NC Pre-K

How to Apply for 2018-2019 Durham County NC Pre-K

Your child might qualify to participate in 2018-2019 Durham County NC Pre-K if:

  • Your child is not currently enrolled in a preschool program
  • Your child turns 4 years by August 31, 2018 (born between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014)
  • Your child has health concerns or special needs
  • Your family qualifies for financial assistance
  • English is your child’s second language

There are many ways to apply:

  • Beginning January 29, 2018, you may call 919-314-6813 to set an appointment time between February 5 and May 17, 2018.
  • Visit a Durham County Head Start office during walk-in hours, beginning February 5, 2018, Mondays – Thursdays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Family Counselors will be available to assist parents in filling out the application (offices are closed March 14-16, March 27, and April 10-17, 2017)
    • 215 W. Seminary Ave. (across from McDonald’s and the YMCA), phone: 919-688-5541
    • 908 Liberty St. (Leathers Meachem), phone: 919-536-5560
  • Visit East Durham Children’s Initiative at 1415 Holloway Street, during walk-in hours:
    • Between 10 am and 12 pm on: February 7, February, 21, March 7, March 21, April 11, April 25, and May 7, 2018.
    • Between 11:00 pm and 2:00 pm on: February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 9, April 23, and May 9, 2018.
  • Download the application below. It is also available at, and

Download the Application

Click here for a detailed flyer containing more information about how to apply and what additional materials are required for application.

Questions? Please contact:

Nicole Gonzalez – 919-403-6960 ext. 226 or
NC Pre-K Program Specialist, Durham’s Partnership for Children
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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.

If your child is eligible for the current 2017-18 school year (born between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013), please contact Nicole Gonzalez at or (919) 403-6960 ext. 226 to receive an application.

About the NC Pre-K Program

NCPreK NEW LOGOThe statewide NC Pre-K program prepares eligible 4-year-olds for school by providing high-quality early education in both public and private settings. The program is community-based, voluntary, and designed to serve 4-year-olds who will benefit most from services. The program follows the Durham Public School calendar and runs 6.5 hours a day, 180 days a year.

In Durham County, Durham’s Partnership for Children administers the program and serves 490 children in classrooms in Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start, and private child care centers. Technical assistance and support from the Partnership guarantees quality and compliance with all regulation. The Partnership also leads a universal application process with six collaborative agencies to serve and assist families throughout the community in applying for available seats. 

Please click here to see a 2017-18 meeting schedule for Durham’s School Readiness/NC Pre-K Committee.