• PreKDurham County offers a collaborative Universal Pre-K Application so that families can apply one time and be considered for placement in multiple public Pre-K programs across Durham County.  All applicant children will receive a developmental screening.

    Minimum requirements in order to apply for Pre-K:

    1. Child lives in Durham County
    2. Child will be four years old on or before August 31 (of the year the child will attend preschool)

    Ways to begin Durham’s Universal Pre-K Application:

    1. Visit the Durham Pre-K website
    2. Call 919-403-6960.  Se habla español.
    3. Complete an interest form and an application counselor will contact you:

    Your 4-year-old child may be eligible to attend one of Durham County’s licensed, high-quality preschool programs through NC Pre-K in a private setting, in a DPS elementary school, or at the Whitted School.  These programs work to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten.

    Any age-eligible child who lives in Durham County is invited to apply.  Depending on the program, children who may be considered “at-risk” academically, financially, medically, etc. will be given priority placement.  Some of the Pre-K slots are free, and some have a monthly fee on an income-based sliding scale.  Programs follow the school calendar.  Families are responsible for coordinating their child’s transportation and before/after care.

    Families who also want to be considered for placement in a Pre-K program at a DPS Montessori Elementary School (Watts and Morehead Magnet School) need to apply separately through the magnet schools lottery process.  Call the DPS Office of Student Assignment at (919) 560-2059 for more info.


    Other local Pre-Kindergarten resources:

    Book Harvest / Book Babies | 252-497-2665

    Child Care Services Association | 919-403-6950

    Durham's Alliance for Child Care Access | 919-560-8300

    Durham Head Start | 919-688-5541

    Durham’s Partnership for Children | 919-403-6960

    East Durham Children’s Initiative | 919-908-8709

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