2021-2022 Durham PreK Application

We are excited to announce the 2021-2022 Durham PreK Application is now available! Call 1-833-773-5338 now to set up an appointment with our application counselors. Appointments will begin on February 22, 2021, but can be scheduled now by calling our office.

When you complete a Durham PreK application, you are applying for a pre-K seat in the following types of pre-K classrooms in Durham County:

  • Durham Public Schools (DPS)
  • Durham Head Start (DHS)
  • Community-based Licensed Programs

These pre-K seats are supported through local, state and federal funding of DPS, DHS, NC Pre-K, and Durham PreK.

If you submitted an application for the 2021-2022 school year, but would like to withdraw your application, please complete this form.

Application Walkthroughs

Below are videos that help you navigate through the Durham PreK online application.

School Year 2021-22 Questions

What is considered for child placement?

The Durham PreK application process is not a first come, first serve process. The Pre-K Partners (DPS, DHS, NC Pre-K, and Durham PreK) consider the following information for child placement:

  • Educational needs of child
  • Address (home or work address as noted by family in application)
  • Sibling's school location
  • Family's school preferences as listed on the application (preferences are considered, but not guaranteed)
  • If a child meets any priority eligibility for pre-k services
When will families receive their placement?

The first round of placement notifications is planned for mid-June. We strongly encourage families to apply by May 14th, 2021 to be considered in the first round of placements.

A second and third round of notifications will be sent in mid-July and August for families that apply after the first round of notifications, then we will transition to ongoing, rolling admissions.

Will there be a virtual pre-K option for the 2021-22 school year?

This school year (2020-21), parents have the option of picking either in-person or virtual schooling for their children.

State and local leaders have not made decisions about virtual pre-K options for next school year. We are working with school leaders and monitoring the guidance from health and safety experts to plan and prepare for the 2021-22 school year. Durham PreK Partners' number one priority to ensure the safety of the children and staff at each site.

As soon as decisions are made about the upcoming school year, we will notify all applicants via email and update our website with this information.

Documentation Q&A with DPK Information Desk

The Durham PreK Information Desk Counselor will answer some commonly asked questions about the required documentation for the Durham PreK online application. If you still have questions after these Q&As, you can call 1-833-773-5338.



Did you miss the DPK Information Session?

If you missed the DPK Information Session on February 6th? You can find the recordings and slides here!


The 2021-2022 Durham PreK Application is still open! Click here to access the application information and materials.