Durham PreK Enrollment


Durham PreK hosts a universal application that allows families to apply for consideration at over 30 pre-k sites through a single application, including Durham Public Schools sites, NC Pre-K sites, Head Start sites, and 5-star-licensed community-based sites. A full list of participating sites can be found on our Site Locations Page. Each application is reviewed by all pre-k partners to determine eligibility for each family on a case-by-case basis. For information about our partners, visit our Collaborators Page. For more eligibility information, visit our Program Types and Eligibility Page.


Durham PreK offers high-quality pre-k programming to children at no to low cost to families. Families below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) can participate at no cost. Families at or above 400% of the FPL are responsible for a monthly fee calculated at 2% of the family's gross monthly income. Learn more at our Sliding Scale Page.

Who should apply?

Durham PreK is open to any 4-year-old in Durham County, regardless of income or immigration status. Children must turn 4 on or before August 31st of the participating school year. For example, children enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year must turn 4 by August 31st, 2024.

Steps to Apply

  1.  Visit our Application Page to create an account for our online application through Survey Monkey Apply. You may log in to an existing account if you have applied previously for another child. Please make sure to verify your email to ensure you receive updates and communication from us.
  2.  Answer application questions and upload supporting documentation. At a minimum, you will need proof of age, proof of Durham residency, and proof of income for all parents/guardians in the household. You can save your progress and jump to different sections as needed.
  3.  After you submit your Durham PreK application, you will need to complete the online Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This is a developmental screening tool used to determine eligibility and placement. For questions and assistance regarding the ASQ, contact durham_prek@dpsnc.net.

Helpful Hints

  • Scroll down to review the application timeline for what to expect after you submit your information.
  • Click here to go to the application page and view application resources.
  • Click here for additional child care needs.

Parent Testimonial

"I am so grateful for my family's experience with Durham PreK; specifically, our experience with the Whitted School and Mr. Mabini. Mr. Mabini and his teaching assistant, Ms. Woods, created a classroom environment that made my child feel loved, while also teaching him critical academic and socio-emotional skills that helped prepare him for Kindergarten. My child had prior experiences in a different preschool that made him dislike school and feel like he was a "bad" kid. At Whitted, he was supported and felt connected to his teachers and classmates. He felt like a leader and like a child who could be successful at school. As a result, he loved school and loved learning. I am so thankful for our Durham PreK experience."

- Durham PreK Parent

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