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We are located on Dorthea Dix campus near the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and South Street. Take the Lake Wheeler road exit from I-40 heading towards downtown. You will pass the Farmers Market/Centennial Parkway on the left. Once you cross over the railroad tracks you will notice a fence on the left, that begins the Dix campus area. You will turn left onto Umstead Drive. Make the next left at the red NCSU Child Care sign. We have an off white building with light green roof.

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Miss Juanita provides consistent and loving care for the toddlers. Her voice carries across the room and they listen when she has something important to tell them. It has been a joy working with her while Miss April was on maternity leave. We will miss you!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Teacher Spotlight

Just a few of our gold stars of the day.


Name: Nicole

I Teach: Toddlers

Teaching Since: 2010

I love teaching children because: I love watching my Toddlers grow and develop and learn new things each day in my care. I love to be such a big part of their lives and form such wonderful relationships with them.

Favorite Children's Book: “Stellaluna” and “Love you Forever"

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Learning at Home

Thank You Cards

You Will Need:

Paper or cards, pens, paper or old magazines to make collages, etc.

Directions:

Explain to your child why thank you cards are important and have him participate as much as possible in making and sending them. He can glue paper on the front of the card, draw a picture, or make a few scribbles. It's the thought and the effort that are important Say things like, “We need to send Grandma a card to thank her for your birthday present”; “What do you want to tell her about it?”; “What do you enjoy/like about the present?”; “Can you draw a picture of yourself playing with the present?”; “How did you feel when you opened the package?”; “What can you say that will make her feel happy?” If your child is older, he may want to make his own cards, either on the computer or with construction paper.

Tip:

Model behavior you want to see from your child -- let him see you writing thank you cards, too..


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