2400 N. Croatan Hwy, Suite D PO Box 2539
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone 252-441-0614 Fax 252-441-3580

Child Care & School Readiness

Dare County Head Start

723 Sir Walter Raleigh Street
P.O. Box 508, Manteo, NC 27954

Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children aged 3 to 5. Children participate in a comprehensive program that meets their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. Children are provided breakfast, lunch and a snack. They receive free medical and dental care, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. Services are provided to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.

Eligibility: Serves preschool children aged 3 to 5. Eligibility is based on income.

Fees: None

Story Times Dare County Library

Manteo Library
Route 64 & Burnside
Kill Devil Hills Library
400 Mustian Street
Hatteras Library
HWY 12, In the Community Building

"Growing Readers" Story Times are designed to encourage reading for children aged 2 through 5. Story Times contain songs, crafts, finger plays and of course, books! Reading to children is an effective way to enhance their reading skills, abilities, and enjoyment. The Library offers weekly programs at all three locations year-round. A special, themed Summer Reading Program takes place each year. Although designed to be fun for the children, the Summer Reading Program is truly educational. It helps children maintain their critical reading skills during the summer, so they can enter the new school year better able to learn. Although the Summer Reading Program is designed for school-aged children, preschoolers can also participate in a read-to-me program.

Eligibility: Story Times are designed for 2-5 year olds. The Summer Reading Program is designed for school-aged children.

Fees: None

NC Pre-Kindergarten Program Dare County Schools Administrative Office

P.O. Box 1508
Nags Head, NC 27959

More at Four is a state-funded community based, voluntary pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare at-risk four year-olds for success in school. Curriculum is focused on preparing children in developmentally appropriate ways with emphasis on literacy, numbers, physical/fine-motor development, and problem solving.

Eligibility: Low income children who will turn 4 years old by August 31, and are not enrolled in another early childhood program, are given highest priority. Children with special needs or limited English are given added weight in the selection process.

Fees: None

Signs of a High Quality Child Care Environment

  • Children have safe and clean areas, both inside and outside.

  • Small group size (Enough adults available for the children)

  • Child care providers are trained in child development.

  • Children and staff appear happy and relaxed.

  • Family members are welcomed into the program at all times.

  • Children are actively involved in meaningful activities.