Hello! Welcome to Preschools Raleigh. If you are here it is likely because you typed in a search for “preschools Raleigh“…or “Raleigh preschools“. I figured if I named that my site you would be sure to find me on the web. And you are here so it worked!
I am a Mom of two young children and if you are anything like me when you started searching for a preschool, it was very frustrating figuring out how to even start. Am I right? Of course the easiest way was to get referrals from friends, but when you called up those places did you find out there was a two year waiting list? I know that is what happened to me and it was extremely frustrating!
And no, I am not a preschool or daycare owner, I am just your average consumer that was frustrated trying to get my 2 year old into preschool when I first moved to the Raleigh area.
I wasn’t looking for a child academy, I didn’t have the money for that, I wasn’t looking for a super structured preschool with rigid rules, I was just looking for a regular old preschool that didn’t cost a fortune that I could get my daughter into now…not 2 years from now…!lol
Apparently, that was hard to come by, it took months of searching before I even success.
I decided after I started out on my epic quest to find the right childcare or preschool I would create a website for others just like me. A place where they could go to get all the information needed to find the best child care centers. And also a place where they could check out ratings of the Raleigh preschools in the area.
The Raleigh area is a fast-growing area so I know a resource like this is not only handy but needed!
At some point my goal is to have schools contact me to be listed here so that once I’ve done the proper background check on the school, they can be listed on this website and only if they pass all my requirements. I will make sure that they are ranked by the NC Division of Child Development where they use a star rating system to make it easier for parents to understand. Only the best will end up being listed here!
The local magazine Carolina Parent also puts out an excellent resource guide annually on all preschools and child care centers in Wake County which is a great resource.
I also created this site for those of us who are transplants to Raleigh North Carolina that are looking for a child development center, a Raleigh preschool, or a daycare in the area where you live that you can send your young child to.
If your experience was anything like mine I know that this site will come in handy.
You see, when I first moved from the west coast to the Raleigh area I had a two year old who I desperately needed to get into preschool (if you know what I mean…LOL). I looked in the yellow pages for local preschools and started going in to visit them. I had major sticker shock! Now, coming from California where you pay top dollar for everything I was surprised to find out that preschools were way more expensive here in the south where I was told everything was much cheaper: apparently not the case.
After moving expenses and everything else we did not have the kind of money for a private preschool. I then got referrals from neighbors to churches in the area. I found out their prices were very reasonable so I called up. 2 year waiting list for most of them…I was getting discouraged. I contacted the YMCA, again same thing, 2 year waiting list.
Well, after 6 months of an exhausting search I finally found a reasonably priced preschool/drop-off center in Apex. They had just recently opened so guess what that meant? Yep, no 2 year waiting list: I was thrilled to say the least!
I feel that no parent should have to go through what I did to be able to find childcare for their little ones. Why should it be so difficult? It shouldn’t!
So, this site was created for local Raleigh area parents to come to to find a wealth of resources and a listing of reputable preschools in the area.
I hope to be able to recommend at least two reputable schools by the time my research is complete.
I am so glad you are here!