Durham PreK Application

2024-2025 Application

The 2024-2025 Durham PreK Application is now open! All children living in Durham County and who will turn 4 years old by August 31, 2024 are eligible to apply.


2023-2024 Application

Applications are still being accepted for the current 2023-2024 school year. All children living in Durham County and who turned 4 years old on or before August 31, 2023 are eligible to apply.

Application Overview

Application process



Application FAQ


Getting help with your application


Application Resources

Documentation Checklist
  • Use the checklist to keep track of your application's required documentation.
  • View Checklist (English) (Español)
  • Durham PreK is Durham's local investment in high quality early childhood experiences. Durham PreK enhances existing pre-K seats and expands eligibility to all families in Durham County.
  • In order to apply, your child must live in Durham County and turn 4 years old on or before August 31 of the applying school year
  • Learn more about Eligibility and Program Types
Information Sessions
Sliding Scale
  • For most families, preschool services will be free. Families with incomes at and above 400% of the current year's Federal Poverty Level will contribute monthly parent fees based on income and family size. To determine whether and what your monthly parent fee might be, visit the Sliding Scale page.
  • View the Sliding Scale
Application Appointments
  • If you need supporting submitting an application, schedule an application appointment with one of our bilingual application specialists. The Pre-K Application Specialists are bilingual in English and Spanish, and interpretation services are available for families needing support in many other languages by request. We are offering in-person, virtual and evening appointments which typically last 40-50 minutes.
  • Call to schedule an appointment
  • Email to schedule an appointment
Application Tutorial Video Library
Frequently Asked Questions
Which pre-K sites are included?
  • 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 Child Care Programs
  • These pre-K seats are supported through local, state and federal funding of DPS, DHS, NC Pre-K, and Durham PreK.
  • View Site Locations
Withdrawing an Application
  • 2023-2024
    • If you started an application for the 2023-2024 school year and now wish to withdraw from the application process, please complete this form
  • * NOTE * Submitting this form will trigger a closure of your Durham PreK Application. After submission, you will receive an email confirmation through the application portal.
  • * ATENCIÓN * Completando esta formulario cerrará su aplicación de Durham PreK. Despúes de completar este formulario, usted recibirá una confirmación automatizada por correo electrónico desde el portal de aplicación.