NOW OPEN: 2022-23 Durham PreK Application

The Durham PreK Partners are excited to announce the 2022-2023 Durham PreK Application is now open! All children who will turn 4 years old by August 31, 2022 and who live in Durham County are eligible! Click below to access the application!

Documentation Checklist

Download the document attached below to use as a checklist to keep track of your application's required documentation! You can download and fill it out electronically as a PDF, screenshot it to save as a photo on your phone, or print it out to use. We hope this is a helpful tool as you gather your needed documents to submit your child's Durham PreK application.

Upcoming Application Events

Roll Up and Enroll!

Join the Durham PreK Partners on May 14th at the Jim and Carolyn Hunt Childcare Resource Center from 9 am - 12 pm to complete your application. Please be sure to bring all of your required documents to be uploaded. Families who have already started their application at home are welcome to come submit their missing documents with an application counselor. We hope to see you there!

Information Sessions

Watch the recording of the Durham PreK Family Information Sessions to learn more about the notification and placement process for Durham PreK! We dove deeper into how to indicate your site preferences for the 2022-2023 application, what to expect after submitting an application, and how to accept or decline a placement. Our team is dedicated to ensure that you and your child feel prepared to make a smooth transition to PreK, so we hope you will learn more about our selection and placement process after watching.

Sign Up for Text Alerts for Durham PreK!

Sign up for text alerts from Durham PreK to stay up to date on application announcements and more! Click below to access the form.

Sliding Scale

2022-2023 School Year

For the 2022-2023 school year, the Durham PreK Governance Committee voted to reduce parent fee rates from 4% of gross household monthly income to 2% of gross household monthly income.

For most families, preschool services will be free. Families with incomes at and above 400% of the current year's Federal Poverty Level will contribute monthly parent fees based on income and family size. To determine whether and what your monthly parent fee might be, follow the steps below.

  1. Find your family size and your gross annual income (income before taxes) in the chart below.
  2. If your gross annual income falls under 400% FPL (within the blue column), you will not have a monthly parent fee.
  3. If your gross annual income falls at or above 400% FPL (within the green column):
    • Divide your gross annual income (income before taxes) by 12 to determine monthly income.
    • Multiply your gross monthly income by 2% to determine your monthly parent fee.

Please note that Federal Poverty Level changes annually and can be referenced here.

2022-2023 Sliding Scale

wdt_ID Family Size < 400% FPL 400% FPL - Cap of Fees
1 2 $0 - $73,240 $73,241+
2 3 $0 - $92,120 $92,121+
3 4 $0 - $111,000 $111,001+
4 5 $0 - $129,880 $129,881+
5 6 $0 - $148,760 $148,761+
6 7 $0 - $167,640 $167,641+
7 8 $0 - $186,520 $186,521+
8 No Monthly Parent Fee 2% Monthly Parent Fee

Durham PreK Application FAQ's

Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Durham PreK Application Process. To view all of our Family FAQ's, click here.