Join librarians from Durham County Library for a children's storytime at 4pm at Monuts on 9th street!

monuts donuts read aloud

Join Durham's Partnership for Children and Healthy Blue to receive FREE health screenings and vaccines in the Healthy Blue Mobile Medic! All screenings and vaccines are FREE regardless of your insurance status and can fulfill the required screenings for all PreK and Early Head Start students. The Mobile Medic will be parked in the parking lot and we will have games, popsicles, and water available in the shelter at each park!

VACCINES AVAILABLE:

  • COVID-19

FREE SCREENINGS AVAILABLE:

  • HEARING
  • VISION
  • DENTAL
  • HEMOGLOBIN
  • LEAD

DATES

  • September 20th:
    • Northgate Park, 300 W Club Blvd
    • Screenings available: Dental (required for both Early Head Start and Durham PreK)
  • September 21st:
    • Campus Hills Park, 2000 S Alston Ave
    • Screenings available: Hearing and Vision - NOT CONFIRMED (Required for both Early Head Start and Durham PreK)
  • September 22nd:
    • Piney Wood Park, 400 E Woodcroft Pkwy
    • Screenings available: Lead and Hemoglobin (required for Early Head Start only)

Contact us at 919.403.6960 or grace@dpfc.net

¡Únase a Durham's Partnership for Children y Healthy Blue para recibir exámenes de salud y vacunas en Healthy Blue Mobile Medic! Todas las evaluaciones y vacunas son gratuitas independientemente del estado de su seguro y pueden cumplir con las evaluaciones requeridas para todos los estudiantes de PreK y Early Head Start. ¡El Mobile Medic estará estacionado en el estacionamiento y tendremos juegos, paletas heladas y agua disponibles en el refugio de cada parque!

VACUNAS DISPONIBLES:

  • COVID-19

EXAMENES GRATUITAS DISPONIBLES:

  • AUDICIÓN
  • VISIÓN
  • DENTAL
  • HEMOGLOBINA
  • PLOMO

LAS FECHAS

  • 20 de Septiembre
    • Northgate Park, 300 W Club Blvd
    • Examenes disponibles: Dental (required for both Early Head Start and Durham PreK)
  • 21 de Septiembre
    • Campus Hills Park, 2000 S Alston Ave
    • Examenes disponibles: Audición y Visión - NOT COMFIRMED (required for both Early Head Start and Durham PreK)
  • 22 de Septiembre
    • Piney Wood Park, 400 E Woodcroft Pkwy
    • Examenes disponibles: Plomo y Hemoglobina (required for Early Head Start only)

Llámenos al 919.403.6960 o grace@dpfc.net

Can you believe the 2021-2022 school year is coming to an end? Durham PreK teachers, teacher assistants, and directors have been working hard all year to increase classroom quality for children in Durham County!

Durham PreK is a local investment by Durham County Government in high-quality early childhood experiences for all children in Durham. Classroom quality is dependent on a number of factors, and two of the ways Durham PreK prioritizes is are having a highly-qualified workforce and strengthening teacher-child interactions.

Durham PreK lead teachers are required to have or be working toward an NC Birth-through-Kindergarten (B-K) License, and Durham PreK directors are required to become certified Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS©) Observers to support their teachers. This year, many lead teachers worked toward their B-K Licenses and many directors achieved their CLASS© certification. You can find the full list of celebrations below!

In addition to all of these accomplishments, many assistant teachers also worked with their Technical Assistance Specialists to begin higher degree programs, too! We are so proud of their hard work in and outside of the classroom.

We want to extend a special "thank you" to the Technical Assistance Team for supporting Durham PreK teachers, teacher assistants, and directors every day! They work year round to make sure Durham PreK staff have the resources and support they need to succeed.

They shared the following accomplishments your children's teachers have achieved this school year. We hope you'll join us in celebrating them!

Teachers who Enrolled in an Early Childhood Education Degree Program

One of Durham PreK's priorities is to have highly-qualified staff who are best prepared to teach your children during their pre-K year. To reach that goal, Technical Assistance Specialists support the higher learning plans of each teacher in need of an additional degree or certification, or those who want to further their education at a higher level. Many teachers and teacher assistants started their degree or certification programs this year.

Congratulations to each of you!

  • Tierra Garret, a teacher assistant from Brown's Early Learning School, enrolled at Durham Technical Community College with a scholarship from T.E.A.C.H.
  • Felicia Strater, a teacher assistant from Childcare Network, Inc. #57, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at Gardner Webb University.
  • Vianey Campos , a teacher assistant from Another Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Center, enrolled at Wake Technical Community College. She will begin her practicum in the fall!
  • Rena Salguero, a lead teacher from Yates Baptist Child Development Center, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at East Carolina University. She completed her student teaching with Wake County Public Schools!
  • Tiandra Johnson, a lead teacher from Childcare Network, Inc. #166, enrolled in the Residency Licensure program at the University of Mount Olive.
  • Adrienne Davis, a lead teacher from Childcare Network, Inc. #166, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at North Carolina A&T.
  • Sharelle Torian, a lead teacher from Triangle Day Care Center, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at Catawba College.
  • Debbie Timmons, a lead teacher from Randy's 5 Star Academy is enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at the University of Mount Olive.
  • Angie Nichols, a lead teacher from Primary Colors Early Learning Center, has been accepted at the UNC Greensboro Birth-through-Kindergarten program for the fall semester!

Directors who Achieved CLASS Observer Re-certification

Durham PreK Directors must attend a CLASS© Observer training and pass their certification assessment as one of the program requirements. CLASS© is an "observational instrument developed [...] to assess classroom quality in PK-12 classrooms." It assesses teacher-child interactions through classroom organization, social-emotional learning, and instructional support. Durham PreK uses CLASS© observations to help determine classroom quality during the RFA process, so when directors are certified observers, they are able to utilize their training to support their teachers.

Congratulations to each of you!

  • Dalphia Murphy from Randy's 5 Star Academy
  • LaDrenna Jackson from Leathers Meachem Head Start
  • Amy Boyette from Children's Campus at Southpoint
  • Brenda Carter from Oxford Manor Head Start
  • Ada Terry from Childcare Network, Inc. #57
  • June Shillito from Yates Baptist Child Development Center
  • Kara Turner from Primary Colors Early Learning Center

Community of Practice Highlights

Durham PreK teachers participate in a Community of Practice where they share experiences, learn from each other, and collaborate on new ideas. Each month, one of the teachers presents on an topic in early childhood education they're passionate about or on a lesson they did with their students.

January

In January, Ms. Morgan from Creative Schools at Davis Park was the "Featured Teacher," and the theme was Vocabulary, Literacy, and Play. She shared the ways in which she incorporates these in her classroom's center time with her colleagues.

March

Ms. Gina Allen from White Rock Child Development Center was the "Featured Teacher" for the March Community or Practice! The theme of that month's meeting was "creativity," so Ms. Gina shared the different strategies she used to promote creativity, curiosity, and imaginative play in her classroom!

This presentation inspired Ms. Sharelle and Ms. Beverly at Triangle Day Care Center to incorporate some of Ms. Gina's ideas into their classroom! They used cardboard boxes, stickers, cupcake liners, paper plates, crayons, and markers to express their creativity and make their own cars. Then the whole class used their cars to drive around the classroom!

April

In April, Ms. Kimberly Toth from Primary Colors Early Learning Center was the "Featured Teacher." The theme in April was Physical Development, so Ms. Kimberly presented her strategies on promoting fine and gross motor skills in her classroom!

While teachers in Durham PreK classrooms teach in a variety of different settings (in Head Start classrooms, at community-based programs, or in DPS elementary schools), the Community of Practice meetings give them an opportunity to work together, and as the name suggests, build a community.

Personal Highlights, Celebrations, and Accomplishments

One special aspect of technical assistance is the relationships that are built between teachers, teacher assistants, and directors and their Technical Assistance Specialist. This relationship is the foundation for a supportive learning environment, and it includes sharing personal wins with each other! Below are some of the many personal highlight that your teachers have celebrated this year.

  • Mrs. Kiana from White Rock Child Development got married on April 9th. "Best wishes and congratulations on your marriage!" - from Technical Assistance Specialist, Kamika Henderson
  • Ms. Angie from Primary Colors Early Learning Center celebrated the birth of her baby girl in April! Congratulations, Ms. Angie!

Can you believe the 2021-2022 school year is coming to an end? Your students have worked hard all year, and so have our Durham PreK teachers and directors! Our Technical Assistance Team shared the following accomplishments your children's teachers have achieved this school year! Check them out below!

Teachers who Enrolled in an Early Childhood Education Degree Program

One of Durham PreK's priorities is to have highly-qualified staff who are best prepared to teach your children during their pre-K year. To reach that goal, Technical Assistance Specialists support the higher learning plans of each teacher in need of an additional degree or certification, or those who want to further their education at a higher level. Many teachers and teacher assistants started their degree or certification programs this year.

Congratulations to each of you!

  • Tierra Garret, a teacher assistant from Brown's Early Learning School, enrolled at Durham Technical Community College with a scholarship from T.E.A.C.H.
  • Felicia Strater, a teacher assistant from Childcare Network, Inc. #57, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at Gardner Webb University.
  • Vianey Campos , a teacher assistant from Another Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Center, enrolled at Wake Technical Community College. She will begin her practicum in the fall!
  • Rena Salguero, a lead teacher from Yates Baptist Child Development Center, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at East Carolina University. She completed her student teaching with Wake County Public Schools!
  • Tiandra Johnson, a lead teacher from Childcare Network, Inc. #166, enrolled in the Residency Licensure program at the University of Mount Olive.
  • Adrienne Davis, a lead teacher from Childcare Network, Inc. #166, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at North Carolina A&T.
  • Sharelle Torian, a lead teacher from Triangle Day Care Center, enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at Catawba College.
  • Debbie Timmons, a lead teacher from Randy's 5 Star Academy is enrolled in the Birth-through-Kindergarten program at the University of Mount Olive.
  • Angie Nichols, a lead teacher from Primary Colors Early Learning Center, has been accepted at the UNC Greensboro Birth-through-Kindergarten program for the fall semester!

Directors who Achieved CLASS Observer Re-certification

Durham PreK Directors must attend a Classroom Assessment Scoring System© (CLASS©) Observer training and pass their certification assessment as one of the program requirements. CLASS© is an "observational instrument developed [...] to assess classroom quality in PK-12 classrooms." It assesses teacher-child interactions through classroom organization, social-emotional learning, and instructional support. Durham PreK uses CLASS© observations to help determine classroom quality during the RFA process, so when directors are certified observers, they are able to utilize their training to support their teachers.

Congratulations to each of you!

  • Dalphia Murphy from Randy's 5 Star Academy
  • LaDrenna Jackson from Leathers Meachem Head Start
  • Amy Boyette from Children's Campus at Southpoint
  • Brenda Carter from Oxford Manor Head Start
  • Ada Terry from Childcare Network, Inc. #57
  • June Shillito from Yates Baptist Child Development Center
  • Kara Turner from Primary Colors Early Learning Center

Community of Practice Highlights

Durham PreK teachers participate in a Community of Practice where they share experiences, learn from each other, and collaborate on new ideas. Each month, one of the teachers presents on an topic in early childhood education they're passionate about or on a lesson they did with their students.

January

In January, Ms. Morgan from Creative Schools at Davis Park was the "Featured Teacher," and the theme was Vocabulary, Literacy, and Play. She shared the ways in which she incorporates these in her classroom's center time with her colleagues.

March

Ms. Gina Allen from White Rock Child Development Center was the "Featured Teacher" for the March Community or Practice! The theme of that month's meeting was "creativity," so Ms. Gina shared the different strategies she used to promote creativity, curiosity, and imaginative play in her classroom!

This presentation inspired Ms. Sharelle and Ms. Beverly at Triangle Day Care Center to incorporate some of Ms. Gina's ideas into their classroom! They used cardboard boxes, stickers, cupcake liners, paper plates, crayons, and markers to express their creativity and make their own cars. Then the whole class used their cars to drive around the classroom!

April

In April, Ms. Kimberly Toth from Primary Colors Early Learning Center was the "Featured Teacher." The theme in April was Physical Development, so Ms. Kimberly presented her strategies on promoting fine and gross motor skills in her classroom!

While teachers in Durham PreK classrooms teach in a variety of different settings (in Head Start classrooms, at community-based programs, or in DPS elementary schools), the Community of Practice meetings give them an opportunity to work together, and as the name suggests, build a community.

Personal Highlights, Celebrations, and Accomplishments

One special aspect of technical assistance is the relationships that are built between teachers, teacher assistants, and directors and their Technical Assistance Specialist. This relationship is the foundation for a supportive learning environment, and it includes sharing personal wins with each other! Below are some of the many personal highlight that your teachers have celebrated this year.

  • Mrs. Kiana from White Rock Child Development got married on April 9th. "Best wishes and congratulations on your marriage!" - from Technical Assistance Specialist, Kamika Henderson
  • Ms. Angie from Primary Colors Early Learning Center celebrated the birth of her baby girl in April! Congratulations, Ms. Angie!

Join us on June 4th for the 4th Roll Up & Enroll event of the year!

You can ask questions about the program and submit your required application documents! Bilingual staff will be available to answer your questions and support your application. More information will be available soon.

We hope to see you there!

Join us on May 14th for the 3rd Roll Up & Enroll event of the year!

You can ask questions about the program and submit your required application documents! Bilingual staff will be available to answer your questions and support your application. More information will be available soon.

We hope to see you there!

Please join us for an opportunity to socialize in a safe space and connect with autistic peers and their families.

Registration is required because space is limited!

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Save the date! Join us on March 12, 2022 from 9 am - 12 pm for our second Roll Up & Enroll event of the year!

The event will be hosted in the lower parking lot of the Jim and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Resource Center, 1201 S. Briggs Ave. You can ask questions about the program and submit your required application documents! Bilingual staff will be available to answer your questions and support your application. More information will be available soon. We hope to see you there!

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Watch the Recording!

Watch our second Durham PreK Family Info Session of the 2022-2023 application year 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 learn more about our selection and placement process after watching!

Questions? Email Grace Smith at grace@dpfc.net.

¡Únase a nosotros para nuestra segunda sesión de información familiar de Durham PreK del año de solicitud 2022-2023 para obtener más información sobre el proceso de notificación y ubicación para Durham PreK! Profundizaremos en cómo indicar sus preferencias de sitio para la solicitud 2022-2023, qué esperar después de enviar una solicitud y cómo aceptar o rechazar una ubicación. Nuestro equipo está dedicado a garantizar que usted y su hijo se sientan preparados para hacer una transición sin problemas a PreK, ¡así que esperamos que se una para obtener más información sobre nuestro proceso de selección y colocación!

¿Preguntas? Envíe un correo electrónico a Erica Stamm a erica@dpfc.net.

Save the date! Join us on March 12, 2022 from 9 am - 12 pm for our first Roll Up & Enroll event of the year!

The event will be hosted in the lower parking lot of the Jim and Carolyn Hunt Early Childhood Resource Center, 1201 S. Briggs Ave. You can ask questions about the program and submit your required application documents! Bilingual staff will be available to answer your questions and support your application. More information will be available soon. We hope to see you there!

Roll Up & Enroll
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