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DPS Pre-Kindergarten Programs

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Your 4-year-old child may be eligible to attend Durham County’s NC Pre-k, Head Start, and/or Durham Public Schools. These programs all work to prepare at-risk 4-year-olds for Kindergarten.


Children must be four years old on or before August 31 of the service year to be eligible for pre-K programs.


To register or for further info on Pre-K please call 919-314-6820 or 919-560-3505.

Exceptional Children’s Programs

Children ages 3-5 years old who are determined as qualifying for Exceptional Children programs will receive specific service delivery based upon the Individual Education Program (IEP).


Contact: Leslie Greene, Intake Coordinator 919-560-3933, Spanish: Susana Diaz 560-3505 ext 26262

Montessori Preschool (Watts and Morehead Magnet School)

The Montessori curriculum includes a Pre-Kindergarten component.  Parents interested in having their children attend a Montessori school must apply through the magnet schools lottery.  Space is extremely limited due to the small size of these schools. Find out more at http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/general/mb_ncprek.asp.


Contact: Donna Hudson, Director of Student Assignment, 919-560-2059


Other Pre-Kindergarten programs/assistance available in Durham County:

  • Operation Breakthrough, Inc. Head Start 
    (919) 688-5541
  • For a comprehensive view of the NC PreK program, requirements and guidelines please visit the NC Pre-K North Carolina Prekindergarten Program (Formerly the More at Four Program): http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/general/mb_ncprek.asp
    (919) 403-6960 Danielle Johnson or Jameka Wells
  • DACCA – Durham’s Alliance for Child Care Access
    (919) 560-8300
  • Child Care Services Association

(919) 403-6950