Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 36 childcare Early Education by GeorGie rhein The quality of education and focus on children is one of the top reasons families relocate to the small suburb communities lying outside of Raleigh's city limits. Business Week Magazine ranked Clayton in Johnston County within the US Top Ten Cities in afordability for families to live and educate their children, and the surrounding towns of Holly Springs, Apex and Garner have also earned good rankings. As the Raleigh economy spreads toward South Wake and Johnston Counties, so do families moving into the area seeking a reasonable commute to work. This growth has doubled the size of small towns like Fuquay-Varina where thirty percent of the census population is under eighteen. Due to the many young families with children, there are over thirty childcare resources in the Fuquay-Varina area. The services range from church-based childcare to four elementary schools managed by Wake County Public Schools. Families can choose to use local childcare services in Johnston County near their home, or structure a plan in adjoining Wake County, which may be closer to their work. For daycare centers, the primary concern is a safe environment for your child. For preschool, parents should expect everything outlined by a daycare center in addition to an education and developmental plan that can include music, art and ftness. The local public school system is often matched by church pre-schools and private schools who provide an alternative for working parents needing support with extended hours and tailored childcare plans to address special dietary or emotional needs. The corporate standards and multiple locations make schools like Primrose a leader in pre-K education. As owner of the Primrose School at West Lake and Holly Grove, Rhonda Blades oversees both private preschools that are well-located near freeways and city corridors. "Our degreed and professional teachers understand the development requirements for young children to succeed in the future. Primrose students make an easy transition from our accredited curriculum which often exceeds the public as well as private school standards." A close neighbor to two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school, Primrose School at West Lake provides a level of high quality education for area youngsters living in Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, southern Cary, and Johnston County. The spacious school campus has ten private classrooms for infants through kindergarten with state-of-the- art wireless technology complementing the school curriculum. Outdoors, the school has fve separate, secure age-appropriate playgrounds that accommodate each stage of children's early development with equipment specifcally designed to help them build motor skills. Built in Holly Springs and serving Johnston County, the Primrose School at Holly Grove serves children from infants through Kindergarten, and accepts students into their Private Kindergarten program who are fve years old by December. After school, Track-out, and summer camp programs are ofered to children aged fve to ten years old. When asked about the Primrose advanced accreditation, Rhonda explains, "Our curriculum and schools are accredited by AdvancED®. This organization is recognized internationally as the gold standard in education. Primrose Schools' honored to receive the prestigious Excellence in Education Award from this organization for our innovation in the early childhood education feld." As evidence, the Primrose School at West Lake and Holly grove have been recognized by parents in the Southern Wake community as "Best Preschool" in the Triangle for the past several years and continues to receive awards for its outstanding programs. The education department, led by Dr. Gloria Julius, provides a consistent and developmentally appropriate curriculum, so teachers can focus on implementation and connecting with the children. Most preschools rely heavily on teachers, who are often short on time and resources, to create their own developmentally appropriate curriculum. Students graduating from Primrose consistently score above average on standardized school readiness assessments due in large part to the consistency and foundation provided by their Balanced Learning™ curriculum. >> guiding, developing, caring

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