Durham PreK launches new website for families to find pre-K information and more in Durham County
Chapel Hill, N.C., October 15, 2019: Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is excited to launch Durham PreK’s new website (www.durhamprek.org) as a place for Durham County families to find information about Durham PreK enrollment, to find other local resources and to learn about Durham’s commitment to equitable, high-quality education for all young children.
Durham PreK is a local investment in public preschool for 4-year-olds by the Durham County Government. Built to enhance and expand the state-funded NC Pre-K program, Durham PreK is open universally to all children in Durham County and will grow incrementally over time to meet the full community need for publicly supported high-quality early education.
“Durham is making substantial investments in high-quality preschool so that it is available for all children,” said Linda Chappel, Senior Vice President of Triangle Area Child Care Resource and Referral Services at CCSA. “This online resource is important for families and our community to assure that the initiative is fully transparent.”
CCSA serves as the management agency for Durham PreK and works collaboratively 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 pre-K classrooms to Durham’s 4-year-olds.
“Child Care Services Association welcomes the support from Durham County and their vision for universal public preschool for 4-year-olds. We are proud to work with them,” said Marsha Basloe, President of CCSA.
Key components of Durham PreK include improved pay and professional development for teachers, intensive technical assistance with early educators designed to raise quality and work with local educational institutions to increase and improve the supply of early education teachers.
Highlights of the resources available on Durham PreK’s new website include:
- an interactive map of Durham PreK locations;
- more information on the application and enrollment process for parents;
- community and educator newsletter sign-ups;
- upcoming application events, info sessions and community events;
- governance committee information and notes on decisions they’ve made for the program;
- the technical assistance pipeline for child care programs to enhance their quality of care and education; and
- reports on the current state of Durham’s children and the availability of high-quality preschool in Durham County.
Durham PreK is excited about the continued growth of the program and hopes this new website will better inform the Durham community of its need for high-quality public preschool for 4-year-olds.
To enroll your 4-year-old in Durham PreK, visit www.durhamprek.org for more information.
Durham PreK is committed to improving the quality of preschool programs by providing financial support, training opportunities for teachers and increasing eligibility for families to enroll their child. The program began in 2018 with the Durham County Government committing to equitable access to high-quality preschool for all children in Durham. Investments will not only increase the number of publicly funded pre-K slots but also broaden eligibility and work with teachers and private centers to build their quality through teacher and director education, mentoring and coaching. The County has entered a two-year contract with Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to manage the expansion of Durham PreK. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has established a Governance Committee chaired by the Durham County Manager’s office to approve Durham PreK standards and policies. For more information, visit www.durhamprek.org.
Child Care Services Association:
Founded in 1974, Child Care Services Association’s mission is to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all young children and their families. Using a holistic approach, CCSA supports children and families, helps child care professionals improve the quality of early education children receive and ensures all families can afford and access the high-quality early care and education that is so important for a child’s early development. Through its Meal Services Program, CCSA also provides nutritious meals to children at child care centers, where they may eat 50-100 percent of their meals. Our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, Child Care WAGE$® and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$ programs give child care professionals the means to obtain an education and supplement their salary based on that education. CCSA also licenses T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ across the U.S. and conducts early childhood systems research and policy development statewide and nationally. For more information, visit www.childcareservices.org.