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The Weekday Preschool hours are 9:15 am-12:15 pm, except for the Transition Class (which releases at 12:45 pm).  The main objective of First Baptist Weekday Preschool is to provide loving and enriching experiences for your child.  Through these experiences, your child will grow in the areas of self-confidence, problem-solving, self-control, and becoming more independent and accepting responsibility.  In designing and implementing our program, we use lots of “hands-on” experiences.  Preschoolers learn best through firsthand experiences, social interaction, repetition, relationships, and play.

During our school day, each child will have the opportunity to work by himself/herself at individual tasks, play in small groups, and participate in large group activities such as music, movement, and circle time.  Our music teacher provides each class with 20 minutes of music each preschool day.  All classes except 2s attend chapel once a week for a Bible story taught by the director.  All 4-year-old classes receive computer instruction at least once a month while the Transition class has a computer in the classroom.  We provide a morning snack of water, crackers, and cookies.  We do not serve lunch; however, the Transition Class brings their lunch daily.  LunchBunch is available twice a week for an extra fee of $6.  Lunchbunch lasts until 1:15 pm.

For those students that need to arrive early, we offer a Before Care Program that begins at 8:30 am. The fee is $5 per day if utilized on a monthly basis and prepaid. The fee is $8 if used as needed but the student is signed up in advance and prepaid. Day of emergency use is $10.

Each age level has a thematically based curriculum derived from the Lifeway’s Wee Learn program with age-appropriate topics for each month.  These activities are complemented by special guests who come to our preschool.

Directions to our preschool

Summer Camps 2015

Applications for  preschool summer camp (ages 3 – 5) are available now!  The dates and themes are listed below.  Each session will be one week long and cost $140.  The hours will be 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Each child must bring a lunch each day and a snack will be provided.  You do not have to be a current student of the preschool to attend.  Please contact Aliza Travis at atravis@caryfbc.org if you have any questions.  Click here for the application.

  • June 8-12, 2015, Charlotte’s Web
  • July 6 – 10, Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!
  • August 3 -7, Shoot To The Moon!

Registration Information

Please contact our Weekday Preschool Director, Aliza Travis, concerning current openings or waiting lists.  Registration for 2015 will be held on January 30, 2015 at 10:00 am for church members and alumni and at 11:00 for the public.  Tours will be given on January 21, 22, and 23 at 10:00 am.  No appointment is necessary however you may call for other appointment times.  You can print the application from the link below.  The Child History form is not needed until the year begins.  A record of current immunizations is required each year.
Printable Application, Child History Form

Classes, Fees, & Openings for 2015

The non-refundable registration fee for your first child is $100.  A $60 registration fee applies to each additional child in your family.

Class Age Requirement Monthly
Fee
Availability
1 day
18 month olds
Must by 1 year old by:
February 27, 2015
$105 4 boys
4 girls
1 day – Friday
Two year olds
Must by 2 years old by:
August 31, 2015
$105 2 boys
3 girls
2 day – M & W
Two year olds
Must be 2 years old by:
August 31, 2015
$155 0 boys
0 girls
2 day – Tu & Th
Two 1/2 year olds
Must be 2 years old by:
February 28, 2015
$155 1 boys
2 girls
2 day – Tu & Th
Three year olds
Must be 3 years old by:
August 31, 2015
 $180 1 boys
2 girls
3 day – M, W & F
Three year olds
Must be 3 years old by:
August 31, 2015
$180 2 boys
4 girls
3 day – M, W & F
Three 1/2 year olds
Must be 3 years old by:
February 28, 2015
$180 0 boys
1 girls
3 day – M, W & F
Four year olds (9:15-12:15)
Must be 4 years old by:
August 31, 2015
$180 3 boys
1 girls
3 day – M, W & F
Four year olds (9:15-12:45)
Must be 4 years old by:
August 31, 2015
$195 2 boys
1 girls
4 day – M thru Th
Four year olds
Must be 4 years old by:
August 31, 2015
$210 1 boys
1 girls
Transition Class (M-F)
Four/five year olds
Must be 5 years old by:
December 31, 2015
$250 0 boys
0 girls

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Aliza Travis

Aliza was born in Virginia and lived there all of her life before relocating to North Carolina in 1999. She attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a BA inBiology. She then attended the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating with a DPM degree. She practiced in Richmond, VA where she met and married her husband, Glenn. His job brought them to NC. Both of her children attended First Baptist Weekday Preschool and she joined the staff in 2001. She became the diretor in 2005. She loves helping to provide a nurturing environment where children can grow in every way while learning about the God that loves them and the gift that Jesus gave them.
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Trina Sydnor

Trina is a native of Johnson City, TN but has lived in Cary since 1992. She attended Carson-Newman College where she earned her B.A. in English and Communications. She worked as a writer and copy editor for several newspapers before having children. She and her husband, Tim, have 2 children and both children attended FBC Weekday Preschool. Trina has worked with children in a church setting since she was a teenager. She joined FBC Weekday Preschool as a lead teacher in the 4 day 4s in 2004 and became the assistant director in 2007. She loves getting to know and working with the families of FBC Weekday Preschool.
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Starla McKnight

Starla is originally from Georgia but relocated to North Carolina in 2009. She attended Darton State College and graduated in 2008 with an AAS in Business Administration. She is married and has 3 boys of her own. She has worked with children since high school through church, piano lessons, private tutoring and volunteering at summer camps with United Way. She began taking piano lessons at age 7 and has taught piano since 2009. Starla joined the preschool in 2012 as the Music Teacher. She loves seeing the light in a child’s eyes when they sing their favorite song.
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Haven Brownlee

Haven was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She grew up loving music and has sung in choirs all of her life. Haven has also enjoyed working with children in various church activities, helping them to have a personal relationship with Jesus. She has an associate’s degree in Business Administration and worked as a business manager in the apartment industry for over 25 years in South Carolina and Georgia. She lived in Atlanta for 23 years and moved to North Carolina with her husband’s job. She is married to Jerry Brownlee and they have 2 grown children. Haven began working at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 2013.
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Genie Hughes

Genie was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She earned her BA in elementary and special education from Marywood University. She taught both special and elementary children until relocating to North Carolina in 1995 with her family. She joined the staff at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 1996. In addition to working with children, Genie likes to garden, spend time with her family and grandsons, do all sorts of crafts, and go to the beach as well as travel to other places.
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Debbie Ritter (Also Assistant Teacher in MW2s)

Debbie has lived in Cary most of her life. She attended Wake Tech and earned an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science. She is married with 3 grown children and she also has 2 grandchildren. She worked as a TA at Farmington Woods for 7 years and has been at FBC Weekday Preschool since 2001. She enjoys sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting.
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Karen Hartrick (Also Assistant Teacher in 2 Day 3s)

Karen was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She and her husband, Tom, moved to Cary in 1992 where they raised their three children. Karen earned her BS degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University. She has been on staff at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 2004 and looks forward to each day she spends with the children.
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Carol Redus

Carol was born in Washington, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and Counseling. She and her husband, John, moved to North Carolina in 1996 and they have 3 children. Carol has been a teacher at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 2000. In addition to children, she enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking.
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Alison Belcher

Alison attended The University of North Carolina at Wilington and graduated with a degree in Education in 2004. She joined the staff of FBC Weekday Preschool in 2007 as a Transition assistant and then became the lead the following year. She currently works as an assistant in the 2 1/2s so that she can be at home with her two sons.
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Lisa Hickman

Lisa moved to Cary, NC in 1990 from Long Island, NY. She attended Suffolk Community College. She has been married to Dave Hickman since 1981 and they have four daughters and also one beautiful granddaughter. Three of her four children attended First Baptist Weekday Preschool and her granddaughter currently attends. Lisa has worked at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 1993.
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Kelly Paussa

Kelly is originally from New York but moved to Cary in 1989. She and her husband have 3 children who attended FBC Weekday Preschool. Kelly started working as a sub at the preschool but joined the staff in a permanent position as an an assistant with 3 year olds in 2004. She also enjoy teaching Jazzercise and going to her sons’ sporting events.
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Olivia Dominick

Olivia is originally from Garner, NC. She graduated from NCSU with a BS in Biological Science/Genetics and worked as a biologist for the National Institute of Environmental Health Science until her first child was born. She has been a stay at home mom since then. Both of her children attended First Baptist Weekday Preschool and she loved the environment. She accepted an assistant position in 2005. Olivia resides in Apex with her husband, Scott, and their two children. She also enjoys reading, bird-watching, and Jazzercise.
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Annie Perry

Annie grew up in the area and graduated from UNC-CH with a BA in Education. She taught for 10 years in Durham and Wake Counties but stopped when her children were born. She is married to Bill Perry and they have two teenage girls and one younger son. Annie has been working at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 2004 and she loves the “light bulb” moments as well as working with emerging readers. She also enjoys “yardening”, reading a good book, scrapbooking, and a good cup of coffee.
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Carol Tate

Carol attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She worked as a paralegal in Raleigh prior to having her children. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters. Carol is also the church librarian at FBC Cary. She enjoys reading, music, and travel.
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Jennifer Beck

Jennifer is originally from Hudson, Ohio but has lived in North Carolina for the past 19 years. She graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Business and worked in Human Resources before starting a family. She and her husband have 4 children. Jennifer starting working at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 2013.
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Sandy Duguid

Sandy grew up in an Air Force family that finally settled in Goldsboro, NC in 1974. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Meredith College. She has K-6 certification and K-12 reading certification. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades in Wake County for 15 ½ years. She also worked as a teaching assistant in a Special Needs Kingergarten in WCPSS for one year. She is married to Dave and has 3 sons. All three of them attended First Baptist Weekday Preschool where Sandy has worked from 2010-2012 and the rejoined in 2013. Sandy also enjoys the beach, scuba diving, walking, serving the community, and having a great cup of coffee with family and friends.
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Brooke Peterson

Brooke grew up in Central Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a BS in Crop Sciences. She is married to Andy and they have two children. Brooke and her family attend FUMC in Cary. Brooke joined the staff of First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 2013. In addition to working with children, Brooke loves to read and spend time with her family and friends.
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Jennifer King

Jennifer has a BA in Child Development with an emphasis on elementary education. She taught kindergarten and first grade at a private school in Northern California near where she lived for 33 years. She also has 10 years of experience teaching preschool at multiple age levels. She joined the staff at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 2010, began teaching the 4s in 2011 and moved to the Transition class in 2013. Jennifer has 2 sons that also attended FBC.

School Calendar 2015-2016

Follows Wake County Traditional Calendar

September 2 Meet the Teacher MW 2s, MWF 3s,
MWF 4s
September 3 (Wed) Meet the Teacher Friday 2s, TTh 2.5,
TTh 3s, 4 Day 4s
Transition
September 8 (Tue) 1st Day of School 2 ½ Year Olds T/Th,
Tue/Thur 3’s
4 Day 4’s
Transition
September 9 (Wed) 1st Day of School Mon/Wed 2’s,
Mon/Wed/Fri 3’s,
Mon/Wed/Fri 4’s
September 11 1st Day of School Friday 2s
September 23 Teacher Workday No Preschool
October 7, 8, 9 Donuts for Dad
October 26 Teacher Workday No Preschool
October 28 Let’s Pretend Parties MW 2s
October 29 Let’s Pretend Parties TTh 2 1/2s, TTh 3s,
M-Th 4s
October 30 Let’s Pretend Parties Friday 2s,
MWF 3s, MWF 4s
Transition
November 11 Veteran’s Day No Preschool
November 17 (evening) Thanksgiving Feast
November 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday No Preschool
December 15, 16 Christmas Programs Sanctuary
December 16 Christmas Party MW 2s
December 17 Christmas Parties TTH 2 1/2s, TTh 3s,
4 day 4s
December 18 Christmas Parties Friday 2s, MWF 3s,
MWF 4s,
Transition
December 21-January 1 Christmas Holiday No Preschool
January 4 School Resumes
January 11-22 In-house Registration
January 11 Kindergarten Readiness Christ the King
January 18 Holiday No Preschool
January 19 Teacher Workday No Preschool
January 25 Open Registration
Alumni/Church/Public
February 10 Valentine Parties MW 2s
February 11 Valentine Parties TTh 2 1/2s, TTh 3s,
M – Th 4s
February 12 Valentine Parties Friday 2s, MWF 3s,
MWF 4s,
Transition
February 22-26 International Week (4s)
March 18 Easter Party Friday 2s
March 22 Easter Parties TTH 2 1/2s,
TTh 3s
March 23 Easter Parties MW 2s, MWF 3s,
MWF 4s, 4 Day 4s,
Transition
March 24 Teacher Workday No Preschool
March 25 Holiday No Preschool
March 28-April 1 Spring Break No Preschool
April 25 Teacher Workday No Preschool
May 4 Mother’s Day Tea MW 2s
May 5 Mother’s Day Tea TTh 2 1/2s,TTh 3s,
4 Day 4s
May 6 Mother’s Day Tea Friday 2s, MWF 3s,
MWF 4s, Transition
May 25, 26 Spring Music Programs, Picnics Sanctuary
May 27 Last Day of School
May 31 Teacher Clean Up Day

Contact Us

Aliza Travis, Director
218 South Academy Street
Cary, NC 27511
Office: 919-415-1480
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