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Welcome to Early Childhood!

Our youngest students are nurtured through developmentally appropriate projects, play time, and pro-social behavior. We believe that children learn through active engagement in their environment with the support and encouragement of dedicated and passionate teachers. We know that every child's learning style is unique, and as educators, it is our responsibility to understand children's strengths and challenges to help them grow. Using purposeful and meaningful play, we build on natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. 

With unsurpassed resources and facilities, expert teachers who model lifelong learning and a dedication to developing the character, ethics, and academic foundations, there is no better place than Greensboro Day School to discover the joy of learning!

Emilee B. Transou, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Department Chair

Learn More About Early Childhood

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  • Early Childhood Classrooms

    All Early Childhood classrooms operate Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in Bitty Bengals and Junior Kindergarten have the option of after-school care until 6 p.m.

    Bengal Tots (2-year olds)
    Children must be 2 years old by the first day of school, steady on their feet, and capable of expressing their wants/needs. Please note that early morning drop-off and/or after school care is not available for Bengal Tots. 

    Bitty Bengals (3-4-year olds)
    Bitty Bengals are traditionally 2 years out from Kindergarten and must be 3 years old and fully potty-trained prior to the first day of school. 

    Junior Kindergarten (4-5-year olds)
    Junior Kindergarten students are typically one year out from starting Kindergarten. 
  • Investing in the Early Years

    Who benefits from early childhood education?

    We all do.

    Studies show that high-quality early childhood education not only improves a child’s overall health development, but it also prepares them to be life-long learners and positive contributors to society. Young children have a natural curiosity that needs to be nurtured and embraced during these formative years. Improved attention span, self-help skills, empathy, and self-regulation are just a few benefits seen in children who spend time in high-quality programs.

    According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, parents who invest in a superior early child program see an average ROI of $9 for every dollar spent.

    2021-2022 Tuition for the Early Childhood Program:

    Bengal Tots: $10,610

    Bitty Bengals: $10,380

    Junior Kindergarten: $11,265
    It is important to note that Financial Assistance is NOT available for our Early Childhood Program. 
  • Beyond the Early Years

    The Early Childhood years are memorable for parents and students alike! GDS considers each child's unique gifts as we work in partnership with families to create an unsurpassed educational path for the future. 

    Current Early Childhood families interested in Kindergarten for the following year will begin the Admission process in the fall. Please learn more about the Application Process here.

    It is important to note that financial assistance is not available for our Early Childhood students. For families moving from Early Childhood into Kindergarten, there is a very limited amount of aid available. If you plan to apply for financial aid for the Kindergarten year, please understand that aid may not be available at the level you request. Should you anticipate needing financial aid for Kindergarten and beyond, please contact Vivian Wilder (336) 288-8590 or vivianwilder@greensboroday.org) during the first trimester of enrollment to determine whether or not a level of aid may be forthcoming. 

    Please note that acceptance to the Early Childhood Program does not guarantee space or acceptance in Kindergarten.

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