Onslow County Preschool Programs

Our preschool programs serve more than 700 children in both public and private sites annually.

Through planned activities and play, children engage in critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork in a warm, safe, and culturally aware environment. Teachers partner with parents to support each child’s individual development and encourage social-emotional development and school readiness. One Place collaborates with OCS to ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten. Giving children a strong educational foundation today sets them up for a lifetime of success.

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One Place and Onslow County Schools (OCS) utilize a joint application for Head Start, NC Pre-Kindergarten, Three-School and Title 1 Services. The Onslow County Early Childhood Programs application is available via an online platform for your convenience.

One Place and OCS have separate online platforms for the application process. It is not necessary to apply through more than one platform. One Place and OCS work collaboratively for the selection of eligible children.

Families that submit their online applications and supporting documentation will receive follow-up email communication for next steps from our staff. BE SURE TO INCLUDE CORRECT EMAIL AND TELEPHONE CONTACT INFORMATION on your application.


Online 24-25 Application

Download a Paper Application

24-25 Three School & NC Pre-K Calendar

NC Pre-K Site Selection Application


What Do NC Pre-K & Three School Offer?

Some features of the programs include:

  • High-quality child care centers, with degreed teachers and state-approved curricula
  • Small class sizes
  • Family support regarding health, nutrition, developmental screening, and placement for children with special needs
  • Kindergarten transition coordination to support families and children as a child moves from pre-kindergarten to ensure a successful start in school
  • A high-quality early learning environment for children with developmental, social, and familial risk factors that may affect their success in school

To be considered for 20244-2025 Onslow County Preschool programs, your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 31, 2024.

Applications are processed to determine program eligibility and child priority for placement. Families are notified if placement becomes available throughout the program year.


of applying for pre-k


Have the following documents ready to submit with your application.

  • All sources of family income for the last 12 months. Provide all that apply:
    • Most recent year tax form (W2/1040) or 1099/bank statements for business for self-employed individuals
    • Worker’s Compensation
    • Last/current pay stub/LES for current year
    • SSI/WFFA/TANF/SSA/SSDI statements
    • Alimony
    • Retirement, unemployment, disability
    • VA benefits (pension, compensation, etc.)
  • Child support verification of 12 months for all children in the home (if none, verification from child support office of none received)
  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of residence in Onslow County (current water/electric bill). If living with family or friend, a notarized statement is needed along with bill.
  • Parent/guardian proof of identity (state ID, driver’s license, military ID)
  • ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS (If applicable):
    • Foster care/kinship care documentation
    • Documentation of SNAP benefits
    • Medicaid award letter
    • WIC award letter
    • Public housing documentation
    • Verification of refugee services
    • Legal guardian/custody papers
    • Parent school schedule
    • Disabilities/IFSP/IEP/chronic health condition documentation
    • Subsidy Vouchers



One Place administers two preschool programs at no cost to eligible families in Onslow County.



North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) is a state-funded, community-based pre-kindergarten program 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 31 of the program year in order to be age eligible and must meet income qualifications.

Children with identified disabilities and children with other documented risk factors may also be eligible. All families, including military families, are encouraged to apply.

The NC Pre-K Program standards are built on the premise that in order to be academically successful in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the major domains of development outlined by the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Each of these domains is critical to children’s well-being, in particular for their success in reading and math as they come to school. The five domains are:

  • Health and Physical Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language Development and Communication
  • Cognition and General Knowledge
  • Approaches to Learning

NC Pre-K operates on the public school calendar. Children are required to have a health assessment, including dental and vision, upon enrollment. A developmental assessment is also provided to identify any special needs and monitor growth in the program. Children also receive family support and other community resources as needed.


This program provides high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for children who may not otherwise be served. Parents with a 3-year-old child who meet TANF income eligibility may apply if they are currently working or going to school.