Caldwell County Schools and the Caldwell County NCPK Committee are pleased to announce that the biennial NCPK Site Application process will open on November 29th. Those interested in applying will need to attend an information session on November 29th to learn more about the requirements and process as well as to ask questions. Following this session, complete applications are due by December 8th.


    The information session will be from 10:00-11:00 am at:

    Caldwell County Schools

    Preschool Readiness Center

    332 Greenhaven Drive NW

    Lenoir, NC 28645

    The Site Selection application is attached for review ahead of the information session. NCPK Site Selection Application

    *Site Selection does not guarantee NCPK Committee approval.

    *Approval does not guarantee slots will be awarded as no new slots have been made available from NCDCDEE in the last 5 years.


    If you have questions, please contact Sherry Pendergrass, NCPK Support Specialist, at 828-726-3920.

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  • Caldwell County Schools Preschool Program is not a traditional preschool or daycare. As an integrated preschool, our goal is to serve the needs of all students in an inclusive setting. The blended approach provides a tremendous benefit for children to develop strong language, play, and social skills. This design provides a wonderful opportunity for all children to participate and experience growth.

    Caldwell County's 5 star rated preschool classrooms are staffed by a certified birth-kindergarten teacher and highly qualified teacher assistants. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool incorporates areas of learning in literacy, math, technology, social-emotional development, and the arts every school day.

    The Preschool Program is currently located at the following elementary schools:

    • Baton Elementary
    • Collettsville School 
    • Davenport A+ School 
    • Dudley Shoals Elementary 
    • Gamewell Elementary
    • Granite Falls Elementary
    • Happy Valley School 
    • Hudson Elementary 
    • Kings Creek School
    • Sawmills Elementary 
    • Valmead Elementary 
    • Whitnel Elementary


Preschool Class Formats

  • Classes are designed to best meet the needs of all students. Typically developing children must be at least 3 years old by the first day of school and may not be eligible for kindergarten. Children applying for NCPK slots must be age 4 to be eligible.Learn Blocks

    • Class sizes are limited to serve 18 students.
    • Preschool classes follow the Caldwell County School Calendar.
    • Hours of attendance may vary at each school.
    • Tuition for the preschool program is competitive.  
    • Applications for these slots may be obtained from the Preschool Office.

    Tuition for children who enter at various points throughout the year will be prorated.

  • Preschool Readiness Center

    332 Greenhaven Drive NW

    Lenoir, NC 28645

    Phone: (828) 726-3920

    Fax: (828) 757-0642