Durham PreK is Durham County’s local investment in high-quality early childhood education for all four-year-old children in Durham County. 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.
Child Care Services Association (CCSA) serves as the management agency for Durham County Government and collaborates with the PreK Partners—Durham’s Partnership for Children (DPfC), Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project (CHTOP), Durham Public Schools (DPS), Book Harvest, Durham Children’s Initiative and Welcome Baby—to enhance quality and expand accessibility of all public pre-K seats in Durham County.
In 2019, Durham PreK opened five pilot classrooms across Durham County. Then, in August 2019, Durham PreK began its first full school year with 16 sites and 28 classrooms. Durham PreK will grow incrementally over time to meet the full community need for publicly supported high-quality early education. For more information about Durham PreK, please visit Durham PreK’s website.
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Early childhood education is a field with experts in child care and development from infant-toddler to second grade classrooms. Durham County local government is invested in and committed to providing equitable, high-quality pre-K experiences for all four-year-olds in Durham County. This page has information about the benefits of pre-K for children, families and the community, and what to expect when your child attends a Durham PreK site.
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Durham PreK Application Now OpenDurham PreK is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.