In the News

The News & Observer - Durham voters elect county’s 1st all-female board and 1st Muslim woman commissioner

3/4/2020

"'I’m really grateful for the people (to) whom I am accountable for believing in my work,' she said. Both she and Jacobs said they’re excited to work on expanding Universal Pre-K in Durham, to address problems caused by the County’s high child poverty rates."

Durham Magazine - December 2019/January 2020 - Noted, page 23

12/1/2019

"Child Care Services Association launched a new website for Durham PreK, the public preschool for 4-year-olds run by the Durham County government. The site aims to inform the Durham community about Durham PreK enrollment, which is open universally to all children in Durham County and other local resources."

Durham County Board of Commissioners - Interview with Commissioner Heidi Carter

12/17/2019

"I am excited that this very important effort that began because members of the community were asking for it. I am proud that our three elected governmental bodies [school board, city council and county commission] came together around it and commissioned a volunteer task force to get input and guidance to make this program a reality. It is gratifying to see the process from the beginning to where we are now—and where we are going in the future. I like our mixed model of delivery that provides so much potential for Durham. A community-based solution like we have in Durham will assure our success."

EducationNC - Universal pre-K means more gains for all children, a study finds. What does that mean for North Carolina?

11/15/2019

"Universal public pre-K programs — programs with no requirement other than age — make a bigger difference in students’ academic success than programs that target specific children with high needs, a Dartmouth College study has found."

The News & Observer, The Herald Sun - Durham's pre-k offers every child a better chance

11/2/2019

"We can address underlying historic racial inequities and resulting wealth gaps with a systems change approach. Universal access to high quality pre-k for every four year old will help create equitable access to lifelong learning, success and shared prosperity in Durham."

CBS 17 - Durham PreK’s new website will help families get all the information they need about the program

10/28/2019

"DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham PreK has a new website that will help Durham County families get all the information they need about the county’s program.

The website will help families get information about enrollment, find other local resources, as well as learn about the county’s commitment to both high-quality and equitable education for all young kids in the county, according to a press release."

Child Care Services Association - Got a 4 year old? Durham PreK Wants You!

10/21/2019

"This past week, Durham PreK’s new website launched as a place for Durham County families to find information about enrolling 4-year-old children in Durham PreK, to find other local resources related to early childhood development and to learn about Durham’s commitment to equitable, high-quality education for all young children."

Ed NC Early Bird - Let's Talk about Durham PreK

10/20/2019

Durham PreK was featured Ed NC Early Bird - a newsletter that highlights issues affecting children in North Carolina and state policy and programs that address those issues.

Què Pasa - Raleigh | Durham - Nuevo sitio web con información de prekínder en el condado Durham

10/15/2019

Durham PreK's website launch was featured on the Què Pasa - Raleigh | Durham media network. Què Pasa provides local news in Spanish and reaches 85% of North Carolina's Spanish-speaking families.

WRAL Go Ask Mom - Spots remain for Durham PreK programs

08/21/2019

"With funding from the Durham County Government, Durham PreK offers the opportunity for universal services for all four-year-olds in Durham County through programs such as NC PreK, Durham Public Schools and Head Start, according to a press release."

Durham County News - Five Pre-K Classrooms Selected in Durham PreK Expansion

03/15/2019

"Applications to join the program this year were competitive with nineteen classrooms applying. Each candidate completed a written application that was scored by a review team of early education professionals who are not involved with Durham PreK. From those applications nine potential classrooms were chosen for an in-person visit and assessment."

The Herald Sun - Letters: Exciting time for child care in Durham County

12/07/2018

"Applications to join the program this year were competitive with nineteen classrooms applying. Each candidate completed a written application that was scored by a review team of early education professionals who are not involved with Durham PreK. From those applications nine potential classrooms were chosen for an in-person visit and assessment."

Durham PreK classrooms have suspended through April 3, 2020. We are still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please call 1-833-773-5338 to schedule a virtual application appointment or learn more about the application process.