Early Educators

Apply to Be a Durham PreK Site

We are excited to be working 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 preschool classrooms to Durham’s four year olds.

Become a Site

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Sign up for the Durham PreK Teacher Talk newsletter! 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!

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 2020-2022 school years has begun. You can visit the Become a Site page for the NC Pre-K Application and Durham PreK Application Addendum.

A nonconflicting committee reviews all submitted applications using a scoring rubric based on NC Pre-K Standards and the Durham PreK Standards and Policies. The 2019-2020 application and rubrics are available for review under “Resources.”

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

Resources

For the Durham PreK 2019-2020 RFA documents, contracts and 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 TEACH 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

FAQs

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

The Durham PreK Technical Assistance Pipeline 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 the Durham PreK Technical Assistance Pipeline cost?

Programs in the TA Pipeline 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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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.