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Lakewood Preschool Cooperative

3115 Kalynne Street
Charlotte, NC 28208

(704) 391-0600


5 star nonprofit preschool located in Charlotte, North Carolina serving 3-5 year old children. Home visiting program called Parents as Teachers for families from conception to three years old.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The vision of Lakewood Preschool is for all children to enter school ready to learn- emotionally, cognitively, socially and physically and for families to be prepared to help their children achieve success in school and life.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We use a curriculum called Open the World of Learning and High Scope. These curriculums focus on all subjects by giving children opportunities to explore the classroom environment where centers are structured to introduce subjects and help children investigate through play.

From the Director:

We believe that all children can learn and the work of the teaching staff is to meet the child where he or she is and help them develop skills that will facilitate learning throughout the child's life. Parents are the child's first and most important teacher and are advocates for their children by becoming involved in thier child's education.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each teacher looks at the development of each child to provide customized plans to address learning of skills. If a child is excelling then challenging activities are introduced. If a child is struggling then the teacher , parents and volunteers work one on one to help the child be successful.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To prepare the children for successful entry and performance in the public school system;
To provide a forum in which families can receive the information, resources and opportunities necessary to find solutions to common problems;
To support the children and their families as they advance through the public school system.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

8:00-8:30 Morning gathering and breakfast
8:30-9:00 Morning Meeting and Circle time
9:00-10:00 Outside play and activities
10:00 -10:20 Story time
10:20-11:20 Center Time
11:20-11:40 Recap of Center Time and Clean Up
11:40-12:10 Lunch and prepare for nap
12:10-1:10 nap or rest time
1:10-1:30 Bathroom and Clean Up for Snack
1:30-1:40 Snack
1:40 -2:40 Center Tme
2:40-2:50 Small Groups
2:50-3:00 Prepare for Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Lakewood Preschool parents committ to attending parent education workshops twice per month and volunteer in the classroom once per month. Each parent has a parent teacher conference and a home visit. Daily notes are sent home. Classrooms send monthly newsletters home and each family is given a set of books to read to their children. Parents are to read at least 100 books to their children during the school year.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year