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A statewide initiative designed to ensure that every young child in North Carolina will arrive at school healthy and prepared for success

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A community funded literacy program that provides ALL children in Lee County under the age of five an age appropriate book every month until their 5th birthday.

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NC Pre-K Program — a state-funded, community-based, voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare at-risk four-year-olds in North Carolina for success in school.

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North Carolina Pre-kindergarten (NCPre-K) - Parent Information
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What is North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NCPre-K) Program?

NC Pre-K, formerly known as More at Four, is a state-funded, community-based, voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare at-risk four-year-olds in North Carolina for success in school.  We will soon begin accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year.

NC Pre-K is provided at no cost to eligible families and children who are not currently enrolled in a child care setting that meets NCPK requirements.

NC Pre-K  is offered from 8:00am to 2:30pm for 10 months and generally follows the Lee County Schools’ calendar for attendance.

What Does NC Pre-K Offer?

  • Full school day, full year program that meets high-quality state standards
  • Well-educated teachers with specialized training
  • Small class size
  • Health and nutritional information for families
  • Developmental screening and placement for children with special needs
  • Kindergarten transition coordination to help a child transition from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten
  • Research based, comprehensive education program
  • Focus on the child and whole family

Is My Child Eligible?

Child must be 4-years-old by August 31 of school year.

Other criteria include:

  • Service priority
  • Military dependents
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Identified disability
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Developmental/educational need
  • Family gross income

How Do I Register?

We will begin accepting applications for 2014-15 school year. Applications will be accepted by appointment only.  Please call 919.774.9496 for an appointment.

To register:

Come to our office to fill out the NC Pre-K application. Have the following ready to review

  1. Child’s Birth Certificate
  2. Proof of Residency (Utility Bill)
  3. Proof of income for all individuals in home working (pay stub)

          i.      4 pay stubs for individuals paid weekly

         ii.      1 stub for individuals paid monthly

        iii.      2 stubs for individuals paid bi-monthly (every 2 weeks)

        iv.      2 stubs for individuals paid bi-monthly (2 x per month)

        v.      Self employed individual provide annual tax records (1040)

    4. If you are on subsidy please have a copy of your Voucher or latest Action Notice





2012 Delightful Darlings Contest
Written by Kristy Arey
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:55
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Mason Coldren

2011 Delightful Darling Winner, Mason Coldren

Who doesn't love to show off their adorable child? Enter your child into our Delightful Darling fundraiser! It is a great way for families and children to get involved in philanthropy and is tons of fun! Families submit a photo of their child under age five that will run in The Sanford Herald in October and Novemeber and help raise monies for the Imagination Library in honor of their child! The three children that receive the most dollars are announced as “Central Carolina’s Delightful Darlings” and receive a cash prize, trophy and get to ride in the local Christmas parades! For an application, click here or stop by the Lee County Partnership for Children office, Books at a Steele or The Sanford Herald. Applications are due by October 12th and voting begins on Oct 16th and runs through Nov 21st. Library (IL), which is a local early literacy project. IL provides children from birth to age five with a monthly book at no cost to the family. It is available to all children in Lee County. Research shows that the more books a child is exposed to, the better chance that child has at becoming literate. We love to put books in the hands of young children and help increase their chances of success – and you can provide children with books too by helping us with our Delightful Darlings fundraiser! Click here for more info on IL or to register your child to receive free books through IL.

For more information about the Delightful Darlings Contest, the Imagination Library, or the Lee County Partnership for Children contact Kristy Arey at 919.774.9496, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 08:33
Local Potter Donates Pottery, Raises Money for Early Literacy
Written by Kristy Arey
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:03
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 Sanford, NC- Neolia Cole Womack of Cole’s Pottery donated a pottery vase to the Lee County Partnership for Children for a raffle conducted during Sanford’s Pottery Festival on May 4th and 5th. The beautiful vase netted the Partnership $302, which will be used to support the Lee County Imagination Library, a literacy program sponsored by the Partnership for Children.

 Pottery Fest 12 LCPFC Winner Mary Hawley-Oates, a resident of Sanford and winner the vase commented, “What a wonderful way to support the Partnership and enjoy the beauty of Cole Pottery!!  The Partnership provides so many wonderful services to our young children, especially through the Imagination Library.  Neolia Cole is such a great supporter of the program through her generous donation of pottery to raise money to provide books to young children.  For me it was a win-win; support the Imagination Library and the Partnership and win a beautiful piece of pottery!”

 The donation comes as the Lee County Imagination Library continues to serve over 1,000 program participants. The $302 will provide 129 books for Lee County children through the Lee County Imagination Library program. The cost to mail one book per month to each child is $2.34 or $28.08 for 12 books per year.

 For more information about the Lee County Imagination Library, please contact Dolores Ibarra at 919-774-9496. Donations to support the Lee County Imagination Library may be forwarded to the Lee County Partnership for Children, 143 Chatham St., Sanford, NC 27330.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:07
Celebrating 15 Years
Written by Kristy Arey
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 09:23
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The Lee County Partnership for Children (LCPFC) celebrated its 15th year anniversary. To commemorate the triumphs and challenges and to honor our young children, the LCPFC Board of Directors hosted two events to mark this milestone. The first event was a celebration dinner at The Flame Restaurant in Sanford.  Former board members and board chairs attended, as well as current board members, childcare providers, friends, and local partners. Special guest, Mr. Hal Siler regaled us with his rendition of “nuggets and wisdom” using his wit along with his writing and artistic talents. With the help of former board chairs, attendees took a look back at all the work that has been done to benefit young children of Lee County and their families during the past 15 years.  Executive Director, Lyn Hankins, then gave us a glimpse into what we might expect during the upcoming years, noting the challenge to be faced by many communities in garnering resources to supplement diminishing state dollars. The evening concluded with a drawing for a week at the beach donated by a board member. The lucky ticket holder was board member, Gaynell Lee.

The second event was a family-fun celebration in Depot Park on Saturday June 16th from 9:00am- noon. All children and their families were welcomed and enjoyed a variety of activities, including bounce houses, a fossil dig, cupcake decorating, games, hat making, face painting and much more!  The Temple Theater Teens and David the Magician gave outstanding performances captivating the audience of young children and parents. The Lee County Arts Council helped children make Father’s Day presents and the Lee County Public Library put on a puppet show. Kids of all ages had a ball!

The Lee County Partnership for Children would like to thank the following sponsors for support of these events: First Bank, United Way of Lee County, Penny & Mikeal Basinger, Matt & Jessica Jackson, Karla & Jim Hancock, Lyn & Jim Hankins, Systel, The Flame Steakhouse, Lee County Arts Council, Lee County Public Library, and Aurora Fossil Museum.






Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:04
Calling all four-year-olds!
Written by Kristy Arey
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:29
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Do you have a child turning four on or before August 31, 2012? If so, your child may be eligible for the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) program. NC Pre-K is a program designed to prepare at-risk four-year-olds for kindergarten. In order to apply, you must come to the Lee County Partnership for Children's (LCPFC) office at 143 Chatham Street, Sanford, NC 27330 to fill out an application.

Please bring with you:

  • child's birth certificate
  • proof of income for an entire month of all members working in the household
  • proof of residency (example: phone bill, electric bill) 
  • If your child has an IEP or chronic health condition, please bring proof from your doctor. 
  • If you are currently receiving DSS, please bring a copy of your voucher or the latest Action Notice.

Eligibility includes:

  • Child's age
  • Family gross income
  • Military dependents
  • Limited english proficiency
  • Identified disability
  • Chronic  health condition
  • Developmental/Educational need

Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the school year. LCPFC is also accepting applications for children that will be entering kindergarten in the fall for the NC Pre-K summer program. The application process is the same as the NC Pre-K school year program.

If you have questions, contact Barb Ballachino or Dolores Ibarra at 919-774-9496.

LCPFC started accepting applications for the NC Pre-K program on March 19, 2012.

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