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 closed. 

For updates on future RFAs, 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?

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 excited to announce the application is now open for the DPK TA Capacity Building program. Please find all of the information about the application here.

How much does Durham PreK Technical Assistance Capacity Building cost?

Programs in with 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's Local Government.

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

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