About

Durham PreK

The County has entered a two-year contract with Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to manage the expansion of Durham PreK in collaboration with Durham’s Partnership for Children (DPfC) and many other community partners.

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Committed to equitable access

With an abundance of evidence that high-quality universal preschool could reduce the disparities in skills among sub-groups of children at kindergarten entry, Durham’s policymakers are focusing considerable resources on the development and expansion of quality preschool programs for 4 year olds. Durham has made historic local investments in preschool services in order to open access more broadly for children.

Investing in quality education

Durham County is directly involved in a variety of ways with early education, and in the past three years has invested nearly $10 million in creating a universal preschool program called Durham PreK.

Key components of Durham PreK include:

  • improved pay and professional development for teachers,
  • intensive technical assistance with early educators designed to raise quality,
  • and work with local educational institutions to increase and improve the supply of early childhood teachers.

Information for families

All Durham County children who have turned 4 years old by August 31 of the school year attending are eligible for Durham PreK.

To apply, call 919-403-6960. We have Spanish-bilingual counselors available to assist you.

Information for early educators

Durham PreK works collaboratively with Durham County Government, Durham’s Partnership for Children, Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start and numerous other community partners to expand access to high-quality pre-K classrooms to Durham’s 4 year olds.

Preschool programs in Durham County can apply for Durham PreK through our Request for Application (RFA) process. The application period for the 2020-2021 school year has not yet started, but the 2019-2020 application and rubrics are available for review.

Governance

The Governance Committee serves to provide vision and direction to Durham PreK and Durham County's preschool expansion effort by advising and approving standards and policies. The goal is to establish an inclusive, community-driven initiative that will enhance public will and engagement and strengthen the resulting system of preschool services developed through the initiative.

The 2020-2022 NC Pre-K and Durham PreK RFA is now open for child care centers in Durham County! Click here for the application.