Binkley Preschool

Enriching Hearts and Minds Since 1965

Binkley Preschool is a half-day preschool centrally located in the heart of Chapel Hill, serving children ages 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Our mission and philosophy is unchanged since our founding in 1965. Binkley Preschool was established on the belief that all children in the community should benefit from a high-quality preschool experience. Our unparalleled scholarship program helps make this possible for many families.

At Binkley Preschool, we have always believed that children learn best through play. We strive to foster a loving, nurturing, environment that is challenging, stimulating, and age-appropriate. Our goal is to give our preschoolers a solid foundation upon which to build their education.

Please feel free to contact us if we can answer any questions or schedule a tour of our school.

We accept applications year-round. Our initial enrollment period for the following school year is early January. Applications for the next school year will be available in early December.

Why Choose Binkley Preschool?

Our program is built upon a quality teaching staff. The average teacher tenure at Binkley is 9+ years and all of our teachers have children who are Binkley graduates. These teaching professionals offer a wealth of experience to our children and to everyone in the Binkley Family. All teachers have First Aid and CPR certification, and lead teachers have a degree in education. Teachers participate in at least 10 hours of continuing education yearly. Our outstanding teaching staff is the heart of our school.

In addition to our classroom fun, Binkley offers music, physical education, and drama classes. As well, each day features a dedicated block of unstructured, outdoor play on our beautiful, large, wooded playground.

We offer a central location with ample parking. Near University Place in Chapel Hill, Binkley Preschool is on all major bus routes.

From its beginning in 1965, the school was conceived as a mission to the community by providing a quality preschool experience for all children within the community. With the support of Binkley Church, we are happy that this mission continues today.

Binkley Preschoolers enjoy large, natural playgrounds and light-filled rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Play Hard

Play Smart

Play Together

-Dean Smith

Our History

In the fall of 1965, Binkley Kindergarten was established as an outreach ministry of Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church.

The school was conceived as a mission to the community with the goal of providing a quality preschool opportunity for children of all backgrounds within the community. We are proud that we still uphold the goals of our founders. Binkley Preschool believes that all children regardless of ethnic, cultural, or socio-economic backgrounds, deserve a high-quality preschool experience.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum emphasizes challenging children intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally

Teachers set the stage for hands-on learning in a stimulating manner that instills excitement, curiosity, problem-solving, sharing, and freedom of expression. It is the role of the teacher to act as a facilitator – answering questions, offering encouragement, redirecting problem situations, and helping children focus on tasks. Binkley aims to foster a sense of independence and a positive self-image in each and every child in our program.

At Binkley Preschool, we believe that children should be allowed to be children. We foster a loving, nurturing, play-based environment that is challenging and stimulating, but not frustrating. Our goal is to give children a solid foundation upon which to build their education and a love of learning.

Children learn best by doing!

Our Classes

We offer 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day options for students ages 2 through 5.

Our Play Spaces

Our classrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows that create bright and inviting spaces for students to play and explore. Our large, natural playground has many climbing structures, slides, and swings, with lots of room to run, jump, play games, and imagine!

See more peeks into our play spaces here

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