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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 58 childcare Childcare Choices by leslie moore-martinez As the Triangle region of North Carolina has developed in business and technology, so has the percentage of working parents. Compared to the national average, North Carolina has one of the highest rates of working parents with young children. It goes without saying that every parent wants to fnd the right childcare option for their child and their family. In the Triangle, there are well over 200,000 children spending their days in some type of childcare program (half day, full day daycare, preschool, track out camp or summer camp). Research is key when it comes to fnding the right ft. According to North Carolina state regulations, "childcare" can range from an in-home licensed program to a formal licensed preschool setting with degreed teachers and an accredited curriculum. Each licensed program will not only meet the required state childcare standards but will also hold a One through Five Star Rated License. Non-proft and/or church based programs are exempt from this process. The rating distinguishes an individual program's quality and standards (staf education, facility and programming standards and compliance history). The process for the star- rated license is a rigorous one and includes on site assessments, audits and evaluations. These ratings help parents navigate through the various local options available. To obtain more information about childcare options in the triangle visit www. In addition to holding a state childcare license and a star-rated licens, some centers may also choose to obtain an accreditation which will help diferentiate their program. In-home centers may choose to be accredited by the National Associated of Family Child Care (NAFCC) which requires the provider to complete a thorough self-assessment and receive a full assessment from a validator verifying the environment meets their set standards. A licensed center may choose an accreditation such as one from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which was designed to enhance the early childhood education experience. Primrose Schools ofers private preschools throughout the Triangle (including Apex, Cary, Durham, Holly Springs/Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville/RTP, Raleigh and Wake Forest) and opted for an academic accreditation to distinguish their learning environment and their curriculum. Primrose Schools was the frst Raleigh childcare organization to earn AdvancED Corporation Systems Accreditation based on the new standards for Quality Early Learning Schools, the highest-level academic accreditation a preschool can receive. This ensures each Primrose school meets standards specifc to early learning, development and care. Primrose accommodates families by ofering infant childcare up to private pre- kindergarten with some locations ofering Kindergarten as well as School Age (track-out and summer camp) options. Primrose Schools' Balanced Learning Curriculum blends academics, play and character development to instill a lifelong love of learning. Beyond the core academic subjects, Primrose's plans include enrichment programs in music, art, language and physical movement. "Keeping parents informed is the key to a trusted partnership. That is why we begin our partnership with a parent orientation", explains Leslie Moore-Martinez, Owner of Primrose School at The Park. "Having a specifc understanding of what to expect from each other helps us establish common goals for the beneft of the child. Our schools are not only academically accredited but also hold a Star rated licensed with numerous awards throughout the community". You can obtain more information about Primrose Schools by visiting their website: For families searching for budget friendly options, church-based programs are plentiful, typically ofering half day preschool options. YMCA or community Parks and Recreation programs ofer a full range of childcare options including traditional camps. The NC SEEK (subsidized early education for kids) program is available to eligible families. Annually, each county receives a combination of state and federal funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. If a family is accepted, the state pays a portion of their childcare costs. Visit the state childcare website, []

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