Early School

Serving children in preschool and kindergarten.

Preschool-aged girl playing with toy in classroom

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

Our Early School Program

Our Early School classroom consists of two therapeutic teachers and an average class size of six to eight children. The therapeutic aspects of the Early School program include helping each child develop and strengthen their internal (emotional) capacities to be able to comfortably and successfully join a group setting, with a focus on healthy attachment and separation.

Sample Early School Schedule

9:00 – 9:15 Arrival/Free choice
9:15 – 9:30 Circle time/morning meeting
9:30 – 10:00 Stations/free choice plan
10:00 – 10:20 Snack time
10:20 – 10:40 Outdoor play
10:40 – 11:45 Centers and stations
11:45 – 12:15 Group activities (art, music, gardening)
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:00 Wrap-up and good-bye circle

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.

Preschool aged girl with backpack and mask at the entrance of classroom


We’d love to answer your questions! Please contact our Director of Education, Jennifer Reid (919-677-1400, ext. 143), or fill out the application form below to set up an appointment! We will be in contact with you to set up a phone or in-person meeting. Please allow up to 48 hours for us to contact you to set up an appointment. Thank you!