MOORESVILLE – Candice Dimmette believes that a child’s education starts at birth and continues through life.

“To make the greatest impact,” Dimmette, the community education and public awareness coordinator for Iredell County Partnership for Young Children, said in an email, “we must put in place and maintain programs that support children and families in their earlier years of development.”

Dimmette said research has proven that children who engage in quality early education are successful throughout their academic careers.

That’s one of the reasons Iredell County Partnership for Young Children (ICPYC) has been administering the NC Pre-K program for more than 10 years.

The NC Pre-K program is a state-funded pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds whose family income is at or below 75 percent of the state median income.

For North Carolina, that translates to up to $52,500 for a family of four, up to $44,100 for a family of three or $35,700 for a family of two.

In order to participate in the program, a child must also be 4 years old by Aug. 31 and live in Iredell County.

The program is free for children whose families meet the income eligibility requirements.

Each teacher working in the program will have a bachelor’s degree and be a licensed teacher.

According to an ICPYC news release, the Iredell County classrooms used for NC Pre-K are either four- or five-star-rated and are in public schools and childcare centers across the county.

“There are multiple private facilities in the county as well as both Statesville and Mooresville school districts who participate in the program,” Dimmette said. “The same program (and) curriculum is administered in all facilities.”

Parents will be able to identify a first and second choice for their child’s classroom location, but those won’t be guaranteed.

Transportation is not provided by ICPYC nor NC Pre-K, but some classroom locations do provide transportation for a small fee.

Dimmette said approximately 300 children will be accepted into the program.

The program runs from late August 2018 to June 2019, and hours are generally from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dimmette said applications for the program are accepted year-round.

“However, it is best to get your application in by the end of July for the 2018-19 school year placement,” Dimmette said.

Families will be notified by Aug. 10 if they’ve been accepted into the program.

Applications for the program can be mailed or hand-delivered to ICPYC, 734 Salisbury Road in Statesville. They can also be faxed to 704-838-1421 or emailed to bschaefer@icpyc.org, kmitcham@icpyc.org or vdorantes@icpyc.org.

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