Lucy Daniels Center (LDC) announces an eight-week program beginning in January 2016 called First Friends Social Skills Program. This is for children ages 3-6 who are encountering challenges making friends or who are having difficulty being successful in social settings. 

Children will meet twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m.) at Lucy Daniels Center. The eight-week session will be led by teachers experienced in Lucy Daniels Center's renowned methods for helping children grow in their social abilities. Children will engage in a variety of activities including cooperative play and creative group activities. Parents will also participate in some of the sessions and receive regular support and feedback from LDC staff. 

Why First Friends? 

"First Friends was created specifically for the child who is having difficulty with separation, feeling anxious about making friends or struggling with peer relationships."  (First Friends teacher) 

"Becoming a successful school child is dependent in part upon a child's capacity to join and be a member of a group. The environment we provide is one in which children participate in a range of social experiences, from play to group activities, with an emphasis on the social and emotional strength and skills necessary for being a member of a classroom." (Jennifer Reid, Early School Director, Lucy Daniels Center) 

Sample Class Schedule

2-2:45 p.m.- Arrival and "child's choice" activity
2:50 p.m. - Clean up and transition to group time
3 p.m. - Activity based group time, which will include story time, circle time and outdoor play. (On occasions there may be a teacher-led activity such as an art project or building project). 
3:25 p.m. - Closing time
3:30 p.m. - Dismissal 

Contact Information 

The cost for the eight-week session is $250. To register or for more information, call 919-677-1400. Space is limited.