Durham County's Local Government believes in high-quality preschool for all families because of the compelling research on the ability it has to reduce the disparities between children when they enter kindergarten. After studying how to best apply this research to the Durham Community, Durham made historic investments to provide the resources necessary to expand access across the county.
To read more about the state of Durham County’s young children, task force recommendations for preschool expansion in Durham County and Durham County’s Preschool Supply and Demand Study, please view the reports below.
2019-2020 Durham PreK Annual Report
Durham PreK began as an idea to serve Durham’s young children, and grew into a collaborative program with private child care centers, Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start and NC Pre-K. Early childhood leaders in Durham served on a task force with the mission to determine the necessary components of a universal pre-K program, and then collaborated again to determine the need for public pre-K options in Durham County. In 2018, implementation planning began with Child Care Services Association serving as the lead agency.
In this report, you will see the community collaboration, teacher and classroom quality, and family engagement that made the year a success, before and during the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Thank you for supporting Durham PreK.
2019 North Carolina Child Care Workforce Study
In 2019, with funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE), Child Care Services Association (CCSA) conducted the North Carolina Early Childhood Workforce Study. Data were collected from programs in every county across the state. This report summarizes key findings from directors, teachers, assistant teachers and family child care providers who participated. Additionally, information gathered from this study is compared to similar studies conducted by CCSA in 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2003. The data for this study were collected prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.