Finding and Paying For Child Care

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While this site does not point to specific child care or preschool programs, there are programs that maintain a current directory and can provide support finding the best child care options for any family (see CCSA Child Care Referral Central). In addition, Durham programs that provide free or subsidized child care for eligible families are listed below.

Provides resources and referrals to help make finding childcare easy and convenient for families.
Who is Eligible:

Any family with children 0 to 12-years-old

Where are services offered?

Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties

Cost: 

Free
Services are available in the following language(s): English, Spanish, Uses translation service for other languages
How to initiate or access services:

Call a referral specialist at 855-327-5933, email referral@childcareservices.org, or visit childcareservices.org/families

Provides vouchers for eligible Durham families to help cover the costs of childcare.
Who is Eligible:

Low-income families with children between ages 0-12 who need childcare, meet income guidelines, live in Durham County, and are employed or in school; there are additional priority groups that may be eligible; contact us for more information

Where are services offered?

Durham County

Cost: 

Free

There is no application fee. If the parent qualifies for services, they will have a parent fee that is paid to the childcare provider. The parent fee is ten percent of the family’s earned income (wages).

Services are available in the following language(s): English, Spanish, Uses translation service for other languages
How to initiate or access services:

Call 919-560-8300 or email dsschildcarewaitlist@dconc.gov

Learn More:

dconc.gov

 

Free, comprehensive program for low-income and other eligible families of children prenatally through age 3; offers home visiting or high-quality center-based childcare; operated by Durham's Partnership for Children.
Who is Eligible:

Low-income expectant women and families with newborns and children up to age 3; foster children, homeless children and children from families receiving public assistance as well as children with documented disabilities may be eligible regardless of income

Where are services offered?

Services are provided at home or various childcare centers in Durham

Cost: 

Free
Services are available in the following language(s): English, Spanish
How to initiate or access services:

Visit the links below, submit your application online in English or Spanish, or call 919-403-6960 for assistance.

Learn More:

Durham Early Head Start: dpfc.net/our-work/durham-early-head-start

Durham Early Head Start Home-based Program: ccfhnc.org/durham-early-head-start-home-based-program/

High quality, free or affordable pre-K in a variety of settings around the county for all Durham 4-year-olds, giving children the skills they need to be ready for kindergarten and beyond.
Who is Eligible:

Any child that is a resident of Durham County, regardless of income, that turns 4 by August 31 of their applying year

Where are services offered?

Visit durhamprek.org/families/site-locations for a full list of school pre-K sites, hours, and locations.

Cost: 

Free

Pre-k is free for any child whose family makes below 400% of the federal poverty level (for example, a family of 4 with an income below $119,999) and offers a sliding scale fee for all others. Visit durhamprek.org/dpk-sliding-scale for further details

Services are available in the following language(s): English, Spanish, Uses translation service for other languages
How to initiate or access services:

Call 1-833-773-5338 to speak with our Bilingual PreK Information Desk or visit the enrollment page at durhamprek.org/dpk-application.

Application appointments are available in English and Spanish (other languages available by request).

Learn More:

durhamprek.org

Free child development (child care) and comprehensive family support program for low-income children ages 6 weeks- 5 years; multiple locations around Durham
Who is Eligible:

Children starting at 6-weeks-old to 5-years-old who meet income eligibility as determined by Federal Poverty Guidelines

Where are services offered?

Please visit fcrinc.org to view all of the FCR Head Start & Early Head Start locations in Durham and Orange Counties.

Cost: 

Free
Services are available in the following language(s): English, Spanish
How to initiate or access services:

Call 919-688-5541 x 240 or visit fcrinc.org to fill out the application in English or Spanish.

Guidance for child care or recreational programs on how to best to support and include children with developmental disabilities.
Who is Eligible:

Parents of children with developmental disabilities, childcare organizations and providers serving children ages 3-18.

Where are services offered?

Free consultation and training services are available in Wake and Durham Counties. Fee-for-service training options are available both in-person and virtually at any location. Webinars are also available on the Community Partnerships, Inc. website at communitypartnerships.org

Cost: 

Free
Services are available in the following language(s): English, Spanish, Uses translation service for other languages
How to initiate or access services:

Contact Jenna Tarleton at 919-630-3178 or jtarleton@communitypartnerships.org to get started.

Partners in Inclusion will access an interpreter for families who speak languages other English and Spanish.

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