Posted on 03.14.2019, Thursday

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:

  • Brown’s Early Learning School at 2724 Atlantic St.
  • Child Care Network #57 at 921 Ruby St.
  • Oxford Manor Head Start at 3633 Keystone Pl.
  • Two classrooms at White Rock Child Development at 3400 Fayetteville St.

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.

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