Finding Child Care

In Person County, child care options are available at 11 licensed centers and 15 licensed family child care homes. Services, hours, cost, and slot availability vary by facility, but are updated consistently with Child Care Referral Central. We recommend starting there (and starting early!) if you are seeking care for your infant, toddler, or preschooler.

Child Care Referral Central

Choosing a child care provider is one of the most important decisions families make, and it is important to remain involved in your child’s education once you’ve selected child care. In NC, child care facilities are issued a star rated license on a scale of 1 to 5 stars by the Division of Child Development and Early Education, based primarily on staff education and program standards. These licensed facilities are regulated for quality, safety, and compliance with NC Child Care Rules and standards.

To learn more about how to find, evaluate, and pay for child care, visit Child Care Services Association.

NC Pre K

Person County Partnership for Children is the administering agency for the state funded community-based, voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative designed to prepare at-risk four-year-olds in North Carolina for success in school. Programs are to meet high quality standards with specific curriculum that is focused on preparing children in developmentally appropriate ways for success in schools (e.g. emphasis on literacy, numbers, physical/fine-motor development, and problem solving/thinking).

Requirements are established by the state of NC. The current At-Risk Criteria includes: Pre-K students must be at-risk as defined primarily by low income. Families of children served must be at or below 75% of the state media income. Twenty percent of enrolled children may exceed this income level if they: 1) Have an identified disability, 2) Are limited English proficient, 3) Have a developmental/educational delay, and/or have a chronic health problem, and 4) Age: Children must be 4 by August 31st. They must be eligible for public kindergarten the following year. Priority for Pre-K Services: In all counties of North Carolina, unserved Children receive top priority for NC Pre-K services. Only after all identified unserved children whose parents choose to enroll them are served are sites to move to priorities for under-served children.

There are 134 NC Pre-K slots available in Person County and these services are currently provided at three local child serving agencies:

Piedmont Community College Child Development Center

Early Intervention & Family Services

Earl Bradsher Preschool

Are you seeking care for a child who will be 4 years old by August 31st? We accept applications year-round! Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is now open. Download the application in english HERE or in spanish HERE!

For more information about the Person County NC PreK program, please contact Courtney Harding at (336) 599-3773 or

Financial Support

Subsidy: Funds are available through Person County Department of Social Services to assist eligible families with the cost of child care. The program benefits families by helping parents pay for care so they can attend work or school, providing a safe setting for young children, and helping children prepare for success in Kindergarten.

To learn more, please contact the Department of Social Services at (336) 599-8361.

Crisis Subsidy Scholarships: PCPFC offers one-time assistance for TANF eligible families who are unable to pay for child care due to a documented crisis or temporary disability. To qualify for assistance, the child must be enrolled at a 3, 4, or 5 star licensed facility in Person County. If approved, payments are made directly to the child care facility.

If you are experiencing an emergency that has caused an overdue balance with your child’s care provider, please contact Dawn Howard at (336) 599-3773, or

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