At NCRC Preschool, we offer so many opportunities for families to meet one another, to learn from each other, to work together and to celebrate together, to partner with the school, and most importantly, to enjoy these magical years.


Family Work Day

Every fall, we start the year by grabbing wheelbarrows, paint brushes, rakes, shovels, and gardening gloves for this NCRC community tradition!

Family Work Day is a great way to spruce up the school as you weed, mulch, plant, paint, and more. It's also a great way to meet other parents, children, grandparents, faculty, and staff!

Pumpkin Party

One of highlights of the school year! Every October, the playground is magically transformed into a fall festival complete with pony rides, treasure hunts, face painting, crafts, music, food and lots more.

Winter Celebration

A warm celebration of winter with singing, stories, food and lots of good cheer!

Grandparent Gingerbread House Workshop

Grandchildren and their grandparents are invited every winter to the Gingerbread House Workshop.

The morning is filled icing houses and decorating with handfuls of gum drops, graham crackers, and colorful sprinkles alongside your little one. It is a fun NCRC tradition the grandparents enjoy just as much as the kids!

Tuition Assistance Auction

One of the most eagerly-anticipated (and grown-ups only!) events of the school year is the annual tuition assistance auction. Virtually all parents come to share a cocktail, enjoy a festive meal and bid on the many items donated by generous businesses and NCRC family and friends. All proceeds from the evening are used to provide tuition assistance for NCRC students.

Pajama Picnic

Pajama Picnic is the last community-wide event of the school year. Families are invited to the NCRC playground for an evening of classroom song performances and fun!

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Father Breakfasts

Inspired by NCRC's dad-focused programming, the Dads Team is intended to deepen and expand ideas generated from the father-child breakfast discussions, as well as to participate in an intentional, reflective process with a focus on fatherhood. The Dads Team gathers for monthly breakfast and discussion.

Moms Cocktail Meet-ups

The Mothers, Grandmothers, and Motherly Figures Group (also known as the Moms Team), was inspired by the commitment of mothers to their children, families, communities, and each other. The Moms Team gathers once a month to enjoy cocktails and conversation.

Downtown Brown Bag Lunches

All parents are welcome to join members of our CDT for lunch and discussion. Topics such as Settling into the School Year; Children & Electronics and Kids & Their Bodies.

Parent Discussions

Throughout the school year, CDT leads discussions. Topics may include potty training, Brain Gym, our Engine Run Program and Rattles to Writing, and more!

Family Camping Trips

Twice each autumn and spring, our students have the opportunity to visit Camp Horizons located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Camp Horizons is an overnight camp that is dedicated to encouraging campers to be creative and independent individuals, to develop strong teamwork skills, and most importantly, to have fun. Their overnight camp provides campers with a safe, supportive community in which they can feel comfortable trying new things and embarking on new adventures.