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Supporting Local Coordination and Collaboration for ReOpening Preschool Programs

August 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The preschool years are unique and require differentiated attention from upper elementary, middle, and high school grades. As a result of COVID-19, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, including Title I Preschool, Exceptional Children’s Preschool and the Head Start State Collaboration Office, are partnering with the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, including NC Pre-K, to provide support to preschool programs. This virtual meeting shared preschool reopening plans and offered attendees a chance to ask questions.


  • Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Karen McKnight, Director, Head Start State Collaboration Office
  • Dawn Meskil, Interim Coordinator, Preschool Exceptional Children, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Kristi Snuggs, Deputy Director, NC Division of Child Development and Early Education 
  • Muffy Grant, Executive Director, NC Early Childhood Foundation

As a reminder, a reopening application must be completed for all licensed classrooms and procedures should be reviewed with the DCDEE licensing consultant. DCDEE recommends providers submit the Child Care Provider Reopening Application at least 48 hours in advance of their reopening date. Licensed facilities must receive approval from DCDEE to reopen.

The PowerPoint presentation is available to the right under “Related Resources.” Other resources shared during the virtual meeting are linked here:

Office of Head Start COVID-19 Response 

All DHHS COVID-19 Guidance

NC DPI Lighting Our Way Forward: A Guidebook for Reopening Schools

NCDPI Remote Learning Activities-Birth to Grade 3

American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry The American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting Website

National Center Pyramid Model Innovations COVID-19 and Pandemic Resources

Google Slides Reopening Plans Template

NC Preschool Enrollment and Eligibility Webinar

NC Early Learning Network

ECTA Center

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations-COVID-19

Child Care Health Consultants



August 7, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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