Preschool Options within Johnston County Public Schools
All preschool classrooms in Johnston County Public Schools serve children who have special education needs. Some classrooms partner with other agencies to provide preschool opportunities for children in Johnston County who do not have special education needs.
Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Office
919-934-1697 ext. 1046
Exceptional Children Preschool
Exceptional Children Preschool is for children ages 3-5 who are eligible and in need of special education services.
Enrollment through the Exceptional Children Preschool is based on decisions made by an IEP team and does not guarantee full-time enrollment in preschool.
If you have concerns about your child’s development or believe that they may be in need of special education services, please contact the JCPS Preschool Office to discuss your concerns.
Fee for Service Preschool
Fee for Service Preschool is for children of Johnston County Public Schools employees, and local or state government employees.
Fee for Service Preschool is a tuition based program with full enrollment options. Enrollment in this program is limited based on available space and spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Johnston County Public Schools partners with Head Start and NC Pre-K to provide additional preschool opportunities for children in Johnston County. Please contact the agencies below to find out more about their programs and application process.
Johnston Lee Harnett Community Action
Partnership for Children of Johnston County
Head Start offers free preschool to children ages 3-5. Head Start serves a large portion of the county and has classrooms located in the following towns: Benson, Clayton, Princeton, Selma, and Smithfield.
If you are interested in Head Start, please contact Johnston Lee Harnett Community Action to speak with a Family Service Worker regarding the application process.
NC Pre-K offers free preschool to children 4-5 (must be 4 on/before August 31st). NC Pre-K classrooms are located in many local childcare centers and in a large number of elementary schools within Johnston County.
If you are interested in NC Pre-K, please call the Partnership for Children to speak with a staff member regarding the application process. Applications can also be found on Johnston County Partnership for Children website.
For more information contact:
Dr. Caroline Lang
Director of Preschool Education