EARLY LEARNING

Research has shown children who attend preschool programs, quality childcare or early learning programs aren’t just learning socialization skills or becoming more familiar with numbers and words:  they’re setting the stage for both academic and life success.  The younger your child is exposed to the thrill of learning and discovery, the more curious and engaged they will be throughout their lives.

In Transylvania County, you can find preschool and early education opportunities through these Get Set Transylvania partners:

The Family Place of Transylvania County

The Family Place offers family resources and prepares fun, educational activities for parents and children, ages 0-12, with a special emphasis on 0-6 year-old children.  The organization provides drop-in playgroups for parents/caregivers and their children, frequent local field trips. Their Circle of Parents groups offer a great way to build community with other families.  The Family Place also offers parenting classes, a Family Learning Garden, English as a second language classes,  and community playgroups, a mobile resource for parents/caregivers and their children, ages 0-6 years.  The Family Place is primarily funded through grants and donations, resulting in no cost to participating families for its programs.

Community Playgroups  – A mobile resource unit for families

Community Playgroups are a brand new mobile resource program coming to the community through a collaboration between El Centro and The Family Place and funded by United Way.  The playgroups are designed with several goals in mind:  child development, early intervention, school readiness, and/or parental support and education.

The facilitated playgroups will go throughout the county to predetermined locations, some rural some within the city, one site per day each week.  Facilitators will assist parents and children in developmentally appropriate activities.  They will provide information on community resources, give support and the opportunity to build relationships with other parents/caregivers and their children.   For more information contact Melissa Pearl at mpcommunityplaygroups@gmail.com

Mountain Sun Community School

Mountain Sun provides Montessori and outdoor education for children ages 3 through middle school.

New Adventure Learning Center

New Adventure provides childcare for children 12 months to 5 years of age and participates in the NC Pre-K program.

Pisgah Collective

Pisgah Collective provides outdoor inspired early childhood education, a morning preschool program, after-school programs and special events.

Smart Start of Transylvania County

Smart Start of Transylvania County is aligned with the North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start) a nationally recognized, award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. This organization focuses on Early Educator development, early literacy, resource lending library and child care health consultation and is Transylvania County’s Administrator for NC Pre-K. NC Pre-K is North Carolina’s high quality Pre-K for four year old children.

Transylvania County Library

The Transylvania County Library offers a variety of programs for all ages including early literacy storytimes, early learning activity boxes, bookmobile, meeting/study rooms, public Wi-Fi, public computers, print and digital books, music, movies, magazines and more.

Transylvania County Schools

Transylvania County Schools provides a wide range of services and programs, including preschool educational services, developmental day services, exceptional children’s services, NC PreK programming, private pay preschool, voucher/subsidy preschool, and Project Child Find.

Western Carolina Community Action

WCCA provides Early Head Start, Head Start and NC Pre-K programs, plus Mobile Meals, Lunch Plus, Self Sufficiency and Liquid Nutrition.