Five Pre-K Classrooms Selected in Durham PreK Expansion

Durham County Government and Child Care Services Association expand access to five high-quality preschool classrooms in Durham with Durham PreK.

Chapel Hill, N.C., March 5, 2019: Durham PreK has selected five new classrooms to join its program this year expanding access to high-quality 4-year-old classrooms in Durham. 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., and two classrooms at White Rock Child Development at 3400 Fayetteville St.

“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.”

In 2018, the Durham County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an additional $2.16 million to Durham PreK’s 2018-19 budget to expand the program. The county enlisted Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to manage the funds and help with the expansion in a two-year contract from August 2018 through July 2020.

“We are so pleased to see this expansion of these critical enrichment services for our four year olds. We absolutely believe this is one of the smartest investments we can make in Durham’s future,” said Wendy Jacobs, the Chair of the Durham County BOCC.

Applications to join the program this year were competitive with nineteen classrooms applying. Each candidate completed a written application that was scored by a review team of early education professionals who are not involved with Durham PreK. From those applications nine potential classrooms were chosen for an in-person visit and assessment.

Cheryl Brown, owner of Brown’s Daycare, said, “I’m excited to be one of the inaugural sites. This is a great collaboration for our community. Durham is moving in the right direction in helping children have a strong foundation for a wonderful and bright future. Our entire community will benefit from this collaboration for years to come. It is a great investment for Durham.”

The program has a goal of providing quality and accessible care to all 4 year olds in Durham County by 2023. Applications for the 2019-20 school year were sent out last week and are due on March 22 by noon. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit www.childcareservices.org/durham-prek/.

About Child Care Services Association:

Founded in 1974, Child Care Services Association’s mission is to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all young children and their families. CCSA provides free referral services to families seeking child care, technical assistance to child care businesses and educational scholarships and salary supplements to child care professionals through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® and Child Care WAGE$® Programs. Through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center, CCSA licenses its successful programs to states across the country and provides consultation to others addressing child care concerns. For more information, visit www.childcareservices.org.

About Durham PreK:

Durham PreK is committed to improving the quality of preschool programs by providing financial support, training opportunities for teachers and increasing eligibility for families to enroll their child. The program began in 2018 with the Durham County Government committing to equitable access to high-quality preschool for all children in Durham. Investments will not only increase the number of publicly funded pre-K slots, but also broaden eligibility and work with teachers and private centers to build their quality through teacher and director education, mentoring and coaching. The County has entered a two-year contract with Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to manage the expansion of Durham PreK. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have established a Governance Committee chaired by the Durham County manager’s office to approve Durham PreK standards and policies. For more information, visit https://www.childcareservices.org/durham-prek/.

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