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Now Enrolling for Spring 2017!

Begins April 24. To apply, please call 919.677.1400 and we will assist you in the process.

“There can be many reasons for a child’s difficulties in the area of their social development, specifically with joining peers in play and collaboration. In addition to providing children with a positive group experience, one of the goals of First Friends is to understand the various reasons a child is struggling socially so that he or she can be helped in a way that is personal and meaningful.”

Jennifer Reid, Early School Director and First Friends Coordinator/Teacher

First Friends is a social skills development program for children ages 3 to 6 who would benefit from additional support and understanding in the area of their social development.

Some of the areas of focus include:

  • Helping those who are shy or nervous around teachers and/or peers.
  • Developing flexibility in social interactions, including playing cooperatively and sharing.
  • Supporting the development of communication skills.
  • Recognizing and respecting boundaries, personal space, and the feelings of others.

First Friends meets Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 4 pm for eight weeks.In addition to the group sessions, First Friends teachers maintain regular contact with parents to share their emerging understanding of each child’s experience in a group setting. An optional observation in the child’s school or daycare is also offered free of charge.

Sample Schedule

2:30   Arrival and play activities
3:20   Clean-up and transition to group time
3:30   Activity-based group time, which will include story time, circle time, outdoor play, or a group project.
3:55   Closing time
4:00   Dismissal

Fee: $250 for eight weeks/16 sessions.