I am in the Duke program right now and I thought I could help...I have a 2 month old son and just got him into daycare with the help of a great Duke website: http://www.hr.duke.edu/child-family/care.html
. I got him into the Children's Campus (look especially at the child care partnership on this site, it's got lots of good places in a variety of locations around Durham/CH).
As far as books, scrubs
, supplies...I didn't have a damn thing before orientation and I did fine. I don't know exactly what info they'll give you at orientation, but I imagine it'll be booklists, lists of supplies to get, and where to find scrubs. A great scrubs place around here is called Uniform House on North Duke Street as well as Uniform Junction on Garrett Road. And of course there are TONS of online sellers. The thing they told us was that we had to wear tops and bottoms that match and white shoes (I wear nearly all-white Nikes with pink swooshes and stripes). We wear patterned tops with matching bottoms, too. I don't know if they will change the regulations for you guys, though, so I wouldn't buy anything until they tell you what the dress code is in orientation. If there's anything else I can help you with, definitely email me! Hope I've helped!