Children First

Address: 1211 Carroll Street • Durham, NC 27707

Phone Number: 919.489.6837

Children First Turns 16 and Builds a Library

In 2006, on the occasion of our 16th Birthday, we threw a fundraising party that helped us build our library! Learn more…

Block Party

The “Block Party” we hosted in April 2013 was initially imagined as a simple fundraiser for outdoor blocks and evolved into a community process that highlighted the importance of the learning environment and celebrated the capabilities of children. Learn more…

In Remembrance: Judy Byck

We want to let you in on a wonderful opportunity!

In memory of our dear friend and Children First Mom Judy Byck, we are selling this fabulous new Limited First Edition book: “Things You Can Do if Your Friend is Hurt or Sad.”  Learn more…

In Remembrance: Maureen Soper

When founding Children First parent Maureen Soper died in April 2017, her family designated Children First as a recipient of donations in her honor.  Learn more…

Annual Fund

Children First is a unique early care and education program for children, and a unique community for children, families and their teachers.  We commit to putting “children first” here everyday, a commitment we express through our words, our practice, and also our decisions about financing this organization. Care and education of uncompromising quality costs a lot – significantly more than we raise through tuition and fees alone.

If you would like to contribute to our Annual Fund, we would welcome your help! Because we are a non-profit (501(c)(3)) corporation, your contributions are completely tax-deductible. And because we are such a small community, every person who participates makes a big difference.

An Aspiration: The Children First Scholarship Fund

When we allow ourselves to dream, we image opening our doors to children regardless of their family’s ability to pay the full cost of tuition. If you share that dream and have ideas or resources to help us make it happen, we would love to hear from you.