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Preschool class from the Children's Learning and Research Center sitting in front of the rock they painted with the words Be Kind

Children's Learning & Research CenterPreschool Programs

Encouraging children to explore their world through purposeful play


Learning, we believe, should be a positive experience. Our preschool program emphasizes self-motivation, creativity, development of positive attitudes toward learning, and the establishment of good self-concept.

Classrooms provide interest areas where children are encouraged to play, explore and investigate their surroundings. Interest areas include: dramatic play, art, science, blocks, writing/library, manipulatives, sand or water and computers. Activities and materials are frequently rotated.

To schedule a tour, call us at 757-683-4987.

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Preschool artwork in the Child Study Center

Classroom Highlights

Ms. Charlton's class spent five weeks exploring famous artists and the different techniques and mediums they used to create masterpieces.


See their works of art


Meet Our Preschool Teachers


Christine Charlton has been with the CLRC 12 years. She hold a B.A. from James Madison University and a M.S. in Education from Old Dominion University.

Brittany Kimball has been with the CLRC for 5 years. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Old Dominion University.

Mrs. Lindsay has been with the Center for 2 years. She holds a B.S in Speech-Language Pathology, with a minor in Special Education from Old Dominion University.

Megan Powers recently joined the CLRC and holds a B.A. in English/Language Arts and a M.S. Ed. from Long Island University.




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