• Craven County Schools offers an Inclusive Pre-Kindergarten Program.  It is funded through the state NC Pre-Kindergarten, federal Title 1, the Exceptional Childrens Preschool Program, and our local Craven Smart Start.  Pre-K is offered at no cost to eligible families. All children must be determined eligible according to the pre-kindergarten program guidelines. Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31st of the current year and children may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

    The program is located in several of our elementary schools, local Head Start sites, and private child care centers.


    NC Pre-K Advisory Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, May 11, 2022

    2:30 pm

    Craven County Board of Education

    Open to the Public

    Please call 252-244-3225 for more information on registering to attend the virtual meeting.



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  • Craven County Schools announces the return of our annual in-person Pre-K Registration.  The registration will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, at the West New Bern Recreation Center from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The recreation center is located at 1225 Pine Tree Drive, New Bern.  This is not a first come, first serve event and children do not need to be present. Please bring your child's birth certificate and proof of family income for this event.

    You may still choose to register using our online application.  You will need to include the birth certificate and proof of family income.  The Pre-K application may be accessed using the Student Registration button on the page for the 2022-2023 school year.


    **Families only need to register your 4 year old one time, either at the in-person event or with the on-line application.  

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Our Mission

  • Craven County Schools Early Childhood Program will provide a safe and nurturing environment where children and families will build the foundational skills needed to reach their full potential to become successful learners.