NC Pre-K

Governor Bev Perdue meets pre-kindergartners in Durham

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•• 2011-2012 NC Pre-K Site Directory

•• NC Pre-K Resource Page (For Partners)

•• FPG Study: Long-term Effects of the North Carolina More at Four Pre-kindergarten Program (Now NC Pre-K)

About the NC Pre-K Program

Durham County’s NC Pre-K program is working to provide high quality early educational experiences for 4-year-olds who are not attending preschool for various reasons. The program is community-based, voluntary, and designed to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten. The program follows the Durham Public School calendar and runs 6.5 hours a day, 180 days a year.

Durham’s Partnership for Children administers the program in Durham County, and works in collaboration with the early childhood professionals, Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start, Child Care Services Association and Durham Alliance for Child Care Access. The NC Pre-K program operates in private class rooms, Durham Public Schools, and Head Start. There are more than 25 class rooms across Durham County with smaller class sizes to prepare children for kindergarten.

Your child might qualify to participate in 2015-2016 Durham County NC Pre-K if:

• Your child is not currently enrolled in a preschool program
• Your child turns 4 years by Aug. 31, 2015
• Your child has health concerns or special needs
• Your family qualifies for financial assistance
• English is your child's second language

How to Apply
The Universal Pre-Kindergarten application period for the 2015-2016 school year will take place February 2nd - April 10th, 2015. This collaborative effort led by the Partnership is designed to reach 4-year-olds in Durham, and the following community partners play an instrumental role in this effort:

Child Care Services Association
Durham Public Schools
Durham Head Start
Department of Social Services

Click here to download a flyer with more information.

You may call 919-314-6813 beginning January 26, 2015 to set an appointment time between February 2 and April 10, 2015. Family Counselors will be available to assist parents in filling out the application at Durham Head Start offices beginning February 2, 2015. The application will also be available online on February 2, 2015.

For more information about financial assistance for Child Care, contact Child Care Services Association at 919-403-6950 or visit or contact Durham County Social Services at 919-560-8300 or visit Durham County Social Services.

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