Durham PreK provides high quality educational experiences for all Durham four-year-olds, in order to enhance their kindergarten readiness. Children served by Durham PreK typically attend a full school day (6-1/2 hours), full school year program (10 months) and may be served in classrooms in the public schools, licensed child care centers or Head Start programs.  Families at or above 400% FPL may have a sliding fee scale, depending upon which program your child is assigned.
This PreK application allows you to apply for all publicly funded PreK programs available for children who live in Durham and are 4 years old* on or before August 31st of the current school year.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to submit documentation to establish your child's eligibility to participate in Durham PreK. This includes:
  • Proof of Child's Age - Required to determine program eligibility (birth certificate)
  • Proof of Durham County Residence - Required to determine program eligibility
  • Proof of Monthly Household Income – Includes all sources of income beyond employment
  • Additional documents may be required by individual programs, such as
    • Durham’s Partnership for Children/NC Pre-K requires Declaration of child’s citizenship (this does NOT affect eligibility)
    • Durham Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten Program requires a Developmental Screening
    • Head Start requires Annual Income (i.e. Tax form)
* If your child is under the age of 4 and ineligible for PreK, please contact CCSA at 1-855-327-5933 for assistance finding other programs that meet your family’s situation and needs.
For more details, visit

Mail: 1201 S. Briggs Ave., #200, Durham, 27703
Fax: (919) 403-6959
Phone: (833) 773-5338
To begin an application for a child, please click the button below.
You cannot save your application responses once you have started. Please be prepared for an approximately 20-30 minute process.

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