The Cary Park District has reached an agreement to purchase the property located at 100 Cary Algonquin Road in Cary (formerly Rocky Raccoon) as the future site of the Cary Park District Preschool program.
“The Board is excited to have found an early childhood building available to acquire within the community”, said Keith Frangiamore, Park Board President, “Doing so will enable the Park District to continue to provide an exceptional preschool program to both current and future resident families of the Cary Park District.”
The building is 5600 square feet, and includes 5 classrooms, office and workspace, a kitchen, storage, restrooms, parking lot, and a fenced in play yard. The increase of classrooms and space will allow for more enrollment opportunities within the Preschool program, the expansion of Sunshine Camp – a weekly summer day camp for children ages 3 – 5 years, and an alternative location to host other Park District programs.
The Park District has been offering a preschool program for over 35 years. Since the early 90’s it has been held in the Lions Park Preschool building, 1180 Silver Lake Road, Cary. The current facility is a former pole barn maintenance garage that was converted into a two classroom school. While it has served the community well, it has reached the end of its useful life as a dedicated programming space. Anticipating this, over the past several years, the Board of Commissioners and staff have been evaluating other options to locate the program including alternative locations to consider for acquisition, as various buildings and properties have become available within the Park District. The former “Rocky Raccoon” building is a purpose built facility for preschool and early childhood programming making it a wonderful option to meet the needs of the community and Park District.
The Cary Park District Preschool program currently offers four classes for children in ages 3 – 5 years. The program has operated at 97% capacity with waitlists for enrollment in many classes. In the last ten years over 600 children have attended the Cary Park District Preschool and this past year 39 students graduated from the program. It is anticipated the new facility will open for Sunshine Camp in the summer of 2020 and Preschool at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
About the Preschool
The goal of the Cary Park District Preschool is to create a positive, sensitive, and responsive environment to help children feel valued and grow with each learning experience. The Preschool curriculum follows the guidelines set by Cary Community Consolidated School District 26 for kindergarten readiness skills.