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DHS Children Participate in the "Give Kids a Smile Day"

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Recently, 120 DHS children were selected to have their annual dental check-up at the UNC School of Dentistry as part of the national "Give Kids a Smile Day," which is sponsored annually by the American Dental Association.  Nationally, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.
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Durham Head Start Celebrates Grand Opening

Grand Opening

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After months of transition and change under its new grant administrator, the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Durham Head Start has emerged stronger than ever and now stands better prepared to serve the educational needs of three and four-olds in Durham County.

To mark the culmination of this transition, Durham Head Start hosted the community to its grand opening ceremony on Friday, September 19, at its headquarters, located at 215 West Seminary Avenue in Durham.

“We are very appreciative of the warm welcome and goodwill that the Durham community has provided us,” said Durham Head Start Project Director Terry David. “Countless individuals and organizations have reached out to help us get our program up and running. We are especially indebted to Durham County Government, the Durham County Board of County Commissioners, Durham Public Schools, and the Durham Housing Authority for the facilities they have provided us at virtually no cost. This event is just our way of saying thank you.” 

Terry David was elected Executive Director of CHTOP, Inc., succeeding Mike Mathers who retired on July 1, 2018.

This year, the Durham Head Start program will serve 323 three and four year-old children and 160 infants and toddlers in its Early Head Start program at several locations throughout Durham.  

“We made a concerted effort to keep qualified staff, so many of the faces the community will see at our various locations will be quite familiar,” added David.  “We are off to a great start and we are looking forward to a very productive and successful year.”

Durham Head Start Changes Hands

The Office of Head Start announced on Friday, June 27, 2014 that the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. (CHTOP, Inc.) would assume administrative responsibilities for the Durham Head Start program on July 1, 2014.

“We hope to make the transition as smooth as possible,” said CHTOP Executive Director, Mike Mathers, ”for example all current employees will be given an opportunity to apply to continue their work with the Durham program as a CHTOP employee through a normal hiring process.”  He went on to say that eligible children currently enrolled in the program will automatically continue their participation.

The program’s current director, Mr. Terry David has been hired as the Interim Head Start Director under CHTOP and will help lead the program’s transition.

The Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project has been funded by Head Start since 1977 when it helped develop a training system for Head Start programs in the Southeast. In 1985, it initiated the Chapel Hill Carrboro Head Start program when it was still part of the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School System. After leaving the school system, the program initiated the Orange County Early Head Start program to serve  infants and toddlers  and added the Orange County Head Start program a few years later to serve three and four year olds.  In 2010, in collaboration with Durham’s Partnership for Children, the program helped launch the Durham County Early Head Start (DEHS) program and continues to operate the DEHS program as the delegate agency.

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Facilities include the program's main office (with seven classrooms) at 215 West Seminary in Durham. We are planning for classes to begin around September 22, 2014.


Who is eligible?

  • Families living in Durham County who meet income eligibility as determined by Federal Poverty Guidelines.See table below.
  • Children with documented disabilities may be eligible regardless of income.
  • Foster children and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) regardless of income.
  • To meet the enrollment criteria for the Durham Head Start program, families must meet the poverty guidelines that are established by the United Starts Department of Health and Human Services.
  • At time of application, families must present documentation to demonstrate that they are living at or below the guidelines listed below.

2019 Head Start Family Income Eligibility Guidelines (130% of the Federal guidelines for poverty):

Family Size Annual Family Income
2 21,983
3 27,729
4 33,475
5 39,221
6 44,967
7 50,713
8 56,459
For each additional family member add: $4,420

How Can I apply?

·        We are still in the process of accepting applications for the 2019 school year.  Please check back or email Brenda Carter at or by phone at 919-688-5541 ext. 240

Applications are available in English and Spanish:
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Applications must include:
1. Completed and signed application.
2. Proof of income or school for both legal guardians, if in the home (Examples are: Pay stubs for 1 month, most recent W-2 or 1040 Tax form, SSI or TANF documentation, Letter from Employer, Letter from School, School schedule), or a notarized Statement of No Income.
3. Proof of child’s age – something official with your child’s birth date on it (Birth Certificate or Passport, Medicaid Card, etc.)
4. Proof of Durham County Residency – a lease or bill or ID that show you live in Durham.
5. Special Services Paperwork – if your child receives any special services, documentation about that (sometimes called an IFSP).


Income eligible pregnant women and families with children age 0 through 2 and who reside in Durham County are advised to contact Early Head Start at 919-439-7107.

Our main office is located at 215 West Seminary St. Durham, NC 27701,

Annual Report for 2019

Health Screening

We just completed a Health Screening event in collaboration with the Durham Health Department. Click here to see photos of the event.

Job Openings

Almost all jobs have been filled but if you would like to be considered for jobs in the future, please send us your resume.