Benson Memorial UMC

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN PREP

ABOUT OUR PRESCHOOL

Overview

The Benson Memorial United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten Preparation Program has been serving children and families in Raleigh, NC, for over 50 years. We offer a school-year program, a summer program, a parent-led playgroup, and drop-in care for childrens ages 1 through 7. Our preschool staff are committed to providing an effective program which takes into account and provides for the emotional and educational needs of young children. We make every effort to enhance each child’s self-knowledge, self-esteem, and inner discipline. Our preschool is a safe and secure environment where children are encouraged to be social, independent, and creative.

 

Winner of the 2021 WRAL Voters' Choice Award

Among thousands of nominees, our very own Benson Memorial UMC Preschool won the WRAL Voters' Choice Award for Best Preschool! Congratulations to our Preschool Team who provides an excellent educational experience to the children enrolled, and thank you to all the voters who made this recognition possible.

 

Shannon Luxford, Director of Preschool

Our Director, Shannon Luxford, has been with the preschool since 2000. Shannon earned her BS in Child Development from Meredith College. Her varied experiences in the field of early childhood include positions serving students with a wide variety of needs. Shannon lives in Cary. Her sons attended the preschool.

Hours Open and Contact Information

Hours: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Phone: 919-781-3310

Email: preschooldirector@bensonmemorialumc.org

Facebook: /BensonMemorialUMCPreschoolRaleighNC27612


We also offer tours by appointment. Please contact us to schedule a time for your family to come and tour the
campus.

Annual Preschool Registration is Open!

2024-2025 Registration Forms Available Here

January 10: in-house registration forms due.

January 17: general public registration forms due.

January 24: confirmation of registration

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WHAT WE TEACH

We practice a child-centered, emergent curriculum, providing intentional, meaningful learning experiences, with a strong focus on literacy. Our curriculum addresses the following developmental domains: social/emotional development, physical development, cognitive development, language development, and communication skills.

 

We use Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies for Guiding Their Success to determine age-appropriate goals and objectives for our students. This publication provides early learning standards and expectations for developmentally appropriate practice. Foundations is a guide for teachers, administrators, families, or any adult working with preschool children in North Carolina.

 

We incorporate strategies from Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline into our curriculum. Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social/emotional curriculum. Our staff members received ongoing Conscious Discipline training.

 

Many of our teachers have also been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, which they skillfully integrate  into our curriculum. Handwriting Without Tears is a developmentally-based handwriting program. Our program offers students the ideal foundation for kindergarten and the Letterland phonics program offered by the WCPSS.

ENROLL YOUR CHILD

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

Our 2024 school year runs from Wednesday, January 3,  through Friday, May 17, 2024. Though our calendar may share some similarities, we do not follow the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) calendar. We switch over to a summer schedule June through August, and our fall semester begins in September. Here are the dates of our 2024-2025 school calendar:

 

2024

 

January
December 21- January 2 Winter Break

15-16 Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

 

February
19-20 Holiday: Presidents Days

 

March
25-29 Spring Break

 

May
17 Last day of school (campus closes at noon)

 

Late August

Meet the Teachers - you will receive an email with your date and time.

 

September
4 First day of school for T/TH students & M-F students
5 First day of school for M/W, M/W/F

 

November
11 Holiday: Veterans' Day
27-29 Holiday: Thanksgiving

 

December
23- January 3 Winter Break

 

2025

 

January

20-21 Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

 

February
17
Holiday: Presidents' Days

 

March
31-April 7
 Spring Break

 

April

18 Good Friday

 

May
21
Last day of school (campus closes at noon)

 

 

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 We would love to talk to you about our program!

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