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!

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You may sideline few elements when selecting something for yourself but when it comes to selecting anything for your kids, you take no chances. Even trivial.

If you are looking for a Montessori preschool there is a new one in Apex.  It is in the Lowes Foods shopping center at 55 HWY and Apex Peakway.

I don’t know anything about it yet but thought I would mention it here.  If you have had any experience with it, please let us know.

 

Thanks!

If you are looking for a Montessori preschool there is a new one in Apex.  It is in the Lowes Foods shopping center at 55 HWY and Apex Peakway.

I don’t know anything about it yet but thought I would mention it here.  If you have had any experience with it, please let us know.

 

Thanks!

For parents of children exhibiting symptoms of autism, looking for, and finding appropriate therapy and school options is a top priority to help their child progress and develop as normally as possible. The findings of different studies regarding early and intensive intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders are not conclusive as to whether autistic children truly benefit and progress more the earlier they start undergoing therapy. However, no studies have shown that early intervention hinders the development of autistic children in any way, and it truly has helped others.

The logical course of action for parents of children with autism is to enroll their child in a special autism preschool to give them the opportunity to participate in specialized, structured activities and receive therapy in a controlled, yet social setting. Autism preschools typically offer small class sizes of no more than 6 to 8 children, allowing teachers and therapists to give each child the individual attention he or she needs.

Autism preschool focuses on addressing the widely differing needs and abilities of children with autism. The autism spectrum is broad and individual children within the autism spectrum have vastly different challenges and progress at different paces. A typical autism preschool offers activities designed to encourage speech development, cognition, literacy, motor and social skills.

The life of a child with autism, and the challenges faced by the families of those children can be very near normal, or extremely difficult. A specialized autism preschool can not only help children learn to deal with their challenges, but it can help teach parents and siblings to cope and feel in control of their lives as well.

ASPENCENTER.NET (http://aspencenter.net/) – Raleigh Autism preschool focuses on addressing the widely differing needs and abilities of children with autism. Ryan Coisson is a freelance writer.

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These days many parents enroll their children in preschool programs and/or daycare centers. The main reason is because most households are now “two-income families” and both the parents are working during the day. So families must use caring, trained, professional people to help care for their children while they are gone.

Knowing this, some women wonder how to start a daycare and how they can profit from this growing trend. They also are looking for insight on how to start their business and how to get parents to enroll their children.

If a child is under six weeks old, they are too young to typically be put into daycare. However if a child is two years old or under, the parents will need to decide between taking them to a private caregiver or taking them to a childcare facility. If they fall between the ages of 2 and 6, parents can usually choose between a daycare center and a preschool. As you learn how to start a daycare you will notice that typically daycares will accept babies as young as six weeks all the way up to five years old.

Many private businesses or religious groups look into how to start a daycare and run the centers according to their own ideals and principles. In addition, many daycares are state run while others are run by the local community, a local church or employer. There are many daycares and preschools that are run in public centers or others that are privately owned. Typically most daycares open early in the morning and stay open until late in the evening, some even offer overnight or weekend hours.

After doing a bit of research on how to start a daycare, it’s a great idea to compare that with starting a preschool. One of the main differences between daycares and preschools is that a preschool is an educational setting versus daycare being mostly child care. Also preschools follow a prescribed curriculum designed to prepare the child for a good successful beginning in kindergarten. These programs are sometimes referred to as early childhood education or programs and are geared for two to six year old children. And many times daycare is less structured with little curriculum used.

Also another distinct difference between the two is that with a daycare you will be watching children from the ages of six weeks and up. The difficult part about having such a wide variety of ages is that every age group needs special equipment and has unique developmental needs to consider. Also each group requires a certain amount of childcare workers at all times. If you do not budget right, costs like rent, the budget for your staff and equipment can eat up any potential profit very fast.

Starting a preschool really is a better option if you don’t want to watch children under 3 years old, want a structured curriculum for the children to follow or don’t want to work 12 hours a day. If you’ve considered how to start a daycare it might be worth checking out the preschool option!

Joy Anderson decided that starting a preschool in her home made much better sense than daycare. She now makes a full-time income teaching preschool. She spends most of her day with her family instead of working all day in a daycare.

If you’ve looked into how to start a daycare, you MUST come and see why preschools are MUCH better!

Come visit Joy today at www.startapreschool.com

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For parents of children exhibiting symptoms of autism, looking for, and finding appropriate therapy and school options is a top priority to help their child progress and develop as normally as possible. The findings of different studies regarding early and intensive intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders are not conclusive as to whether autistic children truly benefit and progress more the earlier they start undergoing therapy. However, no studies have shown that early intervention hinders the development of autistic children in any way, and it truly has helped others.

The logical course of action for parents of children with autism is to enroll their child in a special autism pres-school to give them the opportunity to participate in specialized, structured activities and receive therapy in a controlled, yet social setting. Autism preschools typically offer small class sizes of no more than 6 to 8 children, allowing teachers and therapists to give each child the individual attention he or she needs.

Autism preschool focuses on addressing the widely differing needs and abilities of children with autism. The autism spectrum is broad and individual children within the autism spectrum have vastly different challenges and progress at different paces. A typical autism preschool offers activities designed to encourage speech development, cognition, literacy, motor and social skills.

The life of a child with autism, and the challenges faced by the families of those children can be very near normal, or extremely difficult. A specialized autism preschool can not only help children learn to deal with their challenges, but it can help teach parents and siblings to cope and feel in control of their lives as well.

ASPENCENTER.NET (http://aspencenter.net/) – Raleigh Autism preschool focuses on addressing the widely differing needs and abilities of children with autism. Ryan Coisson is a freelance writer.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ryan_Coisson

If you are a parent you only want the best for your child, right? Well, following are the licensing requirements and ratings that day-cares, childcare centers, in home day cares, and preschools are required to have to be able to operate.

You can check out the North Carolina Division of Child Development.  There you can search a database of schools to see how they rate according to the state licensing.

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Programs That Are Regulated By The Division of Child Development
If your provider is caring for more than two children who aren’t related and they provide care for more than four hours a day, they probably should be licensed. In general, there are two types of programs regulated by the state, family child care homes and child care centers.

  • Family child care home
    A smaller program offered in the provider’s residence where three to five preschool children are in care. They may also provide care for three school age children
  • Child care center
    A larger program providing care for three or more children, but not in a residential setting. The number of children in care is based upon the size of individual classrooms and having sufficient staff, equipment and materials.

    Line Image Overview Line Image
    Programs That Are Regulated By The Division of Child Development
    If your provider is caring for more than two children who aren’t related and they provide care for more than four hours a day, they probably should be licensed. In general, there are two types of programs regulated by the state, family child care homes and child care centers.

    • Family child care home
      A smaller program offered in the provider’s residence where three to five preschool children are in care. They may also provide care for three school age children
    • Child care center
      A larger program providing care for three or more children, but not in a residential setting. The number of children in care is based upon the size of individual classrooms and having sufficient staff, equipment and materials.

    Programs That Are Exempt From Regulation
    Listed below are those instances where a program does not have to be regulated by the Division:

    • Recreational programs operated for less than four consecutive months in a year (e.g. summer camps)
    • Specialized activities or instruction such as athletics, dance, art, music lessons, horseback riding, gymnastics, or organized clubs for children, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H groups, or boys and girls clubs
    • Drop-in or short-term care provided while parents participate in activities that are not employment related, and where the parents are on the premises or otherwise easily accessible, such as drop-in or short-term care provided in health spas, bowling alleys, shopping malls, resort hotels, or churches
    • Public schools
    • Nonpublic schools that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and that operate a child care facility for less than six and one-half hours per day
    • Vacation Bible schools
    • Centers and homes located on federal property over which the federal government has control (military based and the Cherokee Indian reservation)
    • Cooperative arrangements among parents to provide care for their own children as a convenience rather than for employment
    • Any child care program or arrangement consisting of two or more separate components, each of which operates for four hours or less per day with different children attending each component

    Regulations For Child Care
    All child care programs are required to meet child care requirements. Child care requirements ensure that programs are meeting the minimum standards for care in North Carolina.  Programs must maintain a compliance history of 75% for the past 18 months or the length of time the facility has operated. Some of the child care licensing requirements that are checked in a program’s compliance history are:

    • Supervision of children
    • Condition of equipment and materials
    • Discipline practices
    • Child/staff ratios
    • Sanitation practices
    • Staff education and training development

    In addition, centers are required to meet sanitation, building and fire codes as required by other state agencies. The Star Rated License System recognizes facilities for their voluntary efforts to exceed these minimum standards.

    When you enroll your child in a program, you should receive a summary of the requirements from the provider. You can also print (legal size paper required) the summary from this web site. If you are interested in viewing more details about child care requirements, click on the complete text of the North Carolina Child Care Requirements.

When I was in middle school my Mom took care of a couple of preschool-age children  for extra money.  I am pretty sure my Mom was never licensed or voluntarily listed on some registry for being able to do that in our home.  Maybe there wasn’t even a law regarding that back then because I know if you have less than 5 children in your home you do not have to be licensed.  However, in North Carolina if you are taking care of just 2 or more children for at least 4 hours a day you may need to have a license.  Now, I know many Moms that are doing just that but I doubt they actually have a license.   I am sure they are safely taking care of these children, however, you never know when something bad can happen.

Friends of ours had their children in a home day care for years.  This person was licensed and insured.  Unfortunately, she had an infant die in her care.  The inspection process revealed she had one more child than was allowed in her home that day and although I’m sure she was safely taking care of the children she could now end up in jail.  This is a horrible tragedy that no one ever wants to have occur.

When looking for in home child care I would make sure that the person you are leaving your child with has been licensed if necessary or voluntarily registered, etc. Even if this person comes with high recommendations from friends I would have a background check done.  You can never be too safe.

Here is a great video on how to find a preschool: