Children's Council

WATAUGA — Applications for the 2018-2019 NC Pre-Kindergarten Program in Watauga County are now available.

Pre-K is a place where children learn to socialize, make decisions, interact with others and negotiate — all of which are important to child development, according to researchers.

The NC Pre-K Program requirements are built on the National Education Goals Panel’s premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains that are critical to children’s overall wellbeing and success in reading and math as they enter school.

According to an annual assessment, NC Pre‐K students made significant gains from pre-K through kindergarten in language and literacy skills, math skills, general knowledge and behavior.

Applications are available at the following locations: The Children’s Council of Watauga County office, Watauga County Schools’ Gragg Education Center and The Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine office.

Download applications from or All applications must be returned by 4:30 p.m. on May 11 to The Children's Council of Watauga County office, located at 225 Birch St., Boone, NC 28607. Applications may be faxed to (828) 264-8008 or emailed to

To be eligible, a child must be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2018, and from a family whose gross income is at or below 75 percent of the State Median Income. Children of certain military families are also eligible without regard to income, and 20 percent of age-eligible children enrolled may have family incomes in excess of 75 percent SMI if they have documented risk factors in specific categories including developmental disability, limited English proficiency, educational need or chronic health condition.

Although a child may meet one or more eligibility factors, placement is not guaranteed in an NC Pre-K classroom.

If you have questions, need more information or need assistance completing the application contact Hunter Varipapa (828) 262-5424.

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