My daughter attended the LDC from ages three to five. She just finished her first semester of college. She met many other children there that she still maintians relationships with today. I credit the LDC for my daughter's incredible capacity to make and keep friends. She has tremendous interpersonal skills which I believe she developed while at the Center. She had the opportunity to be exposed to many different children and because of that she has a deep caring capacity. Many times her teachers would remark that she would always be the first one to invite the new kid to play or to make sure eveyone one was included. By the time she graduated high school she knew at least one friend from every high school in Wake County. I am convinced that because of her exposure to the incredible teachers, staff and other wonderful kids at the LDC she developed this skill. I am now a LDC Board member some sixteen years later.
My daughter started at the LDC this year and it has been a positive experience for her as well as myself. I tried another preschool last year and my daughter did not take too well to the environment. The LDC was the perfect fit for her this year! She is very sensitive emotionally and the teachers and staff helped her work through her emotions. The phase in program was a wonderful way to help my daughter ease in to going to preschool without mom. No tears for either of us! I highly recommend the Lucy Daniels Center not only for the phase in program but also teaching our little ones academics as well as emotional security!
This will be our family's 5th year at the school, and we've been thrilled. It's a NAEYC Accredited, 5 star licensed nationally awarded progrm. You may have heard of them in Carolina Parent's column or quoted in national parenting magazines. This year they're offering classes for 2-5 year olds developing within the typical range or who have mild delays that would allow them to participate in an inclusive classroom setting. They also offer an Early Intervention Program for kids needing support in social/ emotional areas.
As a parent, I was struck by several things that make this program different from others. First, it's an 11 month, half-day preschool. For us, this has provided a consistency that made going back to school after break easier. It's a secular program with a good mix of students from a variety of backgrounds. They also have smaller than required classes. The most important thing for us was the phase-in program, which allows you to slowly transition your child in at the beginning of the year by staying increasingly shorter periods until the child is comfortable staying on their own. For kids like mine who are incredibly attached and have a difficult time with separation, this is a wonderful thing in making them feel safe and secure. They also don't require that a child be potty-trained by a certain deadline, but work with the parents on the child's schedule. They've been great in helping our child deal with the changes that come with a new sibling. You can tell they really care about the kids. They call to let you know that the child is missed when they are out sick, and even offered to let my child talk to his friends on speaker phone when he'd been out a week sick. I can't say enough great things about them, and I strongly encourage those of you looking for a preschool to consider them.
My daughter attended the Center's Child Enrichment Program (model pre-school) classes from 2006-2009. As a preschooler, she was hesitant and unsure of herself and yet deeply sensitive, both to her own feelings and those of others. Her teachers nurtured her growing understanding of others’ emotional cues, helping her make sense of interactions with her classmates and feel more confident in her responses to conflict, so that she emerged, as a 5-year old, prepared to face the social dynamics of a kindergarten classroom—and the world beyond. I was amazed by her growth. The teachers at the Center are of the highest caliber, well-trained and uniquely attuned to the emotional lives of the children in their classroom, not just their outward behaviors. The Lucy Daniels Center is an exceptional place, and I recommend it without reservation.
This was the first place that understood my son and made him feel comfortable. They helped him tremendously.