NC Pre-K

Applications for 2018-2019
pre-kindergarten programs coming soon!

Your child may be eligible to attend Durham County’s NC Pre-K Program, Head Start, and/or Durham Public Schools. These programs all work to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten. Children must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2018 (born between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014) to be eligible for 2018-2019 pre-k programs. The application for 2018-19 NC Pre-K will be posted here in early 2018.


If your child is eligible for the current 2017-18 school year (born between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013), please contact Jameka Wells at or (919) 403-6960 ext. 214 to receive an application.

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.

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.