Overview of School Programs
The Lucy Daniels Center is home to a vibrant community of teachers and their students, ages 2 – 6, who are enrolled in one of our three early childhood education programs. In the 2013-14 school year, we will begin our exciting expansion into elementary school with the addition of a combined 1st and 2nd grade classroom. Learn more about the Lucy Daniels School, which will go from preschool through 5th grade by 2015-16, here.
We currently offer preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten services through two eleven-month, part-day programs, the Child Enrichment Program and the Early Intervention Program. In keeping with our mission of helping children live emotionally healthy lives, each program serves a distinct group of children who may benefit from our expertise in education and early childhood social and emotional development.
- The Childhood Enrichment Program (CEP) serves children ages 2 – 5 who will benefit from just “a little extra help” with their social development in order to be successful in school (please note: in 2013-14, the program will offer only Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes and will eventually be phased out). Our experienced early childhood educators offer the supportive and nurturing school environment children need to grow beyond challenges such as excessive shyness, resistance to separating from parents, difficulty making friends, and challenges in transitioning or adjusting to routines. Enhanced parent support provides families with additional strategies for helping their children adjust to school routines and more successful interaction with peers. The CEP will be discontinued after the 2012-13 school year.
- The Early Intervention Program (EIP) serves children ages 3 – 6 whose emotional development is at-risk and who need a more concentrated focus on their social and emotional development. The EIP offers intensive individualized help for children and their parents. Working in our preschool and kindergarten classrooms, highly trained educators and mental health professionals oversee a comprehensive therapeutic program that addresses each family’s strengths and needs, enabling children and parents to develop deeper communication and relationships as the basis of positive change in emotions and behavior. Partnerships with parents grow out of daily parent-teacher discussions and weekly guidance sessions with a parent therapist. The EIP will become part of the new Lucy Daniels School, serving children ages 3-2nd grade in 2013-14 and through 5th grade by 2015-16.
Staff members are happy to assist parents who may have questions about which of our programs is best-suited to meet their child’s needs. For more information about any of these programs, or to schedule a one-on-one meeting at the Center, please call 919.677.1400.
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