How are the Bright Beginnings and NC Pre-K programs the same?
Both programs are offered free of charge.
Teachers must have the same accreditation to teach in either program and all classrooms have both a teacher and an assistant.
Both programs follow the CMS yearly calendar and a similar daily schedule.
Opening the World of Learning is the curriculum used in both Bright Beginnings and NC Pre-K.
Both programs have the same attendance, parent participation, and family reading requirements.
Students must go through a screening/application to determine eligibility in each pre-kindergarten program. There are more eligible students than spaces in the Pre-K classes, therefore students are ranked and placed according to the priorities of our funders. School assignments are made in June so parents are encouraged to apply before the end of May.
While both programs are free of charge, there are fees for any care before or after school hours.
Both programs serve meals, however the cost varies based on the family income.
How are the Bright Beginnings and NC Pre-K programs different?
Sites & Transportation
In addition to birth date and residency requirements:
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District website (WWW.CMS.K12.NC.US) is in the process of
being updated to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In the interim, any website accessibility concerns may be brought via the following, Email:
or Call: 980.343.0115.