In 2018, the Durham County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a new local investment of $2.16 million to expand access to high quality pre-k programs for more children in Durham. The county enlisted Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to manage the funds and guide the expansion in a two-year contract from August 2018 through July 2020. The Partnership, as a collaborative sub-contractor, will lead outreach, family engagement and enrollment for this exciting effort that builds on and improves current practices learned through DPfC’s years of overseeing the state-funded NC Pre-K program. Together with CCSA, the Partnership aims to increase community support for a universal, equitable, and single unified pre-k system that leverages multiple funding sources to benefit our 4 year old’s.
We are excited to announce that Durham PreK has selected five new classrooms to join its program beginning in March. The selected classrooms are:
Additional sites and classrooms will be selected for the August, 2019 phase of Durham PreK.
“Durham is investing in pre-K for four year olds to ensure all children get a strong and healthy start,” said Linda Chappel, senior vice president of CCSA’s Triangle Area Child Care Resource and Referral Services. “The research shows pre-K is a proven policy that every city should employ—high-quality pre-K provides benefits that go beyond the early years and lays a stronger foundation for later social and economic success and even improved physical health.”
For more information, visit CCSA’s Durham PreK’s webpage.