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Early School

Welcome to the Early School, the preschool and kindergarten division of Lucy Daniels School.

Our Early School offers a unique, intensive, classroom-based therapeutic program for children ages three to six who are experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties at home or in school.

In-classroom interventions are individually tailored to each child’s social and emotional needs within a group setting and are guided by communication between parents and teachers, parents and their parent therapist, and our team of early childhood professionals. Special attention is paid to helping each child:

  • comfortably separate from parents
  • develop independence and autonomy
  • communicate thoughts, ideas, and feelings effectively
  • play with peers and maintain meaningful friendships
  • collaborate and participate in a group

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Our Preschool Program

Our preschool classroom consists of two therapeutic teachers and an average class size of six to eight children.

The therapeutic aspects of the preschool program include helping each child develop and strengthen his/her internal (emotional) capacities to be able to comfortably and successfully join a group setting.

Sample Preschool Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 Arrival/Free choice
9:30 – 10:00 Outside/Playground
10:00 – 10:20 Snack time
10:20 – 10:30 Morning meeting
10:30 – 11:40 Free choice (learning centers and free-play)
11:40 – 12:00 Story time and departure

In addition to their daily schedule, our preschoolers sing and make music with our music teacher and participate in art projects with their teachers and guest artists. The preschoolers also use our outdoor garden and greenhouse.

Our Kindergarten Program

Our full-day kindergarten program builds on the therapeutic work of the preschool program, with an additional emphasis on serving as a transitional year between the preschool and elementary years.

The kindergarten classroom consists of two therapeutic teachers and an average class size of six to eight children. In addition to their focus on helping children develop and strengthen their capacities to be members of a group, teachers pay special attention to nurturing their students’ academic and social development.

Here is a typical day in our kindergarten classroom:


8:30 – 9:00        Writing

9:00 – 9:15        Morning Meeting  (Music on Fridays: 9:00-9:30)

9:15 – 9:50        Math

9:50 – 10:00      Snack

10:00 – 10:30    Playground

10:30 – 10:45    Quiet Reading

10:45 – 11:20    Language/Phonics

11:20 – 11:40     Lunch

11:40 – 12:00    Science/Social Studies


12:00 – 12:30    Free Choice (centers, free-play, small group work)

12:30 – 1:00      Quiet Activity (books, puzzles, games)

1:00 – 1:20        Snack

1:20 – 1:50        Playground

1:50 – 2:20        Art

2:20 – 2:40        Story

2:40 – 2:45        Pack-up

2:45 – 3:00       Dismissal

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Meet Our Early School Director

Jennifer Reid, MA

Early School Director and In-School Therapeutic Services Coordinator, Lucy Daniels School Reid earned a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University. She has been teaching and working with children since 2000. She joined the Lucy Daniels School in 2005 and has taught in their therapeutic preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school classrooms. She currently serves as a mentor for therapeutic teachers and coordinates the clinical and school services provided at the Lucy Daniels School therapeutic day school. Ms. Reid is also a part of the Lucy Daniels Center’s outreach program: she leads professional development workshops for teachers in the community; she observes children in early childhood settings throughout the Triangle and provides feedback and guidance to teachers to help support their students’ social and emotional development; and she writes articles for parents in publications such as Carolina Parent. Her areas of interest include therapeutic teaching and using a psycho-dynamic understanding of development to help children reach their highest potential as learners and members of a group.

Email Jennifer Reid, our Early School director, or call her at (919) 677-1400, ext. 143, to learn more or set up an appointment to visit. We look forward to talking with you about your child and exploring whether Lucy Daniels Center Early School is the right solution for your child and family.

We look forward to discussing our innovative programs and specialized Early School programs with you.

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