First Friends Social Skills Program

Building meaningful connections for children ages three to six.

Two elementary school aged girls smiling together

First Friends is a small group program for children ages 3 – 5 who are encountering emotional challenges in social settings. Lucy Daniels Center is the Triangle area expert on social and emotional development of young children. For 33 years we have developed proven methods to help young children achieve their fullest potential.

The group meets weekly for eight weeks. Children will engage in a variety of activities, including cooperative play and creative group activities. Parents will also participate in some of the sessions and receive regular support and feedback from staff, including an eight-week course in Circle of Security Parenting.

Fee: $650. Fee includes 8 group setting sessions and 8 parent course sessions.

Spring Dates: April 3 – May 22, 2024 (last day to join is Wednesday, April 17th)
Circle of Security Parenting dates: May 1 – June 19, 2024

For a courtesy consultation and to learn more about how we help, contact Jennifer Reid at or by calling 919.677.1400.


Areas of Focus

  • 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
Two boys playing together outside

Sample Schedule

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Arrival and open choice play
2:20 pm: Clean-up and transition to group time
2:30 pm: Activity-based group time, which may include story time, circle time, and outdoor play
2:50 pm: Closing time (goodbye circle)
3:00 pm: Dismissal