We are excited to be working with Durham County Government, Durham’s Partnership for Children, Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start and numerous other community partners to expand access to high-quality preK classrooms to Durham’s four-year-olds.
As part of the new Durham PreK investments, Durham will:
- improve quality in preK programs by funding a variety of quality improvement activities, including paying for coaching and professional development for teachers;
- support higher wages and compensation for those teachers by paying higher reimbursement rates than currently available for NC Pre-K;
- expand access for four-year-old children by paying for new spaces and by increasing eligibility guidelines to include most families; and
- offer a mixed-delivery system of preK for four-year-olds by partnering with high-quality child care programs in the community, Durham Public Schools and Head Start.
Becoming a Durham PreK Site
Durham County programs apply to become a Durham PreK site through our Request for Applications (RFA) process. The application period to become a Durham PreK site for the 2019-2020 school year has now closed. You can review the 2019-2020 application documents and rubrics below.
There will be a new RFA process for the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue post application updates as well as notify licensed centers in Durham County via email when the information is available.
How are classrooms chosen?
A committee reviews all submitted applications using a scoring rubric based on NC Pre-K Standards and Durham PreK Standards and Policies.
2019-2020 NC Pre-K and Durham PreK Applications and Scoring Rubrics
Durham PreK TA Pipeline
Since Durham PreK will set high quality standards, Durham County Government wants to support community based early education programs in their work towards meeting these standards through a Technical Assistance (TA) Pipeline. Programs in the pipeline will receive:
- weekly on-site coaching/TA
- support around professional development and education planning
- TA related to the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) domains and dimensions
- leadership development for early education program directors
- other supports toward goals identified by individual classroom quality improvement plans
What does it cost to receive TA?
Programs in the TA Pipeline will not incur any monetary costs, but programs will need to commit to making quality improvement a priority. This requires investing time and actively engaging in the professional development process. Durham PreK TA services are funded through Durham County Government.
Is my center eligible for the Durham PreK TA Pipeline?
Yes, if you:
- Are located in Durham County
- Have capacity to serve four-year-olds
- Are currently a 3-5 star licensed center
What if our center doesn’t meet these requirements, but we are still interested in becoming a Durham PreK site?
Programs that are legally operating unlicensed, GS110, or currently below 3 Stars can contact CCSA regarding additional TA services offered.
If my program is accepted into the TA Pipeline does that guarantee that my site will be a Durham PreK site?
No, although to be considered for Durham PreK, it is favorable that your program is in the Durham PreK TA Pipeline, it is not a guarantee that your site will automatically become a Durham PreK site. A separate application and selection process will be developed for selection as a Durham PreK site.
Durham PreK TA Pipeline Application Documents and Scoring Rubric:
Want more information?