NC Act Early

Services for Children Ages 3 to 5

Exceptional Children Preschool Programs

The North Carolina Exceptional Children Preschool Program is responsible for conducting no-cost developmental screenings and evaluations for children between the ages of three and five, who are not yet eligible for kindergarten.

Children between the ages of three to five who are eligible for Part B (Preschool) services may include children with:

  • Developmental delay
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Deafness or hard of hearing
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impaired
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Speech or language impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual impairment, including blindness

To make a referral, you can contact your Exceptional Children Preschool Coordinator through your local school district or contact your local school principal to set up an appointment for a developmental screening or referral. You may be asked to supply proof that your child is at least three years of age (e.g., birth certificate) and to submit a formal written request for further evaluation to start the referral process with your preschool individualized education program (IEP) team. More information regarding this process can be found through the North Carolina Office of Early Learning website.