DIRECTOR :: John Pruette

The Office of Early Learning is a new office that focuses on Pre-K - Grade 3 to support children's success in the early grades. The Office of Early Learning combines the Department's staffs in primary education and prekindergarten and promotes other linkages for reforming early education for North Carolina's children. Through this Office, the Department is partnering with the FirstSchool initiative of the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. FirstSchool is a Pre-K - Grade 3 initiative to promote public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population. FirstSchool unites the best of early childhood, elementary and special education.


  • North Carolina Kindergarten Entry Assessment Pilot
    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Office of Early Learning, in collaboration with select LEAs across the State, UNC-Charlotte, and Teaching Strategies®, will conduct the North Carolina Kindergarten Entry Assessment (NC KEA) Pilot during the fall of the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of the pilot is to better understand the formative assessment process in classrooms. Through their feedback, insight and suggestions, participants in the pilot will help inform the final development of the NC Kindergarten Entry Assessment process. To view the NC KEA List of Pilot Districts (pdf, 35.2kb) (the list may be found at RTT-ELC Team > KEA interested districts > NC KEA Pilot Districts – Chart.pdf)

  • North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development