Durham 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:
- Child lives in Durham County
- 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:
- Visit the Durham Pre-K website
- Call 919-403-6960. Se habla español.
- 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