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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 Kisha has been a pleasure to work with. She is patient and easy going. She is passionate about toddlers and does an amazing job taking care of them. She continues to teach them social skills and manners, and her consistency is always appreciated by the parents!"

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

Painting the House

You Will Need:

Old paint brush, bucket of water

Directions:

Ask your child to use the paint brush and water to “paint” the house, fence, or sidewalk. The water may change the color of the surface they’re painting, which will give them results.

Tip:

This is a great activity for a hot day – as the water dries, you and your child can watch the “paint” evaporate. Talk with your child as you paint – say things like, “Where did the paint go?”; “Try it in the shade and see if it disappears as quickly.” ; “What is different about the shady area?”; “Feel the brick, is it hot or cold?”


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