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.


Durham PreK is Durham's local investment in high quality early childhood experiences. Durham PreK enhances existing pre-K seats and expands eligibility to all families in Durham County.

In order to apply for the 2022-2023 school year, your child must:

  • Live in Durham County
  • Turn 4 years old on or before August 31, 2022

Parent Testimonials

"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."

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.