Admissions Process for Community Partner Programs

For information on how to connect with our administrative team to explore enrollment, please follow the process outlined below based on the program for which your child would qualify.

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)

Children with disabilities are placed at Frankie Lemmon School through our contract with WCPSS. Your child’s IEP team and Case Manager in the Office of Early Learning within Wake County Preschool Services will need to be involved in supporting this process to ensure your child’s needs can be met and that their IEP meets the developmental day criteria.

If your child has a current IEP with WCPSS, contact your Case Manager. If your child is newly identified as having a disability, or you are new to the area, contact Child Find to begin the process of accessing services with WCPSS.

Child Find Office
Phone: (919) 431-7700
Fax: (919) 431-7617
Email: [email protected]

Please complete our Interest Form to share information about your child and your contact information. Be sure to note where you are in the process of obtaining an IEP and, the name of your child’s Case Manager (if applicable). This will enable our administrative team to follow up with you and move towards next steps.

Wake County Smart Start (WCSS) Programs

Wake Three School (WTS) & NC Pre-K (NCPK) provide funding for three-year-old and four-year-old children to access a high-quality preschool program to get ready for kindergarten. Both are application-based, with criteria for eligibility based on a family’s income and other factors that are taken into consideration.

You can find information and the application for WTS & NCPK on the Wake County Smart Start website. A universal application is available to have your child considered for NCPK, Title I, and Head Start programs. If you have a child who will be 4-years-old on or before August 31st, you can complete the universal application through Wake County Smart Start. If you have a child who will be 3-years-old on or before August 31st, you can complete the Three School application through Wake County Smart Start.
If accepted, your child will be placed at a school by Wake Smart Start & that school will contact you to enroll your child. Schools do not have any control over which children are placed at their site.
If you have any questions or need additional information, you can contact Wake County Smart Start at:

(919) 851-9550

Wake County Smart Start
4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27606

Admissions Process for Tuition-Based Programs

For information on how to connect with our administrative team to explore enrollment in one of our private tuition-based programs, please follow the process outlined below.

Private Tuition

Our private tuition-based preschool program is designed for families looking for high-quality preschool experiences for their typically developing child(ren) between the ages of 2 to 5 years old.

Transition to Kindergarten

Our private Transition to Kindergarten (TK) program is a tuition-based program that offers families an option for an extra year between preschool and kindergarten to help their child build skills and independence. Children in the TK program are 5 to 6 years old depending on their date of birth.

Subsidy Vouchers

Wake County Childcare Subsidy Vouchers are accepted to enable families to access childcare at Frankie Lemmon School. Vouchers can also be used to access before and/or after school programs for currently enrolled students (based on availability).

The Wake County Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance for parents and their childcare needs. The amount of childcare subsidy for each family is based on an assessment of need, income and family size.

Anyone can apply for a childcare subsidy voucher by contacting Wake County Health & Human Services at 919-212-9285 (English, Spanish) or [email protected]. If funding is not available when you apply, you can request to be placed on the Waiting List. Families will be contacted via email or letter when funding becomes available.

Families interested in enrolling their child(ren) at Frankie Lemmon School are asked to follow the process outlined below to enable staff to provide accurate and helpful support.

Please complete our Interest Form to share information about your child and your contact information. Be sure to note any important information about your child and/or the type of program you are looking for (preschool, transition to k, part-time or full-time, etc.). This will enable our Admissions Team to follow up with you and move towards next steps.

Enrollment Process

Step 1. Interest Form – Fill out the Interest Form located at this link ( The interest form provides the school with your contact information and details about the type of program you are looking to find for your child. Once the Interest Form is completed, a member of our Admissions Team will review it and follow up with you to answer any questions and schedule a school tour.

Step 2. Tour – A school tour will be scheduled with families when FLS has a potential opportunity available for the child(ren). Families are asked to bring the child on the tour to give them a chance to see the school and provide us with the chance to meet the child to better understand his/her needs.

Step 3. Application – Once the family has completed the school tour, information will be provided regarding availability or waitlist options. If you are interested in enrolling your child, you will be given an application to be completed and returned with a registration fee. If space is not immediately available, you may choose to have your child added to our waiting list. If your child will be accessing our program through one of our community partners (WCPSS, NCPK, WTS) you will work with your case manager/contact to discuss placement.

Step 4. Enrollment – All required enrollment forms must be completed and on-file with the school before a child will be able to attend school. To reserve an enrollment spot for a child, the parent/guardian must complete and submit an Enrollment Application and the required registration fee as listed on the Enrollment Agreement cover sheet. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Step 5. Start Date – A start date will be established by the Admissions Team and communicated to families. Classroom placement and teacher assignments are shared in late August for the new school year, and upon enrollment for students joining mid-year.

We accept child care subsidy vouchers. To find out if you qualify and to apply for this program, please contact Wake County Human Services at 919-212-7000.