Early Educators

Apply to Be a Durham PreK Site

We are excited to be working with Durham County's Local Government, Durham’s Partnership for Children, Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start and numerous other community partners to expand access to high-quality preschool classrooms to Durham’s four year olds.

Become a Site


Visit our Durham Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeships page to learn more about pathways to career advancement in early childhood education. Whether you're an educator or an employer, it's not too late to participate!


The 2024-2026 NC Pre-K and Durham PreK RFA is now open! NC Pre-K and Durham PreK Site Applications and Rubrics are available on our Become A Site page.

Stay Up to Date

Sign up for the Durham PreK Teacher Talk newsletter and check out our calendar!


We send bimonthly newsletters to teachers with tips and strategies to use in the classroom. In August, we shared articles about setting your classroom up for a successful year, home visiting and child transitions. In October, we are focusing on building relationships with families, shared decision-making and goal-setting. To view our previous newsletters, click here. To receive all future newsletters, sign up below!


Our calendar has family, teacher, and community events that you can attend yourself or share with your families.

Becoming a Site

Pre-K programs in Durham County can apply for Durham PreK through our Request for Application (RFA) process. The application period for the 2024-2026 school years is now open. You can visit the Become a Site page to view current applications and rubrics and review archived applications.

A nonconflicting committee reviews all submitted applications using a scoring rubric based on NC Pre-K Standards and the Durham PreK Standards and Policies.

If you are interested in Durham PreK but do not currently meet the requirements to apply, please consider applying for Durham PreK Technical Assistance (TA) Capacity Building. TA Capacity Building partners TA Specialists with child care programs to provide ongoing professional development opportunities and coaching on classroom practices. The goal is to support community based early education programs in their work towards meeting the Durham PreK standards.


For the Durham PreK policies, quality standards, monitoring documents and other resources, visit our Early Educator Resources page.

My assistant teacher in our Durham PreK class just signed up to finish her B.S. with the support of T.E.A.C.H. so she can eventually get her BK license. Durham PreK motivated her to go back to school. Before being in a Durham PreK class, she only talked about going back to school, but now she is enrolled. We are very proud of her.

Dalphia Murphy, Director of Primary Colors Early Learning Center


I don’t qualify for Durham PreK, but I am still interested in the program. What can I do?

Durham PreK Technical Assistance Capacity Building is a program that supports 3-, 4- and 5-Star child care centers working to meet the high-quality standards for Durham PreK. We are not currently accepting applications, but you can sign up for the Durham PreK Teacher Talk Newsletter for updates on the next application process.

How much does Durham PreK Technical Assistance Capacity Building cost?

Programs receiving TA Capacity Building will not incur any monetary costs, but programs will need to commit to making quality improvement a priority. This requires investing time and actively engaging in the professional development process. Durham PreK TA services are funded through Durham County Government.

I’m a teacher in a preschool classroom, how do I obtain a Birth to Kindergarten license?

The next steps to obtaining a Birth to Kindergarten license depends on your current level of education. For more information, you can visit the Department of Public Instruction’s Professional Educator’s Licensure website by clicking here.

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Durham's Commitment to Equity

One of the ways Durham is committed to equity in early childhood is through equitable teacher compensation. Read more at the link below.