Preschool for EC Students

  • Durham Public Schools, (DPS) provides special education services to children who are found eligible in one or more of 14 disabling categories.  Some of the eligibility categories include developmental delay, speech language impairment and autism, among others.

    Upon eligibility determination, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each child outlining the services required to meet the child’s special education needs.  Some of the services may include special education support from a teacher, speech language therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy.  The placement and frequency of service delivery is determined by the IEP team. DPS offers a full continuum of services and children are placed in the least restrictive environment.  Children who are found eligible may begin receiving services on their third birthday and services are provided according to the DPS school calendar.

    If you feel that your child is in need of special education services and you would like to make a referral, please contact Leslie Greene at 919-560-3933.  If your child has been evaluated or screened, those reports can be faxed to Ms. Greene at 919-560-2607 to help with the referral process.  Durham Public Schools will conduct screenings and/or evaluations necessary to determine eligibility at no cost to the family.

    If your child has a current IEP and you are moving to Durham County, please call Leslie Greene for assistance at 919-560-3933, ext. 26292.  For questions about your child's classroom assignment, please contact April Washington at 919-560-2000, ext. 36727. 

    Durham Public Schools also serves at-risk four-year-old children through our Title I pre-kindergarten program.  Eligibility for this program is determined through a universal application and screening process conducted in the winter and early spring for children who will be four years old on or before August 31 of the program year.  The screening process is conducted in conjunction with Durham’s Partnership for Children, Durham Head Start and NC Pre-K. Some programs do require income information. Parents interested in applying for these programs should call Durham’s Partnership for Children at 919-314-6813. Available spots are limited and placement is based on eligibility requirements for each program.  

    For general information or questions about Durham Public Schools’ preschool services, please call 919-560-3505.

    Who to call for help with…..

    Referrals for special education

    Leslie Greene


    Transfer IEPs

    Leslie Greene


    Classroom AssignmentsApril Washington 919-560-2000, ext. 35727 

    Universal application for preschool programs. (4 year olds as of August 31 of the program year)

    Durham’s Partnership for Children


    General preschool information

    Jeanna Joint



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