In early 1986, three early childhood educators wanted to make a lasting and significant contribution to the quality of childcare in the growing region of the Triangle area. They toured the country, looking at many different kinds of early childhood programs.
The team particularly liked what they saw at Yale University. Here they discovered small, residentially-based centers that combined high-quality early childhood eductation with a warm and comfortable environment.
So in August 1986, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School adopted this model and established progressive childcare in Durham, NC under the leadership of Margaret Edwards (1944-2010) who served as its inspirational director for the school’s first 20 years.