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Garber Preschool

About Garber Preschool

Garber Preschool offers fun and exciting programs for children 3 months of age to 5 years old. We are nestled in the heart of Trent Woods which is surrounded by the city of New Bern, NC. Garber Preschool has been operating for about 30 years and has always enjoyed a reputation of excellence. The families we serve are our best references.

"We are always excited when we see a child is coming from Garber Preschool because we know they are well prepared for the Kindergarten experience and they have such a smooth transition." Fall 2016 Public School Kindergarten Teacher

" I want to thank you for such a wonderful, excellent, magnificent and fun preschool experience! Between our 2 children we got to interact with most of the teachers here and have loved all of them! I am so sad to be leaving this safe and caring environment but will always cherish the memories we have made here. GARBER is a word that will always warm my heart." KG May 2015

" Thank you to ALL of you for everything you have done for my family. We will never forget how wonderful you all have been and the positive impact you have had on our girls. " JL May 2015

" Our son receives such a joy from the loving environment you foster at Garber. We are so grateful for all that you do to help him learn and grow." JG May 2015

"We will forever be thankful for the wonderful experience our daughter has had at Garber... I cannot believe my baby is headed to Kindergarten. I am looking forward to having her little sister there next year to experience the same wonderful teachers and memories." LH May 2015

"You guys have been nothing short of perfection for our family and I hate to leave our preschool community. Thank you for everything you've done for us!"

Laura W. (Feb 2014)

"Just wanted to let you know that we had our daughter's mid-year conference Friday & her teacher is so impressed with how prepared she came to

kindergarten! She is above grade level in reading and writing & shows

strong reasoning in math. My applause & gratitude to you & Garber Preschool! We are so proud!

The whole program is top notch and the TK is outstanding for sure!

Thank you for your dedication! "

Jan M. (Feb 2014)

"It is the best money I have ever spent!" Randy (Sept 2013)

"I knew from the moment that you gave me the tour that it was a special place and that I had made the best decision to join. What I didn't realize is that the time you and his teachers spent nurturing me to let him go and explore this new world would greatly impact my ability for our daughter.... You truly are a gift and all the families of Garber are so blessed to have you in their lives". - Erin R. ( Sept 2012)

"As you predicted R. started kindergarten very well prepared. ... With all this said, we wanted to make sure we let you know and thanked you (and your assistant teachers) for such a great year last year. R. clearly took in everything you presented."

Most kindly,

Lizz (Oct. 2012)

"I don't know if I can say it enough but, THANK YOU! A. has transitioned into Kindergarten more smoothly than I ever expected and I mean it when I say its all because of you two.

A. wanted me to make sure I also told you two that you guys ROCK!!

The fact that he can write ALL his letters and ALL of his numbers is huge because, he has had homework everyday requiring him to use those specific skills.

Its just so nice that he has the basics down already because I know those can be the most difficult to learn.

I'm sure we'll be swinging by again sometime soon to say hi and catch up!

Ashley (Sept 2012)

At Garber Preschool we take pride in our low staff turn over rate and our trained and experienced staff.

Peggy Faulkenberry serves as our Director. She has a Masters Degree in Child Development and Family Relations. She has worked in many capacities during her career. Teaching 2 year old Preschool through Kindergarten, Therapist for Attention Deficit Disorder Children, Infant Toddler Specialist with an Early Childhood Intervention Program and then Coordinator for that program. Peggy served on the Craven Smart Start Board for 6 years and was on the Board of Directors for 3 of them, ending her term as Board Chair Person.

She has been a member of Garber church since she was a teen. She was very excitied when given the opportunity to serve as Garber Preschool Director when her son was born in 1997.

Of our 25 staff members:

4 have been with us over 15 years

5 have been with us over 10 years,

6 have been with us 5 or more years.

All that experience makes for a calm, age appropriate learning environment that creates a warm and loving atmosphere. We are always looking for new and creative ways to improve and to make sure our students develop the skills they need to grow and achieve optimal development.

We have a curriculum in place that is developmentally appropriate and play based. However, we do not use a "canned curriculum" . Teachers create their own lesson plans which change according to each class's unique personality and developmental skills. Lesson Plans are developed around Themes that are planned based on concrete experiences our youngest children will encounter in their daily life. As the children grow and mature their understanding of the world around them grows and expands as do our progression of themes. This creates a natural and authentic flow. This maintains authentic experiences where children can have multidimensional sensory experiences on a daily basis while the teacher facilitates their increasing understanding of their world.

We register for the upcoming school year each February so make sure you come by before then.

Feel free to come by for a tour and see for yourself why Garber IS the place to be.

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Email us at preschool@garberumc.com

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