Eligibility and Placement
Eligibility and Placement
Bright Beginnings Pre-K serves 2,800 eligible four-year-old students who have a demonstrated educational need and are
at risk of failing to meet North Carolina’s performance standards. Eligibility for participation in the Bright Beginnings
program is determined through a screening process, which includes the administration of the Brigance Early Childhood
Screening, a parent survey, parent interview and an observation by the person who screens the child. Each child receives
a score which indicates the level of educational need and children with the greatest educational needs are placed first.
The placement process continues until all spaces are filled. Pre-K is fully inclusive, some spaces are reserved for children
who have disabilities but have not participated in the screening.
NC Pre-K serves an additional 1,000 children in high quality community based child-care centers and nonprofit
preschools. Eligibility for NC Pre-K is based on the family size and gross income.* Placement priority is given to children
who received no prior early education services outside the home in a group setting.
Many children are eligible for both NC Pre-K and Title I.
NC Pre-K Requirements and Guidance
A child that meets the age requirements (four years old on or before August 31, 2017) is eligible if the child is from a
family whose gross income is at or below 75% of the State Median Income level. *
Income eligibility is based on family size gross income, as demonstrated below:
Issue Date: July 2016
C. Eligibility for Families at or below 75% of State Median Income
Income eligibility for NC Pre-K is determined by family size and gross income.
Family Size
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Effective August 1, 2015
Table 1. 75 % STATE MEDIAN INCOME
75 Percent State Median Income
$26,069
$34,090
$42,112
$50,133
$58,154
$66,176
$67,680
$69,184
$70,688
$72,192
$73,696
$75,200
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