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We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please call 1-833-PREK-EDU to schedule an application appointment with the Bilingual Pre-K Application Specialist. Find more information and download the application below.

Enroll Your Child


All Durham County children who have turned four by August 31 of the school year attending are eligible for Durham PreK. Below is Durham PreK’s 2020-2021 sliding scale for families:

  • Free for families below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) based on household size
  • 4% parent fee at 400% FPL and above based on families' gross monthly income

Site Locations

Durham PreK sites completed the provider application process and were chosen based on a rubric that ensured high-quality education for each child. Each classroom will have a Birth-to-Kindergarten Licensed teacher and will follow the high-quality standards determined by the Durham PreK Governance Committee.

Search our interactive map to see which Durham PreK sites are near you!


There are many organizations in Durham County that support families with young children. You can find more information on our Family Resources Page

I'm excited to be one of the inaugural sites. This is a great collaboration for our community. Durham is moving in the right direction in helping children have a strong foundation for a wonderful and bright future. Our entire community will benefit from this collaboration for years to come. It is a great investment for Durham.

Cheryl Brown, Owner of Brown’s Early Learning School



How do I apply for Durham PreK?

To start an application, you can call the Bilingual Pre-K Application Specialist at 1-833-PREK-EDU to set up and appointment. These appointments typically take 30 minutes per child. You can find more information on applying for Durham PreK on our Enrollment page.

What do I need to bring to my application appointment?

You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records, proof of your current address and proof of one month’s income. More documentation may be required after the application appointment and may be submitted at a later date. You can review the list of all documents needed for a completed application here.

What are the hours for Durham PreK?

Durham PreK follows the Durham Public Schools Traditional Calendar. All sites operate on a 6.5 hour school day, and some sites may offer before and after care. Families will be able to indicate their location preferences during the application appointment.

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  • Has one of your child's teachers gone above and beyond to make your family feel welcomed?

We are so pleased to see this expansion of these critical enrichment services for our four year olds. We absolutely believe this is one of the smartest investments we can make in Durham’s future.

Wendy Jacobs, Chair of the Durham County BOCC

The 2020-2021 Durham Universal Pre-Kindergarten Application is now open! Click here to view the application on the Families Enrollment page.