What is Durham PreK?
Durham County Government has committed to expanding access to high-quality, publicly supported preK. Durham PreK classrooms are located in private early childhood programs, Durham Public Schools and Head Start classrooms.
Why is PreK important?
A high-quality early childhood program that provides a safe and nurturing learning environment develops the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of young children. Attending a high-quality early learning environment can promote a child’s school readiness and support their transition into kindergarten.
Is my child eligible for Durham PreK?
All Durham County children who have turned four by August 31st of the school year attending are eligible for Durham PreK. Below is Durham PreK’s sliding scale for families:
- Free for families at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) based on household size
- Start charging a parent fee at 300% FPL on a flat percent of a family’s gross monthly income
- Use a tiered system that starts the flat percent at 4% at 300% FPL and moves to 7% at 350% FPL
How can I apply for Durham PreK?
We are still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To schedule an application appointment, call 919-403-6960. We have Spanish bilingual counselors available to assist you.
Please bring the following items to complete your application:
- Child’s birth certificate
- Child’s immunization records
- Proof of one month’s income
- Proof of your current address (current lease or mortgage).
Application appointments are scheduled at Durham’s Partnership for Children at 1201 S. Briggs Ave. Durham, NC 27703.
Download the application below. To see our application flyer, please click here.
When is the school year for Durham PreK?
Durham PreK is a 10-month program that follows the Durham Public Schools calendar.
How long is the school day for Durham PreK?
The Durham PreK’s school day is 6.5 hours long.