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Best Preschools
in Raleigh
2020

Why These Preschools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Raleigh Preschools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Beth Meyer Preschool

Beth Meyer Preschool in Raleigh is part of a conservative Jewish synagogue and has been providing early childhood education since 1989. The school's philosophy is to nurture children by focusing on their intellectual, creative, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual development. Programs are available for children aged 12 months through junior kindergarten. Special emphasis is placed on fostering students' sense of independence, cooperation, and self-esteem.

Bridges & Beyond Preschool

Bridges & Beyond Preschool is a Wake Forest school featuring an intimate setting with low teacher-to-student ratios. Teachers and staff believe that children learn best through play and exploration, and provide ample opportunities to enhance learning through both activities. Children of ages two through five are accepted for programs twice a week, three times a week, and five days a week. Transitional kindergarten for four and five-year-olds is also available Monday through Friday. Tuition is priced based on program selection and number of days per week.

Wake Forest, NC 27587

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Discovery Child Development Center

Discovery Child Development Center is a project-based preschool in Morrisville accepting children of two years of age and up. The school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. Children are seen as active learners with individual interests that should be explored and nurtured. Teaching is done through projects selected by the students themselves, thereby giving them ownership of their own learning. Programs offered include language arts, math, science and social studies, music and movement, art, Spanish, and technology. Parents can schedule school tours online.

Morrisville, NC 27560

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Durant Road Preschool

Durant Road Preschool in Raleigh is a five-star rated center serving children six weeks through five years old. The school was founded on the beliefs that children learn and grow at different rates, that play is a useful tool to teach children, and that children must learn to understand and respect a range of cultural and racial backgrounds. There are no registration fees and tuition is due every Monday.

Family Preschool

Family Preschool is a "cooperative, play-based, half-day preschool" in Durham accepting children of ages one through four. The preschool is non-profit and non-sectarian and is located on the campus of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The school was founded in 1970 and is governed by a board of directors made up of parents. The school is also a parent-run cooperative, so families are actively involved in contributing their time, skills, and expertise to make sure students learn and thrive. Monthly tuition is priced according to age, and there is also an annual enrollment fee. Limited scholarships are available for families who demonstrate financial need.

Hillel Preschool

Hillel Preschool offers a "five-star Jewish education" in Raleigh, focusing on creating an engaging environment to help children develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills. The school's main philosophy is "self-expression in a group format," where students' individuality and unique personalities are nurtured. Each classroom features two accredited teachers who design curricula to cater to each student's developmental pace. The school also places a special emphasis on Jewish culture and religion, teaching children about the Torah, and Israel. Hebrew is introduced through song, simple conversation, and games. The admissions process includes application forms, a school visit, an application review performed by the school, and final notification.

Hope Valley Preschool

Hope Valley Preschool in Durham accepts children aged six weeks through five years old. The school is a member of the Duke Child Care Partnership and strives to create an environment where learning takes place through discovery and exploration. Classrooms are suited to students' level of development with age-appropriate expectations. Programs offered include the Active Learning Series, the Creative Curriculum, and the Infant-Toddler Planning Guide. Preschoolers engage in activities such as exploring animals and plants, journal writing, creating and reading simple graphs, learning number names, counting, and the scientific method of inquiry through experiments and observation.

Kids R Kids Learning Academy

Kids R Kids Learning Academy is a locally owned and operated Durham preschool where children are "hugged first and then taught." The school is fully accredited and has won educational awards. Owner and operator Lynn Rasmussen founded the school with the goal of providing a "safe, nurturing, and academically-advanced preschool to the hard-working parents" in the Durham area and surrounding communities. The school is housed in a 17,000 square foot facility with 11 classroom suites, a large gymnasium, a resource room, four play areas, and a cafeteria. Children are accepted beginning at six weeks and through 12 years of age.

Primary Beginnings

With a staff holding over 30 years of combined experience, Primary Beginnings is a preschool serving the Raleigh, North Carolina, metro area. It offers programs to children ranging from infancy to fifth grade. After school programs are available in conjunction with tutoring services, as well as a summer camp program. Outside of strictly academic work, Primary beginnings offers extracurricular activities designed to increase physical and mental capabilities, as well as the child's social skills.

4001 Spring Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC 27616

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Safe Haven Learning Center

Safe Haven Learning Center in Raleigh was founded in 2009 and has since become a five-star rated learning center accepting children from ages three through five. The school's core curriculum features talking, singing, and playing with language, meaningful play, reading aloud, storytelling, writing, and learning to conduct long-term studies. Teachers encourage students to "learn about the world around them" through classroom lessons, field trips to planetariums and art and science museums, and weekly visits to the Cameron Village Library for a story circle.

Raleigh, NC 27607

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Time to Shine Preschool

Time to Shine Preschool is a half-day academic preschool in Cary, founded in 2011 with the goal of instilling a love of learning in students through a "challenging curriculum, fun activities, and plenty of praise." The school features small class sizes and an eight-to-one student to teacher ratio. Students of ages three and up are accepted. Tuition is due every month and is based on number of days per week. There is also a registration fee and tuition is not prorated for partial months, including school breaks and vacations.

Cary, NC 27511

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Triangle Academy Preschool

Triangle Academy Preschool in Cary strives to offer a "unique, child-centered, academically enriched program in a safe, nurturing environment." Teachers and staff place special emphasis on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of each student. The school was founded in 1999, accepts children aged two through five, and has a maximum enrollment of 150 students at any given time. A range of programs includes half-day options for two, three, and four-year-olds, transitional kindergarten, full day programs for students whose parents work full-time, before school care as early as 7:30 am, and summer camps during the months of June, July, and August.

Triangle Montessori Academy

Triangle Montessori Academy is a Cary preschool emphasizing art, mathematics, practical life, Spanish, yoga, mediation, and music. The private, year-round school was founded in 2008 and accepts children from 18 months old up to six years old. The school is a member of the American Montessori Society and all teachers are AMS-certified. Students at the school are exposed to Montessori-style teaching approaches, including individual learning according to each child's style and pace, multi-age classrooms that allow children to advance when they are ready, and a nurturing of students' natural curiosity.

Wake Forest Montessori

Wake Forest Montessori is an academically-focused Wake Forest preschool adhering to the principles of imagination, inquiry, invention, implementation, and initiative. The school features a student-directed education system and prepares students for transition into elementary school. The Montessori method emphasizes an approach whereby children's natural interests are nurtured through sensorial exploration of the world. Limited scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available for low-income families.

Wake Forest, NC 27587

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