Durham PreK Governance Committee
The Durham PreK Governance Committee serves to provide vision and direction to the Durham County preschool expansion effort. In June 2018, Durham County Commissioners voted to support and fund the creation of a system designed to expand opportunities for all 4-year-old children in Durham to attend high-quality early learning programs. Durham PreK focuses on providing families access to preschool programs meeting the highest standards for early learning. The Governance Committee is involved in advising and approving plans, strategies, standards and policies for Durham PreK. Content-specific advisory committees with wider membership/participation support particular focus areas requiring more intensive engagement and input. The intent of the Governance Committee and its advisory committees is to establish an inclusive, community-driven initiative that will enhance public will and engagement and strengthen the resulting system of preschool services developed through the initiative.
The Durham PreK program is governed by the NC Child Care Rules, the NC open meetings law, the NC public records law, the NC State Board of Education Policy (Educator Licensure and Teacher Evaluation), the NC Pre-K Program Requirements & Guidance Manual, the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development and the NC Pre-K Program Fiscal and Contracts Manual, and the Durham PreK Program Requirements. These documents may be downloaded from the Division of Child Development and Early Education website and the Durham PreK website. Meetings will be livestreamed for public viewing on YouTube. Please check below for the link at the start of each scheduled meeting.
Governance Committee Member Portal
Governance Committee members can find all meeting materials, the zoom link, and supporting documents.
Early Childhood Program Director, Durham Technical Community College
Dr. Wykeshia Glass
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Human Sciences at North Carolina Central University
Director of Head Start for Families and Communities Rising, Inc.
Durham Public Schools Foundation Director of Community Schools and School Transformation
MPA, Parent Representative
Owner of Kate’s Korner Educational Services LLC
Dr. Deborah Pitman
Durham Public Schools
CEO, Durham's Children Initiative
Chief of the Duke Division of Community Health, Community & Family Medicine Department;
Co-Director of Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement;
and Leadership Faculty for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program
Board Chair, Child Care Services Association
Durham County Manager
Executive Director, Equity Before Birth
Director of Yates Baptist Child Development Center
Owner and Director of A New Beginning I, II, III and IV
Dr. Iheoma Iruka
Former Chair, June 2019 – November 2023
Research Professor of Public Policy at UNC - Chapel Hill; Fellow and Early Childhood Health and Racial Equity Program Director, FPG
Executive Director, Book Harvest
President, Durham Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Linda Chappel
Senior Vice President of CCSA
Director, Durham County Cooperative Extension
Dr. Danielle Johnson
Executive Director of Durham’s Partnership for Children
Dr. Kristi Snuggs
President of CCSA
Director of Durham PreK
Non-Voting Resource Members
Child Care Services Association, Senior Director of Quality Enhancement Initiatives for Early Learning
Child Care Services Association, Director of Data and Provider Relations
Child Care Services Association, Sr. Manager, Durham PreK
Durham's Partnership for Children, Director of Programs
Governance Meeting Agendas and Notes
All agendas, approved notes, and recordings (when available) for the Durham PreK Governance Committee Meetings will be posted below by date.