Early Educators FAQs

I own a child care center, am I eligible for Durham PreK?

To be eligible for Durham PreK, you must be a 5-Star child care center, and your lead teacher(s) for the applying classroom(s) must have or be working toward a Birth to Kindergarten License.

The application for the 2020-2022 school years is now open. You can view and download the NC Pre-K Application and Durham PreK Application Addendum on the Become a Site page.

For more updates, you can sign up for the Durham PreK Teacher Talk Newsletter

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 am interested in receiving Technical Assistance services, but I am not ready to apply for Durham PreK or the Durham PreK Technical Assistance Pipeline.

Programs that are legally operating unlicensed, GS110, or currently below 3 Stars can contact CCSA regarding additional TA services offered.

How are classrooms chosen for Durham PreK?

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

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.

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.