Durham’s Young Children

Durham’s Partnership for Children funds and works alongside high-quality, evidence-based programs, investing public dollars where there is a data-driven need and a proven impact.

Durham’s Young Children At-a-Glance

  • There are 22,693 children birth to age 5 living in Durham County.
  • 29% of children 0-5 are enrolled in licensed, regulated child care programs. 76% of these children attend 4- or 5-star facilities.
  • 28.1% of children 0-5 live below Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and 51.9% live in low-income households (below 200% FPL).
  • The market rate for a child care slot for a 2-year-old in a 4-star center is $994/month.
  • 64% of child care centers are 4-or 5-star facilities.
  • There are more than 3,000 children on waiting lists for child care scholarships.
  • 18% of families below 200% FPL have had their employment affected by child care related issues.
  • 16.5% of children in Durham are obese.
  • In the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 Kids Count Report, North Carolina ranked 34 out of 50 in overall child well-being: 38/50 for economic well-being, 28/50 for education, 32/50 for health, and 36/50 for family and community.

Durham's Young children data

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