Children First is a non-profit preschool where parents and teachers cooperate to provide care and education of uncompromising quality for young children.

The Wonder of Learning is Coming to Durham!

“The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children” will be in Durham January – May 2017.  The exhibition recounts experiences from infant-toddler centers, preschools and primary schools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The new exhibition is intended as “a democratic piazza calling international attention to the importance of education and schools as places for discussion and mutual exchange: a piazza for dialogue about our qualities and our limits, about what we are now and what we could become.”

The exhibition speaks to all those involved in schooling – teachers, administrators, psychologists, families, children – and to all members of the general public who believe that education is of fundamental importance for society.

In March 2017, Children First will be a tour site for the professional development Institute associated with the exhibit.

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Calendar

2016-2017 Children First Calendar

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Friday October 28 2016

Friday Educator Open Houses at Children First

Informal visitation and information sessions for early childhood professionals.

Children First teachers will present a brief overview of the Children First philosophy and curriculum, then be available for one on one consultation. Both the indoor and outdoor classrooms will be set up for exploration of materials, and you may take photographs if you like. Children’s portfolios will be available for study. Participants who pre-register are encouraged to share their questions and interests so we can better prepare for their visit.

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October 29, 2016

Admissions Open House

Next Open House for Prospective Families is October 29, 2016 9am to 12pm. Come explore our environment, browse portfolios, eat some snacks, and meet Children First teachers and parents. Children welcome!

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Children First in the Media


Exchange

Children First is featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Exchange, a journal supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft thriving environments for children and adults. See the article “A Graduation Story” by Donna King.

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Exchange

Children First was featured in the November 2012 issue of Exchange, a journal supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft thriving environments for children and adults. See the article “Helping Children and Families Develop a Sense of Belonging” by Donna King.

Or see a longer version of the article that includes more examples from the classroom, and more words from Children First parents and kids:  A Sense of Belonging.

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NAEYC

Children First is also featured in a recent edition of NAEYC’s journal for practitioners, “Teaching Young Children.”

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Lens on Outdoor Learning

Children First is proud to be one of the early childhood programs featured in a wonderful book by Ginny Sullivan and Wendy Banning called Lens on Outdoor Learning.

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