.

Applications for the current school year accepted through March 1
You are encouraged to apply at any time after the screening application deadline if you want to have your child screened for eligibility. Guilford County Schools offers placement to eligible children when vacancies occur throughout the school year. If a vacancy occurs in a school you have selected the prekindergarten department will contact you to schedule a screening appointment.

Pre-K classes include children who indicate need for school readiness, are four years of age on or before August 31, 2010, and may not be age eligible for kindergarten. Children must reside with parents/guardians in Guilford County to be considered for placement. Children who qualify for pre-K services are offered placement in classrooms based on greatest need for school readiness.

Montessori Pre-K classrooms
Parents or guardians interested in Montessori schools where 4 year olds are enrolled should follow instructions for the Magnet School Application and deadline. Magnet Schools For additional information about Erwin, Triangle Lake and Washington Montessori schools please contact the district magnet office at 336-378-8832.

For additional information about GCS prekindergarten opportunities for your child, please contact the district prekindergarten department during business hours at 336-370-2362 or by email at




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