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Help a mom: Cary preschools

Posted March 10, 2010
Updated May 31, 2010

I get emails from readers with questions on a pretty regular basis. And I'm happy to help.

But this reader stumped me. She's looking for a full-day preschool for her son in Cary.

Here's what she wrote:

We have a four-year-old that is in need of an all day pre-K school to bring him up to speed for kindergarten or first grade ...

Can you help?


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  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Mar 14, 2010

    I wanted to add that if your reader's child is special needs and wanted to attend White Plains, he could do so through the county's special ed pre-k program, but there is an extensive waiting list for special needs kids to get into this program (as those slots are contracted out by the county and at no cost to the parent).

    If her child is developmentally typical, she'd be able to enroll him on her own, provided space was available. For developmentally typical children, the parent is responsible for tuition.

    I can't say enough good about the program at White Plains. The teachers are warm and loving, the staff is knowledgeable and caring, and the chef....she's outstanding!

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Mar 14, 2010

    White Plains is a church-based all day pre-school but they don't teach Christian lessons in their classes. I'm not sure if they have classes that contain 100% developmentally typical children, but my son attended an inclusive class there his second year of pre-k. The class was 15 students in size, and was comprised of half 'typical' students, half students with some form of developmental issue such as mild learning disabilities, high functioning autism, etc.

    It was a wonderful class for all the kids, not just the developmentally delayed kids, and because the DD kids were minor cases, the lessons taught were not sub-standard (ie: my son, although on the autism spectrum, was reading, writing, etc on par with expectations for kids his age, and transitioned into a typical kindergarten class, where he also performed on par at grade-level expectations)

    Just wanted to say, don't let the fact that the classes are inclusive run you off. It's a great program for all kids.

  • Piety Mar 11, 2010

    Homeschool him. There is no pre-k program or kindergarten program that will bring him up to speed. I am a witness. My son was reading before Kindergarten and I taught him. He went to public school and was too advance for it. I homeschool now.

  • shall6 Mar 11, 2010

    You guys are great! Thank you for these preschool recommendations! Keep them coming!


  • laurapaton Mar 10, 2010

    Chesterbrook Academy
    130 Towne Village Drive
    Cary, NC 27513-8908
    (919) 319-9622

  • babbleon Mar 10, 2010

    I love my preschool, which is on the Raleigh/Cary line. Happy Face Preschool, 5010 Fort Sumter Road - just off 440 at the Jones Franklin exit. NC 5 star, NCAE accredited, reasonably priced, lots of parental involvement. The ethnic diversity was just a bonus.

    And I will NEVER forget walking in to pick up my sick son one day and seeing his teacher holding him just like I would. They care.

  • Nikka Mar 10, 2010

    How about spending time with your child and tutoring it?

  • nothankyou Mar 10, 2010

    St. Pauls Episcopal chirch has a great Transitional Kindergarden program. It longer than preschool hours (which is 3.5) I think it runs like a school day.

  • cynth221 Mar 10, 2010

    White Plains Childrens' Center serves children 1-5 full day. It is a wonderful place - there are two preK classes, not sure if they are full or not. It is located (but not afffiliated with White Plains United Methodist Church on Maynard between Walnut and Kildaire Farm Rds.

  • karmstr9 Mar 10, 2010

    I know of a great recommendation. Landmark Christian Academy. It is located at 9011 Chapel Hill Road in Cary ( across from Lowe's Home Improvement). They offer a full-time K4 class that would be a great way to prepare him for K5. If you have any questions, stop by the office and they would be glad to show you around. Their phone number is 460-8007. The ratio is right now is one teacher to 6 students. He would get some great one-on one time if needed.

    Kim Armstrong