Pre-Kindergarten 2020-2021 Information Released

Thank you for your interest in the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District’s Pre-Kindergarten Program! Our school is funded by multiple programs: Head Start, NC Pre-K, and Title I. Our school is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children.

The Head Start program is a federally funded, comprehensive preschool program that is designed to meet the social, emotional, nutritional, and psychological needs of young children and their families.

The NC Pre-K Program Requirements are built on the National Education Goals Panel’s premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains that are critical to children’s overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school:

  • Approaches to play and learning

  • Emotional and social development

  • Health and Physical Development

  • Language development and communication

  • Cognitive development


Title I is the largest federally-funded program for schools in the United States. Its purpose is to provide all children with an equal opportunity to access a high quality education. Selection is based on academic need.  

First round of registration: March 13th Second round of registration: May 15th

Children registering for 2020-2021 must be:  1. 4 years old on or before August 31, 2020 and a resident of Roanoke Rapids.

What to bring: 1. Your child

2. The child's certified birth certificate. 3. Valid ID of parent/guardian registering the child. 4. Two proofs of residence documents: a lease or deed and a bill (power, water, gas, cable, or landline telephone) or residence affidavit (Complete at our central office (building B) and bring the person with whom you live with to do the affidavit along with a valid ID). 5.  Proof of income for both parents, legal custodians included: WEEKLY PAY: 4 CONSECUTIVE PAYSTUBS ARE NOW REQUIRED  


MONTHLY PAY: 2 CONSECUTIVE FULL MONTH’S OF PAY STUBS ARE REQUIRED  6.  A completed health assessment and current immunization/shot record is required by the start of school. 

Please note that applying for RRGSD’s Pre-Kindergarten does not assure that the child will be offered placement. There is limited Pre-Kindergarten space and eligibility will be determined for each child who applies and those showing the greatest need for preschool. We urge all interested parents to apply. 


Applications and all supporting documents (except the health form) must be received on March 13th in order to be considered in the first round of placement and May 15th for the second round of placement. Eligible applications received after the May 15th deadline will be placed on a waiting list and in a classroom as openings occur.

Clara Hearne’s Vision: 

Our vision at Clara Hearne Early Childhood Center is to provide a child-centered environment for the educational, social, emotional, and physical development of each child while nurturing enthusiasm for learning and producing confident learners ready for kindergarten.


All North Carolina Preschool Programs must use the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development These standards address the following areas: Approaches to Play and Learning, Emotional and Social Development, Physical Development and Health, Language Development and Communication, and Cognitive Development. Teachers must use these early learning standards to guide their planning of high-quality learning experiences for children. 

In addition to NC Foundations, our classrooms use The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold. For an additional emotional/social curriculum, we use the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.