NC Pre-K

How to Apply for 2020-2021 Durham County NC Pre-K 

Your child might qualify to participate in 2020-2021 Durham County NC Pre-K if:

  • Your child is not currently enrolled in a preschool program
  • Your child turns 4 years by August 31, 2020 (born between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016)
  • Your child has health concerns or special needs
  • Your family qualifies for financial assistance
  • English is your child’s second language

More Information for 2020-2021 Application:

 Due to Covid- 19 and school closures we are no longer doing 2019-2020 Enrollment

NC Pre-K Reopening Statement 2020-2021

Is your child too young for Pre-K?

Fill out one of our interest sheets and we will contact you when your child is the correct age. (English) (Spanish)

Provider Participation

If you are a provider and want to participate as a NC Pre-K/Durham PreK provider here are the 2020-2022 application materials:


Questions? Please contact:

Melissa Radice Peguero – 919-403-6960 ext. 219 or melissa@dpfc.net
NC Pre-K Program Specialist, Durham’s Partnership for Children
Bilingüe en Inglés/Español

For more information about financial assistance for Child Care, contact Child Care Services Association at 919-403-6950 or visit www.childcareservices.org, 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 2020-21 meeting schedule for Durham’s School Readiness/NC Pre-K Committee.

Please click here to join 2020-21 NC Pre-K School Readiness meeting via Zoom Thursday, July 30, 2020, 10 am-12n.

Call-in Option:

Meeting ID: 856 4166 7719
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Have you heard about the Durham PreK?

Durham PreK is an enhancement element to Pre-K services in Durham County. This is a county funded program to ensure all 4-year-old children in Durham County have access to high-quality pre-k and we at the Partnership are excited to work so closely with DPK! For more information visit durhamprek.org.