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, Operation Breakthrough 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 2014-2015 Durham County NC Pre-K if:
• Your child is not currently enrolled in a preschool program
• Your child turns 4 years by Aug. 31, 2014
• 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 process for the 2014-2015 school year is underway. This collaborative effort led by the Partnership is designed to capture 4-year-olds. The following community partners play an instrumental role in this effort:
Child Care Services Association
Durham Public Schools
Department of Social Services
Download the NC Pre-K flyer here. [En Español].Durham’s Partnership for Children’s NC Pre-K Program will accept applications for the NC Pre-K Program
For more information about financial assistance for Child Care, contact Child Care Services Association at 919-403-6950 or visit www.childcareservices.org or contact Durham County Social Services at 919-560-8360 or visit Durham County Social Services.
NC Pre-K funds are available to community-based organizations, nonprofit agencies, small businesses operating a child care center and public schools that wish to develop services for young children and families for pre-k the year before kindergarten. Approved sites will only be funded for a maximum of two years, from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. >> Sites wishing to apply for two years must complete an application form, which can be downloaded here.
Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) by 5:00 PM on May 1, 2014.
Applications received after the deadline may not be accepted for review. Send or deliver the original application with supporting documents. No faxed or emailed copies will be accepted.
All awards are contingent upon and subject to appropriation, allocation and availability of funding through the North Carolina State Legislature and the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE).